Samsung YP-U1 MP3 player review

YP-U1 is the latest addition to Samsung's flash player lineup. In the wake of interest in thin and compact devices with a built-in USB connector (you don't need to be seven spans in the forehead to guess that we are talking about the iPod Shuffle), Samsung presented its vision of such a device.

The player, unlike the Shuffle, is equipped with a small monochrome display, has the ability to record a signal from the built-in microphone and plays all common file formats, including MP3, WMA, ASF and OGG. Unfortunately, in terms of compact dimensions, the U1 is quite far from its American competitor. It's not bulky, but the U1 is roughly twice the thickness of the Shuffle. Be that as it may, even if Samsung developers did not even think about Shuffle, parallels are inevitable, at least based on the fame of both manufacturers and the presence of very similar functional devices in their lines.

Design and Kigali Dealers body

The player is made in an oblong rectangular case made of smooth black plastic. On the sides and on one of the ends are decorative silver inserts. The combination of black and silver is an almost win-win option in the design of portable devices, be it phones, PDAs or players. Such colors give the impression of solidity and are associated with high technology.

The corners of the case are rounded, it fits well in the hand. The workmanship is top notch, all the details fit well, nothing creaks, staggers or has any backlash. The mechanism of the built-in USB connector deserves special attention, as it gives the impression of sufficient reliability, unlike the connectors of most competitors. The plug is covered with a sliding plastic frame, most likely prone to loosening during intensive use, however, the rotary mechanism of the plug has a decent margin of safety and does not seem to be prone to breakage.

In the middle of the front panel of the player is a small rectangular monochrome display. To the right of it is a round four-position key, made of chrome-look plastic. On the bottom panel there was a place for a USB plug, covered with a plastic shutter. As for the thickness of the case: at least half of it is occupied by the plug, so the comparison with the Shuffle, the plug of which is placed on the end, seriously loses U1.

There are two player control buttons on the top side panel, and a sliding lock switch on the bottom side panel. The right end is left empty due to the fact that it is a structural element of the USB connector. But on it there was a place for a hole for the built-in microphone and a headphone jack. The latter is located exactly in the middle, which is a direct parallel with the iPod Shuffle.

In general, the design of U1 can be described as successful, due to the elongated body the player looks unusual, an interesting design element is the block of control keys. In addition, the player is available in colors other than the combination of black and silver, so that, if desired, the user will be able to choose. The quality of the case does not cause any complaints, and all the elements are in their places, where you expect to see them.

Management

The main part of the player's controls is located on the front panel, slightly to the right of the display. Here is a medium-sized four-position key and a button for calling the menu and confirming the selection inscribed in it. The latter has simply gigantic dimensions by the standards of the player, which, most likely, owes it to the flight of design imagination, rather than real necessity. The very same four-position key, which accounts for the vast majority of manipulations, is made in the form of a rather thin rim that frames the same button. The bezel is surprisingly accurate when pressed – at least more accurately than you'd expect – but failure to actuate when pressed is relatively common. It is possible that the owners of large fingers will find it rather difficult to control the player.

The rest of the player's controls are represented by two oblong buttons located on the top side panel, and a sliding lock switch, a place for which was found on the bottom. The buttons are responsible for turning the player's power on and off, starting and stopping playback, as well as recording a signal from a microphone. The sizes, shape and relief of the buttons are well chosen, there are no problems with pressing them. The buttons have little feedback and are pressed with a noticeable click.

The surface of the sliding lock switch is embossed, however, in order to switch it to one or another position, you have to pick it up with your fingernail. On the one hand, this is not very convenient, but on the other hand, it does not allow you to doubt the reliability of the fixation.

In general, the player control is logical and simple, there are no problems associated with it during operation - of course, if you close your eyes to the not very well-implemented four-position key, which needs to be handled a little more carefully than usual.

Display

In the center of the front panel of the player is a small rectangular monochrome display. The display contains 4 lines of information and is equipped with a white backlight. The latter looks good, especially against the background of a dark case. In addition to the aesthetic, the backlight carries a tangible payload - the information on the display is clearly visible and easy to read. Well-chosen fonts also contribute to this: the relatively small size of the display practically does not affect the level of comfort when reading.

