Latte Neon M3 MP4 Player Review

July 24, 2007 at 8:19 pm 62 comments

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Review by K.C. Kim
$149.99
http://www.lattezone.com/latte-neon-m3-musicvideo-playe.html

Memory: 2 GB, 4 GB

Expandable T-Flash Memory Slot
2.4” QVGA TFT LCD, 320X240
Heat Sensor Navigation Keys
Audio: MP3, WMA
Video: AVI, MPEG
Voice Record: WAV
Image Viewer: JPEG
Video Playing Time: 3-4 hours
Audio Playing Time: 6-8 hours
Recording Time: 10 hours
FM Radio
Text Viewing
Game Function
3.5mm Earphone Output

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What’s in the box:
Player, Stereo Earphone, USB Cable, Charger, Utility CD, Manual, Warranty card

I was given the opportunity to be the first to try out Latte Communications Latte Neon M3 MP4 player. First impression is it has the same LG Chocolate style.

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Design: Like stated before the Latte Neon M3 MP4 player has a very Chocolate style to it. With Heat Sensor Navigation Keys that glow red. The player is all black with a glossy front and matte black back that is less prone to scratching. The front is dominated by a large 2.4” QVGA TFT display that can display 320×240 resolution. Small and compact this MP4 player is small enough to carry anywhere.

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GUI: I was impress with the interface. Its looks a bit like the XMB cross media bar on the PSP but only with up down motions.

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Audio: First off this is one of the few MP4 that has an actually built in speaker that is crystal clear. Audio quality through headphones is also excellent and comparable to other flash players on the market.

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Video: The screen is amazingly bright and crystal clear. The 2.4” screen makes it perfect for video with smooth playback at 24 Frames per second. Included is a conversion software “AVI Converter Setup V3.0” to convert over to the AVI format.

Pictures: Pictures look great on the 2.4” Screen. JPEG is the supported format.

Expandable: The Latte Neon M3 MP4 features Transflash/MicroSD slot for added memory space.

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Game: Included is a very good Tetris clone that provides hours of fun.

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FM Radio: FM Radio reception is excellent on this player. But before you search for available stations make sure to plug in the earphone as that is used as the antenna. FM radio can not be used with the speaker do to this. So earphones is required.

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Voice Recording: There is a Mic on top of the unit next to the power button for voice recording. You can record in either high or normal quality. You can also set the volume from 1-5 setting.

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Text: The player can also be used as a text ebook reader.

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Conclusion: The Latte Neon M3 is an excellent flash player that I would recommend to anyone. With expanded flash memory through T-Flash memory card slot, Speaker, Screen quality, and Audio Quality. There’s nothing that this player can’t do. The design is top notch and features are everything you would want in a little player.

Rating 9 out of 10

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62 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Luck Kanthatham  |  July 24, 2007 at 11:00 pm

    Thank you for the review. Nice little player with a nice price too. I have blogged about your review on our site at:

    http://gadgetaholic.com/content/view/147

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  • 2. nzomatrix  |  July 24, 2007 at 11:42 pm

    Thanks for the plug on your site. I’ll add you to my blogroll.

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  • 3. technokang  |  July 30, 2007 at 11:47 pm

    it looks chocolate phone & iPod. I like the price and spec of the product. Can anyone tell me where can I get one?

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  • 4. nzomatrix  |  July 31, 2007 at 1:29 am

    You can purchase it here
    http://www.lattezone.com/latte-neon-m3-musicvideo-playe.html

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  • 5. Mistic  |  August 3, 2007 at 3:07 am

    Is it compatible with vista or windows media player?

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  • 6. eewee  |  August 7, 2007 at 12:36 am

    It is compatible with the the Windows Vista.

    And you can find neon M3 chaper price at overstock.com. just go to overstock.com and search for neon m3.

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  • 7. Loquacious1  |  August 8, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    Does this player support bookmarking (for audiobooks)?

    This seems the thing current players have been leaving out, and since non-refurb RIO players are no longer avaliable has become rare and sought by those who need this feature.

    Thanks for the great review! Was wondering about this product.

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  • 8. mike  |  August 24, 2007 at 11:06 pm

    Nice – You can get them here too:

    http://www.megastoretoday.com
    http://www.cheapwholesalelectronics.com

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  • 9. cameraz  |  September 19, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    Anyone know if you can create a file system (using folders) on this thing? It seems to dump everything — audio, video, photos, text — into one big directory.

    Other than that, it’s a nice player.

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  • 10. cameraz  |  September 25, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    Nevermind, I figured it out. It does support folders. Not very efficiently, but it works.

