The jazPiper's eye-pleasing silver finish and oval display make it a cool gadget to be seen with. It's also extremely small and lightweight, which means you can pop it into your pocket and listen to your favourite music anywhere.
Thirty-two megabytes of flash memory is built in, and you can fit one minute of CD-quality music into each megabyte of memory. There's also a SmartMedia slot into which you can add up to an extra 32Mb of storage, boosting the time up to 64 minutes of CD-quality music. A built-in microphone lets you record your voice or other sounds, and you can fit an amazing two hours into the jazPiper's 32Mb.
As one of the few MP3 players that actually use the format's extra information, the id3 tag, the jazPiper displays the track name and artist as well as the usual time elapsed and compression ratio. As for sound quality, the jazPiper delivered some of the best sounds we've heard out of an MP3 player, and there's also a Digital Signal Processor for tailoring the sound to suit three styles of music - rock, pop and classic.
Installing the software was simple - it lets you upload files to the player via a parallel port connection in just a few clicks. The transfer is very fast and it takes just three minutes to upload 32Mb. The only feature missing we might have wanted was an FM radio, but models with this feature usually cost a bit more.
One other interesting, and odd, feature we should mention is the jazPiper's ability to store up to 250 names and numbers in a telephone directory. All the data is entered via the same jazPiper desk software, and saves you carrying your filofax around with you. Slightly useless if you already own a moblie phone, though...