During playback, the display simultaneously shows the file number and the total number of files in memory, the equalizer and repeat mode, the battery level, the name of the current file, the graphic playback bar, the current playback time and the name of the next file. Simultaneous display of the names of the current and next files is a useful and relatively rare feature that improves, albeit slightly, the overall comfort of using the player.

The U1 menu has a vertical organization and contains four items presented as animated graphical icons drawn rather schematically: Music, Navigation, Playlist and Settings.

The purpose of each item is obvious from the title.

Music – switches the player to music playback mode.

Navigation – view the contents of the memory.

Playlist - playlist editor, allows you to select a playlist created on a PC.

Settings is the only and rather voluminous section of the menu. The settings for all aspects of the player's operation are concentrated here, including the rewind speed, contrast and backlight of the display, the equalizer and the sound processing system. In addition, here you can select the language for displaying menus and information from ID3 tags, delete files from memory, or completely format it. Of course, the list of settings does not end there. The quality of Russification is average, there are no outright blunders, but the matter has not been completed - the names of some items, when the Russian language of the menu is turned on, remain English. It is possible that devices sold on the Russian market are already free of such a defect.

The player menu is very concise, simple and clear. It is convenient to use, however, during operation, a slight delay becomes noticeable when switching between items, which is unusual for other Samsung players. In general, the implementation of the display and menu in U1 is done at a decent level and does not cause any complaints.

Power and PC connection

The player is powered by a built-in lithium polymer battery. The battery is charged via USB. Claimed battery life on a single charge is 13 hours, the figure is not far from the truth. Of course, when listening to music at maximum volume and actively using the menu, the operating time decreases, but not too much.

Connection to a PC is via USB using the plug built into the player. The operating system defines U1 as a removable storage medium, so all file manipulations are carried out by standard means. The data transfer speed is not too high and averages about 2.5 MB per second.

Record

The player provides signal recording from the built-in microphone. The recording is made in WAV format with a sampling rate of 8 kHz and a bit rate of 32 Kbps. These are not the best indicators, and manual adjustment of the recording quality is not provided. The recorded voice is somewhat muffled, but speech is intelligible, provided that the recording is done with a low level of extraneous noise.

The specifications of the player claim a rather low signal-to-noise ratio of 85 decibels, but this does not prevent the player from playing music with high quality without distortion and overtones audible to the ear at maximum volume. The entire frequency range is reproduced smoothly, without frank "blockages" or picking up frequencies. The player provides manual sound adjustment using a 9-band equalizer. This kind of flexibility is rare in portable devices, where most manufacturers limit themselves to three, five, or six lanes. Thus, the sound can be adjusted to your own taste within a wide range, which is one of the advantages of the player. In addition to a powerful EQ, the U1 is also equipped with a Bass Booster and SRS WOW sound processing system. The operation parameters of the latter are also subject to manual configuration.

The supplied headphones are made of black lacquered plastic with silver inserts and continue the idea of ​​the player's design. Their sound quality is quite high for regular headphones - there is a noticeable return at low frequencies, the headphones have a high overload capacity, do not “wheeze” at maximum volume and reproduce the entire frequency range with a sufficient degree of reliability. U1 is one of the few players whose headphones are able to meet the rather high demands of music lovers and are not recommended for replacement immediately after purchase.

Conclusions and impressions

Another flash player from Samsung is not sensational and does not attract attention, as it was with the iPod Shuffle, but it deserves a good rating. The thin and elongated case easily “fits” into a pocket, and the central location of the headphone jack and their vertical plug also contribute to additional ease of use. The built-in USB plug is quite reliable, at least it gives the impression that it is. The display and menus are convenient and do not hinder interaction with the player. The sound quality is at a decent level, high-quality headphones deserve special mention. The weaknesses of the player include the lack of an FM tuner, incomplete Russification and poor recording quality. In general, the model turned out to be successful and corresponds to the general high level of the entire line.

Specifications:

Memory: 256, 512MB or 1GB.
File formats: MP3, WMA, OGG, ASF
Bitrate: 8-320 Kbps MP3, 48-192 Kbps WMA, ASF, Q0-Q9 OGG
Dimensions: 23.8 x 87.8 x 13.5mm
Weight: 30g without battery p>

Samsung YP-U1 MP3 player review

YP-U1 is the latest addition to Samsung's flash player lineup. In the wake of interest in thin and compact devices with a built-in USB connector (you don't need to be seven spans in the forehead to guess that we are talking about the iPod Shuffle), Samsung presented its vision of such a device.

