Date: Monday, February 1st, 1999, 00:00
A portable MP3 player that has some serious flaws.
The idea of a portable MP3 player dedicated to playing MP3s off of flash memory cards is a good one. You don’t have to use your laptop or desktop system, which means that you’re not chained to a full computer, you’re not at the mercy of system crashes or slowdowns affecting playback, and you can use removable media to store your MP3s and exchange them with friends.
However, the Pontis MP3 Player’s implementation of this idea is seriously lacking. First, without a MultiMedia card adapter, downloading multi-megabyte MP3 files over its serial link is slow. It seems to run at 115200 bps, and it takes about 6 minutes to download a 3 minute song file. The player can’t play back or do anything while it is receiving a download. Also, you have to be careful not to do too many things on your Mac while it is downloading because it might cause the download to be interrupted (though it will resume interrupted downloads)…. Read more