Today I am reviewing the Btopllc 16 GB MP4/MP3 player.
You wouldn’t be crazy if you thought this thing was an iPod Nano from the 4th or 5th generation. That’s because design wise it’s essentially a clone of the 4th and 5th generation Nano’s bar a few little things such as the USB port, memory card slot, and the lanyard holder. The centre control button is pretty much the same apart from the touch sensitive property which is not present here. The screen size here is 1.81 inch and the screen technology used is LCD.
The overall build quality feels pretty good given the cheap price and in all honesty, it feels as premium in build as the real Nano 4th generation did. Of course, given the fact the shell is made from aluminium which is then coated with a coloured paint, you should expect the surface of this to scratch easily, of course, this isn’t the manufacturer’s fault and is just a property of the material used.
While this product is listed as a 16GB device, it’s actually not a 16GB device in the traditional sense of it has 16GB on board. Instead, a 16GB MicroSD card actually comes included with it. There’s no onboard user memory at all, so you will need to have a memory card installed if you want to use this.
The provided earphones are also very similar in design to that of classical iPod earphones.
Transferring music to this is a simple task and if you have transferred music to an MP3 player before via a PC then you will instantly know what to do. Simply plug the MP3 player into your PC with the provided USB cable and then find it in your removable devices, open it and then go to your music file and drag and drop any files you want onto the MP3 player.
For me operating this device was quite simple, but I do seem to just get on well right away with most technology nowadays. However the included manual is ok but if I was unsure of what to do there are parts where I would struggle. Thankfully though Btopllc has listened to this concern from customers and made some helpful videos on how to use this.
Before I get onto the music and video playing qualities of this product, I want to first talk about the other two features of this product, the image viewer, and the text reader. The image viewer is perfect for storing small photos to look back on later, of course, it’s not good for anything massive and clear but it gets the job done for tiny images. The text reader is basically a reader for reading Ebook files. A sample Ebook file is included. The sample is the full version of Mark Twain’s ‘A dog’s tale’. I read a bit of this and while reading on the small display wasn’t as bad as I imagined, it still wasn’t ideal and often words would cut off to start on a new line or on the next page. I am however very happy that you can actually set bookmarks so you can return later to the page you were last reading.
In terms of audio, well this MP3 player offers two methods. Method one is the method of storing music on the MicroSD card and listening to it from there. In my opinion, this is the best method as you get total control over your music. Method two is using the built-in FM transmitter to listen to radio stations instead. This works well and in use, I had no issues beyond the usual issues of listening to a radio.
Listening to audio with the provided earphones is ok, but that’s about it, however if you simply plug-in a better pair of earphones the audio is so much better. In all honesty, I never expect stock earphones to be very good anyway.
In terms of video playback, this device can playback AMV files. not the best video file and not the best quality but I must admit the small bright screen does a good job of displaying a clear enough video and I certainly have no complaints about the playback. The sample video is an animation of a Polar Bear trying to catch a balloon and it actually looks very good.
If your someone who doesn’t like the idea of a smartphone or modern MP4 player with all the fancy bells and whistles that make the price skyrocket, but still wants a decent little MP3/video playing device for casual listening and watching on the go then this cheap but amazing little device is definitely something you should consider. It’s got all the basic features of a decent music player and even has a premium feel despite costing only £12.78 (At the time of this review).
DISCLAIMER: I received this product for free in return for my honest and unbiased review. This has had no effect on my overall opinion of the product.