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The touchscreen is very clunky and unresponsive and only stays lit up briefly, requiring a quick double press of the power button to re-activate it. This in itself is problematic because if you fail the press the button quickly enough, the unit will go into silent mode. Navigating between songs/albums is difficult 1. Because of the unresponsive screen and 2. Because the screen is so small. It's easy to hit the wrong icon on the screen. Battery life is terrible. There are no warnings when battery life is getting low - the unit just shuts down. Lastly, the second time I used the device it froze and wouldn't even shutdown manually - I had to wait for the battery to expire. Frankly, 2 stars is generous
I've only had it for a couple of days, whilst some of the core connectivity looks good, you only get to see the first 18 or so characters of your tags, so whilst I loaded a bunch of 'Now That's What I Call Music XX' and 'Ministry of Sound' albums, all I see is 'Now That's What I C' repeated, no scrolling, nothing! The only place I've seen this mentioned is in a Head-Fi post where Fiio replied "We will consider adding scroll in later firmware update"! You might want to hold off until they've delivered the basic music player features.
11/10/2019: Firmware version 1.3.2 allows you to scroll to see the individual names, which whilst not ideal (couldn't they auto scroll if truncated) does allow you to see what you're selecting.
Firstly, I am a massive Fiio fan and I have several high end Fiio players. I bought this as I wanted something smaller for when I am out and about with my dogs. The good - audio is excellent as is generally the case with this company. The player is very small which was my reason for the purchase. The bad - there is no battery indicator so you are constantly guessing how much you have left. Despite all its big brothers having terrific user interface, this is appalling. You can't rename playlists, if you are on now playing you have to keep swiping left to get to the home menu. If you go to the now playing screen you can't swipe left for cover art view etc. But worse of all, the battery life is appalling. I get no more than three hours playtime on a full charge. When in sleep mode it will not reconnect to Bluetooth headphones / earbuds unless you manually wake it. This has never been the case on any media player I have purchased. If Fiio could release a firmware update to rectify all these niggles, it would be a superb little player. But it is just too annoying and coupled with the poor battery is enough for me to give up on it.
The sound produced by this unit and the bluetooth connectivity is impressive. The included clip is good too, which is useful if you use it for exercise. However, the touchscreen is quite poor, some very vague responses to user actions. In particular the screen that shows the Play/Pause and Track Back & Forwards screen, the forwards button never works, the back does occasionally. If using this for exercise then there's a chance you could get sweaty and if this affects you fingertips, forget using this thing. Doesn't respond with slight finger dampness at all. Very disappointing if you're out in the middle of a run and want to navigate to a new track. To cap it all it appears the initial good battery life is starting to degrade.
Works well, although surprised at no earphones, and it's claimed TWO protective covers for the screen - there was ONE. I bought this to replace a Cowon I am selling elsewhere. More room for my audiobooks as Cowon refuse to update firmware on older models, although I can't find any bookmark capability , and you have to start switching the thing off to get the screen back again. And one book I am reading it reads the chapters all over the place but not in order. Maybe I can suss this out eventually but the instructions are laughable. Obsession with Chinese at the expense of any other language
I am really very impressed with this miniscule full-resolution music player. I probably use it for two-hour stretches several times a week. For the price, the sound quality is superb (I now use the M5 in preference to the much larger, heavier and more expensive Fiio X5 3rd gen which I also own and have used extensively over the last couple of years). Contrary to some other reviews, I have found the touch screen responsiveness perfectly OK. So far, after a few months almost daily use, I cannot really fault this stunning player.
Amazing player for the money, supports a wide range of file types. The build quality is great, and despite the players small size feels very durable. I can't stress just how convenient the device is thanks to its small size, you can put it in any pocket and forget it's even there.
I've used it as a DAC with my PC in both wired and wireless mode, both working quite well. The software has been updated twice since I bought this in August of 2020, which is a good sign.
The sound quality is good. Perhaps not the best on the market right now, but for less than £100 I couldn't be happier.
There's an optional accessory, a wrist strap, that lets you use the device as a sort of smart watch. Pretty cool accessory if you ask me.
Arrived next day with prime. Build quality is excellent, touch screen as good as any touch screen player. Sounds great, especially with bluetooth headphones (I am using taotronics £45 headphones - good for listening to rock/metal/anything with bass!)
Doesnt come with a watch strap although I believe they are about to release soon. That would make it the best product ever, like a smartwatch without all the annoying unnecessary features, and more important -better sound quality!
I bought this with the idea of using it as MP3 player on the run. It turns out it really does not seem to connect to bluetooth earphones. The info provided is almost non existent and the screens are not helpful - they provide no indications for set up. Pretty useless so far. Shame because it is the only object of this size at the moment on the market.
Nachdem ich mir einen Billigplayer angetan hatte und damit auf den Ar*** gefallen bin, habe ich mich für den M5 entschieden. Die technischen Möglichkeiten sind ja schon hinreichend beschrieben worden. Ich habe ihn hauptsächlich als Musikplayer gekauft. Bei den Klängen von Neil Young unplugged gebe ich 5 Sterne weil...
Ich kann Musik aus Ordnern abspielen und die Tracks sind tatsächlich Alphabetisch geordnet. Ich kann ein Album ohne Pause zwischen den Tracks hören (gapless), was wichtig für Konzertalben, Pink Floyd etc ist. Die Soundqualität ist 1a. Die Firmware ist ausgereift und wird aktiv gepflegt. Die Verarbeitungsqualität ist sehr gut. Kurzum, ich kann alles damit tun, was ich will.
Erstaunlich, was in so ein kleines Teil rein passt.
PS Schade, dass zur Zeit viele Rezensionen auf Amazon gefälscht sind. Ich bin mit dem anderen Player auch drauf rein gefallen.
Nachtrag: Nachdem ich den Player erst mit (hochwertigen) Bluetoothkopfhörern benutzt habe, konnte ich mich auch von der ausgezeichneten Tonqualität des Analogausgangs überzeugen. (an einem AKG K702) Bei der Firmware muss ich etwas zurück rudern. Das Problem mit den Umlauten ist immer noch nicht gefixt. So aktiv wird sie also doch nichtgepflegt. Ziehe aber trotzdem keinen Punkt ab, da ich ansonsten voll zufrieden bin. Man sollte sich allerdings vorher im klaren sein, das man ein Gerät mit großem Funktionsumfang, aber kleinem Display erwirbt. Da kann es natürlich auch mal zu Fehlbedienungen kommen.