Review: Samsung R'mix 16 GB (YP-R1)

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Published: October 14, 2009 11:00 PM
By Tristan François
The YP-R1 has arrived with the name R'mix added on. R'mix. Not such a stupid name seeing as the player is equipped with the Beat DJ feature.

Mini P3 or mini Player ***


If you didn't know, for over a year now, the Samsung player division has been moved from the high-tech leisure section to the mobile phones section. No doubt as to the paternity of the R'mix: while the software interface has come from the P3, the product design seems to descend from the Player range of Samsung phones. It isn't ugly, but a bit of diversity wouldn't do anyone any harm.

The controls are all touch, except for on/off/hold and volume control. This is a little on the light side for what is mainly an MP3 player, but there it is. The software interface is very simple to use; afficionados will love it and new users will quickly be at ease.

It does perhaps err on the side of gadgetry however. From the gingerbread man who gets all excited when you tap on him, to the butterfly that flits across the screen or the clock that bounces around. Interesting for a few seconds and then you switch off.

Music and video: a real mini-PMP, very mini

With a 2.6 inch screen (though bright), the R'mix can't really claim to be a real PMP. Watching videos for any length of time is rather annoying: limit yourself to the odd music video. Video compatibility is a strong card with the R'mix all the same and you won't have to re-encode most of the time.

The same goes for music formats: only APE and ALAC are not available. Otherwise everything's there, with nice quality in-ear headphones (though they look a bit cheap). The headphones out is of excellent quality. You also get DNSe version 3.0 effects, still a good challenger to the Cowon's BBE+.

The rest: an FM tuner with good reception, Bluetooth, Beat DJ, games, photo visualisation, TV out etc. The R'mix is a veritable shopwindow for Samsung technology, all well miniaturised. Exactly, but that's actually the problem! These functions may be useful on the P3 but with the R'mix they're more for decoration than anything else.

Luckily, Samsung has stuffed th R'mix with a whole load of basic features too. This makes the player more than a demo tool for Samsung technology that it is often impossible to use in practice. You have to think, though, that if Samsung had done a bit of tidying up here, they'd have made the R'mix much more accessible without losing out on any truly useful features.
4/5 Samsung R'mix 16 GB (YP-R1) DigitalVersus 2009-10-15 00:00:00

Pros

  • Compact
  • Good audio quality
  • Clear interface
  • No need to re-encode video

Cons

  • Too many not very useful features
  • Beat DJ...
  • All touch

Conclusion

The R'mix is a nice product with plenty (too many) features. While its dimensions place it in the audio player category, it will be competition for the larger PMPs such as the P3.

OUR SCORE 4/5
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