Samsung YEPP YP-Z5 (4GB, black)
Manufacturer: Samsung Part number: YP-Z5AB
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- If you're looking for a tiny, well-built, color-screen MP3 player with excellent sound, the Samsung YP-Z5 is a great choice. Just make sure that you're comfortable with the touch-pad controller before you buy.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $219.96
- Reviewed by: Eliot Van Buskirk
- Edited by: James Kim
- Reviewed on: 03/15/2006
- Released on: 01/04/2006
The good: The PlaysForSure Samsung YP-Z5 outputs clean and punchy sound and won't hog a bunch of real estate in your pocket. Its relatively large, bright color screen is great for viewing photos and navigating well-designed menus. We also like its solid aluminum chassis, sturdy dedicated controls, and extensive sound settings. Battery life is exceptional, though it's much less than the rated 35 hours, and you can simultaneously view photos and listen to music.
The bad: The Samsung YP-Z5's touch pad, due to its varying degrees of sensitivity, can be difficult to deal with, especially when scrolling through menus. The Z5 also lacks some extra features, such as an FM tuner, audio recording, PIM functions, and on-the-go playlists.
The bottom line: If you're looking for a tiny, well-built, color-screen MP3 player with excellent sound, the Samsung YP-Z5 is a great choice. Just make sure that you're comfortable with the touch-pad controller before you buy.
Looks and acts and sounds superb!
by wastedyuthe on April 2, 2006
Pros: The control system for navigating music, the display, the album art, the sound quality, the extremely small gap between songs, very fast
Cons: having to use WMP10 or drag and drop, some album art doesn't show, picture viewing control not as user-friendly as with music browsing
Summary: What a superb player. I have the 4gb and my wife has the 2gb. I have had to do a bit of fiddling around with some of our albums in ...
Summary: What a superb player. I have the 4gb and my wife has the 2gb. I have had to do a bit of fiddling around with some of our albums in order to get the album art displayed on the player- but the majority did without any problem. There are at least two albums I have that were ripped from cd, where I used the 'find album info' in WMP10, and had to search for one with album art (the default one it finds sometimes doesn't have)- and even though this album art is displayed properly on WMP10, when transfered to the player it doesn't. I have found that in order for it to be displayed, I must manually drag a 'albumartsmall.jpg' file from the pc folder to the folder on the player, and it then works. Like I said, so far I only seem to have this problem with albums that initially album art is not there when finding album info using WMP10. The majority of the time, WMP10 will find album art no problem though, but still. Anyway, that is the worst niggle I have about using this player. The other niggle I have is when a picture is zoomed in, using the touch-pad is quite hard to navigate around the picture. Luckily, I won't use this feature at all anyway- I wanted a music player, nothing more. I cannot fault it in any other way. Control through the music menus is a breeze, and very intuitive. I like the way you can easily browse your tracks AND controll what you are listening to at the same time. I was a little miffed that the player doesn't have an on-the-go playlist, but after using the player, I can honestly say I don't miss the feature. Why compicate a superb menu control? The display is nice and clear. The album art can be displayed at different sizes (by pressing the touch-pad). I like the way album art is displayed when you are browsing the albums (I am looking forward to this option in WMP11). Wallpaper can be changed to any jpg picture in your picture folders (by pressing and holding the touch-pad with the picture displayed). The sound quality is excellent. I prefer the 'House' equalizer setting, but there are many more to choose- with this many, you don't really need a custom one. I was also disappointed that the player isn't gapless, but not many are. In fact, the gaps between songs are VERY minimal. They don't bother me in the slightest (they did with my Rio Carbon as the gaps were longer on that). Lastly, the player is VERY quick. It takes two seconds to hold the standby button for the player to come on, then you can browse instantly. Songs play instantly after selection. Overall, once the album art feature was perfected for some of my albums, it turned out to be an excellent player.Updated
Okay, I still have the problem I mentioned before with a few albums not showing album art even though WMP10 does (and I had to move the jpg file over to the player for it to work). But there were also some singles that WMP10 couldn't find album art for at all. I have an answer to this problem:
Okay people- listen up!! Album art isn't a problem now, for anyone! Following on from my earlier post above, I have found out that you can put any picture in an album folder and it will become the album art for that album! All you have to do is follow these strict rules: 1) Don't go overboard with the size- 100x100 pixels is fine 2) The file MUST be labelled 'albumartsmall.jpg'. So, you don't even need WMP10 to find album art if you don't want to. But it does mean you have to make sure that jpg file is in the folder with the music to get the album art. What you can do is still use WMP10 to sync with the player, and if there are any known albums that don't normally display album art, move the jpg file over afterwards. Or if you drag and drop your music, just make sure the jpg file goes over to the player along with the music. Simple. No-one has to be without album art now. (very handy if WMP10 can't find album art, like on a few of my albums and single tracks).
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Definitely iPod Killer!
by sam93940 on February 4, 2008
Pros: Light, small, slick design and no software require for music transfer.