The player, unlike the Shuffle, is equipped with a small monochrome display, has the ability to record a signal from the built-in microphone and plays all common file formats, including MP3, WMA, ASF and OGG. Unfortunately, in terms of compact dimensions, the U1 is quite far from its American competitor. It's not bulky, but the U1 is roughly twice the thickness of the Shuffle. Be that as it may, even if Samsung developers did not even think about Shuffle, parallels are inevitable, at least based on the fame of both manufacturers and the presence of very similar functional devices in their lines.

Design and Kigali Dealers body

The player is made in an oblong rectangular case made of smooth black plastic. On the sides and on one of the ends are decorative silver inserts. The combination of black and silver is an almost win-win option in the design of portable devices, be it phones, PDAs or players. Such colors give the impression of solidity and are associated with high technology.

The corners of the case are rounded, it fits well in the hand. The workmanship is top notch, all the details fit well, nothing creaks, staggers or has any backlash. The mechanism of the built-in USB connector deserves special attention, as it gives the impression of sufficient reliability, unlike the connectors of most competitors. The plug is covered with a sliding plastic frame, most likely prone to loosening during intensive use, however, the rotary mechanism of the plug has a decent margin of safety and does not seem to be prone to breakage.

In the middle of the front panel of the player is a small rectangular monochrome display. To the right of it is a round four-position key, made of chrome-look plastic. On the bottom panel there was a place for a USB plug, covered with a plastic shutter. As for the thickness of the case: at least half of it is occupied by the plug, so the comparison with the Shuffle, the plug of which is placed on the end, seriously loses U1.

There are two player control buttons on the top side panel, and a sliding lock switch on the bottom side panel. The right end is left empty due to the fact that it is a structural element of the USB connector. But on it there was a place for a hole for the built-in microphone and a headphone jack. The latter is located exactly in the middle, which is a direct parallel with the iPod Shuffle.

In general, the design of U1 can be described as successful, due to the elongated body the player looks unusual, an interesting design element is the block of control keys. In addition, the player is available in colors other than the combination of black and silver, so that, if desired, the user will be able to choose. The quality of the case does not cause any complaints, and all the elements are in their places, where you expect to see them.

Management

The main part of the player's controls is located on the front panel, slightly to the right of the display. Here is a medium-sized four-position key and a button for calling the menu and confirming the selection inscribed in it. The latter has simply gigantic dimensions by the standards of the player, which, most likely, owes it to the flight of design imagination, rather than real necessity. The very same four-position key, which accounts for the vast majority of manipulations, is made in the form of a rather thin rim that frames the same button. The bezel is surprisingly accurate when pressed – at least more accurately than you'd expect – but failure to actuate when pressed is relatively common. It is possible that the owners of large fingers will find it rather difficult to control the player.

The rest of the player's controls are represented by two oblong buttons located on the top side panel, and a sliding lock switch, a place for which was found on the bottom. The buttons are responsible for turning the player's power on and off, starting and stopping playback, as well as recording a signal from a microphone. The sizes, shape and relief of the buttons are well chosen, there are no problems with pressing them. The buttons have little feedback and are pressed with a noticeable click.

The surface of the sliding lock switch is embossed, however, in order to switch it to one or another position, you have to pick it up with your fingernail. On the one hand, this is not very convenient, but on the other hand, it does not allow you to doubt the reliability of the fixation.

In general, the player control is logical and simple, there are no problems associated with it during operation - of course, if you close your eyes to the not very well-implemented four-position key, which needs to be handled a little more carefully than usual.

Display

In the center of the front panel of the player is a small rectangular monochrome display. The display contains 4 lines of information and is equipped with a white backlight. The latter looks good, especially against the background of a dark case. In addition to the aesthetic, the backlight carries a tangible payload - the information on the display is clearly visible and easy to read. Well-chosen fonts also contribute to this: the relatively small size of the display practically does not affect the level of comfort when reading.

