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Transcend T.sonic 630 digital audio player

£55 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Transcend

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

We expected the Transcend T.sonic 630 to struggle against big-name players, but Transcend’s three-pronged, advanced digital recording attack, and a cheap price tag was its safeguard.

We expected the Transcend T.sonic 630 to struggle against big-name players, but Transcend’s three-pronged, advanced digital recording attack, and a cheap price tag was its safeguard. There’s a line-in port for external devices, while one-touch - even when switched off - internal (radio) and external (voice) microphones can be scheduled for use in personal or meeting environments. Voice activation detection ensures quality, gapless, recordings.

We liked the Transcend T.sonic 630’s ability to password-protect a partition for data storage, as well as its lock function when connected to a PC. Unfortunately, these pros are compatible with Windows PCs only.

You can drag-and-drop files in USB mode, while subscription tracks are transferred in MTP mode. You then have all the usual playback options, as well as an EQ with seven presets, an A-B repeat function, and a choice of playback speeds. Volume let the side down, however: at its lowest, it’s quite loud; at its highest, it isn’t enough to annoy fellow commuters.

Build quality is decent, and though awkward to hold in the left hand, the Transcend T.sonic 630’s tiny dimensions, light weight, and easily accessible lock make it a great contender for pocket perfection. It’s a pity Transcend didn’t bundle a protective case for the T.sonic 630, though scratches show up less than on other models here.

Transcend T.sonic 630 Expert Verdict »

4GB digital audio player
works with Windows 98/98 SE/Me/2000/XP, Mac OS X, Linux 2.4
supports MP3, WMA, WMA-DRM10
records in ADPCM (WAV)
line-in, internal (radio) and external (voice) scheduled recording
FM tuner with 20 presets
MTP device
password-protect secure partition for data storage (Windows only)
1x0.5in Brilliant, white Oled text display
screensaver
1support for 12 languages
EQ with 6 presets, plus 1 user defined
lithium-ion rechargeable battery, quoted life 15 hours
package includes earphones, neckstrap, software CD (Windows only), mini-USB cable, line-in cable
USB 2.0
73x33x12.5mm
30g
2-year warranty
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 6 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The Transcend T.sonic 630 packs some impressive features considering its tiny price. Transcend’s T.sonic 630 looks a little outdated when compared to players that offer colour screens and video or photo playback (see our review of the Creative Zen V Plus, or the Sandisk Sansa e280), but if these gimicks aren’t important to you then you could do a lot worse.

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