Samsung YP-K5 Review

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Samsung has recently been cranking out some decent players into the market, one of them being the Nano-competing Z5. The newer K5 is an exceptional twist on the MP3 player, providing a set of external speakers that allow you to unhook your ears from sometimes confining headphones. The K5 is flash based and currently comes in 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB capacities with all of the standard MP3 player features: MP3/WMA audio playback, JPEG photo viewing, FM radio, and alarm clock.

Even though the K5 has a fairly standard set of MP3 player functions, what sets it apart from the rest is the innovative design and external speakers. The K5 is a niche player and is not for everyone, but for that niche, Samsung hit the nail on the head by creating something very unique.


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Accessories

Not much is included with the K5, just a proprietary USB cable, earbuds, and the unit itself. What is interesting about the supplied USB cable is that the connection is different from the Z5; in fact, it is similar to the proprietary cable found on the iRiver clix/U10. I have actually used the iRiver cable to charge the K5 and to transfer media to it as well. Why Samsung went with a different cable is unknown, but I think it was a bad decision considering docking stations and other accessories cannot be cross-compatible. As far as third party accessories, Belkin has already announced two different cases for the K5 so you can expect to see some options with aftermarket accessories.

The earbuds are unique and are worth discussing. They fit inside of your ear canal, which provides outside sound isolation and much better bass. These earbuds sound good especially on the bass end of the frequency spectrum, but at the same time, all frequencies are shifted toward the lower end. Highs and mids sound flat and slightly muffled. The other issue with the supplied earbuds is comfort; having to wear them inside of the ear canal may not be comfortable for some people.

Software

The K5 includes a software CD that contains Samsung Media Studio. It will rip, convert, organize, play, et cetera – just like every other media player out there. The only real advantage Samsung Media Studio has over Windows Media Player is that it is much faster, especially when dealing with very large libraries of music. Other than that, Samsung Media Studio is a fairly simple and under-developed media player. It works great. Just don’t expect too much out of it.

Installing the software is optional, but you will need to be using Windows XP SP2 or above in order to use MTP drag and drop or Windows Media Player. There are also plenty of other pieces of software you can use to transfer media to your K5, such as Media Monkey, Winamp, and other MTP-based media players.

Design

The design of the K5 is clean and no nonsense. The player feels solid and well built. The matte black finish and raised lip on the front of the player will keep the K5 scratch free under normal to heavy use. The sliding mechanism may feel delicate but still follows the overall sturdiness of the player. The one thing I don’t like about the design is that the sliding mechanism does not lock. Just picking up the player or grabbing it will cause the two halves to move slightly apart. If you wanted to be picky, dedicated volume buttons would have made the player a little easier to use.

User Interface

The interface is easy to use and is intuitive. Menus are smooth and nicely animated. On the downside, the touch interface can be obnoxious. There are no touch sensitivity settings on the player and they can be on the sensitive side. I found myself many times just brushing over the controls and having them activated, and when pressing one button it is easy to accidentally push one of the neighboring buttons. The addition of tactile buttons on the face of the player may have taken something away from the overall design of the player, but would have been a extreme improvement of the overall usability of the K5.


FM Radio

FM works just as expected – reception is as good as any other FM radio. Auto programming makes adding local stations very easy. There is one problem with the FM feature and that is that the player uses the headphone jack as an antenna. This is fine if you are using headphones to listen to the r
adio, but you run into problems if you want to listen on the external speakers. You can solve this simply, though, by plugging any headphone into the jack and pulling out the speakers. However, if you just wanted to carry around the player sans headphones, you would not be able to listen to the radio.

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External Speakers

The external speakers are what make the K5 unique and should be the deciding factor when purchasing this player. For the size of these speakers they are impressive and will easily fill a small, relatively quiet room with sound. The surprise to me was that the speakers are pretty much distortion free even with heavy bass music. This is not to say you are going to get bass out of this player, it’s just that the bass is limited so that the speakers do not distort. By no means is the sound that is produced by the speakers anywhere near audiophile quality, but it does provide for good background music. Overall the external speakers are a very elegant solution for audiobooks and podcast listeners who don’t want to be tied to headphones.

Alarm

The alarm is a great feature on this player and it takes full use of the player’s external speakers. The player allows you to store a long list of alarms which can be individually set to different intervals: once, everyday, mon-fri, mon-sat, and sat-sun. There are only three different alarm sounds you can choose from, or you can use any audio file on the player as the wake alarm. The best thing about the alarm is that it doesn’t have to be on or opened in order for the alarm to go off.

Battery Life

Battery life through the headphones is rated at 30 hours. During my tests, playing it at around 75% volume, I consistently got around 27 hours. Now, if you were to use the player strictly with the external speakers, it would be rated at 6 hours. I found that using the speakers at max volume I would get between 4 and 5 hours of playback and nearly 6 hours of playback at 75% volume.

Photo

The photo feature is not the greatest and is more of a gimmick feature. The OLED with the tinted face of the player does not lend to accurate colors and can look dark and fuzzy. The other downside to the photo viewing feature on this player is the navigation of large quantities of photos. All photos appear as one long thumbnail list, even if you have organized them into file folders. Slideshows can play with music while the external speakers are on, but again, the small dark screen is fairly impractical for everyone to crowd around and watch.

Audio

The audio quality is nothing amazing but slightly above average. The major problem is the lack of customizable audio settings. There is no custom EQ and the EQ presets just didn’t improve any of my music, so sticking to the “flat” EQ setting is a must. I did find that the K5 does provide more robust headphones with ample power, playing them with plenty of volume.

As far as audio navigation, it is very basic artists/album/track/genre browsing and disappointingly there is no on-the-go playlist creation. You can still create playlists, but you need to create them on your computer and transfer them over.

Conclusion

Samsung’s K5 caters to a specific crowed and is not for everyone, myself included. However, it is a great player for its innovative design and surprisingly loud external speakers. I think that the player would be great for someone who listens to audiobooks, podcasts, or radio shows and doesn’t want to be tethered to headphones. The external speakers are okay for music, but consider its playback as working background noise rather than something you’d really want to sit and listen to. The sound quality through the headphone jack is fairly typical, but plays louder than most MP3 players. The touch controls give the player a clean look but are not favorable to the overall user interface. If you are considering this player, the external speakers should be the main deciding factor, because without them, the K5 is just another MP3 player.

