Do you need more than just music and pictures from your hand-held player?
Would you like voice recording?
How about e-books support?
Would you like it to be able to transfer data without a PC?
Well, the Samsung YP-T8Z (512MB) Player has what you need. On top of the previously satisfactory iPod-type music and image management, the YP-T8Z is also a USB host device.
In the accessory department, Samsung didn't miss much either. You'll find a perfect-fit silicone case for the YP-T8, a lanyard, a USB host cable and of course, a A-B USB cable. If that's not enough, the bundled CD comes with a host of software that comes in handy for organizing tunes, photos, video and lyrics.
Yep, lyrics. You heard it right. For the Karaoke fans, you can download lyrics from the open database by searching artist or song title, or you can simply nab the ones on the net and let Samsung's Studio take care of the conversion. We were pleasantly surprised that the lyrics were smoothly synchronized with our songs, as we were equally disappointed that the manual lyrics input didn't work in Windows Media Player 10.
The YP-T8's prominent, reflective 1.8" display is exceptionally bright and very readable even under direct sunlight. This alone distances itself from other tiny screen units. The large screen isn't superfluous either as there are plenty of features relying on the extra pixels. The menu is cleanly laid out, which is necessary to navigate through all the functions.
The clock and the battery life indicator are always on the top left and right respectively. The navigation area can list up to 5 songs, and onscreen, you'll get typical info. such as artist, song, album title, bit-rate plus visualizers or lyrics (if present).
The display also helps the YP-T8 to double as a 8-line text reader and 160 x 128 photo viewer. Our one caveat: the display is limited to 65k colors, which washes away some details on our photos.