I used to have a media player in the late Microsoft Zune. Now before you point and laugh at me, be aware that I used it for almost a decade before the battery gave out. Then, as now, I was looking for a good media player I could hook up to my home stereo, my car or just to use as a portable player while walking the dog. When the opportunity to get the Walkerfit MP3 player came up, I decided it was time to replace my late lamented Zune.
Given the 30 dollar selling price, I didn’t have high expectations for this media player. I should have waited til I got it to pass judgment. It has far exceeded my expectations.
In the box, you get the player (obviously), a warranty card, a foot long USB-C to USB-A media cable for charging & connecting to your computer and a set of earbuds. The earbuds are the cheap tinny two dollar kind and will probably be thrown in a drawer by most users.
The Media player itself is much better built than I was expecting from a 30 dollar device. With a case made of a high density black plastic and with a glass front over the display and touch panel, it has a nice clean look. The fit and finish is certainly solid with everything lining up nice and snug. On the side are the power button, volume controls and a Record button for the voice recorder functionality. On the bottom are a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C port and a micro-SD card slot, and on the back is a speaker.
The control panel is pretty responsive in controlling the device and though the screen is a lower resolution one, it’s good enough to see the album artwork, assuming you load the images when you transfer your files. Another note here is that the screen actually comes with a plastic screen protector sheet already installed on it. Most people would be tempted to remove it, but it’s actually fairly thick and covers the screen firmly so I chose to leave it on since I’ve been using this player on the go the past few days.
The internal speaker is barely serviceable and really quiet even at max volume. It certainly isn’t worth playing music this way. Using headphones reveals that the player doesn’t really push out volume there either, though it’s somewhat better with earbuds. All that said, the sound quality from this device is respectable. I’m not an audiophile, but I do listen to a lot of music and I’d say that this player does a pretty good job of providing a fairly clean output.
Adding music to the player is easy. Using the included USB C cable, you plug the player into your computer. It shows up as a drive and you just drag and drop music folders containing your MP3s. It is compatible with most of the major formats out there aside from OGG. Copying over the album art will allow it to display on the screen as well.
Video is a lot less forgiving. Only two formats are supported, though software to install a converter program is located in a folder on the player itself. What installs is a relic of the early 2000’s and requires DirectX 9.0 of all things to run. I wasn’t able to get it to run properly, but if I’d been able to, it looks like it converts common media formats to AMV or AVI files in a size that fits the screen resolution of the player.
I did attempt to copy over a few AVI files I had from an old digital camera, but when attempting to play them back, I got a Format Error message, so I’m almost thinking the converter is not optional to get video to work on this thing.
It’s just as well, the screen is not very high resolution. I’m talking Game Boy Advance level here, so I doubt video would look very nice anyway. The E-book reader functionality is struck by this as well. Yes, you can import e-books to read on this thing, but the screen is so small and the resolution so low that reading on it is a chore. You can also use it to display images. Again, the screen is pretty small, so I don’t see the point.
Moving on, the bluetooth feature is a great selling point of this player. The player remembers items it has connected to but doesn’t auto connect, so you’ll have to pair it to your devices every time you turn the bluetooth on. The range is about 10 feet. Much more than that, you start to lose signal.
Other features worth mentioning are the voice recorder functions, which works effectively. The dedicated Record button allows you to record on the fly, though if you interrupt audio playback, the player doesn’t remember where you left off. And of course, there’s the FM Radio, which works pretty well too, though I found it requires something plugged into the headphone jack to work. It’s possible that this player uses the headphones like an antenna.
Lastly, battery life. The product page claims 30 hours of playback. I have used mine for the past few days, playing music and after about 5 or 6 hours of music, I’m down to three out of four bars. I’d say that the 30 hour range is possible, if probably a stretch.
Ok, I haven’t covered everything in this review, such as the alarm clock, equalizer functions and various settings options, but you get the main points. I suggest that you buy this player if you’re looking for a music player as opposed to an All-in-one media player. It does sound great, is well built and durable. For 30 dollars you’re getting a solid device with a lot of functionality, some of which is actually useful.