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Samsung YP-K5 review | Conclusion

Published on: Friday, February 23rd 2007                   Written by: Nic Rossmüller - Photography by: Mark Peters

Pressure sensitive keys

Pressure sensitive keys

Samsung YP K5 - Sensitive keys

The Samsung YP-K5 has a smooth front, made possible by the pressure sensitive keys. It looks beautiful when you take it out of the box, but after you've been pressing the keys with your fingers for a while, the screen is covered in fingerprints. The following keys are on the front of the Samsung YP-K5: a Return key to go backwards, which if you hold it pressed in for longer, sends you back to the main menu. A menu key; you can change some settings with this key when playing music. Then you have the backwards and forwards keys and the up and down keys, plus the confirmation key in the middle. With the up and down key, you can leaf through the menu and you can confirm settings with the confirmation key. At first, the keys are very sensitive, but after using them for a while, you'll know exactly how best to operate the keys and it will be a pleasure to work with.

Menu & Settings

Menu & Settings

Samsung YP K5 - Menu

If you keep the Samsung YP-K5's return key pressed in for longer, you will arrive at the Samsung K5's main menu. You can then choose from the following options: music, FM radio, photo, alarm and settings. The functions are self-explanatory. I'm not going into some long drawn out story here about what the music and photo functions do. One handy feature is that you can set a limit on the Samsung YP-K5's volume. Not only is this good for your ears, but also for the sound quality of some numbers, even though there was hardly any sound distortion. In the settings menu, you can also turn on a key tone, change picture settings or turn on a screensaver. The funny thing about the screensaver is that you can use your own photos for it. You can also listen to music while looking at the photos, making it even more fun to go through your pics.

Battery

Battery

Samsung YP K5 - Battery

According to the Samsung K5's manual, the Samsung YP-K5's battery should be good for about 30 hours of listening using the headphones and about 6 hours using the speaker. I flicked through the menu a lot and fiddled around with the settings, switching between the headphone and the speaker. The combination of the pressure sensitive keys and high resolution screen reduced play time to about 20 hours, which wasn't at all bad. It was a pity that the Samsung K5 can only be charged via the computer's USB interface. This means that you will need a computer even if you are on holiday or staying somewhere for longer. Maybe Samsung will come up with a separate charger sometime - that would certainly be a welcome addition to the Samsung YP-K5.

 

Music Menu

Music Menu

Music options

Music options

Bass Boost

Bass Boost

Settings menu

Settings menu

 

Samsung YP-K5 MP3 player

Samsung YP-K5 MP3 player

Conclusion

I t is fair enough to describe the Samsung K5 as a real innovation as it's definitely different to other MP3 players. It may not be the cheapest or the smallest, but it is certainly the most unusual. The speaker was a real find. You can listen to a good piece of music without an annoying plug in your ear. If you are listening with friends, the speaker is powerful enough to be heard above talking and laughter. Of course there are a few points for improvement. The lack of a separate charger, meaning that you always need to have a computer if you need to recharge is, is anything but handy. It is also a pity that Samsung has not included a video option on the Samsung K5. You will really have to get used to the touch screen as it is so sensitive at first that you often touch something by mistake. Once you are used to it, however, it is a pleasure to work with. To cut a long story short, the Samsung YP-K5 is a highly unusual, attractive innovative and above all, good MP3 player, notwithstanding a few minor disadvantages. I think that everyone who buys the Samsung K5 will get a lot of enjoyment out of it.

 
 
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