LG FM33 MP3 player review

LG is known worldwide as a manufacturer of a wide variety of electronics and household appliances, it is also one of the five largest cell phone manufacturers in the world. In the extensive model range of LG there is also a line of personal audio devices, but in Russia it was not widely represented. In the near future, the situation should change for the better, the company intends to present very interesting models and sell them in Russia. The "first sign" in the updated line of MP3 players will be the FM33 model, which was first presented in September at the IFA exhibition.

The device is built on the basis of flash memory and is a "classic" MP4 player in a rectangular plastic case with a color display. The list of FM33 features is exactly as expected: MP3, WMA, WAV, ASF and Ogg Vorbis audio files are supported, LG AVI or Windows Media 9 proprietary video formats, JPEG image files and TXT text files are supported. There is a built-in microphone and FM tuner. The player "carries on board" 1, 2 or 4 GB of memory.

Body and design

Unlike top models, LG's affordable consumer-oriented appliances often cannot boast of a good "European" design, it is felt that the brand is Korean, and Asian traditions are still strong in its design bureau. Fortunately, you can't say the same about FM33. Apparently, Seoul designers, inspired by the success of LG Chocolate, have opened a new page in their work. Naturally, once having created a successful design, it is a sin not to continue to exploit its elements in other models or even devices, which, apparently, is perfectly represented in LG. FM33 continues the ideas laid down in Chocolate, the player looks laconic in a good way, it suits the minimalist design. The color scheme is the only one, black, it suits well the severity of the lines. When manipulating the joystick, four hidden red LEDs light up around it in the form of schematic icons, this continues the parallel with the phone. The red color goes well with black, there is no dissonance here, the icons fit in place and do not spoil the impression. The appearance of the device can be described as seasoned, stylish, the fact that its creators have hidden the icons, placing only the display, joystick and their own logo on the front panel, can rightly be called a coup. The player does not seem angular, this is facilitated by the round shape and the relatively large size of the joystick on the front panel.

The quality of the FM33 plastic case is at a high level, there are no flaws in stamping or panel fitting.

The player is vertically oriented, with a rectangular display and a large joystick on the front panel. The back panel and bottom end are left empty, information about the device is applied to the panel, and a forced reset hole is “attached” to the end. The controls in the form of four buttons are placed on the right side panel, on the left there was a place for a sliding control lock switch and a hole for the built-in microphone. Finally, on the upper end, the designers placed a standard headphone jack, an eyelet for attaching a cord (“a beautiful player should be visible!”) And a USB connector covered with a rubberized plastic plug. The plug fits snugly, there are no prerequisites for loosening during operation.

Management

The main and most noticeable element of the player control scheme is the joystick, placed in the lower part of the front panel. Its main differences from others are the increased size of the top and the round platform with piping at the top. While testing dozens of player models, I have not come across joysticks similar to this one, for novelty LG designers can be given a bold plus: innovations are painfully rare today, more often players are “assembled” from run-in elements. The feel of the FM33 joystick is somewhat subtly reminiscent of the "sliding" joystick on the Sony PSP, otherwise it demonstrates a good level of sensitivity. False positives are within acceptable limits, thanks to the shape and size of the upper part, the finger slips less, at least it gives the impression.

The rest of the controls are nestled on the right sidebar and look like four elongated buttons. Three of them are slightly recessed into the body and combined into a block, these buttons are responsible for calling the main and context menus, as well as activating the recording. The remaining button is used to start playback and pause it. The comfort of the buttons can be assessed as average, they are of a decent size, have a short travel and fix pressing with a slight click. Finding the desired button by touch is quite easy, this is helped by splitting into two blocks, the distance between the buttons and the “low landing”.

In general, the player control scheme is made according to the classical canons and is quite convenient. You can mark the joystick, it has a somewhat unusual, but successful implementation.

Display and Menu

The player's display has a diagonal of 1.77 inches and is built on a TFT matrix that displays up to 262,000 colors. The manufacturer does not give any information about the resolution, but "by eye" it is 128x160 pixels, which is the average for today, a kind of industrial standard. Otherwise, the display indicators are at a good average level, this concerns the brightness and saturation of colors, the level of contrast. In direct daylight, the image fades, but remains readable.

The main menu of the player has a vertical organization, items and sections are represented by large inscriptions and small, well-drawn icons.

Menu contents: Music, Video, Photo, Radio, Record, Text, Setup, Total List.

Music, Video, Photo, Radio, Record, Text. These menu items are used to switch the player to listen to music, watch videos, view graphics files, receive FM radio broadcasts, record a signal from a microphone and view text files, respectively.

Setup. Settings menu. This includes settings for each of the operating modes: playback mode and speed, audio and tag display settings, line scroll speed, and background image selection. Also from here, the interval of the slides, the radio reception and recording mode, the quality of the recording from the microphone and its voice activation, the color of the text and the speed of its scrolling, the time for the automatic shutdown of the display and the player are infused. In the same section, you can reset the settings to factory settings, format the memory, change the language, view system information, adjust the display brightness and, importantly, switch the player to UMS mode.

