Product Type: Samsung MP3 players
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Cheap basic MP3 player and flash storage
Samsung YP-U2RQB 2 GB
Member Name: helenc72
Samsung YP-U2RQB 2 GB
Advantages: Cheap, light, easy to use, doubles up as flash storage, charges via USB
Disadvantages: Battery life reduces badly over time, can be annoying scrolling through all the songs
This is my "spare" MP3 player and I have had it for about six years. I used it as my main MP3 player for two or three years before I got an ipod.
This MP3 player is quite simple and basic but I have generally been quite happy with it over the years.
It is very small and compact, making it handy to keep in my pocket. It is lighter and much less bulky than my ipod classic, so I would rather use this one while running or playing sports.
=== Loading and organising music ===
It is very simple to use and load with music. It came with a CD rom of Samsung software, but I never even installed this and it is not necessary. The MP3 player takes the form of a USB flash drive and you connect it to the USB port of your computer. It is automatically recognised and treated by the computer as an external hard drive, much like when you connect any USB stick intended for storage. You can then drag and drop the music from another folder on your computer. You can make folders and playlists on the MP3 player just by organising the data in the folder. It is very easy to do and doesn't require any programme to be installed.
This means you can easily use it as a spare memory stick as well as an mp3 player. I found this very handy as I often used it when I spontaneously wanted to save photos friends were showing me on their computer or when they had study notes they wanted to give me and so on. I could just put them on this MP3 player using the flash storage.
It only has 2 GB which is not a huge amount if you have a wide music collection, which I do, but it is easy to change what you have on there and it is handy as a back up.
=== Controls ===
The controls are also simple and basic. You have the play/ pause button in the middle of the control panel. The top and bottom buttons increase or decrease the volume. The two buttons to the left and right of the play button can be used to skip forward and back or to fast forward and rewind, depending on how long you hold the buttons down.
There is a hold button on the side, which you can slide across to prevent the buttons being accidentally pressed while the player is in your pocket or bag.
The one thing which I did find quite irritating with the controls of this MP3 player is that scrolling through long lists of songs is quite irritating. You have to keep pressing down and going through every song in the list to get to the one you want. There is no way to search. This can be improved if you keep your music very organised and have a folder for each artist, as you then only have to scroll past these folders, but if all the music is just in one big folder then you will have to scroll a lot.
You can put the music on repeat one, repeat all or random. I usually just put it on random so I don't have to bother selecting things with the controls.
The screen is black and white and very simple. You obviously cannot watch videos or anything on here.
The headphone jack is standard size and it has been fine with any headphones I have used. The sound quality seems fine.
=== Battery Life ===
This MP3 player is charged via USB when you connect it to the computer. At first, the battery life was good. I can't remember exactly how many hours of play I would get out of it, but I think around 8-10 hours. Now though as time has gone by, the battery power has become much worse. With every charge it seems to retain less power and it will now run out of battery after being used for only around an hour.
==== Over all ===
I would recommend it if you just want a cheap MP3 player to use at the gym or you are not bothered about having a large capacity for thousands of songs. Obviously this is hardly the most high tech piece of kit available these days, but it does do the job and the fact it doubles as USB flash storage is useful. Maybe it would be good if you want to get a first MP3 player for a young child who can't be trusted with an expensive ipod!
Summary: As a cheap mp3 player it does do the job
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