Latte Espresso PMP player Review

September 18, 2009 at 6:09 pm 32 comments

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Review by K.C. Kim

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Latte’s Espresso portable media player may charm with its elegant gun-metal finish and sleek form factor, but it’s what’s under the hood that counts. Featuring an 8 GB capacity, a 3-inch touchscreen with haptic technology, wide audio and video format support, an FM transceiver that allows you to tune any radio to your device, voice recorder, and plenty more, it’s the perfect way to free your media from the confines of your PC.

Windows2000/XP/Vista are all supported, and no driver is necessary for the latter two.

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Intro: I was given a chance to check out Latte Communications latest PMP player the Latte Espresso. No this is no coffee drink; it’s a pmp with big features. Having reviewed several Latte phones and mp3 players, I have big expectations.

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Design: Latte Espresso has a sleek all over gun-metal finish. This means the player is not only durable but fashionable. It also has a brush metal back so no fingerprints and it’s scratch resistant (unlike the iPod Touch).

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Function: Here I will post about all the features that this player includes. From the 3 inch touch screen, to the haptic feedback, G-Sensor, FM Transceiver just to name a few features.

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Let’s start with the 3-inch LCD Touch screen with 420 x 240 pixel resolution. It fills almost the entire face of the player. The icons are big enough to touch with your fingers. And the Touch screen is very accurate.

Haptic Feedback: The Latte Espresso features Haptic feedback. This feature has been used a lot in Korean cell phones. And now Latte brings this technology to its PMP player. The haptic feedback gives you a slight pulse/tactile response when you touch the touch screen. Most will be familiar with haptic feedback used in gaming controllers. Well now it’s used in mp3 players and cell phones.

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Video: With a 3 inch screen the player is great for video on the move. It can support video files that are in AVI, RM/RMVB, FLV, WMV, 3GP, MPG, DAT, and MP4 formats. Plus you get a solid 4 hours of battery life for video playback.

G-Sensor: This technology allows you to switch from landscape to portrait mode with a flick of your wrist. Just rotate the player to the way you want to use the player and you’re done. It automatically adjusts and rotates. Video is only thing that’s not used as videos are always used in landscape mode (who watches movies in portrait mode).

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Audio player: The audio sound of the Latte Espresso is great and supports MP3, WMA, FLAC, AAC, APE and OGG. The Espresso also supports ID3 tags and LRC for displaying words.

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Pictures: Pictures can be viewed in both portrait and landscape mode. It supports JPEG, BMP and GIF. Also you can zoom in and out of pictures. A slideshow features is also included.

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Text: Every once in a while I want to read a book on the go. And this player can support TXT files.

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FM Transceiver: Nano finally get Fm radio, which mp4 players have had forever. But Latte doesn’t stop there. They have a FM transceiver which you can listen to and transmit to your car radio.

Capacity: The Latte Espresso comes in two sizes, 8GB or 16GB. This is plenty of space for all your videos, pictures, and music.

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Earphones: The earphones are pretty good sounding for stock earphones. They are mostly metal and have a premium look and style to them.

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Conclusion: The Latte Espresso is a seriously good MP3 player. It has a ton of features consumers want in a player. And the price is just right. With the holidays coming up you may want to purchase this player for your family and friends. And you will not be disappointed by what this player offers.

9.5 Out of 10

To purchase
Latte Espresso 8 GB Video MP3 Player with Haptic G-Sensor and Touchscreen (Metal Gun)

Latte Espresso 16 GB Video MP3 Player with Haptic G-Sensor and Touchscreen (Metal Gun)

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32 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Latte Espresso PMP player Review  |  September 18, 2009 at 6:59 pm

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  • 2. Ram Chaturvedi  |  September 21, 2009 at 10:09 am

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  • 5. bill adams  |  December 15, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    I’m really glad that you gave this unit such high marks, since i decided to get this for my wife for christmas. I’m pretty sure she’ll love it, if it’s anything near what you say it is.

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  • 6. ACAMP  |  December 20, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    thanks so much for your review it was so helpful!!! i have one questioin though… can you browse music while litening? on my current player i cant, which is a major turn off

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  • 7. gShawn  |  December 21, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    I bought this for my daughter. It has great features and I like its operation and design; however, I can not get my Windows XP to recognize it. It mounts it and assigns a device letter, but soon afterward dismounts and declares that the device is not reachable. If I can’t mount it, I can’t load files onto it, rendering it useless. Darn!

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  • 8. CCREWS  |  January 15, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Does the 16 GB Latte Espresso have a TV Out port?

