Qumo Video MP3 player review

Qumo Video MP3 player review

In the world of modern portable gadgets, development today is almost continuous, generations change literally in a matter of months, new technologies are introduced and old ones are improved daily.

MP3 players cannot fall behind in this race; to stay on the market, they must constantly improve. A sign of the new generation of these devices is their transformation into multimedia players capable of playing several types of content: not only audio, but also video, photos. The main highlight of such devices, as a rule, is a large color display and the ability to play video, they are often called PMP (portable media players), MP4 players (MP4 hints at the MPEG4 video format and at the same time illustrates a qualitative leap in comparison with MP3 players).

The first PMPs used a hard drive as a storage medium – it was not possible to cram a lot of video into the volumes of flash memory that were common in the past. However, as time went on, and flash players also began to join the possibilities of multimedia. The first flash PMPs in the industry had tiny color displays and were PMPs in name only, these features had no practical value. Only recently, devices with good displays with a diagonal of 1.8 inches or more, suitable for use as a multimedia player, began to appear on the market.

Qumo was one of the first to introduce such a device to the Russian market. Its new model, Qumo Video, has a large color display, a maximum of 2 GB of onboard memory and an SD/MMC slot that allows today to expand the memory up to 6 GB, which was previously unattainable for a player on flash memory. This, as well as support for video, photo and text files, gives the right to call this player a full-fledged PMP.

Packages

The player is packaged in a small box, the design of which is designed in dark colors to emphasize the price and class of the device. The small size of the package blurs this effect somewhat, but the package looks good. Inside there are two more boxes, one of which contains the player itself, the other contains accessories.

They include: a transparent plastic case, average quality headphones, a USB connection cable, a portable USB dongle, a line-in cable. For some reason, the last three titles are made in white, as if they wandered here from the configuration of some other player. At the bottom of the main box, in addition, there is also a short user manual on one page (in Russian), a CD with software and a full version of the manual (also in Russian), and a warranty card.

This package can be called standard, it does not stand out against the background of most player kits on the market.

Appearance

The design of Qumo Video is made in the style of "big brothers", portable media players on hard drives; its main element is a large liquid crystal display, landscaped for easy viewing of video. To the right of the display are the main controls: a five-way navigation key and, a little higher, the MODE-EQ function key, in the center of which there is a red LED informing about the current player activity.

The empty space between the display and the navigation key is striking, in our age of miniaturization, even such a strip of unused "usable area" looks like waste. The reason for this was a technical necessity (the need to place an integrated LCD controller chip somewhere), but it could certainly have been done more elegantly, this strip of empty space somewhat spoils the design, violates the unity of the player's appearance.

The length and width of Qumo Video, of course, far exceeds these indicators for ordinary modern MP3 players on flash memory, but it is not excessive: flash MP3 players had about the same size a couple of years ago and were considered "miniature". The device will fit literally in any pocket, which is additionally facilitated by its low weight.

Due to the integration of a full-sized SD/MMC slot and the use of a sufficiently capacious battery, the player turned out to be rather thick (19 mm), which looks somewhat anachronistic against the backdrop of the modern fashion for "thin solutions". The following elements are freely located on the side faces of the player, which have thus become very extensive.

  • headphone jack, standard 3.5 mm mini-jack;
  • line-in connector for recording audio from external analog sources, a slightly less common 2.5 mm submini-jack connector;
  • REC/A-B key;
  • “pseudo-key” for resetting the RESET player software (there is a hole in the non-pressed “dummy” of the key, through which, through an object like a pin, access is made to the reset button located in the back of the case);
  • PLAY key.
  • sliding lock switch;
  • USB connector, covered with a rubber plug attached to the case with a strap. The connector is not a standard mini-USB type B, but very similar to it, but incompatible with standard cables. As always in such cases, it is recommended to save the bundled USB cable: if you lose it, you may lose the ability to use the player.
  • an eyelet for attaching a lanyard when wearing the player around the neck. Qumo Video seems a bit big for this, but people are comfortable wearing similar or larger cell phones around their necks. Unfortunately, the lace itself is not included.
  • a connector for connecting an SD/MMC memory card, covered with a rubber plug attached to the case with a strap. The connector is not very convenient: in order to insert or remove a memory card, either long and strong nails are required, or the use of improvised items. In order to “plug” the connector with a plug, additional, not too pleasant, efforts are required to “shove” the recalcitrant rubber into a narrow slot.

The back of the player is completely blank, except for a nameplate sticker with information about the player, Qumo company and model serial number.

The body of the player is made of solid quality plastic. Its surface is smooth enough that fingerprints remain on it, but not so much that they are very noticeable. The design consists of two halves, upper and lower, firmly connected to each other by four screws. The halves fit snugly together, there is not a hint of play or gaps, the body is assembled with high quality. The plastic is unpainted, which eliminates the appearance of scuffs, but it scratches relatively easily, and although the scratches are not very noticeable, it is recommended to carry the player in a complete case.

The controls are mostly made at a good Korean level: most of the keys sit tightly in their places, without shaking or dangling, they have an acceptable travel, they clearly convey pressing. For large fingers, their size may seem too small, but this is already a problem with most modern miniature devices. Although the keys on the top side could have been made larger, since the thickness of the player allows it. An unpleasant exception is the navigation key. It is implemented in the form of a monolithic ring with four pressing sectors – down-up and left-right – and surrounds the central button for calling the menu / confirming the choice. Both the ring and the button are too loose, have a lot of play and literally hang out in the connectors. Because of this, working with them is not very convenient.

The main element of the player, which gives it the right to bear the proud name of "Video", is a 2-inch TFT color display with a resolution of 220 by 176 pixels, displaying 262 thousand colors. Displays of this type are already the past generation for high-end mobile phones, but they are just beginning to appear in high-end MP3 players. Against the background of the virtual absence of analogues, the display makes a good impression: tolerable viewing angles (good – left-right, worse – down, rolls into inversion from above), tolerable color reproduction (although sharp color transitions are often noticeable in photos and videos), acceptable brightness and contrast. In bright daylight, the display behaves tolerantly.

If we talk about shortcomings, the lack of a built-in speaker, which has already become the standard for "large" PMPs, upsets. This, and the fact that the player lacks a stand and is not able to "stand" in an upright position, negates the potentially interesting possibility of using it as a "desktop" mini-player.

Control and interface

Qumo Video's control scheme is standard: a five-position navigation key is used to navigate through tracks, control the volume level and navigate through all the player's menus; the Play key turns the device on and off, and is also responsible for starting and stopping playback; the REC / A-B key is responsible for activating the recording and playing the selected section of the melody and, finally, the MODE-EQ key controls the transitions from one operating mode to another and, in combination, allows you to control the equalizer during playback. There are no changes for the worse or for the better, the only original move is the removal of the MODE-EQ key to the front panel, while for most manufacturers it is located on the edge, next to the other two.

The player interface is also standard: by default, the device is in the mode of playing the content that the user has chosen, and this can be music, video, photos or text files. There are three menus: a file menu for navigating through the contents of the memory, an operating mode selection menu, and a settings menu.

The file menu or navigation mode is implemented as a tree of folders. The player supports free navigation through all folders in memory, both in the built-in and on the SD/MMC card. The transition from one type of memory to another is implemented simply as another, the highest level of the folder hierarchy: Internal and External memory. The player supports "hot" replacement of memory cards. Only file types supported by the player are displayed: audio (MP3, WMA, OGG), photo (JPG), video (MPY), text (TXT). The user can open the selected file, copy it to the memory card (if it is in the built-in memory of the player) or to the built-in memory (if it is on the memory card), delete it. The copied files are placed in the "COPIED" folders, created automatically by the player both in the built-in memory and in the external one. In addition to this, the player creates a number of folders for more convenient content sorting: MOVIE (for videos), PHOTO (for images), RECORDER (for files recorded by the player itself), TEXT (for text files). Files and folders are sorted only by the time they were written to the player, this is a big drawback, especially evident against the background of the lack of playlists. Navigating through the file menu is done with the navigation key. There are problems with the display of Russian names of files and folders: they are visible on the display with extra spaces between the letters. In addition, Russian fonts are rather unfortunate (for all modes, including text viewing): individual letters differ in height, some are clumsily outlined, there are absolutely unnecessary serifs. In general, the file menu is made at a good level, the ability to open any type of file, which is not available to all players, attracts attention. You can listen to music while navigating.

The operating mode selection menu allows you to select one of seven modes: audio playback, microphone recording, line-in recording, radio, photo viewing, video viewing, text file viewing. Since all types of supported files are available through the file menu, having separate modes for playing audio, viewing photos, viewing videos, and viewing text files may seem redundant. In fact, all they do is allow you to return to the last opened file of one type or another. This can be useful if the user is listening to music, reading a text file and watching a movie at the same time, constantly “jumping” from one type of content to another, this makes the presence of these items in the menu more or less justified. Regarding the points of recording from a microphone and a line input, it can be noted that the need to switch to a special mode of operation in order to start recording by pressing a bunch of buttons is completely far-fetched. Much more user-friendly interface "record with one button from any mode", unfortunately, it is still extremely rare.

