Some of us probably still remember the period when dedicated MP3 players were used to play music. Over time, thanks to smartphones, many devices have become unified, but the mentioned devices are still available on the market today. A rather interesting device has appeared on the market, which is intended as a very compact e-book reader, but will work much better as a portable music player.
An e-book reader has appeared on the market, which is certainly one of the smallest in the world. The device resembles the old iPod touch players and this is where it performs really well.
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Even though the manufacturer presents the device as an e-book reader, it actually has little in common with it. Yes, there is a screen on board that displays only shades of gray, but its size is… very limited, after all, it is only 3.52 inches. The situation is no better in the case of “e-books”, because we can only count on support for the TXT format, which does not offer formatting known from EPUB or PDF. Besides, the screen itself makes reading impossible due to its low resolution.
|Fanmu Mini E-Reader
|3.52″ 360 x 240 px (E-Ink ?)
|Supported audio formats
|MP3, FLAC, AAC, WAV, APE, WMA
|Audio recording formats
|Supported text formats
|Connectors, ports and slots
MicroSD memory card slot (up to 128 GB)
|Dimensions and weight
|97.7 x 61 x 9 mm / 88 g
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The equipment spreads its wings precisely in the audio aspect. We can count on support for even FLAC files, and in addition we receive Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity. All this combined (probably) with an energy-saving E-Ink panel and a quite decent cell should provide us with a long operating time. There is also a microSD card slot on board, and the entire equipment weighs only 88 g. If we were to look at the device only in terms of an “MP3 player”, it works quite well. Unfortunately, the whole impression is spoiled by the price that was set at $149.99, and you must remember that there are also shipping costs. The Fanmu Mini E-Reader can therefore only be considered a technological curiosity.