Pros

  • Unique Design
  • External Speakers
  • Supplied earbuds good with bass and sound isolation

Cons

  • FM radio will not work without headphones plugged in
  • Touch interface can be inaccurate
  • Supplied earbuds may be uncomfortable for some people
  • No on-the-go playlists
  • No custom EQ
  • Proprietary USB cable

Purchase

Samsung has very good distribution though the United States and can be found at many brick and mortar retailers. The K5 can also be found at a lot of online US retailers like Amazon Samsung YP K5 Review. For the UK, Europe, and the rest of the world,


114 Comments

Utew on October 24, 2006 6:22 PM

Nicely done review, Enzo.. and I agree with your observations and conclusions almost totally…Yes the K5 is definitely a niche player and it has it’s compromises and drawbacks, but I am happy as can be with mine and use it quite a lot.The advantage of having the speakers built-in, is.. the selling point of this player.. along with the fun animated menu..I personally like the touch control a great deal and find it quick and as precise as your fingers are precise.. but some will prefer the more “positive” feedback provided by buttons.This concept could very well be taken by Samsung and improved upon to provide an even better, more full-featured player… a firmware update could fix a lot of the wishes, that I would like to see in the way of added features… custom EQ, album art support, UMS.. and OTG playlisting and deletions..Thx for the Review!

sentient on October 24, 2006 10:21 PM

I went with a T9 instead of this player, because a wanted tactile controls above all. My only gripe with both is that transfer rates seem rather slow. All in all though, I can’t recommend samsung players enough; they’re fantastic.

leicalense on October 25, 2006 1:14 AM

I found the sound quality of the player to be excellent, at least as good as, if not better than my creative zen micro photo. I also think that the EQ presets do add a lot to the sound. I use either 3D sound or Bass Boost. Though, when using the speakers, the EQs seem to decrease the sound quality.p.s., the belkin k5 cases are awful, do not waste your money.

roger on October 25, 2006 8:01 AM

Very Great design and fun interface (Transitions) But the whole speaker thing I just don’t get it. Take that sucker out…

Bruce on October 26, 2006 3:00 AM

Non-tactile interfaces, no direct volume adjustment controls and gloss surfaces were mildly amusing in the 1980s. Thanks Samsung, nice try…but try harder next time.This, coupled with the proprietary USB and MTP transfer = total non-interest.

Katie on October 29, 2006 10:37 PM

Hi i was wondering befor i buy this player, what is a on the go playlist???

katie on October 29, 2006 11:08 PM

whats wrong with the belkin cases???

leicalense on October 30, 2006 12:19 AM

The convertible belin folio case I purchased from Best Buy was awful. Best Buy shows the case as having black stitching. The stitching is actually gray and stiched very sloppily. The case is very hard to put on, so if you want to remove the player frequently, it is a hassle. Sliding out the speakers is not smooth with the case on. Also, using the touchscreen is more difficult, as the plastic screen interferes with contact to the surface. Sucky in general.

Qarl (pronounced carl, but it’s not my real name, so it doesn’t really matter) on October 30, 2006 6:35 PM

I would way prefer my toshiba gigabeat s 30gig over this. consider one. You can get ‘em cheap on Ebay. I do cartweels in my backyard when no one’s looking. really great screen, sound and all that, I got mine for $200 US before shipping. TOSHIBA GIGABEAT S. I wouldn’t bother with fold out speakers, you can probably get an aftermarket speaker that plugs in to the headphone jack.p.s. everything is cheap on Ebay

Qarl (pronounced carl, but it’s not my real name, so it doesn’t really matter) on October 30, 2006 6:37 PM

the k5 also seems pretty big.

Qarl (pronounced carl, but it’s not my real name, so it doesn’t really matter) on October 30, 2006 6:44 PM

The creative zen V looks like a good buy though. I’m not sure about samsung though. Another thing I don’t like about the k5 is the black glossy face: Fingerprints and marks! and the non-tactile buttons: very awkward unless you get used to ‘em. I don’t care what you buy, but you can probably find better than this.

leicalense on October 30, 2006 9:30 PM

hmm well I don’t know why you would really compare a gigabeat to a flash player. It’s obviously two different targeted consumers. For a flash player, I think the K5 has a lot of competitors beat on battery life, sound quality, build, etc.Everyone talks about how big it is, but it really doesnt bother me. It fits in my pocket, armstrap for at the gym, and in a messenger bag, so who cares about 1/4 of an inch?

Sara on November 7, 2006 8:05 PM

Is it made out of plastic, like the back part?

leicalense on November 7, 2006 10:33 PM

no, it is made of magnesium, the same as many quality digital cameras. The build is very solid.

louie on November 8, 2006 12:26 PM

well i am planing to hav one… i love it. the design, earbuds n the color most especially.. its elegant. very tempting.. delisioso.. but i would like to add more battery life to it. coz i love music alot n am always hooked at it.

pat on November 9, 2006 6:30 PM

It has amazing sound like a HiFi in my home. 30Hrs playing time is greater than ipod’s 20 hrs. I can wake up with my favorate song from k5′s speaker

K on November 10, 2006 4:31 PM

can you make your own personal playlists on the k5????

FER on November 11, 2006 11:41 AM

I don’t know what to get, the K5 or the COWON iAudio6 in flash.. Which would you guys recommend?

moogs301 on November 14, 2006 8:47 PM

its so pretty….hmm if only it were smaller with better pictures and also video..maybe too much to ask :O(also apparentl rockbox is good i dont know much but does this have that?

brandon kim on November 16, 2006 11:13 PM

This review is top notch! i understood everything about it, and it helps me understand it very well.Im im 8th grade, and was on a field trip today, and my friend was listening to this black mp3 player on the bus (the k5) so i checked it out. it looked pretty cool, the touch screen and the strange headphones, but when he whipped out those speakers, i flipped out. those things are so awesome!!i want one, but i dont know when i could hehe. i have a silver iPod mini. it plays music, thats all i much care for, but i always wanted to play it outloud without luggin a docking station which needs an AC outlet anyways, so this is the solution!!maybe ill buy one with my saved money, but thanks again for the review, helps a lot!

