The SwiMP3 V2 player manufactured by technical swimming development company Finis is an underwater MP3 player aimed at the recreational and competitive swimmer who is looking for an extra boost to their training routines.  Having swam competitively as a teenager, I was excited to try out this device to see if it lived up to its hype.  And did it ever…

Loading MP3s onto the device was a simple matter of plugging in the attached USB connector to my PC, and dragging files from my local drive onto the player.  With no required software to be installed, it was literally plug-and-play (Windows 98 users may need USB support to be installed).  Charging is also done through USB, and after a short while the player was ready to hit the lake.  The SwiMP3 device has 256MB of internal memory for your music files, which translates to approximately 3 hours of continuous music.  This may not seem like a lot in this day and age of multi-gig players, but unless you’re training for cross-lake marathons, it should be more than enough to get you through the hardiest of workouts.

I attached the player to the included goggles and dove in for a swim.  You have to turn up the volume quite a bit to overcome the ambient noises associated with being under water, but once the levels were set I was amazed at the audio quality.  Music sounds a little tinny above water, but once your head goes under the audio comes out full and clear.  I kept swimming and listening and in no time found myself halfway across the lake.  Since the device uses bone-conductive technology, your ears are left open to hear outside noises, such as an oncoming boat or your coach’s whistles while doing laps in the pool.  The control buttons are difficult to use while the player is on your head, but I’m sure with a bit of practice it will be second nature to reach up and adjust the volume or select a new track. 

The SwiMP3 players comes bundled with a pair of comfortable and clear swim goggles, a bright pink swim cap, along with the instruction guide, and has an MSRP of $149.99 USD.  If you spend any amount of time in the water and are jealous of the folks on the treadmills with their music and tv’s, the Finis SwiMP3 V2 player is just the thing for you to spice up your workouts.  Zoltan  N.

~ by consolecreatures on August 24, 2009.

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