There is also an additional menu called EZ Menu, it is called by the corresponding button. It is used to adjust the brightness level, bookmarks, direct selection of sound parameters. Depending on the operating mode, the composition of the menu varies, but in any case, it includes the most frequently used functions.

The player's menu is organized according to well-established rules, it does not take any noticeable time to master it.

Power and PC connection

The FM33 is powered by a built-in lithium-ion battery with a not very high capacity of 600 mAh. However, the player demonstrates good battery life: on a single charge, FM33 in listening mode works for about 30 hours (the claimed figure is 35 hours). At the same time, you can watch the video for no more than 8 hours.

The battery is charged via the USB bus and with the help of the network adapter supplied in the kit (for some reason, MP4 player manufacturers have been actively saving on them lately). The USB cable is standard, so it's easy to replace if you lose it, although you'll lose the nice plug with the LG logo that matches the color of the player's case.

The player connected to the computer is recognized as an MTP device, so music and photos can be downloaded either directly from My Computer, where the player icon appears (requires Windows XP SP2), or using a compatible software manager (Windows Media Player quite suitable for downloading music). In the first case, only compatible files are transferred to the player, and there is a mismatch: FM33 stubbornly refuses to accept TXT files, despite the fact that the corresponding folder contains a file of this particular format previously recorded in memory. The proprietary software manager allows you to record photos, videos and text on the player, obviously, while converting files to FM33 requests.

It is curious that from the menu you can switch the player to UMS (USB Mass Storage) mode. In this case, the operating system recognizes the player as a removable media and allows you to write any files to memory. Unfortunately, you will not be able to view or listen to them on the player, this mode is only for transportation.

FM radio and recording

The player's built-in FM tuner supports all standard features, including manual and automatic frequency search and memorization. Sensitivity is at an acceptable level, familiar to most of these devices. It is possible to receive and comfortably listen to all radio stations of the Moscow FM band. The number of cells for recording frequencies is relatively small, there are only 20 of them. This is enough to memorize your favorite stations, but not enough to switch between them once you have tuned and stored all the stations in the band.

FM33 provides recording from the built-in microphone. The acceptable sensitivity distance is 6-8 meters, provided there is no intense extraneous noise. The signal is recorded directly to MP3 format, while you can choose one of the quality modes: 96 Kbps, 128 Kbps or 192 Kbps, which is more than enough for voice recording and quite enough for recording your favorite radio programs.

Graphic files, video, sound

The player "allows" JPEG files to be viewed, this does not require their prior conversion. True, high-resolution files are loaded within a noticeable time, up to 10 seconds. There is the possibility of organizing a slide show, listening to music while viewing graphic files.

When it comes to videos, the player is extremely selective: in order to be able to view files, you must first convert them to the LG AVI format using the supplied software toolkit. In this case, the resolution is "adjusted" to the display, and the frame rate is reduced to 15 per second. In connection with the latter fact, the videos do not play as smoothly as on a computer, but watching them is generally quite comfortable, unless, of course, you consider that watching movies on a tiny screen is inconvenient by default.

The sound quality of the FM33 is at a good "Korean" level and is quite comparable with the sound quality of products from other well-known companies from this country: MPIO, iRiver, Samsung. There is an equalizer with 9 style presets, more of them than is usually present in players of this class. 5-band manual tuning is also supported and there is a 3D Sound stereo expansion system. When the latter is activated, the sound changes, but the implementation of this effect in FM33, as in the vast majority of MP3 / 4 players, is, as they say, “an amateur”.

The bundled headphones are made of smooth black plastic with silvery chrome-look inserts and have a quite decent design, which, unfortunately, is not often seen in bundled models. Their sound, however, is not too impressive, the mids sound good, but the bass level is not up to acceptable.

Conclusions and impressions

It is not for nothing that LG begins an active attack on the markets with the “thirty-third” model. The player turned out to be quite good, which, to be honest, was not expected from him at once. The FM33 looks good, is quite easy to operate, has a good display and good sound quality. Working with videos, of course, is not organized very conveniently, as well as the process of "filling" music in general, but it's no secret that the function of watching videos on MP4 players is largely a marketing ploy, which is no wonder, given the diagonal of the display.

The price of FM33, which should appear in Moscow retail closer to the New Year, has not yet been indicated, but it is expected to be at the level or slightly higher than analogues under lesser-known brands.

Specifications:

  • Memory: 1/2/4 GB
  • File formats: MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV, ASF
  • Bitrates: MP3 32-320Kbps, OGG Q1-Q10
  • Display: TFT, 262k colors, 1.77"
  • Power: Built-in battery, Li-Ion, 600 mAh
  • Battery life: 32 hours
  • Dimensions: 42x70.5x12.5mm
  • Weight: 42 g

Thanks to Trinity Logic for providing us with a sample.