Joanne on November 19, 2006 11:59 AM

Which Is Better ?!The I Pod Nano Or The Samsung K5I Dont Know Which One I Want..Write Backkkk! =] x

Joe on November 19, 2006 12:03 PM

Never mind the on the go playlists, I cannot get the ones to work on the actual device. I went from a Creative Labs Zen which had very easy to use software. The software with Samsung YPK5 is absolutely horrible! At best I was able to create new playlists with Realplayer, but they are all showing up in my Samsung device as “New Playlist”. Yes thats right I have about 12 playlists all titled “New Playlist”. Worst off I tried getting help with samsung online (which was a 10 minute venture just to find it, guess they dont want people to know how to get a hold of them) and a week later I am still waiting for a response. Unless anyone has any suggestions of how this can be fixed or if I am doing something wrong, I am returning it this week for something else.

louie on November 21, 2006 11:37 AM

hey go for the k5 samsung.. it doesnt have much but its surely graet for everyone.. * esp with the nu innovations… like the speakers n the quality of sound. look for something that has the best quality on it not with quantity (like some has many features but u cant use it all anyway, its jus for display n nuthin else) i assure u samsung has this great surround sound quality. no shity games. its all fun. its samsung*

beanie on November 22, 2006 10:31 AM

i think the samsung yp k5 is a incredible design and extremely styleish, i purchaced this item around 4 weeks ago and ive had positive comments from any 1 that hav seen it. authough i am having trouble protecting the main screen from scratches & i hav not able to find a case specifically 4 this mp3 player which dissapoints me greatly!if any 1 kno’s of something that wil protect the samsung or somewhere where i can purchace a proper cace then it wil be much abliged

gooey, on November 22, 2006 10:45 AM

i bought it about 3 weeks ago, and i decided to throw it in a ducks pond, as it is very poor and no where as good as a i-pod,

illumi on November 22, 2006 2:06 PM

yo beanie jus buy one of those ipod anti scratch plastic things, cut it a bit so itll fit the k5 and its all done. thatz how i wouldve done it anyways

CLARK on November 23, 2006 2:31 PM

I OWN THE K5PEOPLE LIKE ITBUT I MIGHT JUST TRADE IT FOR A ZUNELOL.OR SOMETHING ELSE.I WANT PLAYLISTS!!!!!I WANNA SEE MY MUSIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mike Hunt on November 23, 2006 4:46 PM

You people aren’t very imaginitive! I think you all are a bunch of 10-16 years old’s by the way you talk and interact by that’s fine.This player is fantastic and fits my needs perfectly.I take it to the office and play music at my desk through the speakers.I took my wife for a picnic the other day and we had music with us, it was wonderful.Hanging out with my friends and having music wherever we are is great as well…

???? on November 25, 2006 6:46 AM

hi im thinking of getting the k5 but im not sure because the red new nano looks more appealing i dnt no wich one 2 choose please help

k5lvrAT on November 25, 2006 12:58 PM

I seriously do not think that the iPod nano is better than the samsung k5. No offense, but I love how when using this, you can pull out speakers for everyone to hear. It does have great sound. I love it! And it is fun to show off to your friends : P soon, everyone will be JEALOUSE and want one too.

victor.jinkyu on November 27, 2006 6:39 AM

Its been 2 days since I’ve bought this baby :) I love the overall looks and quality of it, everyone thats seen this are like: “OMG, i ahve to get one of these” but then again most of them are techie noobs. i believe this mp3 player would be ideal for any teenager – young adult that likes to show off lol. it will fit in your pocket as long as its not tight. the earphones will just attract all the attention at first (they look like hairdriers!).Ill just make it simple:PRO:*excellent sound quality, best with 3D SOUND mode*32hrs of playback time after 3 hours fully charging*slide out external speakers*shiny black face of mp3*sexy black all over it*touch sensitive key pads*blu-dot morph display (pictures and letters are like linked up by little blue dots and they morph into new letters as you scroll through ‘MUSIC’ ‘ALARM’ ‘SETTINGS’ ‘FM RADIO’*really really touch magnesium casing*cant get over the really unique designed earphones! they feel so comfortable in your ears and work excellently with Bass Boost or 3D Sound*convenient slide button that does both ON/OFF and HOLD*simple navigation system*alarm works loud and well (just make sure its on ur bedside table)*YOUR FRIENDS WILL ENVY YOU FOR ITCON:*finger print magnet (i solved this problem by getting clear contact, cutting it out into the shape of the screen and sticking it)*doesnt come with a case/ pouch for protection*USB cable is different from other mp3 players and is very slow transfer (2 minutes to transfer an album of 10-15 songs – but then again it might be my computer thats scrappy)*might seem bulky for some people, i find it better than small ones because u can get a firm grip on it*for people with fat pudgy fingers, it might be hard to navigate using the touch sensitive pad* cant display the time on the screen when u want to, u can only adjust it for the alarm to turn on and its used as a screen saver (in analog form)* its Made in China – if that is of any concern to you people who are fussy about where its manufactured*the slide out speakers is strong yet loose sometimes, seems a bit fragile but it doesnt bother meto all those people out there looking for a good mp3 to buy, thanks for reading this concise review hopefully it helped. I GIVE IT AN 8.5

Joe on November 27, 2006 11:17 AM

i am replying to the comment made by “gooey” on the 22nd of november 2006, me and my fellow collegues and i have looked and studied your comment and taken it into consideration. The fact that you have claimed to throw the new Samsung YP-K5 into a ducks pond dosn’t convince me and further claim that the i-pod is better even on the http://www.anythingbutipod.com webpage. I shall take note of your name & where you posted this claim from, i advise you to consider you actions carefully in the future.Joe Auger

Yo on November 28, 2006 1:23 PM

this thing is the shit

TomEIn01 on November 28, 2006 2:45 PM

Don’t bother wasting your money on this clunky-clumsy mp3 player. Buy the best selling and iconic iPod.

