- Built in FM tuner and FM recording, line-in recording, high quality colour screen, can be used as a removable drive
- Expensive, included software is not very helpful
Although slightly expensive, Samsung’s YP-T7F is a feature packed MP3 player with one of the best screens we have seen yet.
Price$ 229.00 (AUD)
Micro MP3 players may be tiny, but despite their size, manufacturers still know how to pack in the features. Samsung's YP-T7F is one of those amazingly small MP3 players which still manage to fit functions such as line-in recording, FM radio/recording and a colour screen capable of reproducing up to 260,000 colours.
Weighing 40g and measuring 37 x 63 x 14 mm, the YP-T7F follows a similar design to Samsung's previous YP-T7. The player sports a TFT LCD screen, capable of delivering 260,000 colours. When we tested this, we were astonished with the picture quality, shown in full colour and clarity. Even though we have been provided with such an impressive screen, it is hardly practical to view pictures or video on this device due to its tiny 1.2-inch screen. When playing tracks, ID3 information is well presented on screen, with listings for artist, track name, time, bit-rate and file-type all easily read off the one screen.
To navigate the device, there are a set of button controls located on the front and side of the device. The buttons are responsive and very easy to use, and with a little practice, we were able to easily navigate the around device from within our pockets. Unlike many other micro MP3 players, users are able to navigate the device whilst listening to music, allowing simultaneous photo or text viewing.
The MP3 device also includes line-in, FM and voice recording. The recording interface is very similar to Samsung's larger hard-drive based player, the YH-J70, and the quality is outstanding for such a small device. In any situation, recording can be accessed through the dedicated 'record' button, located on the side of the player. If you are listening to FM radio simply pressing the record button will record the current track and store it to the 'Recorded' folder in the root of the device. Recording quality can be set between 32 and 192kbps, with the highest being of exceptional quality.
Using the line-in recording function, users are able to record directly off an audio device such as a CD player. This allows direct transfer of tracks from audio CD's, and by using the Auto-Sync option, the ripped tracks will be preserved into separate tracks. Voice recording quality is also good, and as long as you don't move the device around too much, recording through the internal microphone is quite acceptable. We recommend not moving the device due to the interference created when the unit is moved around. Because of the rattling neck strap support on top of the player, this moving part is easily heard in voice recordings and becomes quite irritating. Without moving the device, we could record a speaker at a distance of up to three metres away.
Audio playback on the YP-T7F keeps up with the tradition of strong performance, held by previous Samsung MP3 players. Playback levels were capable of reaching what could be deemed us unhealthily loud, without any trace of distortion. The included earphones come in an iPod white shade, and again, we were surprised with the impressive sound produced by the buds.
The included software, Media Studio, is similar to Apple's iTunes, providing users with an all-in-one media library. When running the software, it imports your music collection, which can then be sorted into playlists to be copied onto the YP-T7F storage memory. We preferred to copy our music directly onto the device using a file explorer utility, a great feature which gives users driver/software independent music transfer. Photos and videos can also be copied on to the device, although videos must be converted into the proprietary SVI video format, using the Media Studio converter software. Even though it is capable of playing back video, it could hardly be deemed acceptable viewing due to the miniscule screen.
There wasn't much that was disappointing in our experience with Samsung's YP-T7F. We were impressed with the interface, the playback quality, and most of the recording features (voice recording had its quirks). Once again, Samsung have released an attractive and fast USB2 transfer capable portable media player, and we must make an emphasis on its portability. The size of the device is so small and unobtrusive; it could often be forgotten in the coin pocket of your jeans. Although the T7F comes at a price which is higher than the average for a 512 MB MP3 player, we think it's worth it.
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