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Freecom introduces the Freecom Beatman Mini CD/MP3 player, the first of its kind. Its small size, hardly bigger than the Mini CD medium itself, and it...

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Review of "Freecom Mini CD / MP3 player"

published 02/12/2001 | cortex101
Member since : 10/05/2001
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Pro Loads, price, loads of songs on one CD, portable, one of a kind
Cons None
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Well it has been a while since I last wrote an opinion but it feels good to be back. It looks like there have been a lot of changes here, but one thing that it is clear that has not changed is the friendliness of the members.

Anyway, I have recently purchased the new Freecom Beatman Mp3CD player which is apparently the only one of its kind. You may be thinking that you have seen hundreds of Mp3CD players so what’s new about this one. Well I will tell you. The CD's that it plays are only 8cm in diameter which lets you fit this handy little player in your pocket unlike usual Mp3CD players.

The Player:
In short it is great. There is a built in anti-shock function so basically you can knock it around for ages and the CD will not jump. There us a LCD display, which shows the track number, playing time and battery life left. There are the standard playback functions including Play/On/Pause, Stop/Off, Next, Previous, Program;Repeat, Equalizer, Intro. To top it all off there is a digital sound equalizer that makes the sound quality impeccable and a rotary volume control which is really special I am sure you will agree.

The battery life is good being that of 7 hours on 2 AA batteries, which I add are included with the player. You can buy the player from a load of places but I have only seen it on the internet. The cheapest place I found was and I am sure you will not be able to believe the price when I say it is just under £100 from dabs. From here you can also buy the Cds especially for the beatman and they work out at around £1 each.

With the player you also get In-ear headphones which aren't like the big fat ones you get on planes. Batteries are included. There is an AC adapter, a manual which is in English, but it is not hard to work out how the player works, stick in the CD and press play. Included also is one blank 8cm mini CD-R.

The CD-Rs:
As I have mentioned their price is around £1, they come in their own Jewel case. It is not necessary to but the freecom CDs as the player supports 8cm audio CDs, 8cm CD-Roms, 8com CD-Rs and 8cm CD-RW. You can store 185mb of music on one CD which works out at around 210 minutes of top quality music of 128bitrate. I got the CDs from aswell.

The Look:
Well it looks pretty cool, quite a simple design but it is a see through blue colour on the top and has a black bottom.

Well thats about it all I can say is go out and but as the sound quality of these CDs is amazing and the price is good to. Just one thing make sure that you have a CD-R or CD-RW drive so that you can burn the CDs.

As always I love you comments and if you have any questions don't worry about asking.

Its good to be back

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  • Spam-head published 30/10/2004
  • flupen published 20/12/2001
    hi, nice to see you back. good op. carole
  • eljimbob published 02/12/2001
    Nothing wrong with that op, nice to see someone who has come back to writing on Ciao, it seems people are more likely to leave these days that come back, I will keep an eye on you with anticipation of the next op :) james
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Product Information : Freecom Mini CD / MP3 player

Manufacturer's product description

Freecom introduces the Freecom Beatman Mini CD/MP3 player, the first of its kind. Its small size, hardly bigger than the Mini CD medium itself, and its low weight make it the perfect music device to carry with you. Plus it looks extremely cool too! The Freecom Beatman meets all standards you can expect from a portable CD/MP3 player. The high-quality technology and the anti-shock mechanism ensure continuous trouble free playing. You won't miss a beat! Download music files from the Internet or convert your CDs into compressed audio format. Burn up to 210 minutes of music on one Mini CD-R- with your CD writer. Play your music on your Beatman and exchange your songs with friends. The Freecom CDRW Internal IDE 12x10x32 burns a CD in less than 8 minutes (12 speed) and comes with a plentiful 2 MB buffer. It features a comprehensive software suite, media etc. for the best possible price. Write, rewrite and read CDs on every PC. This is an ideal upgrade solution for desktop PC users and larger corporate departments, who want to write, rewrite and share data- photo-, audio- and video files. It is also for those, who require removable, online add-on storage, backup/archiving or want to replace their floppies or Zip drives. Thanks to IDE this internal Freecom drive can be connected to every PC! This bundle contains Freecom Beatman mini CD/MP3 player, Freecom CDRW Internal IDE 12x10x32 BurnProof and 25 Freecom Mini CD-R's (185 MB/210 min).

Product Details

Product Description: Freecom Beatman with CDRW Internal IDE 12x10x32 BurnProof - mini CD player - mini CD

Product Type: Mini CD player Mini CD/MP3

Media Content Source: Mini CD

Media Type: CD-RW, CD-R

Enclosure Colour: Black, blueberry

Dimensions (WxDxH): 9.5 cm x 10.3 cm x 2.9 cm

Weight: 170 g

Playback Digital Standards: MP3

Localisation: English

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Built-in Display: LCD

Audio Specifications: CD - Response Bandwidth - 100 - 20000 Hz - SNR - 80 dB

CD System: Slot-load

Headphones: Headphones - binaural - ear-bud - stereo

Battery: 2 x battery - AA type - Alkaline


MPN: 17064

Product Type: Mini CD player

Digital Player Type: Mini CD/MP3

Width: 9.5 cm

Depth: 10.3 cm

Height: 2.9 cm

Weight: 170 g

Enclosure Colour: Black, blueberry

Enclosure Material: Plastic

Supported Digital Audio Standards: MP3

Localisation: English

Audio System

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Digital Sound Processor (DSP): Yes

DSP Preset Qty: 3

DSP Presets: Classic Concert, Jazz, Rock

Equaliser: Yes

Audio Specifications: CD - Response Bandwidth - 100 - 20000 Hz - SNR - 80 dB

Features: Battery level indication, pause function

Built-in Display

Built-in Display: LCD

CD System

Type: Mini CD / MP3 player

Media Load Type: Slot-load

Playback Modes: Programme play, intro scan, random play / shuffle, all tracks repeat, one track repeat

Supported Bit Rate: 32 - 320Kbps

Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz

Shockproof Memory: 40 seconds

CD Track Programming: Yes

CD-R/CD-RW Compatible: Yes

CD-RW Compatible: Yes

Supported Digital Audio Standards: MP3


Headphones Type: Headphones - binaural - ear-bud

Connectivity Technology: Wired

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Frequency Response: 18 - 20000 Hz


Connector Type: Headphones ¦ DC power input


Power Device: Power adapter - external


Battery: 2 x battery - AA type - Alkaline

Included Qty: 2

Run Time (Up To): 7 hour(s)


Listed on Ciao since: 02/12/2001