LG FM33 MP3 player review

LG is known worldwide as a manufacturer of a wide variety of electronics and household appliances, it is also one of the five largest cell phone manufacturers in the world. In the extensive model range of LG there is also a line of personal audio devices, but in Russia it was not widely represented. In the near future, the situation should change for the better, the company intends to present very interesting models and sell them in Russia. The "first sign" in the updated line of MP3 players will be the FM33 model, which was first presented in September at the IFA exhibition.

The device is built on the basis of flash memory and is a "classic" MP4 player in a rectangular plastic case with a color display. The list of FM33 features is exactly as expected: MP3, WMA, WAV, ASF and Ogg Vorbis audio files are supported, LG AVI or Windows Media 9 proprietary video formats, JPEG image files and TXT text files are supported. There is a built-in microphone and FM tuner. The player "carries on board" 1, 2 or 4 GB of memory.

Body and design

Unlike top models, LG's affordable consumer-oriented appliances often cannot boast of a good "European" design, it is felt that the brand is Korean, and Asian traditions are still strong in its design bureau. Fortunately, you can't say the same about FM33. Apparently, Seoul designers, inspired by the success of LG Chocolate, have opened a new page in their work. Naturally, once having created a successful design, it is a sin not to continue to exploit its elements in other models or even devices, which, apparently, is perfectly represented in LG. FM33 continues the ideas laid down in Chocolate, the player looks laconic in a good way, it suits the minimalist design. The color scheme is the only one, black, it fits well with the severity of the lines. When manipulating the joystick, four hidden red LEDs light up around it in the form of schematic icons, this continues the parallel with the phone. The red color goes well with black, there is no dissonance here, the icons fit in place and do not spoil the impression. The appearance of the device can be described as seasoned, stylish, the fact that its creators have hidden the icons, placing only the display, joystick and their own logo on the front panel, can rightly be called a coup. The player does not seem angular, this is facilitated by the round shape and the relatively large size of the joystick on the front panel.

The quality of the FM33 plastic case is at a high level, there are no flaws in stamping or panel fitting.

The player is vertically oriented, with a rectangular display and a large joystick on the front panel. The back panel and bottom end are left empty, information about the device is applied to the panel, and a forced reset hole is “attached” to the end. The controls in the form of four buttons are placed on the right side panel, on the left there was a place for a sliding control lock switch and a hole for the built-in microphone. Finally, on the upper end, the designers placed a standard headphone jack, an eyelet for attaching a cord (“a beautiful player should be visible!”) And a USB connector covered with a rubberized plastic plug. The plug fits snugly, there are no prerequisites for loosening during operation.

Management

The main and most noticeable element of the player control scheme is the joystick placed in the lower part of the front panel. Its main differences from others are the increased size of the top and the round platform with piping at the top. While testing dozens of player models, I have not come across joysticks similar to this one, for novelty LG designers can be given a bold plus: innovations are painfully rare today, more often players are “assembled” from run-in elements. The feel of the FM33 joystick is somewhat subtly reminiscent of the "sliding" joystick on the Sony PSP, otherwise it demonstrates a good level of sensitivity. False positives are within acceptable limits, thanks to the shape and size of the upper part, the finger slips less, at least it gives the impression.

The rest of the controls are nestled on the right sidebar and look like four elongated buttons. Three of them are slightly recessed into the body and combined into a block, these buttons are responsible for calling the main and context menus, as well as activating the recording. The remaining button is used to start playback and pause it. The comfort of the buttons can be assessed as average, they are of a decent size, have a short travel and fix pressing with a slight click. Finding the desired button by touch is quite easy, this is helped by splitting into two blocks, the distance between the buttons and the “low landing”.

In general, the player control scheme is made according to the classical canons and is quite convenient. You can mark the joystick, it has a somewhat unusual, but successful implementation.

Display and Menu

The player's display has a diagonal of 1.77 inches and is built on a TFT-matrix that displays up to 262,000 colors. The manufacturer does not give any information about the resolution, but "by eye" it is 128x160 pixels, which is an average indicator for today, a kind of industrial standard. Otherwise, the display indicators are at a good average level, this concerns the brightness and saturation of colors, the level of contrast. In direct daylight, the image fades, but remains readable.

The main menu of the player has a vertical organization, items and sections are represented by large inscriptions and small, well-drawn icons.

Menu contents: Music, Video, Photo, Radio, Record, Text, Setup, Total List.

Music, Video, Photo, Radio, Record, Text. These menu items are used to switch the player to listen to music, watch videos, view graphics files, receive FM radio broadcasts, record a signal from a microphone and view text files, respectively.

Setup. Settings menu. This includes settings for each of the operating modes: playback mode and speed, audio and tag display settings, line scroll speed, and background image selection. Also from here, the interval of the slides, the radio reception and recording mode, the quality of the recording from the microphone and its voice activation, the color of the text and the speed of its scrolling, the time for the automatic shutdown of the display and the player are infused. In the same section, you can reset the settings to factory settings, format the memory, change the language, view system information, adjust the display brightness and, importantly, switch the player to UMS mode.

