Today we’ll be investigating the Samsung 2GB Portable MP3 Player YP-K3. This thinline, flash memory based, digital music player is priced right, typically under $50. How does it compare to other MP3 players in this price range. Is it a good deal or a dud? Let’s find out…
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The Samsung K3 is said to be the slimmest MP3 player on the market. At 1.76 ounces and about 3 3/4 inches by 1 1/4 inches it is small and compact. It features a 1.8-inch full-color OLED display and does all the standard things that most digital music players in this price range do, that is play MP3’s, WMAs and protected and subscription WMAs. It also includes a picture viewer, audio recorder and FM tuner.
Sound-wise the Samsung 2GB Portable MP3 Player YP-K3 is quite good for the price range. The EQ presets are good and you can use the built-in seven-band equalizer to do your own adjustments, something I find critical if you want to plug the player into a car or home audio system rather than listening on headphones. The stock headphones are what they are. They aren’t as bad as some I’ve tried in this price range, they don’t buzz with heavy bass sounds, but you’ll probably want to get a better ones eventually.
Battery life for the Samsung K3 is quite good. I was able to get over 20 hours of playing time on the rechargeable Li-Poly battery. I’ve been used to seeing lower times from other MP3 players in this price range so I was very pleased with this. Charging is done through a standard USB 2.0 cable so there’s no worries there.
The user interface for the Samsung K3 MP3 player isn’t bad. I can find the controls easily by touch and thumb it fairly easily while driving which is a big plus for me. The touch pad is light emitting so it’s easy to use in the dark. The OLED display is OK I’m not into trying read tiny screens.
Downsides to the Samsung 2GB Portable MP3 Player YP-K3? I’ve had occasional problems with the device not being recognized properly by Windows XP systems and Windows Media Player when I plugged it in. I don’t know where the fault lies here but it’s only a minor annoyance. I just unplug it and plug it back in and it usually works OK then. Of course, at 2GB, you won’t be packing around your entire music collection but 2GB is more than enough for a week or so of commuting time or most plane trips.
All in all, I found the Samsung 2GB Portable MP3 Player YP-K3 to be a very good, low cost, digital music player. If you’re not into going the iPod route, I highly recommend it.