Polaroid PMP125 4GB MP4 Media Player Review - Bang For Your Buck
We've found an excellent bang for your buck this holiday with another budget portable media player. Yes, this one plays video files as well and goes for under $20 bucks this holiday! Check out our review and some free user tips. Stay tuned for our Affordable Unique Tech Gifts Guide this December 2012 and for chances to win great prizes. No purchase necessary.
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Although this is only a 4GB version, it packs some cool features. The touch screen and separate control buttons allow you to use it either way. When we show off these media players the biggest question people ask is how you get videos on them. You just need to follow the directions from the instructions. It tells you exactly how to get videos onto your device. You do this by using the supplied software that comes with the retail box. Free included conversion software will down-convert your video file and transfer it to the device so you can watch it.
When you go to plug this in for the first time, make sure you actually plug-unplug at least twice so your computer recognizes the USB device. The owner's manual also mentions that the power button must be switched to the on position in order to charge the device. If you want to drag music from your computer to the device, look for a drive or storage name called "mp3." After about five minutes we were up and running jamming to some great tunes.
Buy one for yourself or someone this holiday! This is a great budget gift idea that will entertain anyone for less.
Specs & Inside The Box
The PMP125 comes in a slick black color and has a 1.8-unch touch screen display. Again, this is 4GB of space for your music, videos, and pictures. The battery is a built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery that you will charge using the supplied USB charging/transfer cable included free. For some reason the manufacturer also put a voice recorder on the unit. Although the screen isn't high-resolution in color, it does the job. The coolest thing was the belt clip which makes this really easy to attach to your clothes or belt if you like to jog or take it with you for hands free use! We liked the compact size which is around 2x2 inches and about half an inch thin.
They do include a sports armband if you want to wear it on your arm. You also get a free pair of headphones that do work although we would have liked to seen more padding. The earphones are hard plastic. If you do want to watch videos, just install the video conversion software supplied on the CD-ROM. Please be sure to read the user manual which has some pretty simple instructions on how to get started.
This is what the color screen looks like.
Our impression was quite good considering the price tag of between 14-19 dollars at your local BigLots. If you're lucky you could find this on sale even cheaper for the holiday shopping season. We gave this a 4/5 stars because it did indeed work for both music and videos. We didn't have any luck with album art but the touch screen and buttons seemed to work. One word of advice for users we can give is to plug this in twice upon first use with your computer so the USB software driver is recognized by your computer. If you read the instructions on how to drag and drop your music you should have no problems and be up and running in a matter of minutes. This is an overall great buy.
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