There is also an additional menu called EZ Menu, it is called by the corresponding button. It is used to adjust the brightness level, bookmarks, direct selection of sound parameters. Depending on the operating mode, the composition of the menu varies, but in any case, it includes the most frequently used functions.

The player's menu is organized according to well-established rules, it does not take any noticeable time to master it.

Power and PC connection

The FM33 is powered by a built-in lithium-ion battery with a not very high capacity of 600 mAh. However, the player demonstrates good battery life: on a single charge, FM33 in listening mode works for about 30 hours (the claimed figure is 35 hours). At the same time, you can watch the video for no more than 8 hours.

The battery is charged via the USB bus and with the help of the network adapter supplied in the kit (for some reason, MP4 player manufacturers have been actively saving on them lately). The USB cable is standard, so it's easy to replace if you lose it, although you'll lose the nice plug with the LG logo that matches the color of the player's case.

The player connected to the computer is recognized as an MTP device, so music and photos can be downloaded either directly from My Computer, where the player icon appears (requires Windows XP SP2), or using a compatible software manager (Windows Media Player quite suitable for downloading music). In the first case, only compatible files are transferred to the player, and there is a mismatch: FM33 stubbornly refuses to accept TXT files, despite the fact that the corresponding folder contains a file of this particular format previously recorded in memory. The proprietary software manager allows you to record photos, videos and text on the player, obviously, while converting files to FM33 requests.

It is curious that from the menu you can switch the player to UMS (USB Mass Storage) mode. In this case, the operating system recognizes the player as a removable media and allows you to write any files to memory. Unfortunately, you will not be able to view or listen to them on the player, this mode is only for transportation.

FM radio and recording

The player's built-in FM tuner supports all standard features, including manual and automatic frequency search and memorization. Sensitivity is at an acceptable level, familiar to most of these devices. It is possible to receive and comfortably listen to all radio stations of the Moscow FM band. The number of cells for recording frequencies is relatively small, there are only 20 of them. This is enough to memorize your favorite stations, but not enough to switch between them once you have tuned and stored all the stations in the band.

FM33 provides recording from the built-in microphone. The acceptable sensitivity distance is 6-8 meters, provided there is no intense extraneous noise. The signal is recorded directly to MP3 format, while you can choose one of the quality modes: 96 Kbps, 128 Kbps or 192 Kbps, which is more than enough for voice recording and quite enough for recording your favorite radio programs.

Graphic files, video, sound

The player "allows" JPEG files to be viewed, this does not require their prior conversion. True, high-resolution files are loaded within a noticeable time, up to 10 seconds. There is the possibility of organizing a slide show, listening to music while viewing graphic files.

When it comes to videos, the player is extremely selective: in order to be able to view files, you must first convert them to the LG AVI format using the supplied software toolkit. In this case, the resolution is "adjusted" to the display, and the frame rate is reduced to 15 per second. In connection with the latter fact, the videos do not play as smoothly as on a computer, but watching them is generally quite comfortable, unless, of course, you consider that watching movies on a tiny screen is inconvenient by default.

The sound quality of the FM33 is at a good "Korean" level and is quite comparable with the sound quality of products from other well-known companies from this country: MPIO, iRiver, Samsung. There is an equalizer with 9 style presets, more of them than is usually present in players of this class. 5-band manual tuning is also supported and there is a 3D Sound stereo expansion system. When the latter is activated, the sound changes, but the implementation of this effect in FM33, as in the vast majority of MP3 / 4 players, is, as they say, “an amateur”.

The bundled headphones are made of smooth black plastic with silvery chrome-look inserts and have a quite decent design, which, unfortunately, is not often seen in bundled models. Their sound, however, is not too impressive, the mids sound good, but the bass level is not up to acceptable.

Conclusions and impressions

It is not for nothing that LG begins an active attack on the markets with the “thirty-third” model. The player turned out to be quite good, which, to be honest, was not expected from him at once. The FM33 looks good, is quite easy to operate, has a good display and good sound quality. Working with videos, of course, is not organized very conveniently, as well as the process of "filling" music in general, but it's no secret that the function of watching videos on MP4 players is largely a marketing ploy, which is no wonder, given the diagonal of the display.

The price of FM33, which should appear in Moscow retail closer to the New Year, has not yet been indicated, but it is expected to be at the level or slightly higher than analogues under lesser-known brands.

Specifications:

  • Memory: 1/2/4 GB
  • File formats: MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV, ASF
  • Bitrates: MP3 32-320Kbps, OGG Q1-Q10
  • Display: TFT, 262k colors, 1.77"
  • Power: Built-in battery, Li-Ion, 600 mAh
  • Battery life: 32 hours
  • Dimensions: 42x70.5x12.5mm
  • Weight: 42 g

Thanks to Trinity Logic for providing us with a sample.