The settings menu includes settings for displaying information on the display, here the user can select the language for displaying tags, text files and menu messages, as well as what the player will display during playback: ID3 tags or file names. The next setting item is the timer settings, here you can set the current time, auto-shutdown of the player’s display, as well as the device itself, both in passive and active mode, play an alarm signal at a set time, and also program automatic recording of the radio broadcast. In the playback settings, the next item, you can choose whether the player will play only from the current folder or play all files “through”, which playback mode should be selected: random, looped playback of all tracks or one, familiarization with the track. In addition, this item sets the playback speed from 0 to 200% (0% is a conditional figure here, in reality it is somewhere around 5%). Next, the parameters for recording from a microphone, line-in and radio are configured: here the user can set the recording quality (in Kb / s, from 32 to 128) separately for the voice recorder and line-in, as well as enable / disable the function of auto splitting recording from the line-in into files according to silence intervals and adjust the gain when recording the incoming signal from the line input.There are also sound settings: the user can choose one of six equalizer presets or adjust the equalizer manually, it has 5 bands, 12 levels of signal boost and the same number of drops. The sound effects of SRS WOW are also configured here, the power of WOW and TRUBASS can be adjusted separately. Next, you can configure the FM radio parameters: select one of three broadcasting bands (they differ slightly), and also decide in which mode the broadcast will be played – stereo or mono. Finally, the last item is the settings of the player itself: the user can format the memory (unfortunately, only the built-in one), inquire about its current occupancy, flash the firmware, restore the factory settings of all parameters. In general, the number and nature of the settings are at a good level.

The player supports MP3 (all bitrates), WMA (from 32 to 192 Kbps with sampling rate strictly up to 44.1 kHz), OGG (all bitrates).

The sound quality of the device is at its best: the sound is clear, with excellent transmission of bass, highs, and mids. For Korean-made players of the upper price category, the audio path has long been a well-established part of the device. The high sound power draws attention, according to which the player is one of the leaders on the market, you can safely use high-impedance headphones with it.

When watching a video, there are pop-up panels at the top and bottom that display information about the current time, battery charge, time since the start of playing the file and its duration, current volume. They disappear after a while so as not to clutter up the screen, but pop up again when you press any key. While watching a video, the user can rewind it.

The player only supports the PIXTREE MPEG4 format, the MPY extension is used. All other video files must be transcoded with the converter software supplied with the player. The resulting files have a resolution of 220 by 176 pixels and a frame rate of 15 per second, which can seriously reduce their size. Unfortunately, the quality suffers from this: the video cannot be called smooth and, as mentioned earlier, the display does not betray color transitions very well. Animation looks the most comfortable (cartoons, animated videos), feature video looks worse.

Photo Viewer, unfortunately, does not offer any additional features: it only displays images in JPG format (progressive JPG is not supported). Opening a 2200 x 1700 resolution photo takes approximately 10 seconds. Photos in the native resolution of 220 by 176 look best on the player, because the scaling algorithm used by the player is far from ideal, especially when viewing photos with an abundance of small details. Color transitions are displayed somewhat "torn". There is no zoom or slideshow. You can listen to music while viewing photos.

When reading text files, the display shows up to seven lines of text at a width of 26 characters, which is enough for relatively comfortable reading. The font size is sufficient to read without straining your eyes, it is definitely larger than common PDAs or smartphones. On the right is a slider that helps you navigate where the user is in the text. It also displays the current time, battery charge. The main disadvantage of the text mode is that the text is displayed continuously, the display of paragraphs is not supported, which makes reading less comfortable; this is a common problem with players based on Telechips processors. From text formats only standard TXT is supported, Russian language is supported only in ANSI. You can listen to music while reading. Bookmarks are not provided, but the player remembers the place where the reading was stopped when exiting.

Radio

The player's set of radio capabilities is completely standard: FM band, the ability to store up to 20 frequencies in memory, auto-scanning of the range, manual forcing of mono mode in case of poor reception, recording from the radio. The radio tuner in the player is implemented better than in most analogues: the device catches a number of "problematic" frequencies for colleagues and has no problems with receiving most stations of the Moscow FM band. Autoscanning does its job very well, in this player this feature is really useful.

Record

From three sources – the built-in microphone, radio and line-in – Qumo Video records in WMA (Windows Media Audio) format. This format, in principle, is in no way inferior to MP3 and is even considered more efficient when recording speech. Recording at minimum quality uses a bit rate of 32 Kbps, which allows you to record approximately 36.5 hours for the minimum amount of memory (512 MB).

The player records from the microphone at an average level. A good frequency range and high sensitivity are greatly spoiled by background parasitic noise, which invariably adds to the sound of the recording. It does not drown out the speech, but it is annoying. At a low bitrate, it turns into a characteristic digital “gurgle”, which is even more annoying. Despite this, speech in a quiet room is clearly distinguishable when recording a low voice at a distance of up to 6 meters. Of the advantages of the recorder, we can mention that the microphone is well isolated from the vibrations of the body of the player itself. The lack of a voice activation function, manual or automatic sensitivity adjustment further narrows the scope of the voice recorder: voice notes, interviews not for publication.

Line-in recording is done via a relatively rare 2.5 mm submini-jack, which raises the question of buying a 3.5 mm adapter if you want to record from an external microphone or are trying to use a common 2 RCA to mini-jack cable . The implementation of recording from the line input is at a good level: 128 Kb / s WMA is quite enough for amateur digitization, no distortion or compression artifacts are observed.

Recording from the radio is standard, the only thing that attracts attention is that there is no way to adjust the recording quality for the radio separately: it is always the same as for recording from the line input. There are no complaints about the quality of the recording. True radio enthusiasts will appreciate the possibility of programmable broadcast recording.

During recording, the display shows information about the time elapsed since the beginning of recording, the time available in memory for recording (in the form of numerical values ​​and a bar graph), the gain level of the incoming signal, the name of the currently recorded file, as well as the current time and battery charge, in a word, all the necessary information.

Recorded files are stored in the RECORDER folder, which the helpful device creates by default in internal memory and sorts into subfolders VOICE (from microphone), LINE (from line-in), FMRADIO (from radio). There is no option to record directly to a memory card.

Connecting to a computer

Like most Korean and Chinese-made players, Qumo Video does not require any additional drivers or software to connect it to a computer. It is recognized by Windows ME, 2000 and XP operating systems as a mobile drive and can be used immediately to transfer any type of file. Downloading content to the player is also done by simply transferring files through Windows Explorer. In order for the player to be recognized by the computer, you must connect it in the on state.

If an SD/MMC card is installed in the player, it will also be Remote Control Holders in Kenya as another removable drive. This allows you to use the device as a card reader.

The device uses a high-speed USB 2.0 interface to communicate with a computer and shows excellent results: up to 8 MB per second towards the player and up to 10 MB per second – in the opposite direction. It takes less than five minutes to fill 2 GB.

The player uses a built-in non-replaceable lithium polymer battery. Its charging is carried out from the USB bus.

On a single charge, the player can play music for up to 20 consecutive hours (when the display is off). This good result is a consequence of using a powerful battery. Charging the battery takes about an hour and a half.

The charger from the mains is not included, when purchasing it from third-party manufacturers, you should be careful not to purchase devices with a mini-USB plug (small), they will not work. You should use chargers with a standard USB connector, to which you can connect the bundled wire.

Another innovation in the design of Qumo Video was to be Bluetooth support. There is no doubt that the use of wireless interfaces should be one of the signs of the next generation of portable devices, and the specification of the new Qumo model provides support for Bluetooth v1.2 with the ability to exchange data with the appropriate headphones / headsets. Unfortunately, due to traditional Russian delays in certification of the wireless communication module, the first batch of Qumo Video, which includes the sample we received for testing, included only devices lacking Bluetooth functionality.

Qumo guarantees the appearance of Qumo Video players with Bluetooth on the Russian market in the very near future, and users will also be offered Bluetooth stereo headphones, which are currently in short supply, as an accessory. You can distinguish them by the inscriptions on the box and the Bluetooth logo on the front panel of the device.

Conclusions

Like any device that is a pioneer in its segment, Qumo Video did not turn out to be perfect. It has a number of shortcomings of varying severity, among which one can single out the excessive thickness of the player, the lack of a built-in speaker, an inconvenient navigation key, a confusing interface in places, and the absence of some features that have already become industry standards. However, at the moment Qumo Video combines an exceptional set of features (large color LCD, maximum built-in memory up to 2 GB, memory expansion slot, multimedia capabilities), which for many may make it the only candidate for purchase. Of the competitors, only IRIVER u10 can be mentioned, this model has a better display, smaller dimensions, more convenient control. But the model from IRIVER is deprived of the possibility of expanding the memory, and versions with 2 GB of memory are still in serious shortage, in addition, this device is about 10% more expensive. Thus, Qumo Video looks like a smart purchase for a buyer who needs a flash PMP with maximum functionality and maximum memory.

Thanks to Qumo for providing the player for testing.

Qumo Video MP3 player review

In the world of modern portable gadgets, development today is almost continuous, generations change literally in a matter of months, new technologies are introduced and old ones are improved daily.

MP3 players cannot fall behind in this race; to stay on the market, they must constantly improve. A sign of the new generation of these devices is their transformation into multimedia players capable of playing several types of content: not only audio, but also video, photos. The main highlight of such devices, as a rule, is a large color display and the ability to play video, they are often called PMP (portable media players), MP4 players (MP4 hints at the MPEG4 video format and at the same time illustrates a qualitative leap in comparison with MP3 players).