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  • 11. mike  |  September 28, 2007 at 5:56 am

    im having a very hard time getting my windows vista to except this plaer . who can i call to get special help for this issue ? i was told it was vista compatible. its very complictaed to download onto my computer . the headsets fall off to easily. and its not loud enough . maybe it will get better once im able to see it work , AFTER I FIGURE OUT HOW TO PUT IT ON MY WINDOWS VISTA , i followed the directions i nthe book and it STILL DIDINT WORK ???UGHH

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  • 12. nzomatrix  |  September 28, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    You could try their official site http://lattefone.com/index.htm and support email support@lattezone.com
    There appears to be a new firmware upgrade here
    http://lattefone.com/board/view.php?id=news&no=23

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  • 13. the lab  |  October 19, 2007 at 1:56 am

    can someone tell me how to delete songs on my Latte Neon M3? Desperate…
    Thanks

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  • 14. cameraz  |  October 24, 2007 at 2:45 am

    No. 13, it is very easy. Just plug your Latte Neon into your computer via its USB cable. When the window opens up showing your files, find the MP3s you want to delete and delete them!

    Or, without using a computer, find — in the directory view — the MP3s you want to delete on Latte. Highlight the song, then press the button on TOP of your player once. You will get a message asking if you want to delete the song. Use the double up or down arrows to select yes, and then touch the diamond-shaped sensor in the middle to delete the song. Repeat with other songs.

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  • 15. Visitor516  |  October 24, 2007 at 9:22 am

    I have visited your site 179-times

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  • 16. Visitor140  |  October 24, 2007 at 9:23 am

    I could not find this site in the Search Engines index

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  • 17. tayman  |  October 26, 2007 at 2:20 am

    can u switch the color scheme on the player, the red seems a little intense from the pictures, is there any way this can be changed?? thanks guys.

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  • 18. Leah  |  November 7, 2007 at 1:58 am

    i want to upload ebooks onto my player. what format does the latte support?

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  • 19. Jessica Ostrowski  |  November 11, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    Leah- I believe this supports txt format.

    I am having a problem with WMA format. This player is supposed to support it. I put a WMA format song on it to see, and received a File Format Error when I attempted to play it. Has anyone else had this happen or know what is wrong?

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  • 20. eewee  |  November 13, 2007 at 11:02 pm

    I have loaded the WMA files and they works fine as it supposed to.

    I found the link that might help. They show how to operate the players.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQSU7YWHb88

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  • 21. Yesvanth  |  November 15, 2007 at 6:29 am

    Hi all i am really getting problem to convert vidio file – fist my CD-ROM i bought from Ramos is not running on my system and i cannot update any Vidio file on it – if you can find and give me for some converter which willwork on this it is relaly helpful for me my Player is RM550 – wich is in display on your site – please help me to salve this issue my Email ID – g.p.yesvanth@gmail.com

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  • 22. badger  |  November 29, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    Been researching MP3/Video players in order to make an educated buy. Your review was very much appreciated, K.C. – Thanks. That boils it down to 2 items: Latte Neon 4GB or MusicMan 2GB. Leaning towards Latte because most consumer reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. Haven’t found much review data on MusicMan (yet), but I like it’s looks/features; including a slightly larger screen (2.8 in. vs Lattes’ 2.4 in.), dedicated chip sets for better sound and picture quality, 8 play modes, HighDef BMP as well as JPEG picture support and the ability to listen to music while either reading an e-book (w/bookmark function) or playing games.

    Q: Does the Latte perform the ‘music while reading’ function?
    Q: K.C., will you consider reviewing the MusicMan?

    Thanks again, K.C.

    For those interested, this is the only data i’ve thus far found on the 2GB MusicMan. Apparently there are two slightly different models…

    M-280-2G: http://www.overstock.com/Electronics/MusicMan-2-GB-MP3-MP4-Media-Player/2870734/product.html
    M-281-2G: http://www.overstock.com/Electronics/MusicMan-2-GB-MP3-MP4-Media-Player/2870730/product.html

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  • 23. badger  |  November 29, 2007 at 8:40 pm

    K.C.,

    Forgot to mention that the MusicMan also records as well as plays FM.

    Q: Does the Latte Neon do the same?

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  • 24. B.K.  |  December 3, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    When it says videos does it mean:

    1. Music videos
    2. Full DVD movies

    what one or both?

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  • 25. B.K.  |  December 4, 2007 at 2:53 am

    Will Any one Answer ME At All

    ???????????????????????