LG FM33 MP3 player review

LG is known worldwide as a manufacturer of a wide variety of electronics and household appliances, it is also one of the five largest cell phone manufacturers in the world. In the extensive model range of LG there is also a line of personal audio devices, but in Russia it was not widely represented. In the near future, the situation should change for the better, the company intends to present very interesting models and sell them in Russia. The "first sign" in the updated line of MP3 players will be the FM33 model, which was first presented in September at the IFA exhibition.

The device is built on the basis of flash memory and is a "classic" MP4 player in a rectangular plastic case with a color display. The list of FM33 features is exactly as expected: MP3, WMA, WAV, ASF and Ogg Vorbis audio files are supported, LG AVI or Windows Media 9 proprietary video formats, JPEG image files and TXT text files are supported. There is a built-in microphone and FM tuner. The player "carries on board" 1, 2 or 4 GB of memory.

Body and design

Unlike top models, LG's affordable consumer-oriented appliances often cannot boast of a good "European" design, it is felt that the brand is Korean, and Asian traditions are still strong in its design bureau. Fortunately, you can't say the same about FM33. Apparently, Seoul designers, inspired by the success of LG Chocolate, have opened a new page in their work. Naturally, once having created a successful design, it is a sin not to continue to exploit its elements in other models or even devices, which, apparently, is perfectly represented in LG. FM33 continues the ideas laid down in Chocolate, the player looks laconic in a good way, it suits the minimalist design. The color scheme is the only one, black, it fits well with the severity of the lines. When manipulating the joystick, four hidden red LEDs light up around it in the form of schematic icons, this continues the parallel with the phone. The red color goes well with black, there is no dissonance here, the icons fit in place and do not spoil the impression. The appearance of the device can be described as seasoned, stylish, the fact that its creators have hidden the icons, placing only the display, joystick and their own logo on the front panel, can rightly be called a coup. The player does not seem angular, this is facilitated by the round shape and the relatively large size of the joystick on the front panel.

The quality of the FM33 plastic case is at a high level, there are no flaws in stamping or panel fitting.

The player is vertically oriented, on the front panel there is a rectangular display and a large joystick. The back panel and bottom end are left empty, information about the device is applied to the panel, and a forced reset hole is “attached” to the end. The controls in the form of four buttons are placed on the right side panel, on the left there was a place for a sliding control lock switch and a hole for the built-in microphone. Finally, on the upper end, the designers placed a standard headphone jack, an eyelet for attaching a cord (“a beautiful player should be visible!”) And a USB connector covered with a rubberized plastic plug. The plug fits snugly, there are no prerequisites for loosening during operation.

Management

The main and most noticeable element of the player control scheme is the joystick, placed in the lower part of the front panel. Its main differences from others are the increased size of the top and the round platform with piping at the top. While testing dozens of player models, I have not come across joysticks similar to this one, for novelty LG designers can be given a bold plus: innovations are painfully rare today, more often players are “assembled” from run-in elements. The feel of the FM33 joystick is somewhat subtly reminiscent of the "sliding" joystick on the Sony PSP, otherwise it demonstrates a good level of sensitivity. False positives are within acceptable limits, thanks to the shape and size of the upper part, the finger slips less, at least it gives the impression.

The rest of the controls are nestled on the right sidebar and look like four elongated buttons. Three of them are slightly recessed into the body and combined into a block, these buttons are responsible for calling the main and context menus, as well as activating the recording. The remaining button is used to start playback and pause it. The comfort of the buttons can be assessed as average, they are of a decent size, have a short travel and fix pressing with a slight click. Finding the desired button by touch is quite easy, this is helped by splitting into two blocks, the distance between the buttons and the “low landing”.

In general, the player control scheme is made according to the classical canons and is quite convenient. You can mark the joystick, it has a somewhat unusual, but successful implementation.

Display and Menu

The player's display has a diagonal of 1.77 inches and is built on a TFT matrix that displays up to 262,000 colors. The manufacturer does not give any information about the resolution, but "by eye" it is 128x160 pixels, which is the average for today, a kind of industrial standard. Otherwise, the display indicators are at a good average level, this concerns the brightness and saturation of colors, the level of contrast. In direct daylight, the image fades, but remains readable.

The main menu of the player has a vertical organization, items and sections are represented by large inscriptions and small, well-drawn icons.

Menu contents: Music, Video, Photo, Radio, Record, Text, Setup, Total List.

Music, Video, Photo, Radio, Record, Text. These menu items are used to switch the player to listen to music, watch videos, view graphics files, receive FM radio broadcasts, record a signal from a microphone and view text files, respectively.

Setup. Settings menu. This includes settings for each of the operating modes: playback mode and speed, audio and tag display settings, line scroll speed, and background image selection. Also from here, the interval of the slides, the radio reception and recording mode, the quality of the recording from the microphone and its voice activation, the color of the text and the speed of its scrolling, the time for the automatic shutdown of the display and the player are infused. In the same section, you can reset the settings to factory settings, format the memory, change the language, view system information, adjust the display brightness and, importantly, switch the player to UMS mode.