The first PMPs used a hard drive as a storage medium – it was not possible to cram a lot of video into the volumes of flash memory that were common in the past. However, as time went on, and flash players also began to join the possibilities of multimedia. The first flash PMPs in the industry had tiny color displays and were PMPs in name only, these features had no practical value. Only recently, devices with good displays with a diagonal of 1.8 inches or more, suitable for use as a multimedia player, began to appear on the market.

Qumo was one of the first to introduce such a device to the Russian market. Its new model, Qumo Video, has a large color display, a maximum of 2 GB of onboard memory and an SD/MMC slot that allows today to expand the memory up to 6 GB, which was previously unattainable for a player on flash memory. This, as well as support for video, photo and text files, gives the right to call this player a full-fledged PMP.

Packages

The player is packaged in a small box, the design of which is designed in dark colors to emphasize the price and class of the device. The small size of the package blurs this effect somewhat, but the package looks good. Inside there are two more boxes, one of which contains the player itself, the other contains accessories.

They include: a transparent plastic case, average quality headphones, a USB connection cable, a portable USB dongle, a line-in cable. For some reason, the last three titles are made in white, as if they wandered here from the configuration of some other player. At the bottom of the main box, in addition, there is also a short user manual on one page (in Russian), a CD with software and a full version of the manual (also in Russian), and a warranty card.

This package can be called standard, it does not stand out against the background of most player kits on the market.

Appearance

The design of Qumo Video is made in the style of "big brothers", portable media players on hard drives; its main element is a large liquid crystal display, landscaped for easy viewing of video. To the right of the display are the main controls: a five-way navigation key and, a little higher, the MODE-EQ function key, in the center of which there is a red LED informing about the current player activity.

The empty space between the display and the navigation key is striking, in our age of miniaturization, even such a strip of unused "usable area" looks like waste. The reason for this was a technical necessity (the need to place an integrated LCD controller chip somewhere), but it could certainly have been done more elegantly, this strip of empty space somewhat spoils the design, violates the unity of the player's appearance.

The length and width of Qumo Video, of course, far exceeds these indicators for ordinary modern MP3 players on flash memory, but it is not excessive: flash MP3 players had about the same size a couple of years ago and were considered "miniature". The device will fit literally in any pocket, which is additionally facilitated by its low weight.

Due to the integration of a full-sized SD/MMC slot and the use of a sufficiently capacious battery, the player turned out to be rather thick (19 mm), which looks somewhat anachronistic against the backdrop of the modern fashion for "thin solutions". The following elements are freely located on the side faces of the player, which have thus become very extensive.

  • headphone jack, standard 3.5 mm mini-jack;
  • line-in connector for recording audio from external analog sources, a slightly less common 2.5 mm submini-jack connector;
  • REC/A-B key;
  • “pseudokey” for resetting the RESET player software (a hole is made in the not pressed “dummy” of the key, through which, through an object like a pin, access is made to the reset button located in the back of the case);
  • PLAY key.
  • sliding lock switch;
  • USB connector, covered with a rubber plug attached to the case with a strap. The connector is not a standard mini-USB type B, but very similar to it, but incompatible with standard cables. As always in such cases, it is recommended to save the bundled USB cable: if you lose it, you may lose the ability to use the player.
  • an eyelet for attaching a lanyard when wearing the player around the neck. Qumo Video seems a little big for this, but people are comfortable wearing similar or larger cell phones around their necks. Unfortunately, the lace itself is not included.
  • Slot for connecting an SD/MMC memory card, covered with a rubber plug attached to the body with a strap. The connector is not very convenient: in order to insert or remove a memory card, either long and strong nails are required, or the use of improvised items. In order to “plug” the connector with a plug, additional, not too pleasant, efforts are required to “shove” the recalcitrant rubber into a narrow slot.

The back of the player is completely blank, except for a nameplate sticker with information about the player, Qumo company and model serial number.

The body of the player is made of solid quality plastic. Its surface is smooth enough that fingerprints remain on it, but not so much that they are very noticeable. The design consists of two halves, upper and lower, firmly connected to each other by four screws. The halves fit snugly together, there is not a hint of play or gaps, the body is assembled with high quality. The plastic is unpainted, which eliminates the appearance of scuffs, but it scratches relatively easily, and although the scratches are not very noticeable, it is recommended to carry the player in a complete case.

The controls are mostly made at a good Korean level: most of the keys sit tightly in their places, without shaking or dangling, they have an acceptable travel, they clearly convey pressing. For large fingers, their size may seem too small, but this is already a problem with most modern miniature devices. Although the keys on the top side could have been made larger, since the thickness of the player allows it. An unpleasant exception is the navigation key. It is implemented in the form of a monolithic ring with four pressing sectors – down-up and left-right – and surrounds the central button for calling the menu / confirming the choice. Both the ring and the button are too loose, have a lot of play and literally hang out in the connectors. Because of this, working with them is not very convenient.

The main element of the player, which gives it the right to bear the proud name of "Video", is a 2-inch TFT color display with a resolution of 220 by 176 pixels, displaying 262 thousand colors. Displays of this type are already the past generation for high-end mobile phones, but they are just beginning to appear in high-end MP3 players. Against the background of the virtual absence of analogues, the display makes a good impression: tolerable viewing angles (good – left-right, worse – down, rolls into inversion from above), tolerable color reproduction (although sharp color transitions are often noticeable in photos and videos), acceptable brightness and contrast. In bright daylight, the display behaves tolerantly.

If we talk about shortcomings, the lack of a built-in speaker, which has already become the standard for "large" PMPs, upsets. This, and the fact that the player lacks a stand and is not able to "stand" in an upright position https://tonaton.co.ke/c_fish, negates the potentially interesting possibility of using it as a "desktop" mini-player.

Control and interface

Qumo Video's control scheme is standard: a five-position navigation key is used to navigate through tracks, control the volume level and navigate through all the player's menus; the Play key turns the device on and off, and is also responsible for starting and stopping playback; the REC / A-B key is responsible for activating the recording and playing the selected section of the melody and, finally, the MODE-EQ key controls the transitions from one operating mode to another and, in combination, allows you to control the equalizer during playback. There are no changes for the worse or for the better, the only original move is the removal of the MODE-EQ key to the front panel, while for most manufacturers it is located on the edge, next to the other two.

The player interface is also standard: by default, the device is in the mode of playing the content that the user has chosen, and this can be music, video, photos or text files. There are three menus: a file menu for navigating through the contents of the memory, an operating mode selection menu, and a settings menu.

The file menu or navigation mode is implemented as a tree of folders. The player supports free navigation through all folders in memory, both in the built-in and on the SD/MMC card. The transition from one type of memory to another is implemented simply as another, the highest level of the folder hierarchy: Internal and External memory. The player supports "hot" replacement of memory cards. Only file types supported by the player are displayed: audio (MP3, WMA, OGG), photo (JPG), video (MPY), text (TXT). The user can open the selected file, copy it to the memory card (if it is in the built-in memory of the player) or to the built-in memory (if it is on the memory card), delete it. The copied files are placed in the "COPIED" folders, created automatically by the player both in the built-in memory and in the external one. In addition to this, the player creates a number of folders for more convenient content sorting: MOVIE (for videos), PHOTO (for images), RECORDER (for files recorded by the player itself), TEXT (for text files). Files and folders are sorted only by the time they were written to the player, this is a big drawback, especially evident against the background of the lack of playlists. Navigating through the file menu is done with the navigation key. There are problems with the display of Russian names of files and folders: they are visible on the display with extra spaces between the letters. In addition, Russian fonts are rather unfortunate (for all modes, including text viewing): individual letters differ in height, some are clumsily outlined, there are absolutely unnecessary serifs. In general, the file menu is made at a good level, the ability to open any type of file, which is not available to all players, attracts attention. You can listen to music while navigating.

The operating mode selection menu allows you to select one of seven modes: audio playback, microphone recording, line-in recording, radio, photo viewing, video viewing, text file viewing. Since all types of supported files are available through the file menu, having separate modes for playing audio, viewing photos, viewing videos, and viewing text files may seem redundant. In fact, all they do is allow you to return to the last opened file of one type or another. This can be useful if the user is listening to music, reading a text file and watching a movie at the same time, constantly “jumping” from one type of content to another, this makes the presence of these items in the menu more or less justified. Regarding the points of recording from a microphone and a line input, it can be noted that the need to switch to a special mode of operation in order to start recording by pressing a bunch of buttons is completely far-fetched. Much more user-friendly interface "record with one button from any mode", unfortunately, it is still extremely rare.

