You get what you (don’t) pay for

Almost three weeks ago, I bought this  media player off Amazon.  I’d been wanting to watch movies and tv shows while away from home and possibly on remote locations, and AT&T’s confiscatory prices discouraged me from just buying a smartphone to replace my defective Lenovo Netbook.  (Which does not connect to the web.  AT&T says it’s a Lenovo/hardware problem.  Lenovo says it’s an AT&T problem.  But that’s a different story.)

I wanted a player to play movies, and this player does play movies.  It also plays music, and lets me view pictures.  Beautifully.

Did I mention that the Pro Ebiz plays movies?  But, that’s all it will do with movies.  The fast forward button on the movie player?  Restarts whatever video file you’re watching, instead of actually fast forwarding.  The rewind button?  Well, it does the exact same thing.  I guess I should count myself fortunate that I can pause and restart the player, even if the buttons are marked the opposite of what they should read for each of those actions.

The Pro Ebiz NEW 16gb 3″ TFT Touchscreen Mp3 / Mp4 / Mp5 Player: maybe worth the $75 and shipping I paid for it, but the missing functions certainly mean it is not the $200 value the seller claims on Amazon.  Buyer beware.  Me, I’m watching an episode of Band of Brothers for the fourth time.  Maybe this time I’ll finish it.

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7 Comments

  1. Posted June 30, 2010 at 11:34 am Permalink

    Could you get a USB device to connect to the internet? A air card?

    All that Chinese stuff is so hard to figure out. There’s the issue of what it is exactly, it doesn’t necessarily matter what they say it is, until you know exactly what the chipset and everything is you might not know what you have. A lot of these types of devices have good performance but horrible support.

    Do you know what firmware it is running? There’s almost certainly another version of the firmware (or another firmware entirely) that you could install, but whether or not it would work better or worse is another issue entirely. For instance, a bit of searching turned up this:
    http://mympxdownloads.com/Downloads/p13_sectionid/22/p13_fileid/23

    If you find out more information about exactly what you have and what it’s running, you would know your options better…

  2. Chaos
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 8:27 am Permalink

    I think it’s a user error .. ; )

  3. Chaos
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 10:00 am Permalink

    One wise man told me not get the cheapest, because you get what you (don’t) pay for …

  4. Spectre
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 5:02 pm Permalink

    I discovered last night that I can go directly to any minute in an video file, I just can’t “FF” or rewind to get there!

  5. Chaos
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 4:17 pm Permalink

    Isn’t it more efficient to go direclty than to FF?

  6. Spectre
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 4:21 pm Permalink

    Only if you knew exactly how far in you were- which in practical terms means you’ll always either be too short or too far. Still better than a restart, though!

  7. Posted July 5, 2010 at 6:02 pm Permalink

    Any luck with finding any firmware for it?

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