PQI does anything but scrimp on the goodies that are
included with this product. The mPack P800 ships with one of the most
complete bundles we have yet seen for a portable player.
Included with the mPack P800 are an A/V cable, USB
cable, SPDIF cable, ear bud headphones, a credit card sized remote and battery,
a small padded carrying case with a belt strap, a larger black camera-style case
with a shoulder strap, the laptop-style AC adaptor and an instruction manual.
The included CD contains USB drivers for older Windows
versions and a copy of PQI's media software for transferring audio files to the
device (more on this later).
The multi-language manual was nicely illustrated and covered most of the necessary
topics. The instructions are somewhat poorly written though, or at least poorly
translated. In any case, they get the point across.
The credit card-sized infrared remote proved
to be excellent. It actually offers more controls than the player itself,
including discrete info, caption, screen size and sound on/off buttons in
addition to the control functions found on the face of the mPack P800. The
buttons were responsive and worked out to about seven or eight feet
away, at which point we could barely see the screen anymore.
media player remotes, it cannot turn the unit on, but can turn it off.
The included A/V cable uses a
special mini-jack to connect to the mPack player and branches out into phono L/R
audio jacks and a composite video connector.
are interesting. These 'Cresyn' ear phones sport an unusual and rather attractive
design, and come with sets of silver, red and gold aluminum inserts which you can
use to change their colour, as well as foam covers.
Even better, the earphones come with an
inline remote which can be detached and used with any set of headphones
or earphones. Controls on this remote include volume, track select, play/pause and a button to
activate the 3D sound effect.
This was actually
one of our favourite features of the whole unit, and shows that PQI have been
thinking carefully about their products.
The earphones themselves are a cut above
typical bundled 'phones in terms of sound quality, but were not at the level of
our test pair of Sony ear-buds.
Connecting the mPack P800 to a
computer is completely painless provided you are using Windows 2K/XP. It works like any other
USB storage device, and you can drag-and-drop data into the unit
as soon as it is detected.
The player's directory contains various folders
for different types of media so it's fairly obvious where to place your files. Unfortunately,
placing music files is a little more complicated, as we will
find out in a little while.
2.0 connection enabled us to transfer large DivX files within a couple of
minutes, which is an essential feature in a multimedia player like this. You cannot access the controls while the
mPack is connected via USB.