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2.0 out of 5 stars
Let down by some serious flaws!, 4 Aug 2010
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Ok. Let's start at the very beginning. I HATE this type of packaging! Quite frankly, it's dangerous to get it open with scissors and you're never quite sure if you're going to cut something important in half.
Once in I found a quite a nice little MP4 player, a sheet of instructions, earphones, a USB cable and a little disc (containing software and the manual). The player itself is reasonably well built. It doesn't feel like it will fall apart and it's nice and smooth to the touch. The coating of the player doesn't pick up fingerprints so stays looking clean and new and it's nice and light.
The sheet of instructions tells you what button does what and the manual tells you how to put music/video etc. on the player. I didn't have a single problem getting started. I do think that the manual assumes you know something about MP3 players and as a result perhaps doesn't offer the level of detail or direction a person new to this type of thing might need but it was fine for me.
Once plugged in via the supplied USB cable my computer recognised and opened it without any issues and I was putting music and video on it within a minute. It should be said at this point that this player is excellent as a memory stick!
Once I'd put a variety of stuff on the player (and once it had charged fully- didn't take long!) I plugged the supplied earphones in and turned it on. The screen is clear and very well lit. The menu system is acceptable and fairly obvious. One big issue I had was using the left and right buttons to scroll up and down the menus- possibly the most counter-intuitive things ever in my opinion.
First I checked out how it performs as a music player. I put music on the player in wma and MP3 format and it handles both nicely. I was extremely impressed by the playback. The volume goes higher than you could possibly want it and the equaliser does have a real impact on the sound. The earphones were of a good quality but, as with any player, they weren't amazing so I listened through my own and was suitably impressed. Moving from one song to the next is quite slow. You have to wait for it to move to the next song but it's not awful. If you're expecting a minimalist 21st century look you'll be disappointed. The screen shows everything it needs to during playback but is hardly ultra-modern. It looks more like 'Windows 98'.
You might guess that at this point, despite a few hiccups, I was quite pleased with the product. You'd guess right but unfortunately it all goes downhill from here.
Next I tried the photo function and although it showed my photos it showed them at about 10x15mm (not using anywhere near all the screen) so I was a bit disappointed. No big deal though, if I wanted to show friends my pictures I have a multitude of other ways to do it.
I then tried to play some video... oh dear. Firstly it took a while to find any video it was compatible with and once I'd found something I was horrified to find that this player plays things back full screen. 'Full screen?' I hear you say, 'Isn't that a good thing?'. Not when it distorts your video to make it fit into the player's square screen. AAAArrrrgggghhhh. Call me weird but I cannot stand watching things the wrong shape. I refuse to watch video when everyone on the video's head looks like it's been squashed!
I then tried recording my voice. It worked well and the playback was good and clear but the menu system is so hard to navigate that it ended up being a real pain. Having messed around with my Dad's voice recorder as a child (You know, the ones with the little tapes) I would happily use that instead. Late 1980s technology being preferable to a new player in 2010 has to be a bad thing, right?
Overall, if you're going to do nothing but load this with music or use it as a memory stick you could do far worse as it's music playback is of a very good quality but it's counter-intuitive menu/button system, it's poor photo and video playback capabilities and the general look of the screen during operation make this player much less appealing than it could be.
If the rating system is thus- 1 star for poor, 2 stars for satisfactory, 3 stars for good, 4 stars for very good and 5 stars for excellent- then I award this player 2 stars for a satisfactory performance.