There is also an additional menu called EZ Menu, it is called by the corresponding button. It is used to adjust the brightness level, bookmarks, direct selection of sound parameters. Depending on the operating mode, the composition of the menu varies, but in any case, it includes the most frequently used functions.

The player's menu is organized according to well-established rules, it does not take any noticeable time to master it.

Power and PC connection

The FM33 is powered by a built-in lithium-ion battery with a not very high capacity of 600 mAh. However, the player demonstrates good battery life: on a single charge, FM33 in listening mode works for about 30 hours (the claimed figure is 35 hours). At the same time, you can watch the video for no more than 8 hours.

The battery is charged via the USB bus and with the help of the network adapter supplied in the kit (for some reason, MP4 player manufacturers have been actively saving on them lately). The USB cable is standard, so it's easy to replace if you lose it, although you'll lose the nice plug with the LG logo that matches the color of the player's case.

The player connected to the computer is recognized as an MTP device, so music and photos can be downloaded either directly from My Computer, where the player icon appears (requires Windows XP SP2), or using a compatible software manager (Windows Media Player quite suitable for downloading music). In the first case, only compatible files are transferred to the player, and there is a mismatch: FM33 stubbornly refuses to accept TXT files, despite the fact that the corresponding folder contains a file of this particular format previously recorded in memory. The proprietary software manager allows you to record photos, videos and text on the player, obviously, while converting files to FM33 requests.

It is curious that from the menu you can switch the player to UMS (USB Mass Storage) mode. In this case, the operating system recognizes the player as a removable media and allows you to write any files to memory. Unfortunately, you will not be able to view or listen to them on the player, this mode is only for transportation.

FM radio and recording

The player's built-in FM tuner supports all standard features, including manual and automatic frequency search and memorization. Sensitivity is at an acceptable level, familiar to most of these devices. It is possible to receive and comfortably listen to all radio stations of the Moscow FM band. The number of cells for recording frequencies is relatively small, there are only 20 of them. This is enough to memorize your favorite stations, but not enough to switch between them once you have tuned and stored all the stations in the band.

FM33 provides recording from the built-in microphone. The acceptable sensitivity distance is 6-8 meters, provided there is no intense extraneous noise. The signal is recorded directly to MP3 format, while you can choose one of the quality modes: 96 Kbps, 128 Kbps or 192 Kbps, which is more than enough for voice recording and quite enough for recording your favorite radio programs.

Graphic files, video, sound

The player "allows" JPEG files to be viewed, this does not require their prior conversion. True, high-resolution files are loaded within a noticeable time, up to 10 seconds. There is the possibility of organizing a slide show, listening to music while viewing graphic files.

When it comes to videos, the player is extremely selective: in order to be able to view files, you must first convert them to the LG AVI format using the supplied software toolkit. In this case, the resolution is "adjusted" to the display, and the frame rate is reduced to 15 per second. In connection with the latter fact, the videos do not play as smoothly as on a computer, but watching them is generally quite comfortable, unless, of course, you consider that watching movies on a tiny screen is inconvenient by default.

The sound quality of the FM33 is at a good "Korean" level and is quite comparable with the sound quality of products from other well-known companies from this country: MPIO, iRiver, Samsung. There is an equalizer with 9 style presets, more of them than is usually present in players of this class. 5-band manual tuning is also supported and there is a 3D Sound stereo expansion system. When the latter is activated, the sound changes, but the implementation of this effect in FM33, as in the vast majority of MP3 / 4 players, is, as they say, “an amateur”.

The bundled headphones are made of smooth black plastic with silvery chrome-look inserts and have a quite decent design, which, unfortunately, is not often seen in bundled models. Their sound, however, is not too impressive, the mids sound good, but the bass level is not up to acceptable.

Conclusions and impressions

It is not for nothing that LG begins an active attack on the markets with the “thirty-third” model. The player turned out to be quite good, which, to be honest, was not expected from him at once. The FM33 looks good, is quite easy to operate, has a good display and good sound quality. Working with videos, of course, is not organized very conveniently, as well as the process of "filling" music in general, but it's no secret that the function of watching videos on MP4 players is largely a marketing ploy, which is no wonder, given the diagonal of the display.

The price of FM33, which should appear in Moscow retail closer to the New Year, has not yet been indicated, but it is expected to be at the level or slightly higher than analogues under lesser-known brands.

Specifications:

  • Memory: 1/2/4 GB
  • File formats: MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV, ASF
  • Bitrates: MP3 32-320Kbps, OGG Q1-Q10
  • Display: TFT, 262k colors, 1.77"
  • Power: Built-in battery, Li-Ion, 600 mAh
  • Battery life: 32 hours
  • Dimensions: 42x70.5x12.5mm
  • Weight: 42 g

Thanks to Trinity Logic for providing us with a sample.

LG FM33 MP3 player review

LG is known worldwide as a manufacturer of a wide variety of electronics and household appliances, it is also one of the five largest cell phone manufacturers in the world. In the extensive model range of LG there is also a line of personal audio devices, but in Russia it was not widely represented. In the near future, the situation should change for the better, the company intends to present very interesting models and sell them in Russia. The "first sign" in the updated line of MP3 players will be the FM33 model, which was first presented in September at the IFA exhibition.

