Philips GoGear Mix (4GB)

The GoGear Mix is exactly what people are looking for in an MP3 player. It's easy to load with music, simple to operate and a pleasure to listen to.


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If you're in the market for an MP3 player this Christmas and you've read our less-than favourable reviews of the other players in the Philips family (the Vibe, Aria and Opus) you're probably thinking there's no point resisting the Apple MP3 machine, but hold up! The Mix is the baby of the GoGear clan and it is easily the best.

Design

We'll keep this section brief, in truth the Mix isn't a pretty player. Our review unit is white in colour with a silver trim, but the Mix also comes in hot pink and black. This minute player is about the size of an old-style stick of chewing gum, and its plastic build looks cheap but feels solid. On the face of the Mix you'll find a tiny, colour LCD screen for menu navigation only. This screen has super-low resolution but it sure beats the iPod Shuffle's complete lack of visual feedback.

Charging and music transfers take place thanks to a slide-out USB connector at the base of the Mix, which is an excellent idea and saves you stuffing yet another USB cable in your desk drawer. This connector is unlike USB connections you'll be used to, it's more like half a connector without the protective metal casing. With the connection extended we were a little worried as to the strength of it, and though we had no troubles during our tests we wouldn't be surprised if less-cautious people snapped this section off.

Features and performance

The Mix is like its more expensive brethren minus the video playback functionality. It plays MP3, WMA and WAV audio files and can hold about 1000 tracks on its 4GB of internal storage (depending on the lengths of tracks and how they are encoded). It also features an FM radio tuner and a built-in voice recorder, both handy features for the rare occasions you may have to use them.

For AU$89.95 these extras are nice, but the main focus is on playing music, and the GoGear Mix handles this simple task with aplomb. Using the five-way navigation pad to hunt through your preloaded tracks is easy, and the menus are easy to read on the tiny screen. We should point out too that there is no iTunes-like music transfer software, you simply drag and drop folders of music onto the player like you would with a USB mass storage device.

The real surprise is how fantastic the bundled headphones are. After being sorely disappointed with the in-ear headphones in the box with the GoGear Aria we weren't expecting much from this simple-looking set, but they blew us away, the sound is loud with decent bass and good clear sound across the board. The only letdown during our music listening is that the Mix doesn't offer true gap-less playback, with tiny audible pops between tracks. This will bother dance music fans most, as continuous mixed records will be interrupted briefly between tracks.

Overall

Perhaps it's because we set our expectations low, but we've been quite impressed with this little player — especially after being so underwhelmed by the more expensive Philips MP3 players. It's easy to load with music, simple to operate and a pleasure to listen to. It has a few extras, like the FM radio and voice recorder, but even without them, the GoGear Mix is exactly what most people want from a music player.

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eveman
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"not happy"

eveman posted a review   
New Zealand

The Good:good when it worked

The Bad:broken headphones

A friend recommended this and after reading this review went out and got one. Was very happy with it at first - good sound, pretty easy to use, just what I needed really. BUT I've had it for only 3 months and the sound, well the headphones started to go. First the sound in one side came and went, then it disappeard altogether. Now the sound has gone completely. Just phoned phillips to let them know and they say that the headphones are accessories and not covered by the warrenty. So i have to buy myself new headphones. How can they be classed as accessories? They are essential, the bloody device won't run without them. So basically after 3 months I've got something that doesnt work unless I go out and pay to replace the headphones. Shoddy

Cait
10
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"Excellent compact MP3 player, great sound"

Cait posted a review   
Ireland

The Good:Sound quality is excellent, so easy to use and ultra compact

The Bad:None really

Sound quality is really good (bought the SA2 model), very compact and easy to use. Also the built in USB is so handy, cuts down on yet another cable and make the product ultra portable. Overall, excellent piece of kit at a great price.

girltalk
5
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"OK if you happy without shuffle function"

girltalk posted a review   
Australia

The Good:records voice and FM radio, no breaks between songs

The Bad:difficult to use, not enough written info provided with player, plasticky

I'd like a shuffle function, although it may have and I haven't discovered, I just bought it. The sound quality is OK but not as great as a previous Philips MP3 player I had (128MB). The 128MB player was also more durable and not as fiddly to use, but the headphones were crap. If Philips could combine the durability of the old wearble audio (128MB) players with the current players they could be onto a winner.
The GoGear seems a bit plasticky , I'm sick of all these plasticky designed to break quickly products. Philips products don't seem to live up to my expectations, quality needs improving.

Renata_Brasil
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Renata_Brasil posted a review   

I do not liked this mp3, I used only 4 times and it´s broke, the worst part is that the principal button of acess broke =(
As I see it is too fragel and with a lot of problems!

 

whee posted a comment   

The Good:have playlist, albums

The Bad:sound

My brother gave my sister and me this MP3 as he got free from his office.
After months i'm using this MP3 i've got some problem.
I can't maximise the volume of every songs.
The reason is 'volume limit set'

There's nothing I can do becaues I can't set back the volume limit. From now onwards I have to using this MP3 with low sound. Changing the earphone does not affects anything. Someone please help me..

 

micro macro posted a comment   

I bought this player and loved it .. until I bought a new Macbook Pro and then realise its not compatible..
I'm not sure how to solve this issue .. except for popping it on ebay and selling it maybe. Can anyone help, I wonder?

 

GinjaNinja posted a comment   

The Good:machine washable. need i say more? un killable, light, good sound, even for an audiophile.

The Bad:I can't fault it. there isn't a better way to spend your money, imo

there isn't a better way to spend your money, imo. it has really great sound. philips have made it cheap by not putting a flash screen on it etc, not by skimping on quality. which is great because you spend 100x more time listening to an mp3 player than looking at right?
10/10 not cause it's flash but because you really cannot spend your money better. did I say it was well built?

 

Haidion posted a comment   

The Good:Easy to use cheap, good sound.

The Bad:I don't find how to add playlists

I buyed the player, a few months ago, in general I am happy with it. But the only problem I found is that I can't add playlist. You can add songs to the only playlist, but you need to do it one by one.

 

Nela posted a comment   

The Good:easy of use, small, really good sound, and CHEAP (55 €))

The Bad:relatively small display, but it´s not so huge problem

I bought it this weekend and MP3 really got me! Small, easy to use, large memory (4 GB)and it works with Windows 7 up to now - hope i´ll not have problem with compatibility. I really like it, especially HOLD button, which don´t limit use of volume. If you want cheap MP3 with large memory,cool design and with intuitive control this is the right choice ;)

 

tiffany posted a comment   

Please go to the Software & driver section to get the latest Device Manager Software in case you encounter compatibility problem in Windows 7.


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User Reviews / Comments  Philips GoGear Mix (4GB)

  • eveman

    eveman

    Rating2

    "A friend recommended this and after reading this review went out and got one. Was very happy with it at first - good sound, pretty easy to use, just what I needed really. BUT I've had it for only..."

  • Cait

    Cait

    Rating10

    "Sound quality is really good (bought the SA2 model), very compact and easy to use. Also the built in USB is so handy, cuts down on yet another cable and make the product ultra portable. Overall, ..."

  • girltalk

    girltalk

    Rating5

    "I'd like a shuffle function, although it may have and I haven't discovered, I just bought it. The sound quality is OK but not as great as a previous Philips MP3 player I had (128MB). The 128MB play..."

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