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Samsung YP-U3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 888 reviews of Samsung YP-U3. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. Opinions about the portability and design are generally positive. The price and sound are also mentioned favorably, but the headphones and reliability get less positive opinions.

usability, sound, price, design, portability

reliability, headphones

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 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Samsung YP-U3


alaTest has collected and analyzed 96 user reviews of Samsung YP-U3 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other MP3 Players on Reviewers really like the portability and design. The sound and price also get good reviews. There are some mixed views about the reliability. Some have doubts about the durability.

usability, price, sound, design, portability


81% of the reviews on 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 - Black

Jun, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Samsung YP-U3


alaTest has collected and analyzed 283 user reviews of Samsung YP-U3 from The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on People are impressed by the portability and durability. The price and sound are also appreciated. The headphones and reliability get less positive opinions, and there are some mixed comments about the performance and design.

usability, sound, price, durability, portability

size, reliability, headphones

68% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung YP-U3JQB 2GB Touch Control MP3 Player (Black)Samsung YP-U3JQB 2GB Touch Control MP3 Player (Black)

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Christopher Jones (

Review: 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...

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

Jan, 2008

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Tim Gideon (

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.

Aug, 2007

Expert review by : Jasmine France (

Samsung U3 review


Samsung U3

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.

Aug, 2007

Expert review by : Joanna Stern (

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

Nov, 2007

Expert review by : Andreas Ødegård (

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...

May, 2008

Expert review by (toptenreviews.com_old)

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

Expert review by : Good Gear (

Expert Review


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...

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

Nothing of note

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Laiq Qureshi (

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.

Nov, 2007

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Derek Fung (

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.

Sep, 2007

Expert review by : Karan Bajaj (

Samsung YP-U3 MP3 player 1 GB


U3 is a funky music player, but its' FM is a let down

Great display ; Good sound quality

Low bass ; Poor FM

Nov, 2007

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.


Built-in speaker(s):N
Built-in speakers: No
Equalizer: Yes
Equalizer bands quantity:12 / 5
MP3 bit rates:Y
RMS rated power:20
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR):90
WMA bit rates:Y

Audio Input


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


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


Video playback: No


Color of product:Black / Blue / Green / Pink / Red / White
Housing material:Plastic

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


Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight



Backlight color:Blue
Display:LCD / LED / OLED
Display Diagonal:1 / 1.82
Display number of lines:4
Display Resolution:128 x 64 / 176 x 220
Touch screen: No

Energy Management

Battery performance:250
Battery recharge time:1.5 / 2.5
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Continuous audio playback time:15 / 35
Rechargeable: Yes


Equalizer: Yes

File formats

Audio formats supported:ASF, MP3, OGG, WMA / MP3, OGG, WMA / MP3, WMA
Video compression format:MPEG4
Video formats supported:MPEG4

Flash Memory

Installed Size:1GB/2GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung


Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone frequency:20 - 20000




Bluetooth: No
Wi-Fi: No

Other Features

Alarm function: No
Battery Playing Time MP3-CD:33
Compatible operating systems:WIN 2000/XP/Vista / Windows 2000/XP/Vista / Windows 98/ME/2000/XP / Windows XP/Vista
Connectivity Technology:Wired / Wireless
Dimensions (WxDxH):0.433 x 1 x 3.15 / 0.433 x 3.15 x 1.01 / 0.449 x 1.66 x 3.54 / 1.01 x 0.433 x 3.15
Headphone outputs:1
Media types supported:MP3, WMA, OGG
Minimum hard disk space:100
Output Power:12 mW/ch / 128x64 / 20mW
Package dimensions (WxDxH):4.35 x 1.25 x 3.4
Power Requirements:3.7V
USB powered: Yes
Wireless technologies:Wired / Wireless

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Samsung Media Studio

Packaging Data

Package weight:4.59


Clock function: No

Ports & interfaces

Line-in: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Battery Capacity:250
Battery recharge time:1.5 / 2.5
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Continuous audio playback time:15 / 35


FM radio: Yes
FM recording: No
Preset Station Qty:20
Tuner Bands:FM
Tuner Type:Digital

Record Modes

Built-in Microphone:No / Yes
Voice recording: Yes


Player media type:Flash-media
Total Storage Capacity:1 / 2 / 4

System Requirements

Minimum processor speed:300
Optical drive required: Yes
USB required: Yes

Technical Details

Gift box: Yes
Text-to-speech message reader: No
USB version:2.0

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:0.804 / 1.87