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Samsung YP-U3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 900 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the portability and design are generally positive. The value for money and sound also get good comments. Many are less positive about the reliability.

usability, sound, price, design, portability

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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.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Samsung YP-U3

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 103 user reviews of Samsung YP-U3 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other MP3 & Media Players on Amazon.co.uk.

usability, value for money, sound, portability, design

build quality, reliability

82% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung YP-U3JQB - MP3 Player - 2GB - BlackSamsung YP-U3JQB - MP3 Player - 2GB - BlackSamsung YP-U3JZB/XEU 1Gb Touch Control MP3 Player - Black

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Amazon.com review summary for Samsung YP-U3

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 226 user reviews of Samsung YP-U3 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on Amazon.com.

usability, value for money, sound, design, portability

reliability, headphones

69% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung YP-U3JQB 2GB Touch Control MP3 Player (Black)Samsung YP-U3JQP 2GB USB Digital Audio player with FM Radio (Pink)Samsung YP-U3JQG 2GB USB Digital Audio player with FM Radio (Green)

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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

Editor's Choice!

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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, pink)

 

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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Samsung YP-U3

 

With a slim, lightweight design and a four line OLED display, Samsung's 2GB YP-U3 doesn't look like much, but housed within the slim black chassis is ...

Great sound, slim design, looks great, drag and drop, impressive controls, nine-band eqaliser

Nothing of note

The YP-U3 is an absolutely fantastic music player. It combines everything you could want from such a device including brilliant sound quality, a great design, convenient transfer and loads of extra features. Those after a music player will be hard...

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Samsung U3 review

 

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

Cool design ; Built-in USB interface ; Inexpensive ; Easy to use ; Handy features such as FM tuner and voice recorder ; Supports OGG and WMA subscriptions

Not the best sound quality ; Touch-sensitive controls won't appeal to everyone ; Small, monochrome display

It didn't have the richness or warmth we like and we noticed some odd feedback during quiet moments on a couple of tracks. That said, the U3's sound is certainly passable. The clarity was quite good overall and it gets pretty loud -- it really is a...

Editor's Choice!

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Samsung YP-U3 Review - MP3 Players

 

Samsung yp-u3 review: With its sound quality and industrial chic look the YP-U3 stakes its claim to being the king of USB key MP3 players.

Industrial cool looks, Monochrome OLED clear and legible, Good FM reception, Good sound quality ...

Unless you turn the volume up, Can't play/pause tracks when in menus

With its sound quality and industrial chic look the YP-U3 stakes its claim to being the king of USB key MP3 players.

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