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Samsung YP-U4 review

It's got good looks, but this Samsung struggles against its peers in terms of detail Tested at £40.00

Our Verdict

It looks rather snazzy from the outside but we’re a little underwhelmed by sound quality and usability


  • Looks good
  • good price


  • Fiddly controls
  • lacks detail
  • lightweight sound

Samsung's super-affordable USB-stick-style YP-U4 MP3 player is available in three colours and in 2 and 4GB incarnations – we're looking at the smaller model here.

A flick-out USB connection allows you to connect straight to your PC (it's not Mac compatible), and once connected you can drag and drop MP3, WMA or Ogg Vorbis files to the sleek chassis, as well as charging the player for 16 hours of battery life.

Touchscreen controls and a 1in OLED screen help you make your way around, but while it looks smart the controls are a little fiddly and at times unresponsive.

Sonically the Samsung has to step up against the iPod Shuffle and it simply can't match the level of detail and emotion, with Adele's ‘Hometown Glory' sounding lightweight and bright in the treble.

Looks can be deceptive and this Samsung sadly flatters to deceive.


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General Information

Manufacturer Website Address
Brand NameSamsung
Product TypeFlash MP3 Player
Manufacturer Part NumberYP-U4JAR
Product NameSamsung YP-U4
Product ModelYP-U4
Product FunctionsFM Tuner


Package Contents
  • YP-U4 4GB Flash MP3 Player
  • Earphones
  • Installation CD
Environmentally FriendlyYes
Environmental CertificationWEEE


Audio FormatsMP3

Battery Information

Battery Run Time16 Hour
Battery Built-inYes

Physical Characteristics

Width27 mm
Depth13 mm
Weight Approximate27.5 g
Height83 mm
Dimensions83 mm (H): 27 mm (W): 13 mm (D)


Flash Memory Capacity4 GB