The drama began when I open the user's manual. It is written in Chinese. Ok, what now? So, I go to the Meizu website, http://en.meizu.com . To be honest, at first it wasn't much help. I download the only manual in their support section, but it was for a different player that doesn't resemble this one. Actually, I got kind of frustrated and had to walk away for a while.
Plug the USB cable into your computer and M6 starts charging the battery. I let it charge overnight.
Walking away was a good idea, though not at first. I sat down, and started surfing the different menus. The control takes a little time to get accustomed to. To make a long story short, I accidentally set the language to a Chinese language. As I obviously didn't have the menu system memorized, to put it bluntly, I was screwed. So, I go back to their website.
I had seen their user forum before, but didn't go there. I did this time, surfed around for a while, and found a thread about upgrading the firmware. It hit me that I could update the firmware, and hopefully it would default back to English. I also had read in the forum that among many other things, the new firmware was supposed to make the controls work better. There was actually a thread in the forum on how to update the firmware. I was pleasantly surprised to find an update dated the day before. I'll list these URLs at the end of this review. It was at the firmware download page where I learned that the player is an M6, and that the SP version is one of several.
As I had hoped, the player defaulted back to English. Needless to say, I won't be going back to the language menu, at least not before learning Cantonese.
At this point I decide that I should put in the driver disk. It is a minidisk, so keep in mind that if your optical drive doesn't accommodate them, you have to carefully place it so the hole will match the spindle. My drive has a recess for minidisks. After pressing the English button, I get a splash screen that tells me that no driver is necessary for Windows 2000 SP3 and higher. There is also a video converter that converts video files to .avi, which is the format that the player uses.
Pushing the button on the top-side of the player turns it on. After a splash screen, it goes directly to the music page, with the last song on the playlist showing. As I had lost all of the preloaded files when the player formatted itself during the update process, there was nothing there. Keep that in mind, when updating the firmware, all downloaded files will be lost.
I plug in the USB cable, and the player connects to my computer. The Windows Plug n Play function immediately recognizes the player as a drive. At this point I realize that adding files to the player will be as simple as merely dragging from computer files and dropping to the player. The M6 shows up as a "Removable Disk" under "Devices With Removable Storage".
I drag and drop a few MP3s to the player, and make sure that I get at least one that wasn't tagged, with only the filename.which is the name of the song and band. I wanted to make sure that the player would read the files either way. I then remove the USB cable. The player opens to the last song I loaded. Anytime that the player sits idle for 15 seconds or so, it defaults back to this screen. After probably 20 seconds of sitting idle, the M6 turns itself off.
Pressing the top of the four-way control works as a "back" control, and takes you to the main menu. Pressing the bottom of the control is "enter", and from here, you can play any particular song in the menu. Touching the control very lightly with your finger and sliding it up or down moves the cursor.