One of the better MP4 players from China

In the process of looking for WTF! show material, I am always looking for gadgets to play with and recently stumbled upon this little cool video player.

The brand is called Orient, but I am sure it is called something else in other countries. It is one of the many cheap MP3 video players mass-produced from China (the most famous ones are the fake iPod Nanos). This puppy does MP4-encoded avi video, MP3, FM radio (can record FM too), and has 2GB flash memory, 2.4-inch TFT screen (very good and bright screen, supposedly a Samsung TFT) and a mini-SD slot.

Note that it DOES NOT play MP4 files like the iPod, so don’t be fooled by the MP4 name. All these players from China are called MP4 players though they play other video formats. Converting video files to its special avi format can be a pain, and the included CD had a version 1 converter that created videos with audio sync issues but a newer version of the converter solved that.

But once the files are in there, mp3 and videos play very nicely. Just be prepared to deal with video encoding issues. I suppose you can queue up the videos you want to watch on your PC, and batch-process the whole lot overnight, then copy them all over when done the next day. A little kludgy but it works.

Oh, it does not seem to work properly on Macs, but no problems on a PC running Windows XP. Too bad, the white colour looks very iPod.

It also comes in black and silver, something like this black model from Chinavasion. Singaporeans have no need to buy from online stores, of course, we just get it from our Temple of Tech, SLS.

The interface is teh sux but functional. Battery life seems quite good (I am testing the video battery life at the moment). The construction seems a lot better than some of the crap mp4 players from China that’s out there and so far, I think the 2GB memory is really 2GB (some of these knock-off players have fake memory listed, like it says 1GB but there is only 256MB in it, so beware).

USB cable and (average) headphones are included. I picked up $32 Kingston 2GB mini-SD card to make the total memory 4GB (mini-SD prices have plunged lately). I think the wife will be pleased with this $155 player.

Small and compact, but all screen. Sweet. It could all fall apart tomorrow, who knows, but so far I’m quite loving it.

15 Responses to “One of the better MP4 players from China”

  1. Kai Says:

    Oh my, 32 bucks for a 2gb mini sd. I paid 29 for a 1gb kingston mini sd…haiz.

  2. mywebbie Says:

    I tink this player is not as good as Mini Player M6 from Meizu, which is also another MP3/MP4 Brand from china. It features a 2.4 inch screen and touch panel for navigation just like ipod. A really nice player, 2gb for $215 that I’ve bought last year.

    http://www.meizu.com/

  3. onthespot Says:

    it really takes a lot of time to post comments on my computer for some reason

  4. cny crazy Says:

    Hi mrbrown, chinese new year is round the corner.
    do u mind making some cny songs, just like you did during xmas?

  5. jack Says:

    hey mr brown where did u get this mp4 from..btw u have any idea where to get the other mp4 Mini Player M6 from Meizu

  6. PC Says:

    Hi mrbrown,
    A friend of my gave this player, but the included CD was bad, and like you said, I am having problem finding and converting my video file to the unknown format.
    Will you be kind enough to let me know where to get the newer version convertor program?

  7. Mike Says:

    I think I have exact similar player. I have version 3 AVIconvertor using mencode but the audio is behind video badly even at 15, 20, 24 or 25 fps. the demo.avi is 24fps 596kbps XVid + MP2 and is perfect. Have you a newer encoder?
    Iv’e tried Xilisoft MP4 convertor with identical results.

  8. Mike Says:

    http://www.chinavasion.com/product_info.php/pName/24inch-screen-2gb-mp4-player-sdmmc-card-slot/
    is the model I got, but from a different supplier. The case is 100% stainless steel apart from the display cover and buttons. About 82 Euro from China including Courier to Ireland from an eBay seller. The eBook, MP3, JPG viewer and Radio are great. a pity only the demo video works.

  9. calvin Says:

    Got the same player. Love it but it would be nice to have better video conversion. The included AVIconverter 3.0 doesn’t do a good job. Anyone knows how to get better encoder?

  10. Macho Says:

    Hi Mr Brown,

    Do u know where to get the latest firmware for this player and upgrade it?

  11. jas Says:

    hmm… i just picked up a 4GB version of this player from the recent IT Show at $159… its the same brand ORIENT… e AVIconverter is also version3.0 and it works just fine for me, no audio lag watsoeva…

  12. Joshua Says:

    I recently ordered this player here:
    http://www.mp4nation.com/products/index.php?PID=mp8276

    $95.00 for the 2GB plus a 2GB mini-SD card. :)

    I can’t wait to get it. I’m going to try transcoding my videos with MediaCoder. And can anyone verify if this plays OGG files?

  13. Kosmikos Says:

    I’ve got the same player, had the same conversion issue. The converter can be found here

    http://www.nasatechnics.com/software/

    It’s called Mini-Mac. Need to use screen resolution 320×240. Even though manual says resolution is 220×176. If you use other resolution it’ll end up as file format error. Take a long time to figure it out.

    Also I realised that the flash memory cannot be access when you’ve the mini SD in there. Have to update them separately.

  14. Tan Says:

    Anyone experiencing slow transfer speeds?
    eg
    takes 190secs to transfer 116mb of files
    tot it was supposed to be a usb 2.0 interface

  15. jack soon Says:

    re:ORIENT by E.COM MP4MP3/Player.Voice recorder

    I recently bought above player in Singapore and was told that software to download MP34 music is installed in the player. REgret that I cannot download any music/songs from my lap top ( window 2000 or Apple). Please advise where ( which web site) can I download the software to make my player works. I paid Sin$150.- for the machine that does not work.

    Your urgent response will be most appreciated.

    Jack from London, England

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