During playback, the display simultaneously shows the file number and the total number of files in memory, the equalizer and repeat mode, the battery level, the name of the current file, the graphic playback bar, the current playback time and the name of the next file. Simultaneous display of the names of the current and next files is a useful and relatively rare feature that improves, albeit slightly, the overall comfort of using the player.

The U1 menu has a vertical organization and contains four items presented as animated graphical icons drawn rather schematically: Music, Navigation, Playlist and Settings.

The purpose of each item is obvious from the title.

Music – switches the player to music playback mode.

Navigation – view the contents of the memory.

Playlist – playlist editor, allows you to select a playlist created on your PC.

Settings is the only and rather voluminous section of the menu. The settings for all aspects of the player's operation are concentrated here, including the rewind speed, contrast and backlight of the display, the equalizer and the sound processing system. In addition, here you can select the language for displaying menus and information from ID3 tags, delete files from memory, or completely format it. Of course, the list of settings does not end there. The quality of Russification is average, there are no outright blunders, but the matter has not been completed - the names of some items, when the Russian language of the menu is turned on, remain English. It is possible that devices sold on the Russian market are already free of such a defect.

The player menu is very concise, simple and clear. It is convenient to use, however, during operation, a slight delay becomes noticeable when switching between items, which is unusual for other Samsung players. In general, the implementation of the display and menu in U1 is done at a decent level and does not cause any complaints.

Power and PC connection

The player is powered by a built-in lithium polymer battery. The battery is charged via USB. Claimed battery life on a single charge is 13 hours, the figure is not far from the truth. Of course, when listening to music at maximum volume and actively using the menu, the operating time decreases, but not too much.

Connection to a PC is via USB using the plug built into the player. The operating system defines U1 as a removable storage medium, so all file manipulations are carried out by standard means. The data transfer speed is not too high and averages about 2.5 MB per second.

Record

The player provides signal recording from the built-in microphone. The recording is made in WAV format with a sampling rate of 8 kHz and a bit rate of 32 Kbps. These are not the best indicators, and manual adjustment of the recording quality is not provided. The recorded voice is somewhat muffled, but speech is intelligible, provided that the recording is done with a low level of extraneous noise.

The specifications of the player claim a rather low signal-to-noise ratio of 85 decibels, but this does not prevent the player from playing music with high quality without distortion and overtones audible to the ear at maximum volume. The entire frequency range is reproduced smoothly, without frank "blockages" or picking up frequencies. The player provides manual sound adjustment using a 9-band equalizer. This kind of flexibility is rare in portable devices, where most manufacturers limit themselves to three, five, or six lanes. Thus, the sound can be adjusted to your own taste within a wide range, which is one of the advantages of the player. In addition to a powerful EQ, the U1 is also equipped with a Bass Booster and SRS WOW sound processing system. The operation parameters of the latter are also subject to manual configuration.

The supplied headphones are made of black lacquered plastic with silver inserts and continue the idea of ​​the player's design. Their sound quality is quite high for regular headphones - there is a noticeable return at low frequencies, the headphones have a high overload capacity, do not “wheeze” at maximum volume and reproduce the entire frequency range with a sufficient degree of reliability. U1 is one of the few players whose headphones are able to meet the rather high demands of music lovers and are not recommended for replacement immediately after purchase.

Conclusions and impressions

Another flash player from Samsung is not sensational and does not attract attention, as it was with the iPod Shuffle, but it deserves a good rating. The thin and elongated case easily “fits” into a pocket, and the central location of the headphone jack and their vertical plug also contribute to additional ease of use. The built-in USB plug is quite reliable, at least it gives the impression that it is. The display and menus are convenient and do not hinder interaction with the player. The sound quality is at a decent level, high-quality headphones deserve special mention. The weaknesses of the player include the lack of an FM tuner, incomplete Russification and poor recording quality. In general, the model turned out to be successful and corresponds to the general high level of the entire line.

Specifications:

Memory: 256, 512MB or 1GB.
File formats: MP3, WMA, OGG, ASF
Bitrate: 8-320 Kbps MP3, 48-192 Kbps WMA, ASF, Q0-Q9 OGG
Dimensions: 23.8 x 87.8 x 13.5mm
Weight: 30g without battery p>

Samsung YP-U1 MP3 player review

YP-U1 is the latest addition to Samsung's flash player lineup. In the wake of interest in thin and compact devices with a built-in USB connector (you don't need to be seven spans in the forehead to guess that we are talking about the iPod Shuffle), Samsung presented its vision of such a device.

