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Maxfield Max-Ivy MP4 player

£95 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Maxfield

Our Rating: We rate this 1.5 out of 5

With most MP3 player makers concentrating on the desirability of their devices, we were extremely surprised to come across this Maxfield player which seems to do its best to buck the trend. The Max-Ivy looks okay on Maxfield’s website, but is an ugly sight close up.

With most MP3 player makers concentrating on the desirability of their devices (see our review of LG's Shine FM37, for example), we were extremely surprised to come across this Maxfield player which seems to do its best to buck the trend. The Max-Ivy looks okay on Maxfield's website, but is an ugly sight close up.

As well as looking cheap and feeling nasty, the Max-Ivy’s makers have the nerve to charge as much money for it as for a quality brand such as Creative. It’s slim, lightweight, sleek even but is elongated and is bound to protrude from your shirt pocket. You could use the rubberised belt clip Maxfield supplies, but as soon as we touched this particular accessory we found ourselves wanting to wash our hands.

Maxfield Max-Ivy Expert Verdict »

4GB (internal) audio, photo, video flash player
Windows 98 SE (with driver)/Me/2000/XP and Mac OS X
Magix MP3 Maker
supports MP3, WMA, WMA-DRM10, OGG, Jpeg, Mpeg4
USB 2.0
rechargeable lithium-ion battery
1.8in LCD (65,000 colours)
equalizer (6 presets)
stereo headphones
power adaptor
rubber case
carrying strap
108x49x8.5mm
42g
2-year warranty
  • Build Quality: We give this item 2 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 4 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 2 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 3 of 10 overall

Were it an inexpensive player, we may be prepared to forgive the Maxfield Max-Ivy some of its shortcomings. As it is, we’re amazed Maxfield thinks anyone would stump up almost £100 for this ugly and ineffective player.

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