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Samsung YP-U3

Samsung YP-U3
alaScore 86

797 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 797 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the portability and design are on the whole positive. The value for money and sound also get good reviews.

usability, sound, value for money, design, portability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Samsung YP-U3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 797 reviews)

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Samsung U3 MP3 Player

 

Samsung MP3 players have always been a hit-or-miss affair, and the U3 is predictably a mixed bag.

The player is decent if you are looking a cheap option. Consider it a pen drive-cum-MP3 player. It doesn't require any software to transfer data, and has no USB cables to bother with. And it's cheap, no matter what you say.

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Samsung YP-U3 Featherweight Media Player

 

It's almost criminal how much hot, steamy gadget action you can get for less than a hundred clams. Take Samsung's new YP-U3, a pack-of-gum sized audio player

Lots of bang for the buck, and flash memory means snappy playback and good battery life. Tiny form factor is great for outdoorsy, Ironman types. Sliding USB connector is handy, and eliminates cables

Easy to accidentally hit the touch-sensitive buttons, so the Hold button is a must – but then you can’t advance tracks. D'oh. Only time will tell if plastic case can hold up to the rigors of portable play. And why no FM recording

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Samsung U3

 

Samsung's snazzy little MP3 player delivers enough power for the road.

Small and light ; Includes FM radio tuner ; Responsive touchscreen

No AC charge capability ; Can't play music while charging

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Samsung YP-U3

 

And Samsung has (just barely) wrested it from the Sansa Express.

Tiny. Bright screen with cool graphics. Easy navigation. Great FM radio and recording features. Voice recording. Flat, touch sensitive buttons.

Easy to accidentally trigger buttons. Earbuds are so-so. Mediocre battery life. No FM recording.

Samsung's slick new flash player is well-designed, tiny, and easy to use.

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Samsung U3 (2GB, black)

 

The Samsung U3 features a cool design and a built-in USB interface. It's inexpensive and easy to use, yet still offers some handy features such as an FM tuner and a voice recorder. It also supports OGG and WMA subscriptions, and the package includes a...

The Samsung U3 doesn't offer the best sound quality, and the touch-sensitive controls won't appeal to everyone. It has a small, monochrome display.

The Samsung U3 is the proof that a basic MP3 player doesn't have to be ugly and featureless; it's simple, inexpensive, cool-looking, and perfect for the gym.

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Samsung U3 Review

 

The Samsung U3 has been on the market for a while now, but like other small players like that it's not as easily outdated as bigger players that fight for the newest features. With the exception of adding OLED screens, players like the U3 have more or...

All in all the U3 is a nice player with some flaws, but still a viable option if you're in the market for a miniplayer. Price wise it's about the same as the alternatives (although the MSRP is higher) so it all comes down to what features are more...

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Samsung U3 2GB

 

Ultra compact MP3 players are strange beasts. They require a significant amount of memory squeezed into a very tiny space. The Samsung U3 is a thumb drive sized MP3 player with 2gb of storage that really packs a wallop.

The Samsung U3 is perfect for someone looking for a simple no-frills MP3 player with some file format versatility

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2 in 2 months

 

all in all i would give this mp3 player (from my experience with them) a total of about 5/10. great when it works lots of small problems with it but it's quite low cost and got 2gb and radio so can't slam it to hard. just argos for their dodgey...

nice memory size, has fm tunner, easy to use

toutch pad not buttons for skipping track changing volume making it a pain to use without lookin at it eg when in pocket, FM radio doesn't pick up most stations or any AM station, oh and i have had 2 in less than 2 months and they both died

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"2 in 2 months"

 

all in all i would give this mp3 player (from my experience with them) a total of about 5/10. great when it works lots of small problems with it but it's quite low cost and got 2gb and radio so can't slam it to hard. just argos for their dodgey...

nice memory size, has fm tunner, easy to use

toutch pad not buttons for skipping track changing volume making it a pain to use without lookin at it eg when in pocket, FM radio doesn't pick up most stations or any AM station, oh and i have had 2 in less than 2 months and they both died

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"A brilliant little contraption that is perfect for me."

 

A brilliant mp3 player for a small budget person. My experience with iPods was very poor so I find this a great alternative. It's easy to load music on the go and I have no problems with sound quality. I have had it for a year and because I bought it...

small and easy to use, good screen display, high quality fm radio. sensitive microphone, easy to plug into computer on the go.

I don't have any worries about this product with what I use it for.

Product Specifications

Samsung's thin and sleek U3 USB Direct Player utilizes a slim USB connector, making it lightweight and extremely portable. The U3 works right out of the box - no need for cables, cords or docks and no need to install any programs. Simply slide a button on the U3 and a Slim USB connector will pop out. Plug it into any PC USB port and drag and drop music files. Simply use the USB connector to charge the battery from any PC. Enjoy up to 15 hours of playtime on a single charge when listening to music or utilizing the other rich features of the U3 including FM Radio and Voice Recording. The U3 also works as a flash drive; use it to transfer multimedia files from one device to another. With a 2GB capacity, the U3 has plenty of room to store your music library while still accommodating all of your file transfer needs.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Headphones Form Factor:Ear-bud

Audio System

Digital Player Functions:Radio / Voice recorder/Radio / Voice recorder
Digital Player Type:Flash based
Functions (KB):Digital player / Digital voice recorder / Radio/Digital player / Digital voice recorder / Radio
Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Subcategory (KB):MP3 players (flash, CD, HDD)
Type:Digital player / radio

Battery

Run Time (Up To):15hour(s)

Digital Player (Recorder)

Supported Digital Audio Standards:ASF / MP3 / Ogg Vorbis / Protected WMA (DRM) / WMA/MP3 / Ogg Vorbis / WMA/WMA / ASF / Ogg Vorbis / MP3 / Protected WMA (DRM)

Digital Storage

Capacity:1GB/2GB

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.4in
Height:3.1in
Weight:0.8oz
Width:1in

Equalizer

Equalizer: Yes

Flash Memory

Installed Size:1GB/2GB

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Samsung
Model:YP-U3JQB/YP-U3JQG/YP-U3JQL/YP-U3JQP/YP-U3JQW/YP-U3JZB/YP-U3JZW
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Blue/Green/Pink/White

Radio

Preset Station Qty:20
Tuner Bands:FM
Tuner Type:Digital