TomEIn01 on November 28, 2006 2:54 PM

Why would you want to ‘share’ your music anyway1, People have different tastes to music.2, It drains the life out of the battery like a five litre car.3, It would get on peoples nerves i.e. in an elevator…4, Makes it look clumsy/stupid.5, Has tinny sound.6, Why were hi-fi’s invented?7, The slider is loose=poor workmanship

LeoSwe on November 28, 2006 9:40 PM

Greeting from Sweden!This is, as you all can see, iPods new rival. I’m considering buying this K5 4GB, instead of new iPod Nano. I’ve read a lot of articles and other stuff ’bout K5, and they say that the sound beats the iPod big time. And what is music without great sound? First of all that’s the most important! And another + is that when buying this you’ll get ear buds that you don’t have to exchange, as you have to do with the iPod.And the speakers is a question of taste, if you want to be able to share music with others, then this one is perfect.The only thing i’m worried about is the quality of the slide-thing and the speaker. How long will it hold? And of course the front panel, how to keep it away from scratches.I’ve seen this and played with it in a store, the sound of the speaker is great, for being a speaker on a mp3. And i like the menu, the alarm and so on.This is a mp3 revolution :) For the ones o love great music with good quality, buy this. If you want to be as everyone else, and get lower quality, buy iPod.

gooey on November 29, 2006 4:32 AM

i’m really, really sorry, the thing is amazing, i meant that i accidentilly dropped it in the duck pond, and i am devastated it is great i-pods are shat

Tomein01 on November 29, 2006 11:58 AM

iPods are not shit

g777 on November 30, 2006 3:08 PM

i bought a k5 and i havent got the right microsoft package for ityet that is only for the online business of the mp3Now i cant get my computer to recognise the mp3 portable device on my computer although i have installed all the programmes.It just goes back to the start and i cannot download the microsoft service packPlease somebody help me!

Fred on December 1, 2006 1:28 AM

I checked out several reviews and I have not been able to find whether or not it is mac compatible (software) I would really love to get this since I think Ipods are thoroughly played outsomeone let me know!

Tyler White on December 2, 2006 10:10 PM

Tomein what ever shut the hell up and get a life.All Ipods are good for is mp3 music.Samsung K5 has fm radio alarm and more.Ipod headphones are shit.Samsung k5 is better, its different. People Are gonna get tired of the ipod just because its a ipod. IPODS HAVE PROBLEMS TO.

Ebbz on December 3, 2006 2:50 PM

Yeah well I have recently ordered one of these devices and based on the reviews it seems to meet my needs. Since I am merely an 8th grader it should be cool for me to “show it off”

Jeaniue on December 4, 2006 7:39 AM

This is the G-R-E-A-T-E-S-T MP3 I have had. Beats the Ipod by a long shot!

B on December 5, 2006 8:15 PM

hey, I was wondering how is the qualitiy of the photos on the video above the screen seemed all jacked up

DMaze on December 6, 2006 2:46 PM

I HAVE THE K5 FOR TWO WEEKS , AND IM TELLING YOU THE FIRST DAY I GOT IT , TOOK OUT IN THE SUBWAY , THE DESIGN AND LOOK TURNS HEADS. HELL I HAD A RANDOM HOT BLONDE TELLING me ” OMG LIKE THATS SOOO HOT ” LOL WELL I GOT TO SAY THE 5K IS SICK , SOUND QUAILITY IS SOOOOOO MUCH BETTER THAN IPODS. LOVE THE TOUCH SCREEN.

lew on December 6, 2006 2:54 PM

i agree with joanne. Which is better? the ipod or the K5? i cant decide!

david on December 6, 2006 7:54 PM

i can’t decide either. i just got the K5, but am considering returning it for the iPod 80GB. can’t decide though.i think it’s a pretty good device. however, the usability, ipod wins. in terms of finding music, as you can quickly and easily search through genre/artist/album, etc.also, in terms of creating playlists, it’s quite difficult and complicated with the k5.i can’t decide. you guys think i should stick with the k5 or go with the ipod 80GB

kammi W on December 6, 2006 9:40 PM

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!COOLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!MAN! i WANT IT! wHERE does i can buy it ? Please, tell me!

Sean on December 7, 2006 12:01 AM

DUDE, Someone help me, before i want to buy this… CAN YOU MAKE YOUR OWN PLAYLIST ON THIS?

david on December 7, 2006 12:09 AM

you can make playlist, but only from the computer. nowhere nearly as versatile as the ipod, with the on-the-go-playlists.i am still considering changing to the pod

Sean on December 7, 2006 12:21 AM

I just think the ipods are played out and boring… There are other mp3 players with more features… and Is it complicated to make the playlists? That’s the only thing i need to know, and what kind of program do we need on the computer to transfer songs to the k5?

Gaz on December 7, 2006 11:33 AM

Well… I think that the K5 from all the reviews i have ‘reviewd’ lol it is absolutli fantastic .. its my birthday tomorrow the 8th and I AM GETTIN A SAMSUNG K5 MP3 PLAYERR cant waiit … if someone wants to argue with me and say they rrr crap and ipods r better… come here and ill make u eat ur words .. :D Thnks alot!

TheUndertow on December 7, 2006 8:17 PM

I got mine a few weeks ago – liking it mostly.Big qualm – when ever I turn it on…right after the Samsung logo comes up, I get an “RTC ERROR!!”. After the error, everything seems to function properly except the Firmware update did not seem to work.I tried calling Samsung support (which kind of sucks and Tech Support lvl 2 kept me on hold for 30 mins. b/f I could talk to someone) and they couldn’t help – I would have to send it in.I have a Dell warranty and it’s still within the 21 days so I may return it for a new one, or maybe the clix…so far though it doesn’t look like Dell has the 4GB version.Otherwise, great player – ample space…the UI is nice and the speakers sound good (if a little tinny).I wish I could play videos, and I JUST got the Belkin Portfolio case and it is GARBAGE…cheap materials and worst of all (and as echoed above), when it’s on, the plastic covering on the face does not sit flush and removes any “feel” from the controls and makes it hard to do thing like switch tracks and navigate the menus. CHEAP.