The player, unlike the Shuffle, is equipped with a small monochrome display, has the ability to record a signal from the built-in microphone and plays all common file formats, including MP3, WMA, ASF and OGG. Unfortunately, in terms of compact dimensions, the U1 is quite far from its American competitor. It's not bulky, but the U1 is roughly twice the thickness of the Shuffle. Be that as it may, even if Samsung developers did not even think about Shuffle, parallels are inevitable, at least based on the fame of both manufacturers and the presence of very similar functional devices in their lines.

Design and Kigali Dealers body

The player is made in an oblong rectangular case made of smooth black plastic. On the sides and on one of the ends are decorative silver inserts. The combination of black and silver is an almost win-win option in the design of portable devices, be it phones, PDAs or players. Such colors give the impression of solidity and are associated with high technology.

The corners of the case are rounded, it fits well in the hand. The workmanship is top notch, all the details fit well, nothing creaks, staggers or has any backlash. The mechanism of the built-in USB connector deserves special attention, as it gives the impression of sufficient reliability, unlike the connectors of most competitors. The plug is covered with a sliding plastic frame, most likely prone to loosening during intensive use, however, the rotary mechanism of the plug has a decent margin of safety and does not seem to be prone to breakage.

In the middle of the front panel of the player is a small rectangular monochrome display. To the right of it is a round four-position key, made of chrome-look plastic. On the bottom panel there was a place for a USB plug, covered with a plastic shutter. As for the thickness of the case: at least half of it is occupied by the plug, so the comparison with the Shuffle, the plug of which is placed on the end, seriously loses U1.

There are two player control buttons on the top side panel, and a sliding lock switch on the bottom side panel. The right end is left empty due to the fact that it is a structural element of the USB connector. But on it there was a place for a hole for the built-in microphone and a headphone jack. The latter is located exactly in the middle, which is a direct parallel with the iPod Shuffle.

In general, the design of U1 can be described as successful, due to the elongated body the player looks unusual, an interesting design element is the block of control keys. In addition, the player is available in colors other than the combination of black and silver, so that, if desired, the user will be able to choose. The quality of the case does not cause any complaints, and all the elements are in their places, where you expect to see them.

Management

The main part of the player's controls is located on the front panel, slightly to the right of the display. Here is a medium-sized four-position key and a button for calling the menu and confirming the selection inscribed in it. The latter has simply gigantic dimensions by the standards of the player, which, most likely, owes it to the flight of design imagination, rather than real necessity. The very same four-position key, which accounts for the vast majority of manipulations, is made in the form of a rather thin rim that frames the same button. The bezel is surprisingly accurate when pressed – at least more accurately than you'd expect – but failure to actuate when pressed is relatively common. It is possible that the owners of large fingers will find it rather difficult to control the player.

The rest of the player's controls are represented by two oblong buttons located on the top side panel, and a sliding lock switch, a place for which was found on the bottom. The buttons are responsible for turning the player's power on and off, starting and stopping playback, as well as recording a signal from a microphone. The sizes, shape and relief of the buttons are well chosen, there are no problems with pressing them. The buttons have little feedback and are pressed with a noticeable click.

The surface of the sliding lock switch is embossed, however, in order to switch it to one or another position, you have to pick it up with your fingernail. On the one hand, this is not very convenient, but on the other hand, it does not allow you to doubt the reliability of the fixation.

In general, the player control is logical and simple, there are no problems associated with it during operation - of course, if you close your eyes to the not very well-implemented four-position key, which needs to be handled a little more carefully than usual.

Display

In the center of the front panel of the player is a small rectangular monochrome display. The display contains 4 lines of information and is equipped with a white backlight. The latter looks good, especially against the background of a dark case. In addition to the aesthetic, the backlight carries a tangible payload - the information on the display is clearly visible and easy to read. Well-chosen fonts also contribute to this: the relatively small size of the display practically does not affect the level of comfort when reading.