The device is built on the basis of flash memory and is a "classic" MP4 player in a rectangular plastic case with a color display. The list of FM33 features is exactly as expected: MP3, WMA, WAV, ASF and Ogg Vorbis audio files are supported, LG AVI or Windows Media 9 proprietary video formats, JPEG image files and TXT text files are supported. There is a built-in microphone and FM tuner. The player "carries on board" 1, 2 or 4 GB of memory.

Body and design

Unlike top models, LG's affordable consumer-oriented appliances often cannot boast of a good "European" design, it is felt that the brand is Korean, and Asian traditions are still strong in its design bureau. Fortunately, you can't say the same about FM33. Apparently, Seoul designers, inspired by the success of LG Chocolate, have opened a new page in their work. Naturally, once having created a successful design, it is a sin not to continue to exploit its elements in other models or even devices, which, apparently, is perfectly represented in LG. FM33 continues the ideas laid down in Chocolate, the player looks laconic in a good way, it suits the minimalist design. The color scheme is the only one, black, it fits well with the severity of the lines. When manipulating the joystick, four hidden red LEDs light up around it in the form of schematic icons, this continues the parallel with the phone. The red color goes well with black, there is no dissonance here, the icons fit in place and do not spoil the impression. The appearance of the device can be described as seasoned, stylish, the fact that its creators have hidden the icons, placing only the display, joystick and their own logo on the front panel, can rightly be called a coup. The player does not seem angular, this is facilitated by the round shape and the relatively large size of the joystick on the front panel.

The quality of the FM33 plastic case is at a high level, there are no flaws in stamping or panel fitting.

The player is vertically oriented, with a rectangular display and a large joystick on the front panel. The back panel and bottom end are left empty, information about the device is applied to the panel, and a forced reset hole is “attached” to the end. The controls in the form of four buttons are placed on the right side panel, on the left there was a place for a sliding control lock switch and a hole for the built-in microphone. Finally, on the upper end, the designers placed a standard headphone jack, an eyelet for attaching a cord (“a beautiful player should be visible!”) And a USB connector covered with a rubberized plastic plug. The plug fits snugly, there are no prerequisites for loosening during operation.

Management

The main and most noticeable element of the player control scheme is the joystick placed in the lower part of the front panel. Its main differences from others are the increased size of the top and the round platform with piping at the top. While testing dozens of player models, I have not come across joysticks similar to this one, for novelty LG designers can be given a bold plus: innovations are painfully rare today, more often players are “assembled” from run-in elements. The feel of the FM33 joystick is somewhat subtly reminiscent of the "sliding" joystick on the Sony PSP, otherwise it demonstrates a good level of sensitivity. False positives are within acceptable limits, thanks to the shape and size of the upper part, the finger slips less, at least it gives the impression.

The rest of the controls are nestled on the right sidebar and look like four elongated buttons. Three of them are slightly recessed into the body and combined into a block, these buttons are responsible for calling the main and context menus, as well as activating the recording. The remaining button is used to start playback and pause it. The comfort of the buttons can be assessed as average, they are of a decent size, have a short travel and fix pressing with a slight click. Finding the desired button by touch is quite easy, this is helped by splitting into two blocks, the distance between the buttons and the “low landing”.

In general, the player control scheme is made according to the classical canons and is quite convenient. You can mark the joystick, it has a somewhat unusual, but successful implementation.

Display and Menu

The player's display has a diagonal of 1.77 inches and is built on a TFT matrix that displays up to 262,000 colors. The manufacturer does not give any information about the resolution, but "by eye" it is 128x160 pixels, which is the average for today, a kind of industrial standard. Otherwise, the display indicators are at a good average level, this concerns the brightness and saturation of colors, the level of contrast. In direct daylight, the image fades, but remains readable.

The main menu of the player has a vertical organization, items and sections are represented by large inscriptions and small, well-drawn icons.

Menu contents: Music, Video, Photo, Radio, Record, Text, Setup, Total List.

Music, Video, Photo, Radio, Record, Text. These menu items are used to switch the player to listen to music, watch videos, view graphics files, receive FM radio broadcasts, record a signal from a microphone and view text files, respectively.

Setup. Settings menu. This includes settings for each of the operating modes: playback mode and speed, audio and tag display settings, line scroll speed, and background image selection. Also from here, the interval of the slides, the radio reception and recording mode, the quality of the recording from the microphone and its voice activation, the color of the text and the speed of its scrolling, the time for the automatic shutdown of the display and the player are infused. In the same section, you can reset the settings to factory settings, format the memory, change the language, view system information, adjust the display brightness and, importantly, switch the player to UMS mode.

There is also an additional menu called EZ Menu, it is called by the corresponding button. It is used to adjust the brightness level, bookmarks, direct selection of sound parameters. Depending on the operating mode, the composition of the menu varies, but in any case, it includes the most frequently used functions.

