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This thing just looks cheap, I'm not opposed to using plastic, sometimes it's genuinely the best material. But the presentation and workmanship in those images look crap, it looks like cheap tat usb drives you get for free at big events(and not even good events), if something has a list price of nearly $200 it should at least look like something that another person wouldn't automatically throw in the trash thinking it was junk.
Yeah the Audioquest dragonfly (black or red) or even the Massdrop DacportSlim (I have and it's awesome) seems like a better deal.
Please see comments above regarding build strategy. Thank you.
That doesn't really effect the presentation of the product, the choice of colours, materials, design etc. can all be varied well within a reasonable budget even if you don't use metal parts. As it is it's very clear it's the cheapest most basic option available and frankly past a certain total cost point for the whole product cheeping out on the aesthetics is only going to hurt rather than hinder a product. When you are at the $100+ mark saving $10-20 a unit isn't that big a deal, if you were talking about a truly budget product then your logic is 100% correct, but when your product is already out of the price range of the lower end consumer it really becomes pointless.
After all who's going to pay that kind of money for something that looks like a $3 USB drive from 10 years ago, something that if you leave it lying someones not even going to take a second look at as if it's valuable or not and just throw it away or that a coworker would even mention if they took off your desk thinking it was a cheapo drive.
Even adding a silicon shell would barely have added to the cost, but made a big difference to the look. Hell even the design of the casing, having a more sensible colour choice and design(just having the seam along the base even) would have made a HUGE difference to how it looked. ABS can look decent, this doesn't.
Not to mention ABS isn't always the best material for plug in drives, it's a bit too hard and a bit too brittle. Ideally you want something with a touch more give and flex so it doesn't damage the USB connection or just crack the casing.
But hey, what do I know I'm just a consumer giving feedback, at the end of the day your explanation means nothing too me. I disagree with your logic and don't believe your offer represents a good value for money so therefore I'm voting with my wallet, and being good enough to let you know why.
I get the feeling mgeso is someone who works for the product. I'm not getting the fanboy vibe more like I am part of this company vibe. That would explain his stance a lot more. At the end of the day I do agree with you that the aesthetics of the product is a huge determining factor for alot of people, conscious or subconsciously., and that bright orange was a bad choice.
We use ours for high resolution listening, not for photo shoots.
Have you read any of the reviews?
I own the product and have read the reviews. I do not work for M2Tech of Italy.
It's a portable USB device, that means on my desk at work, on the go sitting in a coffee shop, driving the audio if I'm teaching. And importantly I care personally about the aesthetics and reliability for my work and away equipment, especially if they are already expensive. I've had cheap looking $100 peripherals trashed figuratively and literally by coworkers and even strangers in the past, it matters.
Yes read a couple, none said anything that would lead me to buy it over something else. There are people that will spend ridiculous sums for marginal returns, I'm not one of those people, I'm more than happy paying less for 80-90% of the impact in a better packaging.