Today we have a review of MSI’s Mega Stick 256, a compact new MP3 player from the motherboard giant. Equipped with an FM radio tuner and voice recorder, do the extra features included with the Mega Stick 256 make it a good candidate for your next MP3 player purchase? Come and take a closer look..

Introduction:

As flash memory has started to become cheaper and cheaper to produce over the last few years, the number of devices using flash memory have sky rocketed. Used in everything from simple USB keys to high end digital cameras, flash memory is now available in greater capacity and at lower prices than ever before. With that said, MP3 players are often overlooked when thinking about flash memory, when in fact they are one of the product groups that most benefits from cheap flash memory. MP3 players of course use onboard flash memory to hold songs, and today we’ll be taking a look at a relatively new player in the portable audio markets, MSI.

MSI, like ASUS, has the size and manufacturing capacity to branch out into other markets, and one the company recently entered is the portable MP3 player market. Not everyone can afford an Ipod and for many they are too bulky, so a few months back MSI released their Mega Stick 256, a 256MB MP3 player a little larger than a standard USB key. With ‘5 in 1′ capability, the MSI Mega Stick 256 is an MP3 player, USB Flash Disk, FM radio tuner, FM radio recorder, and voice recorder; priced at around $ 85 shipped to your doorstep. So today we’ll be taking a closer look at MSI’s venture into the consumer electronic space, and after using the Mega Stick 256 for about a month, we’ve got some interesting information to share with you.

Package Contents:

•User Manual (on drivers disk)
•Drivers Disk
•Plastic Holder
•Headphones
•Female USB Input Extender
•AAA battery

MSI does a good job of including a female USB extender and plastic holder for their Mega Stick 256, bundling things that the average user would be sure to use with the Mega Stick 256.