The player's menu is organized according to well-established rules, it does not take any noticeable time to master it.

Power and PC connection

The FM33 is powered by a built-in lithium-ion battery with a not very high capacity of 600 mAh. However, the player demonstrates good battery life: on a single charge, FM33 in listening mode works for about 30 hours (the claimed figure is 35 hours). At the same time, you can watch the video for no more than 8 hours.

The battery is charged via the USB bus and with the help of the network adapter supplied in the kit (for some reason, MP4 player manufacturers have been actively saving on them lately). The USB cable is standard, so it's easy to replace if you lose it, although you'll lose the nice plug with the LG logo that matches the color of the player's case.

The player connected to the computer is recognized as an MTP device, so music and photos can be downloaded either directly from My Computer, where the player icon appears (requires Windows XP SP2), or using a compatible software manager (Windows Media Player quite suitable for downloading music). In the first case, only compatible files are transferred to the player, and there is a mismatch: FM33 stubbornly refuses to accept TXT files, despite the fact that the corresponding folder contains a file of this particular format previously recorded in memory. The proprietary software manager allows you to record photos, videos and text on the player, obviously, while converting files to FM33 requests.

It is curious that from the menu you can switch the player to UMS (USB Mass Storage) mode. In this case, the operating system recognizes the player as a removable media and allows you to write any files to memory. Unfortunately, you will not be able to view or listen to them on the player, this mode is only for transportation.

FM radio and recording

The player's built-in FM tuner supports all standard features, including manual and automatic frequency search and memorization. Sensitivity is at an acceptable level, familiar to most of these devices. It is possible to receive and comfortably listen to all radio stations of the Moscow FM band. The number of cells for recording frequencies is relatively small, there are only 20 of them. This is enough to memorize your favorite stations, but not enough to switch between them once you have tuned and stored all the stations in the band.

FM33 provides recording from the built-in microphone. The acceptable sensitivity distance is 6-8 meters, provided there is no intense extraneous noise. The signal is recorded directly to MP3 format, while you can choose one of the quality modes: 96 Kbps, 128 Kbps or 192 Kbps, which is more than enough for voice recording and quite enough for recording your favorite radio programs.

Graphic files, video, sound

The player "allows" JPEG files to be viewed, this does not require their prior conversion. True, high-resolution files are loaded within a noticeable time, up to 10 seconds. There is the possibility of organizing a slide show, listening to music while viewing graphic files.

When it comes to videos, the player is extremely selective: in order to be able to view the files, you must first convert them to the LG AVI format using the included software tools. In this case, the resolution is "adjusted" to the display, and the frame rate is reduced to 15 per second. In connection with the latter fact, the videos do not play as smoothly as on a computer, but watching them is generally quite comfortable, unless, of course, you consider that watching movies on a tiny screen is inconvenient by default.

As for videos, the player is extremely selective: in order to be able to view files, you must first convert them to the LG AVI format using the supplied software tools. In this case, the resolution is "adjusted" to the display, and the frame rate is reduced to 15 per second. In connection with the latter fact, the videos do not play as smoothly as on a computer, but watching them is generally quite comfortable, unless, of course, you consider that watching movies on a tiny screen is inconvenient by default.

The sound quality of the FM33 is at a good "Korean" level and is quite comparable with the sound quality of products from other well-known companies from this country: MPIO, iRiver, Samsung. There is an equalizer with 9 style presets, more of them than is usually present in players of this class. 5-band manual tuning is also supported and there is a 3D Sound stereo expansion system. When the latter is activated, the sound changes, but the implementation of this effect in FM33, as in the vast majority of MP3 / 4 players, is, as they say, “an amateur”.

The bundled headphones are made of smooth black plastic with silvery chrome-look inserts and have a quite decent design, which, unfortunately, is not often seen in bundled models. Their sound, however, is not too impressive, the mids sound good, but the bass level is not up to acceptable.

Conclusions and impressions

It is not for nothing that LG begins an active attack on the markets with the “thirty-third” model. The player turned out to be quite good, which, to be honest, was not expected from him at once. The FM33 looks good, is quite easy to operate, has a good display and good sound quality. Working with videos, of course, is not organized very conveniently, as well as the process of "filling" music in general, but it's no secret that the function of watching videos on MP4 players is largely a marketing ploy, which is no wonder, given the diagonal of the display.

The price of FM33, which should appear in Moscow retail closer to the New Year, has not yet been indicated, but it is expected to be at the level or slightly higher than analogues under lesser-known brands.

Specifications:

  • Memory: 1/2/4 GB
  • File formats: MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV, ASF
  • Bitrates: MP3 32-320Kbps, OGG Q1-Q10
  • Display: TFT, 262k colors, 1.77"
  • Power: Built-in battery, Li-Ion, 600 mAh
  • Battery life: 32 hours
  • Dimensions: 42x70.5x12.5mm
  • Weight: 42 g

Thanks to Trinity Logic for providing us with a sample.