CTNews heeft een review online gezet van de Rome UP-301 MP3 player. Deze player ziet er niet alleen uit als een casette, hij kan zelfs werken als casette . Dit is natuurlijk wel een leuke feature, alleen de ca. 50 dollar die je daarvoor betaald is wat minder. De player heeft nog wat meer tekortkomingen maar volgens de reviewer is het toch wel een leuk dingetje:
The Rome Mp3 player comes in a shape of a casette tape. A simple novelty cover? No way. It serves a definite purpose. The Rome mp3 player is shaped in the form of a casette because it IS a casette, or at least a virtual one. Using technology similar to what the 'casette adaptors' for CD players uses, it emulates a casette and thus plays like one in ANY standard tape player. Yes, even your car, which is perhaps the main purpose of this player. But the Rome Mp3 player is also a standalone player, and has an earphone jack which allows you to plug in earphones (included) and listen to music on the go. It makes for a perfect ultra-light portable mp3 player.
[...] While the Rome Mp3 player is certainly a very nice player, if you are looking to purchase one of these I recommend you sit tight and wait for the 'second-generation' Rome mp3 players. The one that got me interested was the UP-321 unit. Among the new features is a slot for additional flash memory, a USB Connector port (instead of the slow parallel port connector), a LCD remote control, and a cigarette plug adaptor for power in automobiles.
If you can't wait, however, the Rome mp3 player (UP-301) is available now and will set you back $199.95. The price is one of my concerns about the unit. An equivalent 'normal' unit, say a Diamond Rio 300, costs around $150. As I mentioned earlier one can simply purchase a casette adaptor to play mp3s off a regular unit in a car, so it's up to you to decide. Considering the cost of a casette adaptor, is an extra $30-$40 more for a self-contained unit worth it?