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CD-R and Audio Hardware => Audio Hardware => Topic started by: chrisjj on 31 July, 2012, 09:02:07 AM

Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: chrisjj on 31 July, 2012, 09:02:07 AM
Anyone know a current model of portable Mp3 player with real buttons? I.e. not touchscreen or scrollwheel. Thanks.
Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: Kohlrabi on 31 July, 2012, 09:06:18 AM
A few minutes ago I convinced a colleague to get a Sansa Clip+ (http://www.sandisk.com/products/music-video-players/clip-plus/), which is currently extremely cheap on Amazon.de (http://www.amazon.de/Sandisk-MP3-Player-FM-Tuner-microSD-schwarz/dp/B002NX0MF0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1343739883&sr=8-2). Inexpensive, small, and measures very well (http://nwavguy.blogspot.de/2011/02/sansa-clip-measured.html) for its price tag. Just get a replacement for the stock headphones.
Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: probedb on 31 July, 2012, 09:13:52 AM
Plenty out there if you look.

A happy user of a Rockboxed Clip+ here.
Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: pdq on 31 July, 2012, 09:34:21 AM
I'm very happy with my Sansa Clip+.
Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: chrisjj on 31 July, 2012, 09:48:54 AM
Sansa Clip+
Thanks, and I've found a couple from from Samsung. Creative and Sony seem to have dumped their major models.

Anyone know a model having around 2.5" (like the now discontinued Creative ZEN) or larger?
Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: Apesbrain on 31 July, 2012, 10:26:16 AM
No, Sony (http://www.amazon.com/Sony-NWZE465BLK-Walkman-MP3-player/dp/B005EQS9KS/ref=pd_cp_e_0/192-1116757-1390628) still out there.  Just kinda expensive for what you get.  That "scroll wheel" is actually a 4-way button.
Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: chrisjj on 31 July, 2012, 10:32:19 AM
That "scroll wheel" is actually a 4-way button.
Crikey, that's dangerous design - someone might mistake the unit for an Apple!

Thanks - added to list.
Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: chrisjj on 31 July, 2012, 11:32:33 AM
> Anyone know a model having around 2.5" (like the now discontinued Creative ZEN) or larger?

Correction: Anyone know a model having screen around 2.5" (like the now discontinued Creative ZEN) or larger?
Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: dobo on 31 July, 2012, 04:48:23 PM
Screen larger than 2.5" ? i think thats larger than my sansa clip zip... if you want that large use a smart phone?

Now i got rockbox on the clip zip i cant think of anything its missing really. Maybe better headphones but cant decide which ones to get.
Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: mzil on 31 July, 2012, 05:17:45 PM
I agree a cell phone is the way to go. Why carry two devices that are redundant if your phone already has a music player?

Granted, some cell phones may lack certain features one wants, but if I were in such a position, I'd get a new cell phone!
Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: cpchan on 31 July, 2012, 07:52:08 PM
Thanks, and I've found a couple from from Samsung. Creative and Sony seem to have dumped their major models.

Anyone know a model having around 2.5" (like the now discontinued Creative ZEN) or larger?


The now discontinued Cowon J3 can still be found on the Internet (http://www.amazon.com/COWON-Portable-Media-Player-White/dp/B003JME322/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1343778260&sr=1-1&keywords=cowon+j3). The hardware buttons are located on the right edge of the device and is very easy to use even blindly. It also has a great 3.3" AMOLED screen and insane battery life.
Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: cpchan on 31 July, 2012, 08:26:29 PM
The now discontinued Cowon J3 can still be found on the Internet (http://www.amazon.com/COWON-Portable-Media-Player-White/dp/B003JME322/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1343778260&sr=1-1&keywords=cowon+j3). The hardware buttons are located on the right edge of the device and is very easy to use even blindly. It also has a great 3.3" AMOLED screen and insane battery life.


Oops, scrap my suggestion- I misunderstood you. You want a device that is totally controlled by buttons.

Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: chrisjj on 31 July, 2012, 08:26:31 PM
> if you want that large use a smart phone?

I was underwhelmed by the music player facilities of the non-touchscreen smart phones I've tried e.g. Nokia and Motorola.
Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: saratoga on 31 July, 2012, 09:16:47 PM
> if you want that large use a smart phone?

I was underwhelmed by the music player facilities of the non-touchscreen smart phones I've tried e.g. Nokia and Motorola.


Samsung YP-R0.

Physical buttons, 2.6" screen, and rockbox port in case you get tired of the stock firmware.
Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: chrisjj on 01 August, 2012, 05:34:15 AM
Samsung YP-R0.

Physical buttons, 2.6" screen, and rockbox port in case you get tired of the stock firmware.
Good to know - thanks.