ICE MAN on December 10, 2006 3:07 PM

am gettin the k5 next week do ya av to charge it through the computer or does it have a separate chargerby the way who cares if its bigger than the nano its not been built to be smaller than it the speaker ideas smooth plus it will be good for the summer chillin on the beech with ya mates haha

aaron on December 10, 2006 10:58 PM

ya i love this thingits just a black box then u turn int on and it lites upwhen u pull out the speakers the back button swiveles over to the same spotway better than buttons with buttons u couldnt do that

Beanie on December 11, 2006 11:03 AM

reply 2 ice man, you will need 2 charge it through you computer & it does not cum with a separate charger, i totally agree with you the k5 is lush you hav people staring at you cuz of the sure brilliance and shape, plus it is light and has an amazing sound burstin speaker a definate 8.5-9 out of 10

Chrr on December 11, 2006 1:48 PM

Im gettin the K5 4 xmas and its all i can fink about, i mean reading all ur comments well i can just imagne it in my hed now.I seriusly cnt wait 4 it 2 b in my hands!Anythin else gd with it that i should know about? x

$tack$ on December 11, 2006 7:42 PM

take speakers out?? ur nuts. just the fact that you said that ………..nvm.k5 kicks ass. i advice future owners on putting a psp screen protector on the k5′s whole face BEFORE you finish taking k5 out of its foldout container. You dont wanna scratch that up+ smudges galore. I have the 4 gigger and suggest getting a case for it( i dropped mine as i stepped out of the car and i have 3 scratches on the body now). After taking out and applying screenguard proceed to take out all the materials and grab bundled cd. Now go to your nearest window. Once you have reached window, take aim and fling it out as hard as possible.Seriously, just sync your wmp or winamp to it. I have a decked out dtr and a decked out 6lb laptop and the app is as slow as a george bush explanation…duuuuuuuuh.))earbuds are high quality….i would say they sound between 50-80 US currency.speaker is high quality as well(surround sound capable, but no custom eq).I have ipod 80 gig 5thgen( repaired 3 times)2 gig ipod nano in black.whats my verdict?anybody wanna buy a nano?

NKC on December 12, 2006 12:37 PM

Hello from Greece..I have tragic news for iPod fans, I work for their tech support in Greece and though a very nice MP3, I’m so tired of it. I even have one from work and I cant be bothered to use it. It’s a 60GB 5th Gen, not the new one. I’m interested in buying the K5 for my boyfriend who flipped for it (without really knowing what it is) when he saw it on Fergie’s video, Fergalicious.. Could have just been that she was holding it and she is wearing a bathing suit.. Hmm.. Anyways. I read MOST of the comments but I have the following dilemma, my cousin and my best friend think it’s ridiculous and I have suddenly become very confused.Here are their comments:”Firstly, It’s an MP3 with 4GB memory with no special function buttons. Which means it has no better sound quality/button functions/memory than an iPpod. Secondly, it has an integraded speaker…which lets be fair…is weird looking…and will NEVER be used…unless you have gone camping or something and there is entertainment shortage. (also…I would imagine the slide system of the speaker, like the Samsung mobiles, is rather volunarable to breakage and stuckage). Thirdly, other than the standard calendar, alarm and etc, it offers the option to upload photos. As we have discussed previously this option is useless…especially when the memory to be shared between music and photos is only 4GB.The only feature to be emphasized, in my opinion, is the look. It only takes a mere compare and contrast to see that other than looks there is nothing special about this MP3.After taking all that into consideration I honestly cannot see how this device is worth the trouble…and more importanly 150 pounds!”Is this where I knock her over the head?? LOLOK, 4GB.. I think that’s plenty.. how much music does he have??!! She mentioned in a previous email that the photo quality is poor, which I also read here. I’m also concerned about the sound quality.Thing is, and this might help, he’s 32 and a show-off. Wants the hottest things out there. I’m sure he’d use the speakers just to show everyone.. And being in Greece you can find them here yet (having my friend bring one for me from UK) so I think everyone will be quite impressed. He’s gadget freak and usually buys things just to have them. Considering, I think he would greatly appreciate it and I know he wouldn’t want to wear the headphones so him it seems perfect.As a Christmas gift for a man that has almost everything he already wants because he always go and buys the hottest things, is this not great?? Please help..PS. I lent him the iPod which he loved which is still a new ish thing here too and he loved it but was trying to share it therefore had some other girl sitting next to him the whole time listening to music from the other headphone.. LOL.. not happy!! Hahaha.. On-The-Go Playlist was never used and I’m sure he’d never load photos.I hope for a quick answer as XMas is around the corner and my friend is going into London this weekend!!PPS, anyone want iPod help, I’d be more than happy to let you know anything you need.Many thanks.

Tom on December 15, 2006 1:33 PM

Just purchased a K5 to replace an iPod nano that I gave to one of my friends. . . The sound quality is pretty good on the K5. Not particularly fond of the headphones, which I ended up replacing with Etymotic Research er-6i’s. The interface buttons are a little too sensitive but are tolerable. . . The software was a little tough to deal with, which I think iPod has as an advantage over the K5, but the much longer battery life is a very big selling point for me, as I use my MP3 player for long distance travel and commuting (and hate having to plug things in to charge). I’m having a tough time trying to find the Belkin AC charger for it, but its not a big deal for me yet. . . Overall, I think its a good unit. Many people knock its size (which is about 3 time chunkier than a nano), but it has a much longer battery life and speakers, which are great convenience for those of us that travel and like to minimize carrying a ton of chargers. The alarm feature is also useful too, as a substitute for my alarm clock on the road. . .

Veronica on December 16, 2006 12:39 AM

I love it so much!!! It is sooooo Lovely!!!!!!!!! AND the best thing is that Fergie has one!!!! YAY now all the K5 users are like Fergie!!!!!!!!Its the best MP3 PLAYER OUT THERE!!!!!!!

