Linophir International BC-644
- It's cheap
- Incredibly poor and unresponsive interface
An incredibly cheap MP3 player, the Linophir's design and performance reflect this. If you can spare an extra couple of dollars, don't bother with this player.
Price$ 80.00 (AUD)
Best Deals (Selling at 1 store)
- New Bc Footwear Women's Away We Go Heel Leather... 69.97
Based on previous experiences with Linophir products, we were a little reluctant when reviewing the 256MB BC-644, but found that generally it offered respectable performance, securing a stable place in the low-budget MP3 player market.
The player's biggest draw card is its price. In a market where the top players sell for several hundred dollars, a two figure RRP is quite an advantage. However, the phrase "you get what you pay for" rings quite true in this scenario, and ultimately, the BC-644 falls short of the top-end players. MP3 playback and other functions are of an acceptable quality, but the player is severely let down by a slow, sub-standard interface.
Controlling the Linophir proved to be an exercise in extreme frustration. The on/off button lacks any form of marking, leaving users to guess at whether the player is off, on, out of batteries, in power save mode, etc. A five-button navigation pad provides control over all of the player's functions. As with other Linophir products that we've reviewed, button functions seem to be quite random. Holding down a button for too long will cause it to do something else entirely, while not long enough, or at the wrong angle, or not hard enough will elicit no response at all. Button presses actually have to be excessively deliberate in order to control the device, a fact further hindered by a one to two second delay which occurs at almost every press.
The on-screen navigation, even when expertly operated (it took us several days of practice to get used to Linophir's obscure controls), is poorly designed and quite disjointed. Track selection is entirely linear, so the more songs you have on there, the longer it's going to take to find the one you want. Some settings are changed by bringing up a menu whilst performing a specific function, others are only available from the central system menu. Which menu a setting belongs to appears to have been determined entirely at random. For example, volume has its own key which, when pressed, allows for adjustments, while changes to the equalisation are made by hitting the "mode" key while using the music function, and repeat settings are found in the central system settings menu.
The various functions on the player were all decidedly average. Functional, but not especially great by any stretch of the imagination. Sound quality is quite plain, without any really distinguishing features at all. An inbuilt equaliser offers seven presets, none of which are particularly distinct from the others. Voice recording, FM radio, e-books - all these work as would be expected, but fail to achieve anything beyond a satisfactory level of performance.
Overall, Linophir's BC-644 is a fairly poor product. With nothing to recommend it beyond its price, and a seriously flawed interface, users who are able to push their budget an extra couple of dollars further would find themselves better served by other products. Those after nothing beyond MP3 playback, however, may find that the Linophir offers an effective and inexpensive answer.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Motorola Moto X Style review: A no compromise flagship
- 2 Oppo R7 Plus review: a stellar sub-$600 phablet
- 3 Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (9.7) 4G review: Samsung does a lot more with a lot less
- 4 Motorola Moto G (3rd gen) review: Is it worth an extra $100?
- 5 Jawbone UP3 review: 3 months with Jawbone's best fitness tracker
Deals on PC World
- Networking, Wireless & VoIP
Deals on PC World
Latest News Articles
- Sony shows latest high-end Walkman
- Sydney Airport lost property auction: you'll be amazed at what some people left behind
- The iPod classic plays its last
- Apple iPod Touch pricing slashed by up to 25 per cent in Australia
- Apple shows off iPod touch, nano updates
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- FTDatabase Marketing ManagerNSW
- FTProduct Marketing ManagerNSW
- FTLevel 2 IT Support TechnicianVIC
- FTBusiness Development & Account ManagementNSW
- FT1st & 2nd level IT support all-rounder in beautiful rural BathurstNSW
- FTAndroid DeveloperNSW
- FTSenior Account Manager - PR AgencyNSW
- FTMid level IT consultant | Systems Integration & Managed ServicesNSW
- CCMilitary simulation programmer with C# and Unity - 3 monthsNSW
- FTSystems Administrator - Managed ServicesNSW
- FTAccount Manager | Music IndustryNSW
- FTLinux Administrator with AWS & DevopsNSW
- FTAccount Manager | Client Side - Previous Agency Experience Welcome!!NSW
- FTManual Test Engineer | Financial Institution | Web testingNSW
- FTField EngineerNSW
- FTSystems Administrator | National commercial law firm | MS, AWS & eDiscoveryNSW
- FTSenior Consultant | Project work | National Systems IntegratorVIC
- CCE-Commerce - Senior Web Application DeveloperNSW
- FTSales SpecialistNSW
- FTDigital ManagerNSW