TECHKNOW: Smart tools - Digisette Duo-DX

TECHKNOW: Smart tools - Digisette Duo-DX - What is it?

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

What is it?

An unlikely blend of old and new; a portable MP3 player shaped like an audio cassette.

What does it do?

The Duo-DX is a top-spec MP3 player and recorder. It's got on-board memory for 1.5 hours of digital quality sound (expandable to more than four hours), has headphones and a built-in mic so you can use it as a Dictaphone, and comes with software that enables slick file exchanges with your PC or Mac. It doesn't just look like a tape - as well as operating alone, this clever gadget will also play through and record from any standard cassette deck. The battery lasts six hours, and at 70g it's small enough for any pocket.

What's the competition?

Creative Labs, Sony, MPMan, Treo - there are plenty of fish in this pond.

The Duo DX's tape deck compatibility is unique and has gone down a storm in its native US market. But will Euro gadget-lovers want to be seen carrying something that looks like a silver C90?

When can I get it?

It's available now, to online shoppers only, for pounds 239.99.

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