RCA M6104 Review


Think Twice

The RCA M6104 draws a lot of ire and little praise from users of this audio/video player. The primary complaints involve problematic usability and poor build quality.

Shoppers can buy the RCAM6104 for a song, but many who took the plunge are dissatisfied with this MP3/video player. One consumer who posted an RCA M6104 review at Best Buy likes being able to record music from a radio with this player but complains that it doesn't support a wide array of video formats. Other RCA M6104 reviews knock the build quality, the navigation, and the low volume; one reports that downloaded songs are listed as "unknown artist". Similar complaints surface in RCA M6104 reviews at Amazon, where one user writes that the player's headphone port broke after just three months. It took just two weeks to arrive at the same result, according to a post at Walmart, where users also echo gripes about the difficulty of managing music with the bundled software. Installing additional software seems to be a common practice, but several RCA M6104 reviews say problems persist, including an inability to play WMA audio books.

The RCA M6104 (starting at $30) is a 4GB audio/video player that supports MP3 and (supposedly) WMA files. It can also display JPEG photos. RCA says the M6104 can play video, as well, without specifying which video files it supports; the user manual says the included EasyRip software will automatically convert video files into the right format for the player, but no further detail is provided. The M6104 features a 1.8-inch color screen and touchscreen controls. It also plays FM radio and lets you record FM live.

Based on the RCA M6104 reviews we read, this model seems to be an exercise in frustration for most users. We're wary of its unclear audio file support, problematic file organization, and flimsy build quality. The low price on the M6104's isn't enough to overcome its shortcomings.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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