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  • 26. KC Kim  |  December 4, 2007 at 3:02 am

    What are asking? If it plays movies and music videos. Or if it comes preloaded with this stuff. The review unit I receive had included some sample music videos, JPEG pictures, and a couple of MP3s. You can convert full movies to play on the unit if you want.

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  • 27. Jeff Wilson  |  December 4, 2007 at 6:55 am

    Does the screen auto rotate?

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  • 28. KC Kim  |  December 4, 2007 at 6:59 am

    No auto rotate. It’s a landscape only device. Doesn’t change to portrait mode.

    I don’t know any MP4 players that auto rotate. But the Hacha PA20 and Onda VX858 interface is in portrait mode and plays video in lanscape mode.

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  • 29. Portland Real Estate Guy  |  December 12, 2007 at 3:59 am

    This is what I was looking for Thanks. Now I just need to order before Christmas.

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  • 30. ondavx  |  December 12, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    Does anyone have the onda vx858, if u do then i have a question…how do i put music videos on this, i tired converting them to AVI but it still dosent work… help!!!

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  • 31. phil  |  December 18, 2007 at 4:57 pm

    have one coming from overstock.com (Latte neon) I bought the 2 GB thinking now I should have bought the 4GB how and where do I find a memory card ?,what kind ?and if Ihave the 2 GB model can I just get a 2 GB card to make a totol of 4 GB or do I need a 4 GB

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  • 32. KC Kim  |  December 18, 2007 at 5:23 pm

    It takes t-flash. Which is the same as microsd. So just search for the best deal on a 2GB MicroSD. Also i’m not sure if it can take anything above 2GB. Since 4GB MicroSD is usually SDHC which is not compatible.

    2GB internal + 2GB MicroSD=4GB

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  • 33. KC Kim  |  December 21, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    Try this converter here
    http://www.mympxplayer.org/free-open-source-converter-for-rockchip-mpeg4-xvid-players-vt7071.html

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  • 35. luis  |  January 5, 2008 at 2:05 am

    i buy a latte m3 and i dont know how to put vidoes in it

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  • 36. badger  |  January 12, 2008 at 12:41 am

    KC,

    Do you know where I can find a protective cover (Silicon, plastic, or otherwise) for my newly acquired Latte Neon?

    Thanks

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  • 37. Sarah  |  January 15, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    If you guys have been looking for this player, check out Ecost. I just got the deal of my life on it.

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  • 38. Julie  |  January 17, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Anyone know if you can create a file system (using folders) on this thing? It seems to dump everything — audio, video, photos, text — into one big directory.

    Same problem…maybe Cameraz can help me out!!

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  • 39. Julie  |  January 17, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    I uploaded everything in playlists but it only displays it in one big list…can’t seem to seperate them in the playlists. Does anyone know how to do that?

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  • 40. Sarah  |  January 19, 2008 at 1:05 am

    I was having the same probably, then i sat down and tried to translate the directions. If you go through your player into Explorer it should take you to a list of files with Music located at the top. Select music and it should take you to a list of all the artists names. As you go into the folder, it breaks it down again into albums. I haven’t tried to make a playlist yet, but thats where it seperates all the music for you.

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  • 41. David  |  January 19, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    I am planning to buy the 4gb one from eCost.com, so i’m wondering if i should get the 1 year service net replacement with it.

    Also, have you guys experienced any defected products form ecost.com before?

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  • 42. Jules  |  January 25, 2008 at 4:51 am

    David – I would google Ecost before making a final decision on purchasing from them, then decide. Warranty plans, I went with Square Trade . com , seemed pretty good and a fair price for it and had high / good reviews on their service.

    I need assistance with instructions on how to get a dvd movie into my hard-drive so that I can then try to convert it to play on this player,,, has anyone tried playing a movie on it yet ? (I’ve done small video files and it handles them well, but the movie part is confusing me a bit. Also ebooks, the ebooks I have downloaded are in adobe, and it doesn’t seem to recognize that at all … ??? help…

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  • 43. K.C. Kim  |  January 25, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Most MP4 players only support Text files. So you would need the in that format. You can find some at Project Gutenberg.

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  • 44. David  |  January 26, 2008 at 4:09 am

    Does anyone know another seller that ships to Canada? Or a retailer?

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  • 45. eewee  |  January 29, 2008 at 1:07 am

    David, eCost is a very well-known online store and they used to be listed in NASDAQ but I think they are recently bought out by another company.
    I shop mostly with eCost and Overstock on any electronics since they have the best prices over the internet.

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  • 46. ds  |  May 17, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Does anyone know if it is compatible with a mac?

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  • 47. nikki  |  September 6, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    does it have bluetooth

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  • 48. hill  |  October 1, 2008 at 1:29 am

    how can i add sum more games!!??

