Pros Nice video with good sound. Lasts around 3 hours.
Cons Dane-Elec Meizu does not honor their warrant. Video conversion issues. Firmware hassles. Player can turn into a brick.
Summary We have 3 Dane-Elec Meizu units. Two are the 2Gb version and one is the 4Gb version.UPDATE (Sep 16, 2009): After filing a report with the BBB and the Attorney General of their region, I received a call from Dane-Elec about a week later. I followed their directions in sending in the player and received a new one today.
Nice video with good sound. Lasts around 3 hours. Our kids love watching video on it. The screen is small but not too small.
Converting a file for the player can be a hassle and has varying results. 1. It may work perfectly first time. 2. It might freeze when it starts to play (this seems to be a problem with the first frame only as when you fast forward it past the beginning before it starts playing it continues fine) 3. It freezes the unit without any fix. 4. It plays but resets when you try to forward the video so you have to watch it from beginning to end without touching anything. In general I have managed to get around these problems by using freeware conversion tools and converting to wmv and then to avi and then to the format for the player for those video files giving me trouble. With the exception of 1 video this has worked. That one video has had me spend plenty of time converting without getting around the problem (problem number 4 listed above).
There are procedures you can find on the net for what to do if your player turns in to a brick (something that happened to our 4Gb meizu player and has not yet been fixed) but it is also all a hassle with no guaranteed results.
Updating the firmware is a hassle.
If something happens to your unit forcing you to rely on the warranty, do not expect Dane-Elec Meizu to honor it. They have an F rating with the BBB and 12 complaints (10 unanswered - I have not filed mine yet - see ww.la.bbb.org/Business-Report/Dane-Elec-Corp-13155515). For our 4Gb unit which we could not return to buy.com since it was past 30 days after buying, I emailed and called meizu without any results. They do not respond - but I expected this after researching the warranty issue on the web already. I am happy with the working units though, but having zero warranty would be a deal killer for me had I known of the problem in advance.
URLs of interest:
1, Better Business Bureau: la.bbb.org/Business-Report/Dane-Elec-Corp-13155515
2. Meizu forum: meizume.com/general-chat/5852-dane-elec-m6-warranty-repair.html
3. Amazon review: amazon.com/review/R1TN31CTPLTQNC/ref=cm_cr_pr_viewpnt#R1TN31CTPLTQNC
Updated on Sep 16, 2009
Pros The miniplayer can play MP3 with good sound, good display for the existing uploaded-product advertisement with avi format
The battery of the player can last longtime. Data cable ot the player to the one of a hand phone.
Cons File with MP4 format, can not show up in its monitor, It can not play accordingly. File uploade with avi format, can show up but it can not play. A long time from empty to full ( 4-6 hours).
Summary The product is slim, light, better sound, better video display (compared to an IPod) and easy playing features. Data cable port of the player can be inserted with data cable of a hand phone for battery charging. This is useful when I forget to bring the data cable of this player.
"meizu rox out loud"on by cooljoe2
Pros sound quality beats ipod
able to put background pictures
Cons itts from china
Summary a good mp4 player but its from china
"Stunning player DOES show album art, read text, lyrics, radio, great video, record audio etc"on by markpalmos
Pros Quality Audio, Build, Features, regular USB2 drag'n'drop
Cons Have to navigate to see album art, not available in UK yet
Summary Firstly, I need to correct the reviewer. This player DOES display album art, but you have to browse to it rather than it being automatic. You can have any number of images per album. I put full text reviews, lyrics, bio's etc in the folder with the MP3 files and read up about the artist or a review on the album while listening.
The video quality is great, the screen far better than ipod in terms of colours available and clarity.
The audio is superb, really far better than ipod... (almost anything is really)
The build quality is great, the design is lovely too.
I could have bought any flash-memory based MP3 player out there, I do not have a limited budget. I could have bought a player that is available in the UK so I could have suppot if it breaks, but despite all that, the MiniPlayer was so much above anything else that there was no real contest... runner up was clix. (no text viewing killed that off for me).
It's a seriously good player, you can get em in europe and the usa, if you live in the UK or anywhere else outside of Korea and China, you will probably have to buy it like I did, online via China.
Go for it, you will be soooo happy... (till you realise THINGS dont really make you happy for long!)