The settings menu includes settings for displaying information on the display, here the user can select the language for displaying tags, text files and menu messages, as well as what the player will display during playback: ID3 tags or file names. The next setting item is the timer settings, here you can set the current time, auto-shutdown of the player’s display, as well as the device itself, both in passive and active mode, play an alarm signal at a set time, and also program automatic recording of the radio broadcast. In the playback settings, the next item, you can choose whether the player will play only from the current folder or play all files “through”, which playback mode should be selected: random, looped playback of all tracks or one, familiarization with the track. In addition, this item sets the playback speed from 0 to 200% (0% is a conditional figure here, in reality it is somewhere around 5%). Next, the parameters for recording from a microphone, line-in and radio are configured: here the user can set the recording quality (in Kb / s, from 32 to 128) separately for the voice recorder and line-in, as well as enable / disable the function of auto splitting recording from the line-in into files according to silence intervals and adjust the gain when recording the incoming signal from the line input.There are also sound settings: the user can choose one of six equalizer presets or adjust the equalizer manually, it has 5 bands, 12 levels of signal boost and the same number of drops. The sound effects of SRS WOW are also configured here, the power of WOW and TRUBASS can be adjusted separately. Next, you can configure the FM radio parameters: select one of three broadcasting bands (they differ slightly), and also decide in which mode the broadcast will be played – stereo or mono. Finally, the last item is the settings of the player itself: the user can format the memory (unfortunately, only the built-in one), inquire about its current occupancy, flash the firmware, restore the factory settings of all parameters. In general, the number and nature of the settings are at a good level.

Play Content

Qumo Video is a multimedia player and supports four types of content: audio, video, image, text.

During audio playback, the player displays information about the name of the file being played or information from its ID3 tags (tags of all versions for MP3 files are supported, including in Russian; WMA tags are displayed, but there are problems: spaces between letters and garbage; OGG tags are not supported), about its format, bitrate and sample rate. In addition, information is displayed on the volume level, time since the beginning of playing the file and its duration, playback speed, playback mode, equalizer preset, serial number of the current file and the number of all files that will be played, current time, battery charge, key lock status, having a memory card. Finally, there is also a playback progress bar and a small modest visualization: displaying the sound level in the right and left channels. In a word, the space of a rather large display is used at 100%. The cover screen at the same time looks nice, it is not cluttered. During playback, the user can skip the track forward or backward (without sound), change the equalizer preset. Bookmarks and playlists, unfortunately, are missing. The player has one playback order – in accordance with the time the file was recorded on the player, so you will have to regret the absence of playlists more than once. It remains to be advised to write files to the player exclusively in the order in which you are going to listen to them.

The player supports MP3 (all bitrates), WMA (from 32 to 192 Kbps with sampling rate strictly up to 44.1 kHz), OGG (all bitrates).

The sound quality of the device is at its best: the sound is clear, with excellent transmission of bass, highs, and mids. For Korean-made players of the upper price category, the audio path has long been a well-established part of the device. The high sound power draws attention, according to which the player is one of the leaders on the market, you can safely use high-impedance headphones with it.

When watching a video, there are pop-up panels at the top and bottom that display information about the current time, battery charge, time since the start of playing the file and its duration, current volume. They disappear after a while so as not to clutter up the screen, but pop up again when you press any key. While watching a video, the user can rewind it.

The player only supports the PIXTREE MPEG4 format, the MPY extension is used. All other video files must be transcoded with the converter software supplied with the player. The resulting files have a resolution of 220 by 176 pixels and a frame rate of 15 per second, which can seriously reduce their size. Unfortunately, the quality suffers from this: the video cannot be called smooth and, as mentioned earlier, the display does not betray color transitions very well. Animation looks the most comfortable (cartoons, animated videos), feature video looks worse.

Photo Viewer, unfortunately, does not offer any additional features: it only displays images in JPG format (progressive JPG is not supported). Opening a 2200 x 1700 resolution photo takes approximately 10 seconds. Photos in the native resolution of 220 by 176 look best on the player, since the scaling algorithm used by the player is far from ideal, especially when viewing photos with an abundance of small details. Color transitions are displayed somewhat "torn". There is no zoom or slideshow. You can listen to music while viewing photos.

When reading text files, the display shows up to seven lines of text at a width of 26 characters, which is enough for relatively comfortable reading. The font size is sufficient to read without straining your eyes, it is definitely larger than common PDAs or smartphones. On the right is a slider that helps you navigate where the user is in the text. It also displays the current time, battery charge. The main disadvantage of the text mode is that the text is displayed continuously, the display of paragraphs is not supported, which makes reading less comfortable; this is a common problem with players based on Telechips processors. From text formats only standard TXT is supported, Russian language is supported only in ANSI. You can listen to music while reading. There are no bookmarks, but the player remembers the place where the reading was stopped when exiting.

Radio

The player's set of radio capabilities is completely standard: FM band, the ability to store up to 20 frequencies in memory, auto-scanning of the range, manual forcing of mono mode in case of poor reception, recording from the radio. The radio tuner in the player is implemented better than in most analogues: the device picks up a number of "problematic" frequencies for colleagues and has no problems with receiving most stations of the Moscow FM band. Autoscanning does its job very well, in this player this feature is really useful.

Record

From three sources – the built-in microphone, radio and line-in – Qumo Video records in WMA (Windows Media Audio) format. This format, in principle, is in no way inferior to MP3 and is even considered more efficient when recording speech. Recording at minimum quality uses a bit rate of 32 Kbps, which allows you to record approximately 36.5 hours for the minimum amount of memory (512 MB).

The player records from the microphone at an average level. A good frequency range and high sensitivity are greatly spoiled by background parasitic noise, which invariably adds to the sound of the recording. It does not drown out the speech, but it is annoying. At a low bitrate, it turns into a characteristic digital “gurgle”, which is even more annoying. Despite this, speech in a quiet room is clearly distinguishable when recording a low voice at a distance of up to 6 meters. Of the advantages of the recorder, we can mention that the microphone is well isolated from the vibrations of the body of the player itself. The lack of a voice activation function, manual or automatic sensitivity adjustment further narrows the scope of the voice recorder: voice notes, interviews not for publication.

Line-in recording is done via a relatively rare 2.5 mm submini-jack, which raises the question of buying a 3.5 mm adapter if you want to record from an external microphone or are trying to use a common 2 RCA to mini-jack cable . The implementation of recording from the line input is at a good level: 128 Kb / s WMA is quite enough for amateur digitization, no distortion or compression artifacts are observed.

Recording from the radio is standard, the only thing that attracts attention is that there is no way to adjust the recording quality for the radio separately: it is always the same as for recording from the line input. There are no complaints about the quality of the recording. True radio enthusiasts will appreciate the possibility of programmable broadcast recording.

During recording, the display shows information about the time elapsed since the beginning of recording, the time available in memory for recording (in the form of numerical values ​​and a bar graph), the gain level of the incoming signal, the name of the currently recorded file, as well as the current time and battery charge, in a word, all the necessary information.

Recorded files are stored in the RECORDER folder, which the helpful device creates by default in internal memory and sorts into subfolders VOICE (from microphone), LINE (from line-in), FMRADIO (from radio). There is no option to record directly to a memory card.

Connecting to a computer

Like most Korean and Chinese-made players, Qumo Video does not require any additional drivers or software to connect it to a computer. It is recognized by Windows ME, 2000 and XP operating systems as a mobile drive and can be used immediately to transfer any type of file. Downloading content to the player is also done by simply transferring files through Windows Explorer. In order for the player to be recognized by the computer, you must connect it in the on state.

If an SD/MMC card is installed in the player, it will also be Remote Control Holders in Kenya as another removable drive. This allows you to use the device as a card reader.

The device uses a high-speed USB 2.0 interface to communicate with a computer and shows excellent results: up to 8 MB per second towards the player and up to 10 MB per second – in the opposite direction. It takes less than five minutes to fill 2 GB.

The player uses a built-in non-replaceable lithium polymer battery. Its charging is carried out from the USB bus.

On a single charge, the player can play music for up to 20 consecutive hours (when the display is off). This good result is a consequence of using a powerful battery. Charging the battery takes about an hour and a half.

The charger from the mains is not included, when purchasing it from third-party manufacturers, you should be careful not to purchase devices with a mini-USB plug (small), they will not work. You should use chargers with a standard USB connector, to which you can connect the bundled wire.

Another innovation in the design of Qumo Video was to be Bluetooth support. There is no doubt that the use of wireless interfaces should be one of the signs of the next generation of portable devices, and the specification of the new Qumo model provides support for Bluetooth v1.2 with the ability to exchange data with the appropriate headphones / headsets. Unfortunately, due to traditional Russian delays in certification of the wireless communication module, the first batch of Qumo Video, which includes the sample we received for testing, included only devices lacking Bluetooth functionality.

Qumo guarantees the appearance of Qumo Video players with Bluetooth on the Russian market in the very near future, and users will also be offered Bluetooth stereo headphones, which are currently in short supply, as an accessory. You can distinguish them by the inscriptions on the box and the Bluetooth logo on the front panel of the device.

Conclusions

Like any device that is a pioneer in its segment, Qumo Video did not turn out to be perfect. It has a number of shortcomings of varying severity, among which one can single out the excessive thickness of the player, the lack of a built-in speaker, an inconvenient navigation key, a confusing interface in places, and the absence of some features that have already become industry standards. However, at the moment Qumo Video combines an exceptional set of features (large color LCD, maximum built-in memory up to 2 GB, memory expansion slot, multimedia capabilities), which for many may make it the only candidate for purchase. Of the competitors, only IRIVER u10 can be mentioned, this model has a better display, smaller dimensions, more convenient control. But the model from IRIVER is deprived of the possibility of expanding the memory, and versions with 2 GB of memory are still in serious shortage, in addition, this device is about 10% more expensive. Thus, Qumo Video looks like a smart purchase for a buyer who needs a flash PMP with maximum functionality and maximum memory.

