Ryobi TEK4 All-Play Jobsite MP3 Music Player

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Review by christopheralan posted 02-12-2011 02:08 AM 8979 views 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is the TEK4 All-Play Jobsite MP3 Music Player by Ryobi Tools. It is water, dust and impact resistant, and plays all types of music files. It will hold 2 giggaflops of music, which translates to around 500 songs, depending on the file size. This player will rattle your eardrums for approximately 72 continuous hours thanks to the 4-volt lithium-ion battery. Just clip it to your superhero belt or attach it to the armband and carry it around the jobsite or workshop.

Before using the All-Play, the battery should be charged using the supplied 5-hour charger. It is a little annoying that it should take this long, considering my 18-volt Bosch drill only takes an hour. Granted, an MP3 player will not normally cause a work stoppage on a jobsite, but when you get that Justin Beiber song in your head you would give anything to remedy the situation. (See my Dead On 18-Inch Annihilator Utility and Wrecking Bar review…) Ryobi offers a quick charger, but with the extra long play time (I have only charged it one time in three months), I can wait five hours.

Loading music is super easy. If you are familiar with MP3 players, you will know that many come with software, either on a CD or on the player itself, which you must load onto your computer. The All-Play is a “plug-and-play” devise that you plug into the USB port and it shows up under the My Computer folder as another drive. You can then “drag-and-drop” your music files onto the player. You can set up folders inside the player to create a playlist. Music placed in the folders will play first; everything else will be played based on the name of the music file. By changing the Mode setting on the player, you can go from Random to Continuous play.

Keep in mind that this is not an IPOD. There is no fancy screen listing song title or artist, and finding that one song you just have to hear can be an exercise in patience. There are only seven buttons (2-volume, skip forward, skip back, power/play, mode, hold), so interface is pretty simple. It is great to have in the shop, either attached to the belt (which can be a challenge trying to keep the head-phones cord out of the way), strapped to your arm (just don’t put it on too tight), or plugged into your favorite jobsite radio. Depending on the type of work I am doing, I use either the head-phones or the AO-Safety Work Tunes. The sound is great in both.

What would I change? Like I said before, the 5-hour charger is a little ridiculous. I mean come on; it’s only 4-volts. The head-phones supplied suck. Do yourself a favor and buy some aftermarket head-phones you can beat-up on or better yet, pick up some AO-Safety Work Tunes. It is a bit bulky and heavy. You will get some funny looks when you take it to the gym and people will ask if it is some type of medical devise. Most everyone that has asked me about it stops in their tracks when I tell them it is a heavy-duty, water, impact and dust resistant music storage system. And, oh yeah, it will play for 72 continuous hours on one charge! Seriously, how often are you in a nice, clean, gentle, dust free environment? This isn’t a cute, dainty, tinny-bopper player. This one is for us!

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