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Item: 808330    Model: P-MP415

MP4 Player
2.5stars
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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Global New BeginningsMP4 Player
 
2.5

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

46%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (4)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Quality oriented (5), Casual listener (4)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (12)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (3), Yes (3)

    Most Helpful Positive Review

     

    Great little media player!

    I got this at a Staples promotion and was skeptical that it was worth the [$] price tag. However, after a few days of use I have to say it offers a lot...Read complete review

    I got this at a Staples promotion and was skeptical that it was worth the [$] price tag. However, after a few days of use I have to say it offers a lot of bang for the buck!Features: This device easily loads audio, video, voice recording, and get this... Nintendo Gameboy games. I've successfully and easily loaded a hundred or so mp3's, 3 full length movies (avi format) and about 10 free Nintendo Gameboy games (including some Mario Bros., Mappy, Castlevania and so on)!!! It has yet to have a single glitch in playback of any of these many file types.It also has a five band equalizer that works. The sound after customizing with the eq is surprisingly good. I have only used my $150 Shure headphones (not the included earbuds) but I was surprised at the decent bass and good treble. It also has an external speaker, so headphones are not needed. Another rarity in this price range media player.The build quality is the only thing suspect here. For all it does, you'd think it would have a sturdy or substantial feel to it. It's not totally cheap feeling, just a little on the light and plastic side of the spectrum. We'll see if it can hold up over time.For now my son has it and to have a device that holds movies, music and games all for under [$] bucks is pretty amazing.

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    Most Helpful Negative Review

     

    Might be Hackable

    Don't pay for this, but get one with a "free" offer if you can.

    It's not a bad little player -- it has an NES emulator...Read complete review

    Don't pay for this, but get one with a "free" offer if you can.

    It's not a bad little player -- it has an NES emulator onboard (!) I tested it and it works (not perfect, but pretty good) the controls are a little incomplete though (D-Pad only, as far as I can tell). There might be a way to hack in full controller support.

    Setings reveal TV-out for NTSC and PAL -- I haven't tested yet, but I assume it would work like the older iPods (through the headphone jack using a special connector).

    Has a not too shabby external speaker.

    Allegedly records audio (but I use expensive mics for A/V production in my day job, so I won't bother with this).

    Video playback is smooth. Codec appears to be 320x240 xvid in an AVI wrapper.

    Go ahead and snag one if you can get it with a "free" offer and you're buying stuff anyway.

    Reviewed by 14 customers

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    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Save your money

    By Disappointed prior Staples customer

    from Elizabethtown, KY

    About Me Casual Listener

    Pros

    • none

    Cons

    • Waste of Money

    Best Uses

    • To help fill a trash can

    Comments about Global New Beginnings MP4 Player:

    This product, at least the one I got, is no good. I received it as a gift, it didn't work, wouldn't even charge so I went to Staples in Elizabethtown KY to get it replaced or get a store credit cause I didn't have the receipt as it was a gift to me. They didn't have it in the store but would not give me a store credit either so my friend paid hard earned money for this junk and he got ripped off. Not only would I not recommend this product, I will not recommend or ever go inside a Staples store again. [@], here I come. I'm SURE Staples will not allow this review to be printed but at least I wrote it.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Junk - save your money

    By Disappointed

    from KY

    About Me Casual Listener

    Pros

    • none

    Cons

    • Just won't work

    Best Uses

    • Throw in the trash

    Comments about Global New Beginnings MP4 Player:

    This thing is junk. I'm sorry my friend wasted money on it because it's the worst piece of junk I've seen in a long time. The problem - the plug in on the player apparently is defective because I can't get it to charge or even be recognized. I know the USB port works because I've plugged other things in, I also know the cable works because I tried it on 2 other devices and they worked so I know it is the player itself that is defective.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    A Few Hint on How To Use

    By Mike

    from Havana, IL

    About Me Casual Listener

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Global New Beginnings MP4 Player:

          It's cute, and not bad for being free gift from Staples, but has a few quirks that could use a little explanation. I have two of them (don't ask me how that happened), and they both operate identically:

          The Sliding Power Switch – Turn this switch on when you get it and leave it on. Forever. Thereafter, always use the Pause/Stop button to turn it off and on like an iPod by pressing and holding it for several seconds. But if insist on losing most of your settings (not your music, just most of your preferences), then go ahead and use the slide switch. (I'm wondering if perhaps the slide switch is just a way to keep the battery from draining during shipping.)