During playback, the display simultaneously shows the file number and the total number of files in memory, the equalizer and repeat mode, the battery level, the name of the current file, the graphic playback bar, the current playback time and the name of the next file. Simultaneous display of the names of the current and next files is a useful and relatively rare feature that improves, albeit slightly, the overall comfort of using the player.

The U1 menu has a vertical organization and contains four items presented as animated graphical icons drawn rather schematically: Music, Navigation, Playlist and Settings.

The purpose of each item is obvious from the title.

Music – switches the player to music playback mode.

Navigation – view the contents of the memory.

Playlist - playlist editor, allows you to select a playlist created on a PC.

Settings is the only and rather voluminous section of the menu. The settings for all aspects of the player's operation are concentrated here, including the rewind speed, contrast and backlight of the display, the equalizer and the sound processing system. In addition, here you can select the language for displaying menus and information from ID3 tags, delete files from memory, or completely format it. Of course, the list of settings does not end there. The quality of Russification is average, there are no outright blunders, but the matter has not been completed - the names of some items, when the Russian language of the menu is turned on, remain English. It is possible that devices sold on the Russian market are already free of such a defect.

The player menu is very concise, simple and clear. It is convenient to use, however, during operation, a slight delay becomes noticeable when switching between items, which is unusual for other Samsung players. In general, the implementation of the display and menu in U1 is done at a decent level and does not cause any complaints.

Power and PC connection

The player is powered by a built-in lithium polymer battery. The battery is charged via USB. Claimed battery life on a single charge is 13 hours, the figure is not far from the truth. Of course, when listening to music at maximum volume and actively using the menu, the operating time decreases, but not too much.

Connection to a PC is via USB using the plug built into the player. The operating system defines U1 as a removable storage medium, so all file manipulations are carried out by standard means. The data transfer speed is not too high and averages about 2.5 MB per second.

Record

The player provides signal recording from the built-in microphone. The recording is made in WAV format with a sampling rate of 8 kHz and a bit rate of 32 Kbps. These are not the best indicators, and manual adjustment of the recording quality is not provided. The recorded voice is somewhat muffled, but speech is intelligible, provided that the recording is done with a low level of extraneous noise.

The specifications of the player claim a rather low signal-to-noise ratio of 85 decibels, but this does not prevent the player from playing music with high quality without distortion and overtones audible to the ear at maximum volume. The entire frequency range is reproduced smoothly, without frank "blockages" or picking up frequencies. The player provides manual sound adjustment using a 9-band equalizer. This kind of flexibility is rare in portable devices, where most manufacturers limit themselves to three, five, or six lanes. Thus, the sound can be adjusted to your own taste within a wide range, which is one of the advantages of the player. In addition to a powerful EQ, the U1 is also equipped with a Bass Booster and SRS WOW sound processing system. The operation parameters of the latter are also subject to manual configuration.

The supplied headphones are made of black lacquered plastic with silver inserts and continue the idea of ​​the player's design. Their sound quality is quite high for regular headphones - there is a noticeable return at low frequencies, the headphones have a high overload capacity, do not “wheeze” at maximum volume and reproduce the entire frequency range with a sufficient degree of reliability. U1 is one of the few players whose headphones are able to meet the rather high demands of music lovers and are not recommended for replacement immediately after purchase.

Conclusions and impressions

Another flash player from Samsung is not sensational and does not attract attention, as it was with the iPod Shuffle, but it deserves a good rating. The thin and elongated case easily “fits” into a pocket, and the central location of the headphone jack and their vertical plug also contribute to additional ease of use. The built-in USB plug is quite reliable, at least it gives the impression that it is. The display and menus are convenient and do not hinder interaction with the player. The sound quality is at a decent level, high-quality headphones deserve special mention. The weaknesses of the player include the lack of an FM tuner, incomplete Russification and poor recording quality. In general, the model turned out to be successful and corresponds to the general high level of the entire line.

Specifications:

Memory: 256, 512MB or 1GB.
File formats: MP3, WMA, OGG, ASF
Bitrate: 8-320 Kbps MP3, 48-192 Kbps WMA, ASF, Q0-Q9 OGG
Dimensions: 23.8 x 87.8 x 13.5mm
Weight: 30g without battery p>

Samsung YP-U1 MP3 player review

YP-U1 is the latest addition to Samsung's flash player lineup. In the wake of interest in thin and compact devices with a built-in USB connector (you don't need to be seven spans in the forehead to guess that we are talking about the iPod Shuffle), Samsung presented its vision of such a device.