Thanks to Qumo for providing the player for testing.

Qumo Video MP3 player review

In the world of modern portable gadgets, development today is almost continuous, generations change literally in a matter of months, new technologies are introduced and old ones are improved daily.

MP3 players cannot fall behind in this race; to stay on the market, they must constantly improve. A sign of the new generation of these devices is their transformation into multimedia players capable of playing several types of content: not only audio, but also video, photos. The main highlight of such devices, as a rule, is a large color display and the ability to play video, they are often called PMP (portable media players), MP4 players (MP4 hints at the MPEG4 video format and at the same time illustrates a qualitative leap in comparison with MP3 players).

The first PMPs used a hard drive as a storage medium – it was not possible to cram a lot of video into the volumes of flash memory that were common in the past. However, as time went on, and flash players also began to join the possibilities of multimedia. The first flash PMPs in the industry had tiny color displays and were PMPs in name only, these features had no practical value. Only recently, devices with good displays with a diagonal of 1.8 inches or more, suitable for use as a multimedia player, began to appear on the market.

Qumo was one of the first to introduce such a device to the Russian market. Its new model, Qumo Video, has a large color display, a maximum of 2 GB of onboard memory and an SD/MMC slot that allows today to expand the memory up to 6 GB, which was previously unattainable for a player on flash memory. This, as well as support for video, photo and text files, gives the right to call this player a full-fledged PMP.

Packages

The player is packaged in a small box, the design of which is designed in dark colors to emphasize the price and class of the device. The small size of the package blurs this effect somewhat, but the package looks good. Inside there are two more boxes, one of which contains the player itself, the other contains accessories.

They include: a transparent plastic case, average quality headphones, a USB connection cable, a portable USB dongle, a line-in cable. For some reason, the last three titles are made in white, as if they wandered here from the configuration of some other player. At the bottom of the main box, in addition, there is also a short user manual on one page (in Russian), a CD with software and a full version of the manual (also in Russian), and a warranty card.

This package can be called standard, it does not stand out against the background of most player kits on the market.

Appearance

The design of Qumo Video is made in the style of "big brothers", portable media players on hard drives; its main element is a large liquid crystal display, landscaped for easy viewing of video. To the right of the display are the main controls: a five-way navigation key and, a little higher, the MODE-EQ function key, in the center of which there is a red LED informing about the current player activity.

The empty space between the display and the navigation key is striking, in our age of miniaturization, even such a strip of unused "usable area" looks like waste. The reason for this was a technical necessity (the need to place an integrated LCD controller chip somewhere), but it could certainly have been done more elegantly, this strip of empty space somewhat spoils the design, violates the unity of the player's appearance.

The length and width of Qumo Video, of course, far exceeds these indicators for ordinary modern MP3 players on flash memory, but it is not excessive: flash MP3 players had about the same size a couple of years ago and were considered "miniature". The device will fit literally in any pocket, which is additionally facilitated by its low weight.

Due to the integration of a full-sized SD/MMC slot and the use of a sufficiently capacious battery, the player turned out to be rather thick (19 mm), which looks somewhat anachronistic against the backdrop of the modern fashion for "thin solutions". The following elements are freely located on the side faces of the player, which have thus become very extensive.

  • headphone jack, standard 3.5 mm mini-jack;
  • line-in connector for recording audio from external analog sources, a slightly less common 2.5 mm submini-jack connector;
  • REC/A-B key;
  • “pseudokey” for resetting the RESET player software (a hole is made in the not pressed “dummy” of the key, through which, through an object like a pin, access is made to the reset button located in the back of the case);
  • PLAY key.
  • sliding lock switch;
  • USB connector, covered with a rubber plug attached to the case with a strap. The connector is not a standard mini-USB type B, but very similar to it, but incompatible with standard cables. As always in such cases, it is recommended to save the bundled USB cable: if you lose it, you may lose the ability to use the player.
  • an eyelet for attaching a lanyard when wearing the player around the neck. Qumo Video seems a bit big for this, but people are comfortable wearing similar or larger cell phones around their necks. Unfortunately, the lace itself is not included.
  • a connector for connecting an SD/MMC memory card, covered with a rubber plug attached to the case with a strap. The connector is not very convenient: in order to insert or remove a memory card, either long and strong nails are required, or the use of improvised items. In order to “plug” the connector with a plug, additional, not too pleasant, efforts are required to “shove” the recalcitrant rubber into a narrow slot.

The back of the player is completely blank, except for a nameplate sticker with information about the player, Qumo company and model serial number.

The body of the player is made of solid quality plastic. Its surface is smooth enough that fingerprints remain on it, but not so much that they are very noticeable. The design consists of two halves, upper and lower, firmly connected to each other by four screws. The halves fit snugly together, there is not a hint of play or gaps, the body is assembled with high quality. The plastic is unpainted, which eliminates the appearance of scuffs, but it scratches relatively easily, and although the scratches are not very noticeable, it is recommended to carry the player in a complete case.

The controls are mostly made at a good Korean level: most of the keys sit tightly in their places, without shaking or dangling, they have an acceptable travel, they clearly convey pressing. For large fingers, their size may seem too small, but this is already a problem with most modern miniature devices. Although the keys on the top side could have been made larger, since the thickness of the player allows it. An unpleasant exception is the navigation key. It is implemented in the form of a monolithic ring with four pressing sectors – down-up and left-right – and surrounds the central button for calling the menu / confirming the choice. Both the ring and the button are too loose, have a lot of play and literally hang out in the connectors. Because of this, working with them is not very convenient.

The main element of the player, which gives it the right to bear the proud name of "Video", is a 2-inch TFT color display with a resolution of 220 by 176 pixels, displaying 262 thousand colors. Displays of this type are already the past generation for high-end mobile phones, but they are just beginning to appear in high-end MP3 players. Against the background of the virtual absence of analogues, the display makes a good impression: tolerable viewing angles (good – left-right, worse – down, rolls into inversion from above), tolerable color reproduction (although sharp color transitions are often noticeable in photos and videos), acceptable brightness and contrast. In bright daylight, the display behaves tolerantly.

If we talk about shortcomings, the lack of a built-in speaker, which has already become the standard for "large" PMPs, upsets. This, and the fact that the player lacks a stand and is not able to "stand" in an upright position, negates the potentially interesting possibility of using it as a "desktop" mini-player.

Control and interface

Qumo Video's control scheme is standard: a five-position navigation key is used to navigate through tracks, control the volume level and navigate through all the player's menus; the Play key turns the device on and off, and is also responsible for starting and stopping playback; the REC / A-B key is responsible for activating the recording and playing the selected section of the melody and, finally, the MODE-EQ key controls the transitions from one operating mode to another and, in combination, allows you to control the equalizer during playback. There are no changes for the worse or for the better, the only original move is the removal of the MODE-EQ key to the front panel, while for most manufacturers it is located on the edge, next to the other two.

The player interface is also standard: by default, the device is in the mode of playing the content that the user has chosen, and this can be music, video, photos or text files. There are three menus: a file menu for navigating through the contents of the memory, an operating mode selection menu, and a settings menu.

The file menu or navigation mode is implemented as a tree of folders. The player supports free navigation through all folders in memory, both in the built-in and on the SD/MMC card. The transition from one type of memory to another is implemented simply as another, the highest level of the folder hierarchy: Internal and External memory. The player supports "hot" replacement of memory cards. Only file types supported by the player are displayed: audio (MP3, WMA, OGG), photo (JPG), video (MPY), text (TXT). The user can open the selected file, copy it to the memory card (if it is in the built-in memory of the player) or to the built-in memory (if it is on the memory card), delete it. The copied files are placed in the "COPIED" folders, created automatically by the player both in the built-in memory and in the external one. In addition to this, the player creates a number of folders for more convenient content sorting: MOVIE (for videos), PHOTO (for images), RECORDER (for files recorded by the player itself), TEXT (for text files). Files and folders are sorted only by the time they were written to the player, this is a big drawback, especially evident against the background of the lack of playlists. Navigating through the file menu is done with the navigation key. There are problems with the display of Russian names of files and folders: they are visible on the display with extra spaces between the letters. In addition, Russian fonts are rather unfortunate (for all modes, including text viewing): individual letters differ in height, some are clumsily outlined, there are absolutely unnecessary serifs. In general, the file menu is made at a good level, the ability to open any type of file, which is not available to all players, attracts attention. You can listen to music while navigating.

The operating mode selection menu allows you to select one of seven modes: audio playback, microphone recording, line-in recording, radio, photo viewing, video viewing, text file viewing. Since all types of supported files are available through the file menu, having separate modes for playing audio, viewing photos, viewing videos, and viewing text files may seem redundant. In fact, all they do is allow you to return to the last opened file of one type or another. This can be useful if the user is listening to music, reading a text file and watching a movie at the same time, constantly “jumping” from one type of content to another, this makes the presence of these items in the menu more or less justified. Regarding the points of recording from a microphone and a line input, it can be noted that the need to switch to a special mode of operation in order to start recording by pressing a bunch of buttons is completely far-fetched. Much more user-friendly interface "record with one button from any mode", unfortunately, it is still extremely rare.

