Compaq iPAQ PA-1 White ( 64 MB ) Digital Media Player

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  • Compaq Goes Compact with the PA-1

    Jan 22, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Size, 64 MB (two 32 MB MMC cards), USB, Allows upgrades to play future formats
    Cons: Horrible product packaging, USB drains battery, Support, Uses expensive MMC cards

    Summary: AT FIRST GLANCE: I’d been using my trusty Sony cassette walkman for over a decade for my workout routines. I also own a portable Sony CD player, but it’s pretty big and also has the tendency to skip during my workouts. I was amazed at how ... read more

  • Mp3 Player- Its great

    Jun 2, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Sleek, small, compact, fast, cheap
    Cons: memory cards cost alot

    Summary: This Mp3 Player, which was produced by Compaq was rated highly by Consumer Reports, so that is why I purchased it. This Compaq iPAQ Personal Audio Player is sleek, cheap and works effiecntly. You can store many works of music on it. You can buy unlimited ... read more

  • Compaq Mp3 Player

    Jan 11, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Small compact size, holds 64 mb worth of songs, good looking, big buttons
    Cons: Slow upload time, Slow scrolling in menu, not very loud/powerful

    Summary: I purchased this Mp3 player in October of 2001. At Best Buy I was told it was a great player for the money, so far that has held true. It was about smack dab in the middle of the other Mp3 players price-wise. I picked it because of its small size and ... read more

  • Compaq is Compact!!!

    Nov 2, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Extremely lightweight and compact. Sounds great!
    Cons: Poor battery life and useless software.

    Summary: After looking at several MP3 players, I decided to buy the Compaq iPAQ Personal Audio Player PA-1. I not only liked how it looked, but I thought its size would be handy for taking to the gym. I don't mind having to use the two 32 MB MMC cards that ... read more

  • Buy at your own risk

    Aug 16, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great size/weight, good sound
    Cons: Horrible customer support, poor battery life, poor reliability

    Summary: OK, I did the research and found that a lot of people out there liked the IPAQ PA1... and there is a lot to like. It is a great size, small and light. The supplied belt clip is more than sufficient for clipping it to the waistband of your shorts while ... read more

  • Terrific on-the-go MP3 Player!

    Aug 8, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Light, Compact & Great for Running
    Cons: Poor Battery Life; No AC Adapter Capability

    Summary: To get to the point - in my opinion and for what I use the Compaq MP3 player for, its a great product and there isn't anything else on the market that I would rather have. Why? Because... * Very light and compact * Belt-Clip that ... read more

  • Great little product!

    Aug 3, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Size, Cost, Ease of Use
    Cons: Software, Packaging, Not sure about battery life yet

    Summary: I just received my new IPAQ PA-2 today and so far I love it. While it did take me 1/2 hour to open the package and figure out how to use the software, once I got it going it was great. I used it on my walk home today and loved it. I didn't even notice ... read more

  • A Good Choice Among the Many

    Jul 28, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Small, easy to use, good sound quality.
    Cons: Rioport software, cost of additional memory, small screen, belt clip battery life.

    Summary: About a month ago I decided to finally pick up an MP3 player and I did the research and finally decided on this little player. My main considerations were: size (I wanted something unobtrusive when I go bike riding), sound quality, expandibility (I knew ... read more

  • Perfect for running or working out

    Jul 25, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Incredibly small, lit LCD shows track names, Good sound quality, Easy to use.
    Cons: Software takes some getting used to, a bit pricey for the amount of memory.

    Summary: I bought a couple of these for relatives around Christmas of '00 and liked it so much, I bought one for myself. At the time, the price was reasonable for the amount of memory and the compactness of the player is great. First, the pros: ... read more

  • Don't count on getting any service if it breaks!

