Archive for May, 2010

MP4/MP5 Player 4gb Touch Screen Review

May 13th, 2010

Well as this is the first review for the blog I guess i better make it a good one! icon smile MP4/MP5 Player 4gb Touch Screen Review

Let start with a picture so you know what im talking about. Introducing the MP5/MP4 Player with touchscreen/camera + FM Radio:

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The Main Menu

As you can see the initial menu includes 9 initial icons which all carry out different functions.  Touching some of the icons shows the screen appears surprisingly responsive, one light touch provides an instant response.

Video

I decided to jump straight in and try out the video playback. Now one of the main features of the MP5 player over a normal MP4 player is the ability to copy/transfer over video files in a variety of different formats without the need to preconvert. Now I had a sample Real Media file which I was dying to try out, so I literally dragged and dropped from pc to the extra drive that had appeared since connecting by usb, into the ‘video’ folder. Then disconnected the player to play the video. No problems at all as you can see below:

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RMVB Video Still 2

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RMVB video

The onscreen touch fastforward/rewind play/stop buttons are standard and simple to use, simply tap the screen while the video plays and the buttons appear underneath the video.

Music

Sound quality + volumne when playing MP3s is pretty impressive for such a small player provided you have a decent pair of headphones. Bass levels are decent whilst clarity is pretty good. Similair to the ipod menu layout you can browse by artist/album/song etc. When playing a song you will see a nice little levels graphic:

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It also has 8 preset Eq’s (8 Presets EQ modes: Natural, MSEQ, Rock, Pop, Classic, Bass, Jazz) plus a custom user eq, aswell as playing modes Once / Repeat once / Play all / Repeat all / Intro.

And this little gem is not restricted to just MP3s it will also play  WMA, WAV, WMV, OGG, ASF & ACT.

Gaming

This feature is often overlooked when advertised though it shouldnt be ignored. Most people arent aware you can play Nintendo Roms on this player, which opens up a huge range of games which are easily downloadeable from the net. Dont beleive me? Check out the screenshots below, thats right that is Mario and Metroid!:

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Mario on the MP5 Player!

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Metroid on the MP5 Player!

Build Quality

Build quality is pretty good for the price, very light and easy to carry around. These often come with a free silicone case which adds that extra bit of protection for peace of mind.

Ive copied some pictures below showing the player from different angles:

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Summary

In summary this player is a fantastic device, it has many other features not reviewed here such as the ebook reader/fm radio and fm radio recording/voice recording features. And lets not forget you can expand this bad boy up to 8gb with a micro sd card. So at the price of £35.99 you cant go wrong really. You can get it for only £35.99:  MP5/MP4 Player TouchScreen/FM Radio £34.99.

Feel free to add your comments, im always looking for feedback. And id love to know if people are actually reading this or if im just babbling away to myself icon smile MP4/MP5 Player 4gb Touch Screen Review

Hello and welcome to the My Gadget Tree Blog

May 8th, 2010

Well im Gareth and this is my first post on our fantastic new ‘My Gadget Tree’ blog. I decided to write this blog as I noticed the lack of quality unbiased reviews on the many low cost alternative gadgets available to buy on the net. This lack of information means many people dont realise that you dont have to spend £400 + on an iphone when you can go buy a Sciphone for a quarter of the price with the the same if not more functions thant the iphone itself. ANd it doesnt stop there, there are some fabulous touch screen MP4 players/MP3 Players which can easily rival apples offering again for a much lesser price.

So my mission is to educate the masses and help people buy quality gadgets at good prices.

Oh yes and I know this blog is attached to my website, so I will be reviewing some of my products but I promise to be unbiased in my reviews. And of course I wont only be reviewing those products available on my website. So enjoy, hopefully my babbling wont bore you too much icon smile Hello and welcome to the My Gadget Tree Blog