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  • 9. Devlin  |  February 20, 2010 at 4:45 am

    It’s a very decent PMP. Mine is the 16GB model. I requested mine for Christmas and have been using it daily ever since. The only con is that the battery doesn’t seem to last near as long as they state in their specifications but besides that it does everything I expected. Well worth the price!

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  • 10. hannah  |  June 28, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Where can I find a cover for the latte espresso?

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    • 11. Enam  |  January 23, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      Target

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  • 12. hannah  |  June 29, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    What store has the latte espresso accessories/silicon cover?

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    • 13. kayla  |  August 15, 2010 at 4:09 am

      i dont think they have any yet!

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      • 14. Tiffany  |  January 18, 2011 at 5:17 am

        amazon.com

  • 15. kayla  |  July 28, 2010 at 4:43 am

    I really want this! From what i have seen and heard, this is making me really want to get it because of the size of the screen and the price! At target it is $64.99, for all this, man! I really hope i get this
    !!!!!!!

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  • 16. kayla  |  July 28, 2010 at 4:44 am

    But i cant find a cover for it that sucks! I mite just bling it!

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  • 17. Christy  |  September 4, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Having trouble loading movies onto my windows 7. Can anyone help or advise. PLEASE! Over all I like the pmp but I bought if for my husband to take on trips and he wanted movies as well as music.

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  • 18. Isamar  |  October 20, 2010 at 12:44 am

    It is a pretty good player, i’ve had mine for almost a year, the only problem i have with it is that sometimes it will freeze but you can just push the reset button on the side with a pin.

    -To answer some of the comments: Yes, you can browse music, videos, text, pictures while listening to music. But if your are listening to the radio you cannot browse anything. You can also record radio, which is awesome because this way you dont have to download music you can just record it. It also comes with a built-in mic, so you can record anything.
    -My battery life is excellent-it can go about a week without needing recharge, the trick is to fully charge it when you get it, and every time you charge it charge it all the way-that way the battery lasts longer (i use the wall charger, not the included usb cable i got the wall charger from a previous phone i had).
    -I still have not found any cases, but the player is made out of gun metal so it is very resistant. I have dropped it many times, just today I dropped it while i was working out and it was fine. I also use an armband that is made for the ipod shuffle(i think, not sure what its called-the one of similar size)
    -I got my online at walmart, its the 16GB it was $98.
    Also the headphones that come with it are very good.
    I still have not figured out how to put in videos or text, they have to be a certain size and I don’t know how to compress them-so if you know reply plz tnx :)

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    • 19. Puppyluva  |  July 13, 2011 at 8:52 pm

      Well the site http://www.emusic.com/latte50 has 5 million songs and 2 million audiobooks. Everythin i have downloaded from there has worked. Although they do not have videos. I havent fond a site that has conpattible videos yet.

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  • 20. Polypropylene :  |  October 26, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    when it comes to car radios, i prefer to use either Alpine or Pioneer. they are really great brands:’:

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  • 21. Ed  |  October 26, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    I might get one myself, they look pretty good, but is the screen resolution good? Will it impress my friends who have itouches? Do you think it is cool enough to look good and not cheap?

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  • 22. Constipation Remedies ·  |  November 13, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    when i bought a car radio, i picked the car radio that is built by philips because they are well built ‘,,

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  • 23. JJLL13  |  January 6, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Pretty good mp3. I am too having troubles with the battery life. Just last night I charged it fully… didn’t use it until i turned it on in the morning and it was 1/3 full- not good! Also, the scroll bar is impossible to navigate, but there is an arrow system @ the bottom that suits. After those problems- it’s a very good piece of tech. 8.5/10

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  • 24. previn  |  March 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I am thinking fo getting one, and all sounds great about it. Does it make playlist? if it does that as well im definatly getting one

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    • 25. Pete Laird  |  April 24, 2011 at 10:59 pm

      makes one favorites playlist………other than that,doesnt work great

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  • 27. Puppyluva  |  July 13, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I have a 16 gig espresso. Great product! The sound is absolutly amazing! Great product for the price. The only thing is the software that it came with only has music and audio books no videos!!! Huge disappointment. Does anyone know a website that has videos that work with this???? PLEASE REPLY A.S.A.P.!!!!!!!

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  • 28. Brett  |  September 13, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Everyone loves your web blog! Maybe you have a facebook or fb page? I’d like to get together and talk about a few things. Appreciation for all your work.

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  • 29. beth  |  January 9, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Hey!!! I reaaaally need help! I don’t know how to put music or pictures on the espresso!!

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  • 30. Dale Watson  |  January 17, 2012 at 4:47 am

    Great product for the price! Latte sent on e to me in Australia. Could not be more happy with it. FM transmitter works a treat!

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