Samsung Yepp T5V MP3 Player ReviewFormer staff writer - October 27, 2004
The backlight on the T5V is green, and the knob lights up as well (blue), giving it a bit of extra style. Neat stuff. Again, you can adjust pretty much everything on the Yepp, from the length the backlight stays on, to default volume, to the time before the unit automatically shuts off (if no music is playing).
Now, as for the improvements over the previously reviewed YP-55i. Number one, and in my opinion the most important, is the ability to create a playlist, which means that I can finally listen to live albums in order, which makes my life a little more relaxed (I really like live CDs, okay?) It takes a while to get used to the Playlist function, but after you've got the hang of it, you're kosher.
The second major improvement is the carrying case. While the 55i carrying case was a complete fiasco that made absolutely no sense, and made the unit completely inaccessible, the T5V carrying case is a clear, heavy plastic with holes in all the right places to make using the unit while in its protective case a breeze. Congratulations to Samsung for creating a great carrying case for this one completely redeemed from the last disaster.
The T5V still maintains the USB 1.1 connection unfortunately, but with its greater capacity, and the additional function of using this MP3 player as a USB key it all balances out.
With the smaller size, greater capacity, vastly improved case and the ability to create a playlist, the Samsung Yepp T5V is an amazing piece of work. The sound is still crisp and clear, and I've also noticed an improvement in the player's identification of songs - while the songs you load on will appear in a seemingly random order, the ID3 tag recognition process allows you to quickly see what song is playing, as the title of the song now comes up first, then the artist. All that is left to improve is an easy way to create those playlists, and the Yepp would be virtually flawless.
Overall, the improvements on an already solid unit, the size versus capacity and the absolute plethora of features available in this little unit make the T5V an excellent choice for those looking to stay in the price range below HDD-based MP3 players. The T5V comes highly recommended by this reviewer.
- Small size
- Tons of functionality
- Easy to Use
- Drag and Drop
- Looks amazing
- ID3 Tag compliant
- Incredibly well written and detailed user manual
- Improved and useful carrying case
- Ability to create playlists
- USB 1.1
- Useless software