The settings menu includes settings for displaying information on the display, here the user can select the language for displaying tags, text files and menu messages, as well as what the player will display during playback: ID3 tags or file names. The next setting item is the timer settings, here you can set the current time, auto-shutdown of the player’s display, as well as the device itself, both in passive and active mode, play an alarm signal at a set time, and also program automatic recording of the radio broadcast. In the playback settings, the next item, you can choose whether the player will play only from the current folder or play all files “through”, which playback mode should be selected: random, looped playback of all tracks or one, familiarization with the track. In addition, this item sets the playback speed from 0 to 200% (0% is a conditional figure here, in reality it is somewhere around 5%). Next, the parameters for recording from a microphone, line-in and radio are configured: here the user can set the recording quality (in Kb / s, from 32 to 128) separately for the voice recorder and line-in, as well as enable / disable the function of auto splitting recording from the line-in into files according to silence intervals and adjust the gain when recording the incoming signal from the line input.There are also sound settings: the user can choose one of six equalizer presets or adjust the equalizer manually, it has 5 bands, 12 levels of signal boost and the same number of drops. The sound effects of SRS WOW are also configured here, the power of WOW and TRUBASS can be adjusted separately. Next, you can configure the FM radio parameters: select one of three broadcasting bands (they differ slightly), and also decide in which mode the broadcast will be played – stereo or mono. Finally, the last item is the settings of the player itself: the user can format the memory (unfortunately, only the built-in one), inquire about its current occupancy, flash the firmware, restore the factory settings of all parameters. In general, the number and nature of the settings are at a good level.

Play Content

Qumo Video is a multimedia player and supports four types of content: audio, video, image, text.

During audio playback, the player displays information about the name of the file being played or information from its ID3 tags (tags of all versions for MP3 files are supported, including in Russian; WMA tags are displayed, but there are problems: spaces between letters and garbage; OGG tags are not supported), about its format, bitrate and sample rate. In addition, information is displayed on the volume level, time since the beginning of playing the file and its duration, playback speed, playback mode, equalizer preset, serial number of the current file and the number of all files that will be played, current time, battery charge, key lock status, having a memory card. Finally, there is also a playback progress bar and a small modest visualization: displaying the sound level in the right and left channels. In a word, the space of a rather large display is used at 100%. The cover screen at the same time looks nice, it is not cluttered. During playback, the user can skip the track forward or backward (without sound), change the equalizer preset. Bookmarks and playlists, unfortunately, are missing. The player has one playback order – in accordance with the time the file was recorded on the player, so you will have to regret the absence of playlists more than once. It remains to be advised to write files to the player exclusively in the order in which you are going to listen to them.

The player supports MP3 (all bitrates), WMA (from 32 to 192 Kbps with sampling rate strictly up to 44.1 kHz), OGG (all bitrates).

The sound quality of the device is at its best: the sound is clear, with excellent transmission of bass, highs, and mids. For Korean-made players of the upper price category, the audio path has long been a well-established part of the device. The high sound power draws attention, according to which the player is one of the leaders on the market, you can safely use high-impedance headphones with it.

When watching a video, there are pop-up panels at the top and bottom that display information about the current time, battery charge, time since the start of playing the file and its duration, current volume. They disappear after a while so as not to clutter up the screen, but pop up again when you press any key. While watching a video, the user can rewind it.

The player only supports the PIXTREE MPEG4 format, the MPY extension is used. All other video files must be transcoded with the converter software supplied with the player. The resulting files have a resolution of 220 by 176 pixels and a frame rate of 15 per second, which can seriously reduce their size. Unfortunately, the quality suffers from this: the video cannot be called smooth and, as mentioned earlier, the display does not betray color transitions very well. Animation looks the most comfortable (cartoons, animated videos), feature video looks worse.

Photo Viewer, unfortunately, does not offer any additional features: it only displays images in JPG format (progressive JPG is not supported). Opening a 2200 x 1700 resolution photo takes approximately 10 seconds. Photos in the native resolution of 220 by 176 look best on the player, because the scaling algorithm used by the player is far from ideal, especially when viewing photos with an abundance of small details. Color transitions are displayed somewhat "torn". There is no zoom or slideshow. You can listen to music while viewing photos.

When reading text files, the display shows up to seven lines of text at a width of 26 characters, which is enough for relatively comfortable reading. The font size is sufficient to read without straining your eyes, it is definitely larger than common PDAs or smartphones. On the right is a slider that helps you navigate where the user is in the text. It also displays the current time, battery charge. The main disadvantage of the text mode is that the text is displayed continuously, the display of paragraphs is not supported, which makes reading less comfortable; this is a common problem with players based on Telechips processors. From text formats only standard TXT is supported, Russian language is supported only in ANSI. You can listen to music while reading. Bookmarks are not provided, but the player remembers the place where the reading was stopped when exiting.

Radio

The player's set of radio capabilities is completely standard: FM band, the ability to store up to 20 frequencies in memory, auto-scanning of the range, manual forcing of mono mode in case of poor reception, recording from the radio. The radio tuner in the player is implemented better than in most analogues: the device picks up a number of "problematic" frequencies for colleagues and has no problems with receiving most stations of the Moscow FM band. Autoscanning does its job very well, in this player this feature is really useful.

Record

From three sources – the built-in microphone, radio and line-in – Qumo Video records in WMA (Windows Media Audio) format. This format, in principle, is in no way inferior to MP3 and is even considered more efficient when recording speech. Recording at minimum quality uses a bit rate of 32 Kbps, which allows you to record approximately 36.5 hours for the minimum amount of memory (512 MB).

The player records from the microphone at an average level. A good frequency range and high sensitivity are greatly spoiled by background parasitic noise, which invariably adds to the sound of the recording. It does not drown out the speech, but it is annoying. At a low bitrate, it turns into a characteristic digital “gurgle”, which is even more annoying. Despite this, speech in a quiet room is clearly distinguishable when recording a low voice at a distance of up to 6 meters. Of the advantages of the recorder, we can mention that the microphone is well isolated from the vibrations of the body of the player itself. The lack of a voice activation function, manual or automatic sensitivity adjustment further narrows the scope of the voice recorder: voice notes, interviews not for publication.

Line-in recording is done via a relatively rare 2.5 mm submini-jack, which raises the question of buying a 3.5 mm adapter if you want to record from an external microphone or are trying to use a common 2 RCA to mini-jack cable . The implementation of recording from the line input is at a good level: 128 Kb / s WMA is quite enough for amateur digitization, no distortion or compression artifacts are observed.

Recording from the radio is standard, the only thing that attracts attention is that there is no way to adjust the recording quality for the radio separately: it is always the same as for recording from the line input. There are no complaints about the quality of the recording. True radio enthusiasts will appreciate the possibility of programmable broadcast recording.

During recording, the display shows information about the time elapsed since the beginning of recording, the time available in memory for recording (in the form of numerical values ​​and a bar graph), the gain level of the incoming signal, the name of the currently recorded file, as well as the current time and battery charge, in a word, all the necessary information.

Recorded files are stored in the RECORDER folder, which the helpful device creates by default in internal memory and sorts into subfolders VOICE (from microphone), LINE (from line-in), FMRADIO (from radio). There is no option to record directly to a memory card.

Connecting to a computer

Like most Korean and Chinese-made players, Qumo Video does not require any additional drivers or software to connect it to a computer. It is recognized by Windows ME, 2000 and XP operating systems as a mobile drive and can be used immediately to transfer any type of file. Downloading content to the player is also done by simply transferring files through Windows Explorer. In order for the player to be recognized by the computer, you must connect it in the on state.

If an SD/MMC card is installed in the player, it will also be Remote Control Holders in Kenya as another removable drive. This allows you to use the device as a card reader.

The device uses a high-speed USB 2.0 interface to communicate with a computer and shows excellent results: up to 8 MB per second towards the player and up to 10 MB per second – in the opposite direction. It takes less than five minutes to fill 2 GB.

The player uses a built-in non-replaceable lithium polymer battery. Its charging is carried out from the USB bus.

On a single charge, the player can play music for up to 20 consecutive hours (when the display is off). This good result is a consequence of using a powerful battery. Charging the battery takes about an hour and a half.

The charger from the mains is not included, when purchasing it from third-party manufacturers, you should be careful not to purchase devices with a mini-USB plug (small), they will not work. You should use chargers with a standard USB connector, to which you can connect the bundled wire.

Another innovation in the design of Qumo Video was to be Bluetooth support. There is no doubt that the use of wireless interfaces should be one of the signs of the next generation of portable devices, and the specification of the new Qumo model provides support for Bluetooth v1.2 with the ability to exchange data with the appropriate headphones / headsets. Unfortunately, due to traditional Russian delays in certification of the wireless communication module, the first batch of Qumo Video, which includes the sample we received for testing, included only devices lacking Bluetooth functionality.

Qumo guarantees the appearance of Qumo Video players with Bluetooth on the Russian market in the very near future, and users will also be offered Bluetooth stereo headphones, which are currently in short supply, as an accessory. You can distinguish them by the inscriptions on the box and the Bluetooth logo on the front panel of the device.