    Jul 9, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good Sound
    Cons: Horrible service

    Summary: I got a Compaq MP3 player for Christmas this past year (2000) and recently, I have had nothing but trouble with it. It was working fine until one day when it just stopped working. I then sent it into the Compaq service department. Two days later when I ... read more

  • Whistle While You Work

    Jun 19, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Well built, easy to use controls, expandable memory, upgradeable
    Cons: pricy, memory is more $$ then Compact Flash, software interface is poor

    Summary: The short version is that Compaq has made a very nice audio player. No moving parts, backlite screen, removable memory cards and quality construction all make this player a joy to use. Battery life has been pretty good and the audio quality ... read more

  • A lot of buck for the bang

    Apr 16, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Very Compact, backlit display, AA rather than AAA batteries
    Cons: Belt clip needs to be removed to change batteries

    Summary: The PA-1 is nice to use for working out, because of its size. I cannot get a straight answer from Compaq, but it appears to be maxed out at 64MB total memory. I tried several times to ask them if I can place two 64MB MMC in it with no real good answer. ... read more

  • This is an excellent buy!!!

    Mar 31, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Large memory- 2 32MB cards-additional memory available-very small
    Cons: They should lower the price to $225.

    Summary: I received the ipaq mp3 player for Christmas. It was one of the best gifts I have ever gotten. I am able to store over 20 songs on this little mp3 player. The ipaq comes with two 32MB cards that store an hour of high-quality music each. To put ... read more

  • Is 2 hours worth $250?

    Mar 12, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good sound quality, no skip
    Cons: Low storage capacity for the price

    Summary: I must admit that I did receive my Compaq IPAQ PA-1 for free as a prize in an online contest. I would have never considered buying one at the current price because of the limited storage. With that in mind, here is my review... I did ... read more

  • I will never buy another Compaq product!

    Mar 9, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: when it worked, it seemed to be a great product
    Cons: poorly built ~ LOUSY customer support!!!!!

    Summary: Before buying my MP3 player, I did quite a lot of research about MP3 Players and read MANY reviews. I came across a few reviews that complained of poor quality construction of their Compaq PA-1. Unfortunately, I ignored these because I thought Compaq was ... read more

  • Please READ before buying!!!!

    Mar 8, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Small and extremely lightweight Upgradable (hopefully) Great Sound
    Cons: Packaging Headphones (Minor) Memory door (Minor)

    Summary: I recently was in Hong Kong, which electronics are released prior to the US and was amazed at the various mp3 players. So much that I had to have one. So upon returning home, I began my shopping only to discover some of the models they offer aren't ... read more

  • A Great Sounding Player

    Mar 3, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Sounds great, easy to use, upgradeable, small size, 64 mb
    Cons: Not cheap, $200. after rebate, no built in memory

    Summary: WHAT IS THE IPAQ PA-1 Personnel Audio Player? A personnel MP3 player. The key features are: 64 mb memory in the form of 2 X 32 mb multimedia cards (good for ~60 min music) Supports MP3, WMA, AAC formats, upgradeable as formats ... read more

  • HOW AMAZING!

    Mar 3, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: GREAT quality sound in a little package.
    Cons: None I've had problems with, except the packaging

    Summary: I was looking in the market of portable digital audio player, or an MP3 player, and came across this. Not only is it nice to look at, small and lightweight, but it has AMAZING sound, especially with the provided earphones. I took it home and was eager to ... read more

  • IPAQ PA-1: works great.

    Feb 13, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Extremely small, Great capacity, Great Sound.
    Cons: USB means no NT4, Fair battery life.

    Summary: Capacity: I wanted an MP3 player with minimum 64MB, and potential to expand to 128MB; the PA-1 has it! The minor problem is to get to 128MB, you have to toss your original two 32MB MMC's for two 64MB MMC's; that said, a 64MB MMC has dropped to $115. ... read more

  • GOOD MP3 PLAYER

    Feb 11, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It is very portable, lightweight, with a good amount of music storage.
    Cons: Battery life not so great.

    Summary: I got this MP3 player about three months ago and so far it has been pretty good. I use it when I work out so it is pretty strong. I have dropped it a couple of times. The only drawback to the setup is that rechargeable batteries are a must because the ... read more

  • Read this before Buying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Feb 10, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Future proof, size, features, belt clip...
    Cons: Read here for solutions!!!

    Summary: Okay, first things first! The flimsy memory card door was NOT the case on mine. Quite possibly the others accidentally damaged it when trying to extract it from the packaging. Packaging was fine, and everything you'd expect in something high-quality. The ... read more

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