The player, unlike the Shuffle, is equipped with a small monochrome display, has the ability to record a signal from the built-in microphone and plays all common file formats, including MP3, WMA, ASF and OGG. Unfortunately, in terms of compact dimensions, the U1 is quite far from its American competitor. It's not bulky, but the U1 is roughly twice the thickness of the Shuffle. Be that as it may, even if Samsung developers did not even think about Shuffle, parallels are inevitable, at least based on the fame of both manufacturers and the presence of very similar functional devices in their lines.

Design and Kigali Dealers body

Design and Kigali Dealers Kigali Dealers frame

The player is made in an oblong rectangular case made of smooth black plastic. On the sides and on one of the ends are decorative silver inserts. The combination of black and silver is an almost win-win option in the design of portable devices, be it phones, PDAs or players. Such colors give the impression of solidity and are associated with high technology.

The corners of the case are rounded, it fits well in the hand. The workmanship is top notch, all the details fit well, nothing creaks, staggers or has any backlash. The mechanism of the built-in USB connector deserves special attention, as it gives the impression of sufficient reliability, unlike the connectors of most competitors. The plug is covered with a sliding plastic frame, most likely prone to loosening during intensive use, however, the rotary mechanism of the plug has a decent margin of safety and does not seem to be prone to breakage.

In the middle of the front panel of the player is a small rectangular monochrome display. To the right of it is a round four-position key, made of chrome-look plastic. On the bottom panel there was a place for a USB plug, covered with a plastic shutter. As for the thickness of the case: at least half of it is occupied by the plug, so the comparison with the Shuffle, the plug of which is placed on the end, seriously loses U1.

There are two player control buttons on the top side panel, and a sliding lock switch on the bottom side panel. The right end is left empty due to the fact that it is a structural element of the USB connector. But on it there was a place for a hole for the built-in microphone and a headphone jack. The latter is located exactly in the middle, which is a direct parallel with the iPod Shuffle.

In general, the design of U1 can be described as successful, due to the elongated body the player looks unusual, an interesting design element is the block of control keys. In addition, the player is available in colors other than the combination of black and silver, so that, if desired, the user will be able to choose. The quality of the case does not cause any complaints, and all the elements are in their places, where you expect to see them.

Management

The main part of the player's controls is located on the front panel, slightly to the right of the display. Here is a medium-sized four-position key and a button for calling the menu and confirming the selection inscribed in it. The latter has simply gigantic dimensions by the standards of the player, which, most likely, owes it to the flight of design imagination, rather than real necessity. The very same four-position key, which accounts for the vast majority of manipulations, is made in the form of a rather thin rim that frames the same button. The bezel is surprisingly accurate when pressed – at least more accurately than you'd expect – but failure to actuate when pressed is relatively common. It is possible that the owners of large fingers will find it rather difficult to control the player.

The rest of the player's controls are represented by two oblong buttons located on the top side panel, and a sliding lock switch, a place for which was found on the bottom. The buttons are responsible for turning the player's power on and off, starting and stopping playback, as well as recording a signal from a microphone. The sizes, shape and relief of the buttons are well chosen, there are no problems with pressing them. The buttons have little feedback and are pressed with a noticeable click.

The surface of the sliding lock switch is embossed, however, in order to switch it to one or another position, you have to pick it up with your fingernail. On the one hand, this is not very convenient, but on the other hand, it does not allow you to doubt the reliability of the fixation.

In general, the player control is logical and simple, there are no problems associated with it during operation - of course, if you close your eyes to the not very well-implemented four-position key, which needs to be handled a little more carefully than usual.

Display

In the center of the front panel of the player is a small rectangular monochrome display. The display contains 4 lines of information and is equipped with a white backlight. The latter looks good, especially against the background of a dark case. In addition to the aesthetic, the backlight carries a tangible payload - the information on the display is clearly visible and easy to read. Well-chosen fonts also contribute to this: the relatively small size of the display practically does not affect the level of comfort when reading.

