Speedo Aquabeat LZR Racer Special Edition review

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We’ve seen several MP3 players designed for runners, and now swimmers can get in on the fun too.

Speedo Aquabeat LZR Racer Special Edition review

The Speedo Aquabeat is a waterproof music player, complete with waterproof headphones, that lets you enjoy your personal playlist while you rack up the lengths in the pool.

Speedo Aquabeat LZR Racer Special Edition

Clearly a lot of thought has gone into the design of the Aquabeat: the player clips on to the back of your goggles, and connects to the headphones via a short coiled cable, so it’s completely out of the way while you’re swimming. There’s no screen, and the only buttons are a rocker to play and skip tracks, and a volume control. Tactile bumps on the controls make it easy to adjust by feel.

Frustratingly, however, the headphones tended to fall out of our ears unless we were wearing a swimming cap to hold them in place. Even then, we found that the plug-style design still allowed water to seep in, deadening the treble response.

That’s a shame, because the quality was otherwise pleasingly loud.

The nine-hour battery life is low by music player standards, and the 2GB capacity is unexpectedly small, but very few of us swim for more than an hour per session, so neither is likely to be a real limitation. The relatively high price, though, means this is a player for dedicated aquaphiles only.

Basic specifications

Media player storage typeFlash memory
Screen sizeN/A

Battery life

Audio battery life9hrs
Video battery lifeN/A

Other features

USB charging?yes
Data connector typeProprietary
Screen sizeN/A
ResolutionN/A x N/A
Wired remote?no


Dimensions120 x 46 x 20mm (WDH)

Audio codec support

MP3 supportyes
WMA supportyes
AAC supportno
OGG supportno
FLAC supportno
ATRAC supportno
WAV supportno
ASF supportno
AIFF supportno

Video codec support

DivX supportno
XviD supportno
H.264 supportno
WMV-HD supportno
WMV supportno
AVI supportno
MP4 supportno

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