          Megafunction Button - Pause/Stop/Off/On/Select/Play button. It's marked with the Pause/Stop symbols, but you'll use it for everything, like an iPod. Resist using the on-off slide switch for anything but confounding yourself.

          Navigation – Without the iPod's circular wheel-of-chance, the nav buttons are easy to adapt to. But it takes two hands, one to hold and one to navigate. Use the uppermost ESC button like the Menu button on an iPod.

          Built-In Speaker – Not a hi-fi speaker, but it will allow you preview songs without a headset or earphones. Or use it to impress your friends - their iPods don't have a speaker. And it turns off as soon as you plug in a headset cable.

          Magic Potluck USB Mode - After plugging into your computer to charge it or download, the player often goes into Potluck Mode – one of several screens will randomly appear, and often it will lock up in that screen. When that happens, just use the Megafunction Button to turn it off and back on (resisting entirely the temptation to use the slide switch). Good news: when you're disconnected from a USB port, you'll reliably start up right there in the top menu. Everytime. Unlike an iPod which starts up wherever you left it.

          The Power Up Ditty – Our strange little player fires-up with all the enthusiasm of a $10 TracFone, taking about 10 seconds. But indeed you'll be entertained with a pretty little fluttering blue butterfly. Beats a spinning circle or a progress bar all to heck.

          Soft Mute – When powering up and down, the audio volume unmutes and mutes over the period of a second or so, which I thought at first was neat. Until I noticed it also does this soft unmute at the beginning of every song. So if you have some songs that start strongly, well, they won't anymore.

          Bad Cable Simulator Mode – The audio hiccups randomly ever so often, making a sound like a bad headset cable. But the crackle never lasts for more than a second or so, and it doesn't happen very often. Thus, you're reminded occasionally that you didn't get an iPod.

          Battery Life – Somewhat underwhelming, a few hours.

          Audio Frequency Output – Unlike the iPod, this player has no bass-boost or loudness function. So if you want good bass sounds, you'll need a pair of earbuds that fully seal inside your ears, or a good headset like others have mentioned. But connected to a stereo aux input (i.e. a car stereo), the audio is just fine, 'cept for the occasional "Bad Cable Simulator Mode."

          Order More Megahertz, Please – As you move between menu items, you'll begin to think that Windows 95 on an early Pentium I CPU was fast. But since it always fires up with the music icon selected, there's not much navigation needed after you download your music and set preferences.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          What a piece of Junk

          By Joe Mizzi

          from Tonopah,Nv.

          About Me Casual Listener

          Pros

          • none

          Cons

          • Difficult to Set Up
          • Freezes Up
          • Poor Sound Quality
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • To throw at a mugger

          Comments about Global New Beginnings MP4 Player:

          Not what is shown above.Not a touch screen,sound is just a screech noise built in speaker or headphones.Real piece of garbage .Will notify company and see how they handle it.Very disappointed.Will write a new review if problem resolved.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          This really isn't a bad player

          By GZ

          from NY

          About Me Avid Listener

          Pros

            Cons

            • Confusing Controls
            • Insufficient Storage

            Best Uses

            • Anywhere

            Comments about Global New Beginnings MP4 Player:

            I've put this thing through it's paces, and as an intitial assessment, it's a fairly decent player. I'll mention the drawbacks first: It's a bit bulky, it feels a bit cheaply made, the instructions are sparse, the setup and navigation is a bit wonky. There are some very slight spelling or syntax errors. And the default sound is bad. I set this device side by side with a Sony mp3 player, which are famous for their pleasing sound. This device is tinny sounding. Bass is absent, and highs are harsh, literally painful, and probably injurious at high volume. It's important to note a few things: 1) it can be mitigated by setting the (upside-down) user equalizer. Boost the bass some, cut the treble a-lot. 2) It is VERY important to match this to an appropriate headphones. I own some Sennheiser CX-400 II's, and also some Maximo iMetal's. The Maximo are bass heavy and roll off on the treble. That works perfectly with this player, and do a manual eq adjustment. It brings the bass up just enough, and cuts the treble down just enough - so listening is acceptable. It's perfectly OK. The sennheisers are soooo crisp, and not bass heavy, that with this device, there ends up being no bass at all, and the treble becomes alarmingly painful. The lesson here, you must choose the right headphones, and Maximo sell some of theirs for around $15, and they work great with this device. To compare, the Sony has lush bass, and weak treble, so it requires the Senns. Doing that would more than quadruple the cost compared to this device with the Maximo headset. Now, aside from sound, some very good things about this device: 1) It will play divx encoded 320x240 video, and it does a nice job. The color balance is too cool (blue), but for the price, so what? That it does video at all, and well, and uses a very common and quality format - that's a 4 star feature. 2) It supports NES game roms. Think GameBoy Advance roms, which you can find all over the internet. I downloaded and played Mappy. The keypad is limited, badly laid out, and needs to be remapped - but it worked, and it was a heck of a lot of fun. Oh, and remapping of keys IS supported. Another WOW. 3) TOOLS. What? Yes. It includes a Calculator, Calendar, and Stopwatch. Why? Who knows, but it's a nifty trick on this free promo. 4) Ebook reader. Basic, but there. 5) Device File Navigation. Helpful. 6) Voice Recorder. Again, nice for a free promo device. 6) Photo Viewer. Works. Notes: The abundance of unexpected features, and decent sized 320x240 screen is where they get the estimated price. It's not really worth that much, but when you buy something of this calibur at the drug store, it wont have all these crazy features. More notes: It asks for choice of 3 different modes when connected to USB (charge and play, charge and data, or just charge). The device appears as a hard drive to the PC. Drag and Drop. EASY!. Brushed metal case - it a paradox in that metal is an expenseive feature, but the form and fit isn't so hot. Atleast it's not plastic. It seems to have a real O/S - i'd love to know what it is. The O/S is responsive, and hasn't hung on me yet. It even offers a few skins to the display - including zoom and push transitions. That's very thoughtful. You can even program your Owner "Name" in it (doesn't lock in though), and set date and time. The o/s reminds me a bit of RockBox. And, it does have some quirks: the upside down equalizer, the key mapping changes from screen to screen, HELPFUL NOTE: *** If switched OFF, and you charge it, is says "Please turn OFF" - but it IS off!!! (You have to switch it ON to charge). Various spelling errors, or "Setting Names" which aren't very descriptive. Summary: The flaws are all minor. The device works, and has a ton of fun features. It's a nice distraction, and the audio can be made reasonable. I would suggest, if you have nothing, or a first time buyer, or for a kid, especially a nerd, to play around with, this is a lot of fun. I love it. I would give one big caution - the untamed audio is harsh, even dangerous. If you give this to a young person, make sure you choose earbuds that cut the treble A*LOT, and any bass boosting an earbud provide is fine, since the bass is so weak to start. For example, Skullcandy cheapos, the Maximo im-490 or current equivalent, or check online reviews for others. You want bass-boost, and strong high end roll off! Then, enjoy!- PS: if you feel yours doesnt work at all (wont charge), or sounds terrible, try the fixes I describe above. And if not, remember, [...] RMA the manufacturer for 90 days.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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