Cassidy on December 16, 2006 5:39 AM

Wow, this review & all these comments have been fantastic!! I previously wanted to get an ipod, as its all the craze and its an awesome well known mp3 player, but since finding out about the Samsung YP-K5. I’m most definately going to be changing my christmas list. My friends have all experienced many difficulties with their ipods. So when I asked my dad if I could get an ipod he made me look up all the bad stuff that could happen to it first (afterall whats the point in getting an ipod thats just going to break after a couple of months?) After seeing some of my many concerns considered as a problem I decided that the Samsung K5 is the way to go. There have been some really great tips of here on how to keep it away from scratches etc. So I can’t wait to get it.. And to everyone whos asking for help about whether to get and Ipod over the K5, there are heaps of reviews out there to help you.. but in the end its up to you individually on how you like things.. Well everyone have a great christmas.. thanks for you help

Kiden on December 17, 2006 12:52 AM

Its awesome, just plain and simple. And I would say its better than an ipod nano. The only thing it needs is a good firmware update. Otherwise its absolutely AMAZING.

ICE MAN on December 17, 2006 8:23 AM

How loud are the speakers, are they much louder than the speakers on a mobile phone that can play mp3′s out loud

Matt on December 17, 2006 5:39 PM

I’ve seen this phone, My friend has it. It’s not bulky or too big at all! The speaker is amazing too! The only bad point is thta the Headphones, Look stupid. I’d rather have a phone which I cna have a firm grip on, than a phone wiht tiny fiddly buttons.PS – Ipods Suck!PPS – Very Good Clear Review =]

1234567890 on December 17, 2006 11:19 PM

My computer won’t recognize the portable device! I installed everything. Someone help?

BODA on December 18, 2006 2:07 AM

Will the software work with vista?

Karly on December 18, 2006 7:22 AM

Ive looked at the K5 in the shops and listened to it which i thought the sound was really good and clear, BUT i’m not sure about buying because you can only charge it through the PC. The sales man told me you could charge it through the ipod charger is this true?or can you buy a different charger for it? please help

Geo on December 18, 2006 8:50 PM

I just bought one of these on the net for $160 (2gb). thats the cheapest I’ve found a 2gb for. Some Best Buy ads also show a 1gb model…yet no evidence of this on Samsung.com.strange, isnt it?

Courtney on December 18, 2006 10:04 PM

mmkay, well, i told my parents to buy me the K5 for christmas, a 4GB one. i am soooo excited about it, its all i can think about now.but i just read some of the reviews, and im not so sure now.(ex; the touch sensitivity)my mom just got a cherry chocolate phone from verizon.I HATE IT.the touch buttons are so confusing and sometimes are too sensitive, or not sensitive enough.how do i know if the K5 is going to be the same?i would hate to buy something and not like it , especially after i begged for it.

Bob on December 19, 2006 4:54 PM

Anyone know if the K5 also records FM?

Geoff on December 19, 2006 8:49 PM

its the same type of thing. I havent played around with a chocolate phone, so i dont know how sensitive they are. therefore i cant compare.I got my today and i love it. speakers are great for their size, and the interface is pretty good. the transfer software could be simpler, but whatever.

Brett on December 20, 2006 8:57 AM

I think the MP3 player market has been dominated by iPod’s for much too long. I don’t think there is anything special about them, they are just well marketed.I received my K5 after winning an online contest, and I am head over heels in love with it. The design is very innovative and unlike anything else on the market. The speakers are an awesome feature and everyone I’ve shown it to has been blown away by the design as well as the sound quality. I think there are a few kinks, but nothing insurmountable.I would like more storage space. 2 GB isn’t really all that much for me. I think once it takes off they will start making larger storage versions, and I will definitely buy one. You should too.

Joey on December 20, 2006 10:14 PM

how many songs do 1GB,2GB, and the 4GB hold?

SW on December 20, 2006 10:21 PM

One thing about the radio problem. The radio does work with the speaker as long as u have the head phones plugged in. So go into speaker mode with the headphones still plugged in and u can hear the radio from the speakers.

lolly flores on December 20, 2006 10:57 PM

I just won one of these mp3′s k5′s on the radio. I pick it up next week. My only concern is do you have to have windows xp to download music? My husband has a sony and it’s really simple. I know nothing about mp3 players. Please help

lolly flores on December 20, 2006 11:03 PM

I just won one of these mp3′k5′s on the radio. I pick it up next week. My only concern is do you have to have windows xp to download mussic? My husband has a sony and it’s really simple. I know nothing about mp3 players. Please help

SW on December 20, 2006 11:53 PM

Well, your probably going need Windows Xp to put songs onto the K5, but to Download songs, I highly doubt it.

kpf on December 20, 2006 11:55 PM

The K5 is a little fat but one of the coolest Mp3 players around. (MY opinion) Lucky you won one. I got mine as a Chirstmas present.

Agrajag on December 21, 2006 5:46 PM

I just want to point out to anyone worried about MTP/Windows XP-only compatibility on this player that the 1.05 firmware fixes that, making the YP-K5 a UMS device and adding Ogg Vorbis playback. Samsung’s US site has a link which claims to be 1.05 but is in fact 1.03. A forum post elsewhere directed me here: http://www.samsung.com/tw/support/productsupport/download/Model_Select.aspx?type=&typecode=200600&subtype=&subtypecode=200601&model=YP%2DK5QB&fileType=UM&language=The upgrade is tricky; after I dropped the 3 files from the zip into the DATA diectory on the player, unplugged it, and turned the power on, it upgraded the firmware. But when I started it back up, I was greeted with a blank white screen! I was worried, but after I reformatted the player to FAT32 and dropped the firmware upgrade files in the player’s root, it re-applied the firmware update and then properly applied the other two patches.I think the new firmware may have dropped support for whatever filesystem the old firmware used, making the IMG and AUP files inaccessible after the initial firmware upgrade. Maybe that’s why the US site still has the old firmware?

adam on December 21, 2006 7:09 PM

the samsung YP-K5 is great both head phones and speaker is fantastic sound quality but it is very hard to create a playlist and it doesnt tell you and i still dont no ..many people think that the finger prints and marks show up easy on it but its very simple wipe it once they go and people also say they are not sure about the speaker and that you could get one to put in ur headphone socket but then you would have to carry a seperate speaker around and it just doesnt look the same also the radio quality is very good i no you have to keep the headphones in but this is because they act as antenna and you do not get any static sound

EnzoTen on December 21, 2006 8:01 PM

Please continue the conversations in the Samsung K5 Forum.