Cons: No FM tuner, memory slot and easy to get fingerprints on it.
Summary: I brought this player as a replacement of my broken SanDisk Sansa E260 2GB. I owned this player for 2 months. At first, I like it because the design are ...
Summary: I brought this player as a replacement of my broken SanDisk Sansa E260 2GB. I owned this player for 2 months. At first, I like it because the design are very slick and very light. Especially when Samsung rolled out new firmware for this player. It added additional features like on-the-go playlist and music transfer without using Windows Media Player. However, the control on the player killed the player for me. It was hard for me to scroll in the menu or in the playlist unless you don't mind tapping on the controls. The controls is not sensitive at all. Sometimes it picks up when you tap it and other times it doesn't. It is very easy to have figerprint on this player. I guess it is the material that they used to make the case. Also, the equalizer isn't really helping the sound at all.
New features due to firmware updates...
by waderic on May 9, 2007
Pros: Great sound, screen, interface, and support.
Cons: No on the fly delete
Summary: I bought this unit (2 Gig version, same device just different capacity)back when CNET first reviewed it, and thought it was great then. I just wanted to note here ...
Summary: I bought this unit (2 Gig version, same device just different capacity)back when CNET first reviewed it, and thought it was great then. I just wanted to note here that CNET's review is outdated due to subsequent firmware updates by Samsung. My unit shipped with firmware v1.6 and is now up to v2.45. Every new firmware release includes new features and refinements. My battery life is now up to a whopping 44 hours!! The unit now has UMS only mode as well as MTP, supports album art and sync'ed lyrics, a seven band custom EQ, supports OGG format, gapless playback, a 24 hour clock, and an on-the-go playlist. The touchpad sensitivity has also greatly improved, although navigating zoomed photos is still hit and miss. The display is very good. It also comes in a 1 & 2 Gig flavor. I highly recommend this DAP. I use it mainly (for 6 months) while working in a dusty, dirty environment and have yet to kill it. Very durable.
Great for Rhapsody To Go users
by Galley on August 27, 2006
Pros: Beautiful design, updated firmware
Cons: Poor screen resolution, no AAC support
Summary: The YP-Z5 worked flawlessly with Rhapsody when I tested it, including the transfer of album artwork. Updated firmware adds several new features such as support for embedded artwork and creating ...
Summary: The YP-Z5 worked flawlessly with Rhapsody when I tested it, including the transfer of album artwork. Updated firmware adds several new features such as support for embedded artwork and creating playlists on-the-fly. The menus are easy to navigate, but overall the screen resolution is low compared to its large size. If Samsung could add AAC support, and FM radio, then they would truly have an "iPod-killer".
Great sound and programming is not a hassle
by jarney on April 26, 2006
Pros: Sound quality is great
Cons: touch pad is "touchy" and will take time to get used to
0 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Samsung
- Part number: YP-Z5AB
- Description: Consumers are choosing digital music subscription services and Samsung supports this trend with the first 4GB flash player to offer subscription capabilities. With its 1.8" quality LCD screen, a slim, durable body and extended battery life, the YP-Z5 stands above the competition.
- Product type Digital player
- PC interface(s) supported Hi-Speed USB
- Amplifier total output power 40 mW
- Signal-to-noise ratio 92 dB
- Flash memory installed 4 GB Integrated
- Weight 2 oz
- Dimensions (W x D x H) 1.7 in x 0.5 in x 3.5 in
- Body material Aluminum
- Color Black
- Included accessories [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: Miscellaneous] USB cable,
- Software type Drivers & Utilities
Digital Player / Recorder
- Supported digital audio standards MP3 ,
Protected WMA (DRM) ,
- Playback modes Playlist,
- Edit functions Erase
- Response bandwidth 20 - 20000 Hz
- ID3 tags support Yes
- Additional features Variable bit-rate compatible,
JPEG photo playback
- Audio system built-in display LCD
- Diagonal size 1.8 in
- Resolution 128 x 160
- Backlight display Yes
- Display menu language French,
- Amplifier output channel qty 2
- Sound output mode Stereo
- Timer Standby,
- Built-in clock Digital clock
- Addtional features Upgradeable firmware
- Equalizer type Graphic
- Equalizer factory presets Dance,
- Remote control None
- Headphones type Binaural
- Sound output mode Stereo
- Connectivity technology Wired
- Cable(s) included 1 x USB cable -
- Connector type 1 x USB,
1 x Headphones
Battery / Power
- Battery Lithium polymer Rechargeable Player batteryIntegrated
- Mfr estimated battery life 35 hour(s)
- Battery capacity 820 mAh
- Recharge time 4 hour(s)
- Power device type [Feb 24, 2011 from CDS: Power Device] None
- Peripheral / Interface devices [Dec 3, 2010 from CDS: System Requirements] USB port,
- Operating system Microsoft Windows XP