Conclusions

Like any device that is a pioneer in its segment, Qumo Video did not turn out to be perfect. It has a number of shortcomings of varying severity, among which one can single out the excessive thickness of the player, the lack of a built-in speaker, an inconvenient navigation key, a confusing interface in places, and the absence of some features that have already become industry standards. However, at the moment Qumo Video combines an exceptional set of features (large color LCD, maximum built-in memory up to 2 GB, memory expansion slot, multimedia capabilities), which for many may make it the only candidate for purchase. Of the competitors, only IRIVER u10 can be mentioned, this model has a better display, smaller dimensions, more convenient control. But the model from IRIVER is deprived of the possibility of expanding the memory, and versions with 2 GB of memory are still in serious shortage, in addition, this device is about 10% more expensive. Thus, Qumo Video looks like a smart purchase for a buyer who needs a flash PMP with maximum functionality and maximum memory.

Thanks to Qumo for providing the player for testing.

Qumo Video MP3 player review

In the world of modern portable gadgets, development today is almost continuous, generations change literally in a matter of months, new technologies are introduced and old ones are improved daily.

MP3 players cannot fall behind in this race; to stay on the market, they must constantly improve. A sign of the new generation of these devices is their transformation into multimedia players capable of playing several types of content: not only audio, but also video, photos. The main highlight of such devices, as a rule, is a large color display and the ability to play video, they are often called PMP (portable media players), MP4 players (MP4 hints at the MPEG4 video format and at the same time illustrates a qualitative leap in comparison with MP3 players).

The first PMPs used a hard drive as a storage medium – it was not possible to cram a lot of video into the volumes of flash memory that were common in the past. However, as time went on, and flash players also began to join the possibilities of multimedia. The first flash PMPs in the industry had tiny color displays and were PMPs in name only, these features had no practical value. Only recently, devices with good displays with a diagonal of 1.8 inches or more, suitable for use as a multimedia player, began to appear on the market.

Qumo was one of the first to introduce such a device to the Russian market. Its new model, Qumo Video, has a large color display, a maximum of 2 GB of onboard memory and an SD/MMC slot that allows today to expand the memory up to 6 GB, which was previously unattainable for a player on flash memory. This, as well as support for video, photo and text files, gives the right to call this player a full-fledged PMP.

Packages

The player is packaged in a small box, the design of which is designed in dark colors to emphasize the price and class of the device. The small size of the package blurs this effect somewhat, but the package looks good. Inside there are two more boxes, one of which contains the player itself, the other contains accessories.

They include: a transparent plastic case, average quality headphones, a USB connection cable, a portable USB dongle, a line-in cable. For some reason, the last three titles are made in white, as if they wandered here from the configuration of some other player. At the bottom of the main box, in addition, there is also a short user manual on one page (in Russian), a CD with software and a full version of the manual (also in Russian), and a warranty card.

This package can be called standard, it does not stand out against the background of most player kits on the market.

Appearance

The design of Qumo Video is made in the style of "big brothers", portable media players on hard drives; its main element is a large liquid crystal display, landscaped for easy viewing of video. To the right of the display are the main controls: a five-way navigation key and, a little higher, the MODE-EQ function key, in the center of which there is a red LED informing about the current player activity.

The empty space between the display and the navigation key is striking, in our age of miniaturization, even such a strip of unused "usable area" looks like waste. The reason for this was a technical necessity (the need to place an integrated LCD controller chip somewhere), but it could certainly have been done more elegantly, this strip of empty space somewhat spoils the design, violates the unity of the player's appearance.

The length and width of Qumo Video, of course, far exceeds these indicators for ordinary modern MP3 players on flash memory, but it is not excessive: flash MP3 players had about the same size a couple of years ago and were considered "miniature". The device will fit literally in any pocket, which is additionally facilitated by its low weight.

Due to the integration of a full-sized SD/MMC slot and the use of a sufficiently capacious battery, the player turned out to be rather thick (19 mm), which looks somewhat anachronistic against the backdrop of the modern fashion for "thin solutions". The following elements are freely located on the side faces of the player, which have thus become very extensive.

  • headphone jack, standard 3.5 mm mini-jack;
  • line-in connector for recording audio from external analog sources, a slightly less common 2.5 mm submini-jack connector;
  • REC/A-B key;
  • “pseudo-key” for resetting the RESET player software (there is a hole in the non-pressed “dummy” of the key, through which, through an object like a pin, access is made to the reset button located in the back of the case);
  • PLAY key.
  • sliding lock switch;
  • USB connector, covered with a rubber plug attached to the case with a strap. The connector is not a standard mini-USB type B, but very similar to it, but incompatible with standard cables. As always in such cases, it is recommended to save the bundled USB cable: if you lose it, you may lose the ability to use the player.
  • an eyelet for attaching a lanyard when wearing the player around the neck. Qumo Video seems a little big for this, but people are comfortable wearing similar or larger cell phones around their necks. Unfortunately, the lace itself is not included.
  • Slot for connecting an SD/MMC memory card, covered with a rubber plug attached to the body with a strap. The connector is not very convenient: in order to insert or remove a memory card, either long and strong nails are required, or the use of improvised items. In order to “plug” the connector with a plug, additional, not too pleasant, efforts are required to “shove” the recalcitrant rubber into a narrow slot.

The back of the player is completely blank, except for a nameplate sticker with information about the player, Qumo company and model serial number.

The body of the player is made of solid quality plastic. Its surface is smooth enough that fingerprints remain on it, but not so much that they are very noticeable. The design consists of two halves, upper and lower, firmly connected to each other by four screws. The halves fit snugly together, there is not a hint of play or gaps, the body is assembled with high quality. The plastic is unpainted, which eliminates the appearance of scuffs, but it scratches relatively easily, and although the scratches are not very noticeable, it is recommended to carry the player in a complete case.

The controls are mostly made at a good Korean level: most of the keys sit tightly in their places, without shaking or dangling, they have an acceptable travel, they clearly convey pressing. For large fingers, their size may seem too small, but this is already a problem with most modern miniature devices. Although the keys on the top side could have been made larger, since the thickness of the player allows it. An unpleasant exception is the navigation key. It is implemented in the form of a monolithic ring with four pressing sectors – down-up and left-right – and surrounds the central button for calling the menu / confirming the choice. Both the ring and the button are too loose, have a lot of play and literally hang out in the connectors. Because of this, working with them is not very convenient.

The main element of the player, which gives it the right to bear the proud name of "Video", is a 2-inch TFT color display with a resolution of 220 by 176 pixels, displaying 262 thousand colors. Displays of this type are already the past generation for high-end mobile phones, but they are just beginning to appear in high-end MP3 players. Against the background of the virtual absence of analogues, the display makes a good impression: tolerable viewing angles (good – left-right, worse – down, rolls into inversion from above), tolerable color reproduction (although sharp color transitions are often noticeable in photos and videos), acceptable brightness and contrast. In bright daylight, the display behaves tolerantly.

If we talk about shortcomings, the lack of a built-in speaker, which has already become the standard for "large" PMPs, upsets. This, and the fact that the player lacks a stand and is not able to "stand" in an upright position, negates the potentially interesting possibility of using it as a "desktop" mini-player.

Control and interface

Qumo Video's control scheme is standard: a five-position navigation key is used to navigate through tracks, control the volume level and navigate through all the player's menus; the Play key turns the device on and off, and is also responsible for starting and stopping playback; the REC / A-B key is responsible for activating the recording and playing the selected section of the melody and, finally, the MODE-EQ key controls the transitions from one operating mode to another and, in combination, allows you to control the equalizer during playback. There are no changes for the worse or for the better, the only original move is the removal of the MODE-EQ key to the front panel, while for most manufacturers it is located on the edge, next to the other two.

The player interface is also standard: by default, the device is in the mode of playing the content that the user has chosen, and this can be music, video, photos or text files. There are three menus: a file menu for navigating through the contents of the memory, an operating mode selection menu, and a settings menu.

The file menu or navigation mode is implemented as a tree of folders. The player supports free navigation through all folders in memory, both in the built-in and on the SD/MMC card. The transition from one type of memory to another is implemented simply as another, the highest level of the folder hierarchy: Internal and External memory. The player supports "hot" replacement of memory cards. Only file types supported by the player are displayed: audio (MP3, WMA, OGG), photo (JPG), video (MPY), text (TXT). The user can open the selected file, copy it to the memory card (if it is in the built-in memory of the player) or to the built-in memory (if it is on the memory card), delete it. The copied files are placed in the "COPIED" folders, created automatically by the player both in the built-in memory and in the external one. In addition to this, the player creates a number of folders for more convenient content sorting: MOVIE (for videos), PHOTO (for images), RECORDER (for files recorded by the player itself), TEXT (for text files). Files and folders are sorted only by the time they were written to the player, this is a big drawback, especially evident against the background of the lack of playlists. Navigating through the file menu is done with the navigation key. There are problems with the display of Russian names of files and folders: they are visible on the display with extra spaces between the letters. In addition, Russian fonts are rather unfortunate (for all modes, including text viewing): individual letters differ in height, some are clumsily outlined, there are absolutely unnecessary serifs. In general, the file menu is made at a good level, the ability to open any type of file, which is not available to all players, attracts attention. You can listen to music while navigating.

The operating mode selection menu allows you to select one of seven modes: audio playback, microphone recording, line-in recording, radio, photo viewing, video viewing, text file viewing. Since all types of supported files are available through the file menu, having separate modes for playing audio, viewing photos, viewing videos, and viewing text files may seem redundant. In fact, all they do is allow you to return to the last opened file of one type or another. This can be useful if the user is listening to music, reading a text file and watching a movie at the same time, constantly “jumping” from one type of content to another, this makes the presence of these items in the menu more or less justified. Regarding the points of recording from a microphone and a line input, it can be noted that the need to switch to a special mode of operation in order to start recording by pressing a bunch of buttons is completely far-fetched. Much more user-friendly interface "record with one button from any mode", unfortunately, it is still extremely rare.