Jay-T on September 17, 2007 11:10 PM

is there a hold button on it??and is it really as big as it looks in the pictures above?

Konstantinos on September 21, 2007 3:43 PM

No on-the-go playlists? What were they thinking?I got it as a gift, but if I was to buy it this would be a good reason not to.Just Unthinkable.

Voodooman on September 22, 2007 12:35 AM

Yes, there is a hold button.Its size is like a 100mm cigarettes package.For me the playlist issue is the worst thing about this player too.

David on September 24, 2007 6:34 AM

Okay, I love this thing. I’ve gone so far as to name it. So now that we know my bias, I’ll get going.The sound on the speakers goes higher than you think, its great for ambient music and despite what some may have said, the speakers are not flimsy. They have perfect resistance, will stay in place and open only when you want them to. That said, the speakers are small and will sound a bit tinny in large rooms with the volume at max.The battery life is good and as for people calling it fat…the hell is wrong with you? Its hand sized, you can wrap your fingers around it etc. and you won’t lose it under a piece of paper.Those who cant figure out the interface either have huge hands or a learning disability. The video on the page does no justice to this little player as the operator suffers from terminal dumb fingers.The lack of on the go playlists is a bit of a drawback but the transfer rate is fine. The equalizer is non interactive beyond the standard “Bass, 3d sound etc.” but it is a nice touch.Bottom line, its beautiful, its fairly rugged, its a great concept and it works.

dsfisfs on September 26, 2007 5:11 PM

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teck on October 15, 2007 11:33 AM

hey.i have a problem with this yp-k5.i lost my quick guide cd so i downloaded on the net samsung media studio. but it doesn’t recognise the device. i’ve installed everything(lame codec, fireworks), nothing works. my computer doesn’t recognise it too. what can i do ? please help. thanks

dani-emma on October 17, 2007 10:34 PM

Hi-I was looking into purchasing an ipod classic (the nanos are a bit out of my price range and seem a bit too fragile for me) and I was told about the YP-K5. I saw it on the website and instantly fell in love with it, but now I have some questions. #1) Am I the only one experiencing problems with the website? I called the 1-800 number but the woman I was talking to, while nice, had no idea how to work the it… especially how to search for a store in my location. I live in Ontario, Canada, and according to that site there are no stores within 100miles of Ottawa. I find that upsetting. #2) Is there any other way to order a K5 besides eBay? My mother is against anything she can’t stick a warranty on, and none of my local electronic stores (Best Buy, Future Shop, The Source etc) carry the 4GB… only the 1GB. I have never owned a real mp3 player before, but am sure that I could handle a K5, if I could only find one to purchase. So what should I do? Purchase the 1GB, or save my pennies to get the 80GB iPod Classic that keeps catching my eye? Thanks for your help, I did enjoy reading the reviews and the comments.dani

lukas w. on October 25, 2007 4:36 PM

i have a problem with my k5.i try to turn it on but then appears RTC ERROR on the screen but only when i turn it at the akku station on. when i try to turn it normally on nothing happened. i need help.

Davros on November 2, 2007 8:16 AM

I’ve got one of these players and I hate it!Bad points:At the beginning of a track there is a fade in – on every track – why? You can’t turn it off either IT IS SOOOOO ANNOYING!!!The player has a built-in speaker that I never use. It makes it twice the size that it should be – I find it pointless.You don’t get a belt clip with it either – you can buy one for £30 if you feel like shelling out.Ear phones are uncomfortable. I never use them.You can’t use iTunes to upload music – you can either use the propriertory Samsung software of Windows media player.You can’t upload m4a, m4p or avi files.Good points:Sound quality is fantastic.Battery life is excellent.Overall: My wife bought it for me for my birthday as a replacement for my iPod mini. I wouldn’t buy one for myself as it has far less features than the iPod – I’m looking to get myself an 8gb nano.

cody on November 2, 2007 5:45 PM

this basically sums it up…

Bob on November 19, 2007 11:03 AM

Cool Product, has some problems, but i like it.

Andre on November 22, 2007 5:35 PM

HI i was wondering if the k5 can hold or play powerpoint presentations?

occi on December 16, 2007 2:46 PM

hi, im from europe. i have a samsung k5 for a year almost and i have some problems with my earpones. do you know where i can find new ones to buy? please tell me

haru on December 23, 2007 6:58 AM

Hi. I got this K5 as a bonus when my mum bought a samsung fridge (lol) i dont really use it, but yesterday while using and turning on the volume, the system suddenly hung (like computer) and didnt response any more though the screen was still on. But I couldnt turn it off and restart it. What should I do? Thanks for helping in advance.

person on December 24, 2007 9:11 AM

hey.i have a problem with this yp-k5.i lost my quick guide cd so i downloaded on the net samsung media studio. but it doesn’t recognise the device. i’ve installed everything(lame codec, fireworks), nothing works. my computer doesn’t recognise it too. what can i do ? please help. thanksi am also having this problem. HEEEEELP!!!!

ber on January 11, 2008 11:02 AM

Im having the same problem i download the vista compatible media studio and it wont detect my portable device at all

Natacia on January 23, 2008 7:54 PM

Ive had my Samsung YP-K5 for about 8 months now and i love it! I prefer it over an i-pod or anything else because of its uniqueness and many cool things about it.pros:very good sound-speaker and earbuds.sleek look that many people comment on.pop out speaker.alarm that CAN be set to a song that u want and be set 2 just 1 day, weekendz, mon-fri.radio that comes in clear most of the time [depending on where you are]touch screen-very up to date and nice blue LCD.scrool menue!-not like older MP3 players where you have to click the next button to get to your songs.very durrable-ive droped it a couple times and i still dont have even one scratch on it.battery power lasts a long time!i listen to mine on average of 2 1/2 hours a day and i rarley charge it.&many other good things about it.!cons:sence the screen iz a shink almost glassliike texture fingerprints attract to them-so you have 2 do the “breath-whipe” on it every so often.the earphones are very nice, but theres a rubber-like protector that goes in your ear canal that comes off if you tug on it, so the pice is easy to lose; ive lost one of mine so i took the other off.if you have big hangs/fingers you may get frusturated with the touch screen sence its very sensitive, you may accidentally press the rong button than you want.Now, there is also a way to get music on it bsides wutever it came with [i have no clue what it is because i never used it] If you have a myspace you will know what im talking about. When you go to myspace music and type in an artist or song multipul profiles show up. Well if you go to some of them the song is downloadable. Them you can open up the song that you downloaded in windows media plaer and upload it to your device.For the people that think its big:Is realy not! I would say its about the size of a small non-flip cell phone. But if you dont like the size still, there is a virsion of the MP3 player that dosnt have the speaker. And that one is the same size as a mini i-pod.Overall i would DEFFINATLEY recommend this to everyone! i get a lot of complements & “wow thats so cool”‘s on mine :D I hope i helped!

