Top positive review
Good Player, Bad Software
on September 23, 2011
- The included Songbird software is a pain to deal with and can cause folders you place on your player to become write protected, preventing their deletion. It also attempts to auto synchronize your player to the Songbird file list, which can cause things you drop on from a friend's computer to get deleted before you can make a copy.
- It is difficult to just play music from your folders in order. The player tries to order them by name, or sets to shuffle by default, though you can get around this by navigating through folder view and selecting a specific album you want to play.
- It is possible to set up playlists the make it easy to play a block of music, but you have to individually include songs rather than selecting an entire folder.
- I would not suggest trying to use this for video playback as the screen is 1-inch square, where normal screens are a little wider than tall (which means you'll get a slightly squished image). Also, the player doesn't support many video types. If you are looking for something super portable to play videos, I suggest looking elsewhere.
- The first listed con can be avoided by just ignoring the software (never installing it) and dropping files in like you would with a thumbdrive.
- Despite the somewhat clumsy interface, this player puts out decent sound with a good number of preset equalizer options.
- The wide variety of supported audio types is really what makes this player shine, and at a reasonable price.
- If you ever have problems removing files from the player, there is a menu option in the player that lets you format the memory instantly without ruining the built in software (even removing digitally protected media). Not something I have seen in many players.
- Small, tough, and super portable.
- Included headphones are comfortable and have decent sound.
For someone who wants an audio player that can support various file formats while putting out good sound, this is a good deal, even if it's a little difficult to work with until you get your playlists set.