During playback, the display simultaneously shows the file number and the total number of files in memory, the equalizer and repeat mode, the battery level, the name of the current file, the graphic playback bar, the current playback time and the name of the next file. Simultaneous display of the names of the current and next files is a useful and relatively rare feature that improves, albeit slightly, the overall comfort of using the player.

The U1 menu has a vertical organization and contains four items presented as animated graphical icons drawn rather schematically: Music, Navigation, Playlist and Settings.

The purpose of each item is obvious from the title.

Music - switches the player to music playback mode.

Navigation - view the contents of the memory.

Playlist - playlist editor, allows you to select a playlist created on a PC.

Settings is the only and rather voluminous section of the menu. The settings for all aspects of the player's operation are concentrated here, including the rewind speed, contrast and backlight of the display, the equalizer and the sound processing system. In addition, here you can select the language for displaying menus and information from ID3 tags, delete files from memory, or completely format it. Of course, the list of settings does not end there. The quality of Russification is average, there are no outright blunders, but the matter has not been completed - the names of some items, when the Russian language of the menu is turned on, remain English. It is possible that devices sold on the Russian market are already free of such a defect.

The player menu is very concise, simple and clear. It is convenient to use, however, during operation, a slight delay becomes noticeable when switching between items, which is unusual for other Samsung players. In general, the implementation of the display and menu in U1 is done at a decent level and does not cause any complaints.

Power and PC connection

The player is powered by a built-in lithium polymer battery. The battery is charged via USB. Claimed battery life on a single charge is 13 hours, the figure is not far from the truth. Of course, when listening to music at maximum volume and actively using the menu, the operating time decreases, but not too much.

Connection to a PC is via USB using the plug built into the player. The operating system defines U1 as a removable storage medium, so all file manipulations are carried out by standard means. The data transfer speed is not too high and averages about 2.5 MB per second.

Record

The player provides signal recording from the built-in microphone. The recording is made in WAV format with a sampling rate of 8 kHz and a bit rate of 32 Kbps. These are not the best indicators, and manual adjustment of the recording quality is not provided. The recorded voice is somewhat muffled, but speech is intelligible, provided that the recording is done with a low level of extraneous noise.

The specifications of the player claim a rather low signal-to-noise ratio of 85 decibels, but this does not prevent the player from playing music with high quality without distortion and overtones audible to the ear at maximum volume. The entire frequency range is reproduced smoothly, without frank "blockages" or picking up frequencies. The player provides manual sound adjustment using a 9-band equalizer. This kind of flexibility is rare in portable devices, where most manufacturers limit themselves to three, five, or six lanes. Thus, the sound can be adjusted to your own taste within a wide range, which is one of the advantages of the player. In addition to a powerful EQ, the U1 is also equipped with a Bass Booster and SRS WOW sound processing system. The operation parameters of the latter are also subject to manual configuration.

The supplied headphones are made of black lacquered plastic with silver inserts and continue the idea of ​​the player's design. Their sound quality is quite high for regular headphones - there is a noticeable return at low frequencies, the headphones have a high overload capacity, do not “wheeze” at maximum volume and reproduce the entire frequency range with a sufficient degree of reliability. U1 is one of the few players whose headphones are able to meet the rather high demands of music lovers and are not recommended for replacement immediately after purchase.

Conclusions and impressions

Another flash player from Samsung is not sensational and does not attract attention, as it was with the iPod Shuffle, but it deserves a good rating. The thin and elongated case easily “fits” into a pocket, and the central location of the headphone jack and their vertical plug also contribute to additional ease of use. The built-in USB plug is quite reliable, at least it gives the impression that it is. The display and menus are convenient and do not hinder interaction with the player. The sound quality is at a decent level, high-quality headphones deserve special mention. The weaknesses of the player include the lack of an FM tuner, incomplete Russification and poor recording quality. In general, the model turned out to be successful and corresponds to the general high level of the entire line.

Specifications:

Memory: 256, 512 MB or 1 GB. File formats: MP3, WMA, OGG, ASF Bitrate: 8-320Kbps MP3, 48-192Kbps WMA, ASF, Q0-Q9 OGG Dimensions: 23.8 x 87.8 x 13.5mm Weight: 30g without battery