ryan on January 29, 2008 11:11 AM

does anyone know if theres software thats compatiable with vista

Hans on February 18, 2008 3:25 AM

I’ve just bought it a month ago. I know it’s a cool gadget to have around but one thing that I’m concerned is the ear phone. I loved it, but I lost the rubber and the reason is because of the glue that doesn’t really stick the rubber to the earphone. I contacted Samsung Service centre to ask if I can buy only the rubber not the whole earphone but they said that I have to buy a new one cause it’s in one packet and it’s freakin expensive. Does anyone know where to buy the rubber or how to contact directly to the samsung industry cause honestly, that’s the only thing I hate about K5

vicki on February 18, 2008 7:53 PM

i dont have software for my samsung k5 i downloaded media studio from the internet. everytime i plug in my device my computer isnt reading it when i go to media studio the device icon i faded out so i cant move no music to it .i have windows 2000 can someone please help me!!!

MEME on March 6, 2008 1:59 AM

Im getting one and i want to now if its good and how is it good and why is it good?

vc on March 24, 2008 12:13 AM

all of u come back to me after a yr and tell me if it works cuz chances are it wont.If it had replacable batteries i would buy it in a second, but since it doesnt i’m gunna stich with my e200.

vc on March 24, 2008 12:14 AM

all of u come back to me after a yr and tell me if it works cuz chances are it wont.If it had replacable batteries i would buy it in a second, but since it doesnt i’m gunna stich with my e200.

Todd on April 12, 2008 6:39 PM

I’ve had the yp-k5jqb (2gb) for almost a year now. The most irritating things are:- playlists: “on-the-go” is much too clunky. Media Studio software is difficult to use. No support for m3u. This falls in the “let’s make something really difficult for no reason” category.- NO OGG VORBIS SUPPORT on any yp-k5 sold in the U.S! The software will rip to vorbis, but you can’t play it. Really stupid.- Photos and video are useless on the tiny screen.- Overall, way too proprietary. There are too many other players out there with standard cables, and they don’t need special (crummy) software to do things with them.I have two other Samsung mp3 players that are much older, smaller and better. If you don’t need the tiny, bass-free speakers on a constant basis, pass this thing up.

la on October 19, 2008 12:28 PM

I’ve had the Samsung YP-K5 for a couple years.I love it!The software isn’t difficult to use at all.You just click and drag the song.What’s so hard about that?The battery life is fine.I charge mine every night.As long as you charge it on a daily basis it’s fine.The touch screen can be sensative, but if that’s the case put the hold on.That way if your hand brushes against it, it won’t do anything.A lot of people are saying they have touble with the headphones.Buy new ones.I didn’t like the ones that came with it.And yes, there is software that’s compatible with Vista.I love my mp3 player.Mine is 2 years old and works perfectly.

Van on November 30, 2008 1:06 PM

Hi, I bought my YP-K5 in Italy and 4 weeks later it stopped working. Took it to SAMSUNG and they said the battery was dead and that they replaced it. Now I’m in a bigger problem because I think they fit the wrong battery in as it gets hot and doesn’t last more than 20 minutes! PLEASE HELP ME LOCATE AN ONLINE STORE WHERE I CAN PURCHASE THE RIGHT BATTERY FOR MY SAMSUNG YP-K5.

brittain on December 3, 2008 8:21 PM

can the samsung k5 play Zune music files?

Bridget on December 19, 2008 1:33 PM

I have read all the comments. So I agree with some I do not. I really like my player. I have had it for 2 years now and have had no problems with. It is easy to use and store. I bought it because of the slide out speaker so I could do things without having the headphone wires getting in the way all the time. And for a time I had no stereo in the vehicle I was driving so it also easy to use. I aslo like the fact that if I get tired of the music that I have downloaded I can turn on the radio. Will I be buying a new mp3 player soon, NO!!! I will stay with this for a while.

hackinsat on March 14, 2009 2:52 AM

I have had this bad boy for 2 years now. Great player. I bought it because it had speakers, as there are times that you just can not use headphones, nor would you want to. The only problem I have had was one of the control buttons (volume down when in headphone mode or track advance when in speaker mode) has failed. Of course this happened after t warranty had run out. But, it really isn’t a big deal, as I generally just let the thing play on random mode anyway, and I have huge mixed program that run 3 hours each, so I just set it and forget it. I have had many Ipods and they are total junk, just like the iphone, which is another wonderfull piece of total crap from crapple.

MasteRrR. on June 1, 2009 1:29 PM

Fully Charged Problem ?!?! Follow the next steps ;Get windows media player 11 ( It includes updates for the k5 ), connect the k5 with your usb and connect it to your computer, right click on my computer, properties, hardware, device manager, find your k5 ( should have a yellow question mark next to it, double click it, select update drivers, wait for it to finish, enjoy your k5Greetz ; yer6katil-58@hotmail.com

priyanka on January 22, 2010 4:39 AM

I have Samsung mp3 player which shows error- “INT RTC Checking and EXT RTC checking”What is the problem in my Mp3 Player?kindly reply soonthanx

Molly on May 20, 2010 1:13 AM

I’ve been using Samsung YP K5 since 2006. Recently I connected it to my laptop using it’s USB cable. It starts charging as usual. But I failed to transfer songs and other files to my portable device. The button ” Portable” cannot be clicked at all. I can’t even see what is in my playlist etc. May I know why is this happen?Please reply as soon as possible. Thank you!

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