How we pick our products
Welcome to our electronic devices shopping guide. It’s a pleasure to put on your headphones, plug in your MP3 player and enjoy your favourite tunes, right?
Which model to choose from among the options on the market? Do higher priced editions represent the best choice? You can find that answer by reading our comprehensive guide to MP3 players.
- 1 Summary
- 2 The Best MP3 Player: Our Picks
- 3 MP3 Player: Shopping Guide
- 4 Purchase criteria: Factors to compare MP3 player models
- There are MP3 players that record conversations and record fitness data.
- A player with more Gb (Gigabytes) has a higher capacity to store MP3 files.
- Some models are smaller than a finger!
The Best MP3 Player: Our Picks
MP3 Player: Shopping Guide
You plug in your MP3 player and it shuts off in less than an hour, even though the manufacturer says it has a longer battery life? This is a sign that your product lacks quality. To avoid the risk of buying something bad, please inform yourself with the information content in this section:
When did the first MP3 player appear?
Can I listen to the radio on an MP3 player?
Is it worth using an MP3 player these days?
More advanced models have several special features such as recordings, fitness apps, large battery capacity, among others. This table below reveals some pros and cons of the MP3 player:
MP3 or MP4 player: Which one should you buy?
MP3: This standard only plays audio. Besides being compact, the reproducer version costs low prices and is quite successful.
MP4: Plays audio, images and videos. Care must be taken when buying such models, as some generic products use different video compressions, requiring the use of programs for conversion, compromising the graphical results.
More differences between the two models are shown in the table:
|MP3 player||MP4 player|
|Plays photos||No playback||With high quality resolution, depending on the model|
|Audio standard||With acceptable quality||More modern standards|
Purchase criteria: Factors to compare MP3 player models
The trend of using MP3 players with small displays that tell you the complete data of each song and special effects is increasing around the world. You might also like to have this feature on your device, right? To compare offers with the best chance of buying a version that’s right for you, consider the following commandments when making model comparisons:
More information on each criterion you can read in the sequel:
Do you want a device that can record? If not, it is worth doing a little more research when buying, as the presence of the “recorder” function can make the product more expensive, especially if it is very dedicated. It is important to understand that the models have different time capacity for each recording, which varies according to storage capacity and active battery time.
Should you buy a battery-operated or rechargeable MP3 player? The first option costs less (apart from the cost of the batteries). The second model can be recharged easily, but the low priced editions last a short time on charge. Also consider the time it takes for a model to charge, which can be anywhere from a few minutes to up to 4 hours or more depending on the version.
The smaller the model the more compact it really is. Some smaller editions may be lacking in special features. Compare with an eye on dimensions, while keeping quality issues in mind.
4Gb and 8Gb models are popular. Consider that more Gb value also means higher prices and higher capacity to store MP3 files.
Warning: The device gets slow if it has almost the full memory capacity occupied with files.
It is also important to keep an eye on the capacity of the audio standard on the device. The sound can be better when you use an MP3 player connected to the headphones of the same brand.
The player with a brighter display and larger fonts makes it easier for you to see the data of each sound track. In certain editions, this resource can consume excess battery power. If you’re also thinking about being economical, look for editions less dedicated to display technology.
Do you like to put the racing headset on the MP3 player and stroll for several hours outdoors? In these cases there are more advantages to buying water-resistant models. But, that’s not all! Invest in the purchase of players that have a system of easy fitting in your clothes, so the production is not waving in your pocket with the risk of falling and breaking while you exercise without worries.
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