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  • 49. Brandon  |  December 26, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    ok, i got this thing and i was quite impressed. the player ran great, sounded great, and is the first player i’ve ever seen with a good mono speaker. don’t like the headphones, not as loud or as clear as my skullcandies, but all in all great player. HOWEVER….

    the video converter with the cd converted files, but stopped at 99% and never finished… this corrupted a few of my movies… so i couldn’t put videos on it. next, i have a vista, and the upgrade tool is xp only… so i used my aunt’s comp… xp… and when i installed the upgrading tool, everything was odd symbols, completely different from the images from the manual, but the buttons were in the same place so i knew what was what. so i followed EXACT procedure to upgrade the firmware, and it seemed to work… i then turned on the M3, but the screen lit up, but it was still black. the backlight flashed for a second or two, then the screen began to flicker blue. my computer doesn’t even recognize the player, as if it’s not even there. so this leads me to believe that latte’s incompotence of giving me a screwed up cd screwed up my player

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  • 50. Brandon  |  December 26, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    @ .45 eewee
    agreed on overstock… i didn’t find latte stuff on ecost, but overstock has the 8gb latte iVu for $139

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  • 51. Sad Sam  |  December 28, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Got one for Christmas. Have to return it. When inserting the USB cord my XP machine shows the following error box:
    USB Device Not Recognized…

    I tried other PC’s both XP and Vista and it returns the same error.

    Also one of the two demo videos that were factory installed yields an error on the Latte M3:
    “Warning. File format err—-” after the 5th time it was played.

    I think I really would have liked this device if not for the fear of file corruption and inability to interface to my PC’s which makes it quite useless.

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  • 52. Joel  |  January 7, 2009 at 4:42 am

    hey um when i connect this device into the computer it is called like a removable disk and when i try putting music into it it acts weird like it doesn’t recognize the device and it says that u need to format a disk. so what does that mean or can u help me please?

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  • 53. i want more gameas  |  January 13, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Can i add anymore games to it or is it just for tetris?

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  • 54. Help  |  February 5, 2009 at 1:14 am

    I just purchased this product and i’m having problems starting anything on it. Their site doesn’t seem to help and the songs i copied into it doesn’e play either. Please help or is there a site that can help? HEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 55. Help  |  February 6, 2009 at 4:14 am

    To BK: When it says video it generally means all kinds and yes it includes movies. Only if you put movies in it, your GB also reduces. The 4GB comes with space for 2500 musics and 1 music is about 3-4mins. If you decide to put a full movie in the 2GB, your space reduces immensely. Bottom line, not a good option unless you want to go for something bigger.

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  • 56. xul  |  February 26, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I seem to recall when I first purchased this player (and its cool), that at the first level of the user interface (where the icons pop up with pics of record, music, etc.) that if you activate that particular icon interface (lets say u weant to play music), it would bring you directly to the music folders and list the music. If you chose ebooks? then it would bring you directly to THAT folder and list any/all ebooks you had saved. Videos’s to videos, etc.

    I no longer have that option. I am brought to the same folder “listing of folders like details of Microsoft” tha lists ALL folders “music”, “eBooks”, etc.

    I dont want that. I want to activate the opening icon and go directly to the music, videos, etc.

    Any suggestions as how to reset the user interface to do this?

    Also, tried several converters, all failed except the one
    named “vidrop-0.57.2-install.zip”. It works great.

    Hope that helps others.

    Xul

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  • 57. Gymfreek13  |  April 27, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Can you add more games on it?????

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  • 58. giz5000  |  September 25, 2009 at 10:06 am

    im using a ps3 to add music to this thing and it works great but when i try to save a picture it saves it but it won’t show on the screen its jpeg so i don’t know whats the problem please help me

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  • 59. Pine Wardrobe ·  |  November 14, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    everyone likes to watch dvd movies, i watch at least 4 dvd movies a day ‘”‘

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  • 60. nyaj  |  January 24, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    i have the neon m3, when i connect it it works, i deleted all the songs on it, pretty much its empty, soo after i do that, it says i only have 55mb on it??? when its supposed to hold up to 2g, so i try syncing songs on it and it wont let me because it says that i have no more room on the mp3, soo does anyone know what is happening? also is there a way to reboot this thing?

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  • 61. anthony  |  May 8, 2011 at 6:38 am

    can any one lend me some software that can convert avi format that can play in ramos 550 cause i dont a have the disc anymore plsss.. can help me

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  • 62. malta cheap car hire  |  September 8, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    nice pc.

    Reply

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