Horrendously badly designed MP3 Player
Reviewed in the United States on 11 March 2021
I got this MP3 as a replacement after my old Gogear bit the dust and seeing that model is gone. Oh boy, where to start with this mess of a player.
Let's start with putting music on. Actually putting it on is a normal process, hook it up to the computer, go into the device, copy and paste - just like my last device. That part is fine, I found it odd they mix in the libraries rather than have separate, dedicated folders- seems like a massive design flaw to me since if you ever go to clean out one section, you're fighting your music, pictures, videos, etc. and if you mass delete you could hit a library and royally screw things. I got extremely pissed, though, when I went to start listening to music and found out that for some godforsaken reason it doesn't do files alphabetically. It plays the files in the order you put them in the device. Supposedly, there's workarounds, using play all files and the like, but I have not gotten that to work, and am having W songs play before A songs. To date I still have not gotten a working fix without deleting my entire sound library, possibly deleting the library files with it on accident, and copying it all over from scratch every time I want to put in a new song.
For playing songs, whoever thought this design would be good for sports has some screws loose. The buttons are extremely sensitive, so much so that regular movement inside of my pocket has switched songs repeatedly, messed with my volume, or paused my music. Pausing wouldn't be so bad, except it turns off in about a minute if not less, so if you're not quick unpausing you'll have to restart the player- and it'll start up paused, so if you have to do it without looking it can get very annoying figuring out whether or not its been started and is safe to unpause. Also, the fact the back button and the menu button are also just as sensitive means it can and will trick you into screwing up your playlist, or jumping around. I get the clip is there for a reason, but even that doesn't help if you're like me and try to keep it on/in your pockets. One last thing, since the buttons blend together so much, it's extremely hard to blindly use the player, which just compounds the problems.
For actually playing music, this I have less gripes with. If you can get past the problems I've listed, it's a good MP3 player, pin it to your shirt and don't mess with it and it can work great for you. If you tend to mess with it often, though, you're going to have a bad time. Start with the bad design for the buttons and add in the fact that it does not like switching tracks, goes back to the previous track when you hit back instead of repeating (I get there's a repeat function, but if you want to restart the song halfway through having to hit back and forward is very annoying, because...), it switches songs slowly- so much so you can hammer forward/back and it'll take 10 seconds or more to go back/forward 5 songs, and is generally very poorly thought out when it comes to user friendliness. The only good way to jump around your song list is to hit the back button, find the song you want to listen to yourself, and jump to it from there. Too bad it doesn't scroll in pages, so if you've got a few hundred songs- or don't have them alphabetical because you didn't wipe your song list and restart after adding in a new one- good luck finding and playing the one you want.
In conclusion, this has some nice features- song repeating and excerpt repeating is something I love about it and would like to see more often, and it's got good quality sound and a lot of space to use. However, it's got so many poorly thought out design choices and enough flaws in it to make it a very frustrating device to use. It's got the makings of a great MP3 player, but I would say look elsewhere. The garbage buttons, not having alphabetical songs, potentially screwing up the libraries, and slowness in switching songs makes this device more of a hassle to use than its worth. I would say look elsewhere, unless you're someone just looking to pin it to your shirt and never mess with it while jogging.