Mp3 players are not updated as rapidly as smartphones, but every couple of years they are updated with new products. Functional changes, the amount of internal memory, appearance, sound transmission technology. Specialists site «Reviewill» prepared for readers a rating of the best mp3 players from AliExpress, based on the reputation of shops and customer feedback.
Best inexpensive mp3 players: budget under $5
Tmddotda Mini MP3 Player
SODIAL Digital Swimmer MP3 Player
ZUCZUG MP3 player
The Mp3 player is one of the first gadgets of the digital revolution that has managed to become truly popular with the mass consumer. Neither the function nor the purpose of music players has long been a secret. However, if an unsophisticated buyer decides to purchase such a gadget, he will certainly face the problem of choice. There is a big variety of models in the market and it is not so easy to choose the one that suits the requirements of a certain person. So, first of all, you should pay attention to the following characteristics:
Memory capacity. Some people may need 16 GB, someone is used to listen to the tracks in the best quality and does not like to constantly change the contents of the player.
Display. If you have no other tasks for your device apart from music and radio listening, a small display (with a diagonal of up to 2 inches) will be enough, and in other cases you can do without it. Accordingly, for comfortable viewing of photos and video files a screen with high resolution is desirable.
Supported formats. Those who prefer to listen to favorite artists in ALAC, APE, FLAC, etc., should first make sure that the Mp3 player supports these audio codecs.
Ergonomics. This depends on the intended purpose of use. For example, a miniature player with a mechanism for attaching to clothes is suitable for sports.
Additional functionality. By default, any player knows how to play music. Other features (FM-radio, voice recorder, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi) are not always found, and if you need any of these, you should choose a suitable model beforehand.
In this ranking we have collected the best mp3 players available for purchase on Aliexpress.
Best inexpensive mp3 players: budget under $5
The category includes models with simple or no screens. Additional features are limited and the storage capacity rarely exceeds 8GB, but thumb drives can be used. When listening through good quality headphones, you can get excellent sound from these ‘budget players’.
The HobbyLane MP3 player differs from its inexpensive counterparts by having the largest and most informative 1.8-inch display. It is based on TFT technology and displays colour information. The device cannot be called the most compact — 90x40x8 mm, but many users like this format. It is especially comfortable in a large hand, and due to the slightly rounded shape is very easy to handle and does not rub against the clothes in your pocket. Several colour options are available, including custom pink and yellow.
The player is charged via the USB 2.0 version and can be connected to a laptop, PC, power bank and simple mains through a suitable adapter. With a full charge, the gadget can last up to 30 hours, but in reality this figure is slightly lower and is about 20-25 hours. The product weighs only 50g, there are not many reviews on it, but taking into account the rating of the seller — it can be recommended to buy. The more so that the previous, outdated, models of mp3 players from this vendor earned high marks.
Apple’s famous iPod shuffle line of screenless players has spawned a huge variety of Chinese clones. ZUCZUG is a typical representative of this segment, offering basic functionality for a minimal price. Playing music in MP3 format is the only thing the gadget in question can do. Apart from the aforementioned device the package does not include anything else. All other peripherals (charging cable, headphones and SD card) have to be found by yourself.
It is also worth noting that the ZUCZUG can only connect a flash drive with a capacity of up to 8GB. In the end we have a very compact player (its weight is only 20 grams), which is perfect for sports or for use as a temporary device (if the main device is broken and there is no money for a good replacement).
The ultra-compact SODIAL is compatible with TF cards and holds up to 8 GB of files. It can even be used as a flash drive. It looks elegant and is made of durable plastic. The brushed finish is especially nice. You can’t even say it’s budget-friendly. Among the inexpensive ones, it is by far the best model for undemanding customers. It only supports wired headphones, and all switching is done with mechanical buttons.
For those looking for perfect quality, a player for less than 500 roubles is unlikely to be the perfect choice. It will not fully play music, but it will do fine for audio books and other recordings. Especially if you don’t want to spend money on expensive equipment. In combination with suitable headphones the gadget will be a joy! The only significant disadvantage may be the delivery — the seller does not always send the goods quickly.
The most stylish and affordable player for men and women from AliExpress! Available in several shades. The highlight is the built-in USB connector for charging directly from a computer or laptop. Take the cap off, plug it in for 2 hours, enjoy 10 hours of listening to music or books. You can change the cap on the second from the set, it has a lanyard for neck, very convenient for walks and outdoor activities. The player only works with a third party TF card, you can use unlimited capacity.
Buyers love the style of the device, the comfort of its carrying, and the large power button on the back. With good headphones gives a good sound. But some copies do not work for half of the day, but maximum 2-3 hours. Also, buyers warn: it’s better to listen at medium volume, otherwise the treble and bass crackle occur.
The Tmddotda Mini MP3 Player is the best among the inexpensive devices on AliExpress, because it can play audiobooks and music tracks well when connected with more or less good headphones. Buyers praise it for its very affordable price and full compliance with its advertised features. They note that there are no «blocked» high frequencies, you can feel the bass when listening to music. Of course, you should not compare the device with expensive analogues, but, in general, it steadily copes with the tasks. It is able to work for 3-5 hours, which corresponds to the declared characteristics.
There is also an external speaker, which is ideal for listening to lectures or audiobooks. The ability to use a memory card extends the device options to a mobile flash memory. The mp3 player comes in a plain plastic case without a display. Here, as buyers note, not everything is flawless, there is a little backlash. The seller points out that a lanyard, a USB 2.0 cable and headphones are not included.