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iPod shuffle clone ‘worse than you could believe’

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imageAn iLounge reader in Taiwan recently purchased the Luxpro Super Tangent and provided us with his observations of the iPod shuffle clone as well as a photo gallery of the device and its packaging.

The iLounger said the Super Tangent is “worse than you could believe” and that “every detail is wrong.” He said the player cost about US$115 and that the buttons do not work well, battery life is “terrible,” and the recorder simply did not record. The reader also said that the LEDs do not shine through the casing properly, and that it doesn’t fit well in a USB port. “There is nothing that works even close to right,” he said.

Update: Phillip Torrone of Make magazine let us know that he had a little better luck with the Super Tangent he purchased. He has posted a review and several photos of the device, including comparison shots beside the iPod shuffle.

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Comments

1

Oh my… Its just so embarrassing!

Posted by louispavlo in Southampton, UK on May 31, 2005 at 9:41 AM (PDT)

2

I was soooo looking forward to this product.  I knew it sounded to good to be true.  I love my 1 GB shuffle (even purchased an additional 2 years warranty for $34.95), but I wish it could do more.  I just purchased a 1 GB Creative MuVo N200.  It cost about $120.00 after $20.00 mail in rebate.  It has an FM tuner and line-in jack for recording external sources.  It’s smaller and lighter than the shuffle.  I haven’t opened it yet because I wasn’t sure I was going to keep it.  It can store almost 500 songs in WMA format.  I hope Apple comes out with a 2 GB shuffle before year’s end.

Posted by Tchocky in The O.C. on May 31, 2005 at 9:58 AM (PDT)

3

rumor is there will be a 4GB in August, cant wait….hope they put in a button so you can choose playlists on the shuffle!

Posted by khyberny on May 31, 2005 at 11:35 AM (PDT)

4

I was hoping would be cheaper than the shuffle…

Screw that, going to go get a shuffle…

Posted by pakkman781 in TN on May 31, 2005 at 12:06 PM (PDT)

5

Are we supposed to be surprised?

Posted by ozphactor on May 31, 2005 at 12:11 PM (PDT)

6

I thought Apple shut down this piece of junk?

tcoop25

Posted by tcoop25 on May 31, 2005 at 1:08 PM (PDT)

7

Tchoky, where the hell did you get an N200 thats smaller and lighter than the ipod shuffle?

N200:
1.32” x 2.58” x 0.51” = 1.736856 cubic inches

shuffle:
3.3” x 0.98” x 0.33” = 1.06722 cubic inches

verdict: N200 is bigger than the shuffle


N200:
0.8 ounce + 0.405650562 ounce (1 AAA battery) = 1.205650562 ounces

shuffle:
0.78 ounce

verdict: N200 is heavier than the shuffle

http://www.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=213&subcategory=215&product=10737&nav=2
http://www.apple.com/ipod/specs.html
http://data.energizer.com/

Posted by zip22 on May 31, 2005 at 1:52 PM (PDT)

8

PS, wma sucks.  you can fit just as many songs on the shuffle in a crappy bitrate too.

Posted by zip22 on May 31, 2005 at 1:53 PM (PDT)

9

That thing just looks cheap. Blah.

Posted by KillerChainsawBunny in Alabama on May 31, 2005 at 2:34 PM (PDT)

10

That’s some funny stuff right there.

Posted by bigmouse64 in Newcastle, UK on May 31, 2005 at 3:52 PM (PDT)

11

hahaha hahaha haha hahahahahahahahah hahaha ahahahahahahahahahaha no wait… hahahahahahahah ha hah hah ha.. ha… ha…ha ha…
Not so easy is it to make a shuffle is it?
Mabye so actually have to put thought and effort into it. 
haha Crappy asian knockoffs..hahahah
]aahhahahahahahahahah

I guess Apple really doesnt need to sue.

Oh no…haha…my side….haha…it hurts…hahahaahhahah…going to .....bust a…..lung…..hahahahhahaaahahhaa

Posted by ipodfreak in oregon on May 31, 2005 at 3:53 PM (PDT)

12

I like how the ips and all ipods in general dont have huge logos on the front of them.  I think that new ribbed ips silicone case (the A rated one) looks crappy because of that stuid logo on the front.

Posted by ipodfreak in oregon on May 31, 2005 at 4:33 PM (PDT)

13

I’m not one bit surprised. It’s an asian knock-off. What did you expect!?! LOL!

Posted by FallN in New York, NY on May 31, 2005 at 4:38 PM (PDT)

14

So, let me get this straight. It costs MORE than the iPod Shuffle, and it doesn’t work. Hmm… yeah, that’s a GREAT product there.

Posted by Kloan in Toronto, ON on May 31, 2005 at 5:33 PM (PDT)

15

don’t most asian rip-off’s cost less then the actual products they copy?? This is just retarded, I would never ever ever ever buy one of these things.

Posted by MATRIXsjd in Burbank, Ca on May 31, 2005 at 6:35 PM (PDT)

16

More precisely, this lack of quality, overall cheapness and absence of any semblance of workmanship, is typical of Taiwanese/Chinese made trash like this.

Crap seems to be the hallmark of the quick buck sleezoids from China. Funny how, for a communist country, they’re so inundated with fly-by-night profiteer types.

Like several others noted here already, are we supposed to be surprised? Typical, typical, typical.

Posted by jinzo-ningen on May 31, 2005 at 9:44 PM (PDT)

17

I do have to admit, I kinda like the BLUE play button on the front of the LUXPRO.

I can’t believe Apple hasn’t tried to shut them down anyways.

Thanks for the pictures!

Posted by kayle12 on May 31, 2005 at 9:52 PM (PDT)

18

To everyone dissing Chinese manufacture maybe you should remember that apple (Asus) makes most of its stuff, (including iPods) in China.

Posted by -i2i- on June 1, 2005 at 12:27 AM (PDT)

19

Oh come on. No one can be that gullible.

The only reason legitimate companies like Apple manufacture in China is because of the cheap labor to be had there. Cheap labor that exists because the economy and standard of living for the average Chinese is so low, thanks to the corrupt political system and government officials there who get rich at the expense of the general populace. Pretty funny for a government that calls itself the “People’s Republic”.

There may actually be some legitimate companies in the tech industry who actually develop their own innovative products, but the REALITY is that virtually the only claim to fame China has in electronics and industry is that it can make stuff cheap.

The TRUTH is, a great many of the companies in those fields are there to make a quick buck by STEALING the ideas and R&D investments of other companies by reverse engineering other people’s products, then making a cheaper (in both quality and function) version and flood the market with their sub-standard crap and prices far below the real deal. Just look at this piece of junk “Super Shuffle”. This is typical of what goes on there.

Again, are we supposed to be surprised that this shuffle knock-off is a piece of crap? Look at the record and the answer is obvious.

Posted by jinzo-ningen on June 1, 2005 at 3:40 AM (PDT)

20

Why are you even dissing China when Taiwan is the one putting this crappy #### of a product out? You must remember, Taiwan is not part of China, so you can just join Richard Gere.

China is not a communist country. If you actually read Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto, you would know that it is just a utopian dream. China has a government, thus it is not an anarchy. Learn the definition of communism before you label one country “Communist” because it is not possibly attainable. Plus, China is now capitalist.

And it seems like you, jinzo-ningen, have something against China, way beyond some “Super Shuffle.” Maybe you should start attacking Taiwan for this, not China.

Back to the topic, I never supported this product from the beginning. It actually makes me happy to see that this thing actually “failed.”

Posted by greencoffeebean on June 1, 2005 at 6:51 AM (PDT)

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