The settings menu includes settings for displaying information on the display, here the user can select the language for displaying tags, text files and menu messages, as well as what the player will display during playback: ID3 tags or file names. The next setting item is the timer settings, here you can set the current time, auto-shutdown of the player’s display, as well as the device itself, both in passive and active mode, play an alarm signal at a set time, and also program automatic recording of the radio broadcast. In the playback settings, the next item, you can choose whether the player will play only from the current folder or play all files “through”, which playback mode should be selected: random, looped playback of all tracks or one, familiarization with the track. In addition, this item sets the playback speed from 0 to 200% (0% is a conditional figure here, in reality it is somewhere around 5%). Next, the parameters for recording from a microphone, line-in and radio are configured: here the user can set the recording quality (in Kb / s, from 32 to 128) separately for the voice recorder and line-in, as well as enable / disable the function of auto splitting recording from the line-in into files according to silence intervals and adjust the gain when recording the incoming signal from the line input. There are also sound settings: the user can choose one of six equalizer presets or adjust the equalizer manually, it has 5 bands, 12 levels of signal boost and the same number of drops.The sound effects of SRS WOW are also configured here, the power of WOW and TRUBASS can be adjusted separately. Next, you can configure the FM radio parameters: select one of three broadcasting bands (they differ slightly), and also decide in which mode the broadcast will be played – stereo or mono. Finally, the last item is the settings of the player itself: the user can format the memory (unfortunately, only the built-in one), inquire about its current occupancy, flash the firmware, restore the factory settings of all parameters. In general, the number and nature of the settings are at a good level.

Play Content

Qumo Video is a multimedia player and supports four types of content: audio, video, image, text.

During audio playback, the player displays information about the name of the file being played or information from its ID3 tags (tags of all versions for MP3 files are supported, including in Russian; WMA tags are displayed, but there are problems: spaces between letters and garbage; OGG tags are not supported), about its format, bitrate and sample rate. In addition, information is displayed on the volume level, time since the beginning of playing the file and its duration, playback speed, playback mode, equalizer preset, serial number of the current file and the number of all files that will be played, current time, battery charge, key lock status, having a memory card. Finally, there is also a playback progress bar and a small modest visualization: displaying the sound level in the right and left channels. In a word, the space of a rather large display is used at 100%. The cover screen at the same time looks nice, it is not cluttered. During playback, the user can skip the track forward or backward (without sound), change the equalizer preset. Bookmarks and playlists, unfortunately, are missing. The player has one playback order – in accordance with the time the file was recorded on the player, so you will have to regret the absence of playlists more than once. It remains to be advised to write files to the player exclusively in the order in which you are going to listen to them.

The player supports MP3 (all bitrates), WMA (from 32 to 192 Kb/s with sampling rate strictly up to 44.1 kHz), OGG (all bitrates).

The sound quality of the device is at its best: the sound is clear, with excellent transmission of bass, highs, and mids. For Korean-made players of the upper price category, the audio path has long been a well-established part of the device. The high sound power draws attention, according to which the player is among the leaders on the market, you can safely use high-impedance headphones with it.

When watching a video, there are pop-up panels at the top and bottom that display information about the current time, battery charge, time since the start of playing the file and its duration, current volume. They disappear after a while so as not to clutter up the screen, but pop up again when you press any key. While watching a video, the user can rewind it.

The player only supports the PIXTREE MPEG4 format, the MPY extension is used. All other video files must be transcoded with the converter software supplied with the player. The resulting files have a resolution of 220 by 176 pixels and a frame rate of 15 per second, which can seriously reduce their size. Unfortunately, the quality suffers from this: the video cannot be called smooth and, as mentioned earlier, the display does not betray color transitions very well. Animation looks the most comfortable (cartoons, animated videos), artistic video looks worse.

Photo Viewer, unfortunately, does not offer any additional features: it only displays images in JPG format (progressive JPG is not supported). Opening a 2200 x 1700 resolution photo takes approximately 10 seconds. Photos in the native resolution of 220 by 176 look best on the player, since the scaling algorithm used by the player is far from ideal, especially when viewing photos with an abundance of small details. Color transitions are displayed somewhat "torn". There is no zoom or slideshow. You can listen to music while viewing photos.

When reading text files, the display shows up to seven lines of text at a width of 26 characters, which is enough for relatively comfortable reading. The font size is sufficient to read without straining your eyes, it is definitely larger than common PDAs or smartphones. On the right is a slider that helps you navigate where the user is in the text. It also displays the current time, battery charge. The main disadvantage of the text mode is that the text is displayed continuously, the display of paragraphs is not supported, which makes reading less comfortable; this is a common problem with players based on Telechips processors. From text formats only standard TXT is supported, Russian language is supported only in ANSI. You can listen to music while reading. There are no bookmarks, but the player remembers the place where the reading was stopped when exiting.

Radio

The player's set of radio capabilities is completely standard: FM band, the ability to store up to 20 frequencies in memory, auto-scanning of the range, manual forcing of mono mode in case of poor reception, recording from the radio. The radio tuner in the player is implemented better than in most analogues: the device picks up a number of "problematic" frequencies for colleagues and has no problems with receiving most stations of the Moscow FM band. Autoscanning does its job very well, in this player this feature is really useful.

Record

From three sources – the built-in microphone, radio and line-in – Qumo Video records in WMA (Windows Media Audio) format. This format, in principle, is in no way inferior to MP3 and is even considered more efficient when recording speech. Recording at minimum quality uses a bit rate of 32 Kbps, which allows you to record approximately 36.5 hours for the minimum amount of memory (512 MB).

The player records from the microphone at an average level. A good frequency range and high sensitivity are greatly spoiled by background parasitic noise, which invariably adds to the sound of the recording. It does not drown out the speech, but it is annoying. At a low bitrate, it turns into a characteristic digital “gurgle”, which is even more annoying. Despite this, speech in a quiet room is clearly distinguishable when recording a low voice at a distance of up to 6 meters. Of the advantages of the recorder, we can mention that the microphone is well isolated from the vibrations of the body of the player itself. The lack of a voice activation function, manual or automatic sensitivity adjustment further narrows the scope of the voice recorder: voice notes, interviews not for publication.

Line-in recording is done via a relatively rare 2.5 mm submini-jack, which raises the question of buying a 3.5 mm adapter if you want to record from an external microphone or are trying to use a common 2 RCA to mini-jack cable . The implementation of recording from the line input is at a good level: 128 Kb / s WMA is quite enough for amateur digitization, no distortion or compression artifacts are observed.

Recording from the radio is standard, the only thing that attracts attention is that there is no way to adjust the recording quality for the radio separately: it is always the same as for recording from the line input. There are no complaints about the quality of the recording. True radio enthusiasts will appreciate the possibility of programmable broadcast recording.

During recording, the display shows information about the time elapsed since the beginning of recording, the time available in memory for recording (in the form of numerical values ​​and a bar graph), the gain level of the incoming signal, the name of the currently recorded file, as well as the current time and battery charge, in a word, all the necessary information.

Recorded files are stored in the RECORDER folder, which the helpful device creates by default in internal memory and sorts into VOICE (from microphone), LINE (from line-in), FMRADIO (from radio) subfolders. There is no option to record directly to a memory card.

Connecting to a computer

Like most Korean and Chinese-made players, Qumo Video does not require any additional drivers or software to connect it to a computer. It is recognized by Windows ME, 2000 and XP operating systems as a mobile drive and can be used immediately to transfer any type of file. Downloading content to the player is also done by simply transferring files through Windows Explorer. In order for the player to be recognized by the computer, you must connect it in the on state.

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The device uses a high-speed USB 2.0 interface to communicate with a computer and shows excellent results: up to 8 MB per second towards the player and up to 10 MB per second – in the opposite direction. It takes less than five minutes to fill 2 GB.

The player uses a built-in non-replaceable lithium polymer battery. Its charging is carried out from the USB bus.

On a single charge, the player can play music for up to 20 consecutive hours (when the display is off). This good result is a consequence of using a powerful battery. Charging the battery takes about an hour and a half.

The charger from the mains is not included, when purchasing it from third-party manufacturers, you should be careful not to purchase devices with a mini-USB plug (small), they will not work. You should use chargers with a standard USB connector, to which you can connect the bundled wire.

Another innovation in the design of Qumo Video was to be Bluetooth support. There is no doubt that the use of wireless interfaces should be one of the signs of the next generation of portable devices, and the specification of the new Qumo model provides support for Bluetooth v1.2 with the ability to exchange data with the appropriate headphones / headsets. Unfortunately, due to traditional Russian delays in certification of the wireless communication module, the first batch of Qumo Video, which includes the sample we received for testing, included only devices lacking Bluetooth functionality.

Qumo guarantees the appearance of Qumo Video players with Bluetooth on the Russian market in the very near future, and users will also be offered Bluetooth stereo headphones, which are currently in short supply, as an accessory. You can distinguish them by the inscriptions on the box and the Bluetooth logo on the front panel of the device.

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