Three months of life with the Trek Stor Vibez
Hi! I live in the USA. In August I decided to purchase an mp3 player. Let me tell you about my experiences.
I researched mp3 players for about three weeks before deciding to purchase the TrekStor Vibez. I bought it for three reasons. First, I wanted a player that would work with Mac, Linux, old versions of Windows, and new versions of Windows. Second, I wanted the freedom to choose almost any codec. Third, I loved the looks of the Vibez.
I knew that the Vibez had a micro hard drive. That worried me because micro hard drives have moving parts. However, I decided to take the risk and purchase the Vibez anyway.
When my Vibez arrived, the packaging was in German. I unwrapped it and found that the manual was in both German and English. That was helpful because I cannot read German. Removing the back cover of the Vibez was terribly difficult. After about 30 minutes of struggling I finally removed the cover and inserted the battery. After that configuring the player was easy. I was able to listen to music about 40 minutes after unwrapping the product.
Connecting the Vibez to my Windows xp machine was VERY easy. I used the mini-usb cable to make the physical connection. Immediately, the Vibez appeared as a new drive in “my computer”. Copying files to the Vibez is extremely easy. You can drag and drop files right into it. You can even use it to store non-music files like spreadsheets.
Over the next few weeks, I really fell in love with my Vibez. It is very sleek and elegant. The sound quality with the headphones is excellent. You really feel like you have a stereo inside your brain. Plus the player is very light and its curvy shape fits my palm perfectly. I listen to my Vibez about four hours a day. I use it at work and when I jog. No one else in my neighborhood has a Vibez, and people often ask me about it.
I was totally wrong when I worried about the micro hard drive. In fact, the Vibez is the most durable electronic device I have ever owned. One day I fell onto a concrete sidewalk while jogging. I was holding the Vibez in my hand when I fell. My Vibez hit the sidewalk so hard I heard a “crack”. I fell on top of it, and I weigh about 190 pounds (86 kilograms). I assumed that my Vibez was destroyed. However, I was SHOCKED to find that the case was not shattered. I pressed the start button and it ran perfectly! This happened about 30 days ago, and it still works fine. I have also jogged in heavy rain for about 40 minutes and the Vibez operated properly. Finally, I have used the Vibez in weather as cold as 10 degrees Fahrenheit (-12 degrees Celsius) for periods as long as 30 minutes. After all of this abuse, it still works perfectly.
The Vibez is a fantastic product, but no device is perfect. Spinning a hard drive burns a lot of energy, and the Vibez’s battery life is poor. I get about seven hours of use between charges. However, you can work around this limitation. The Vibez gets both data and electricity from its mini-usb cable. I leave my mini-usb cable attached to my home computer. Each evening I plug in my Vibez to charge it. In the morning I sometimes add music to it. Then I detach it and take it to work with me.
I look forward to reading this forum and learning even more about the Vibez. Recently my wife bought a Trek Stor external hard drive for our PC. I hope Trek Stor continues to send their products to the USA.
Welcome to the club, Steve. If you want to love your baby even more, throw the latest beta firmware (v1.14) on there. :)
Here are the read-mes for each of the beta releases. 1.14 is cumulative so you only need to install that to get all the changes:
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