Transcend MP710: Revamping the old
Long before smartphones became our go-to music players, we all got hooked with the simplicity of MP3 players. Having the Transcend MP710 in our lab is a refreshing sight and it felt like we’re revisiting an old memory we’re fond of.
At this day and age of technology, you might think that having an MP3 player may seem a little bit out of place. However, if you’re an old soul, you might consider giving the MP710 a try. Let’s take a look at what it has to offer.
Unboxing and design
On the outside, the MP710 is as simple as it can get. Its handy body mostly made of plastic carries its 2-inch TFT full color display and its buttons for options, back, play/pause and power on/off, next/fast forward, previous/rewind, volume down, and volume up. Situated at the back part of the device is its reset button while on the left side is its microphone for voice recording purposes. At the bottom part is the 3.5mm jack port, line-in port for live audio recording, and a micro-USB port for charging and file transfer. The device comes available in colors of black and white.
The MP710 has a loaded package. Aside from the MP3 player itself, the box contains a number of accessories including a strap, a pair of earphones with removable earhook, a line-in cable, a USB cable, extra set of earphone caps, a warranty card, and some flyers.
Intended for fitness enthusiasts who would want a much simpler and dedicated device to accommodate them during workout, the Transcend MP710 differentiates itself from the usual old-fashioned MP3 players by being equipped with a fitness-centric feature. It has a G-sensor that counts steps and its simple user interface allows users to easily tweak their fitness goals and access related details.
Apart from being a fitness tracker, the MP710 also functions as an e-book reader, sound recorder, and FM radio player. Also included in its menu page is its image and video viewer, which we think is apt for the MP710 being a multimedia device. However, its squeezed 240 x 320 resolution screen tends to compromise the quality of images and videos. The MP710 can read formats of AMV and AVI for videos as well as JPEG and BMP for pictures.
For casual listeners who would want a replacement for bulky smartphones used as music players, the MP710 is an easy and excellent choice. Combined with the earphones included in its package, the MP710 played our favorite tunes in different genres decently. It also has an EQ function which allowed us to adjust sounds in modes of rock, funk, hip hop, jazz, classical, and techno. We also liked the simplicity of its music page and how it allotted a large space to show the album art of the songs we listened to.
As mentioned earlier, the MP710 has an audio recording feature. It supports live audio recording which can be done by using injecting a pair of headphones to its line-in port. The device also has four recording scene to choose from including normal, train, meeting, and long-range scene for a more customized effect of noise cancelation.
In addition to what the MP710 can do aside from merely being an MP3 player, it can also be used as an external storage device. However, it comes with limited internal memory of just 8GB, which as advertised, can store up to 2,000 songs, e-book, and text files.
Offering more than what the old MP3 players can do, the Transcend MP710 proves itself worthy to be included on a techie's list of must-haves. This handy and useful device retails at only PhP 3,590 in all authorized Transcend products seller nationwide.