MX Player and VLC are both very well known media players available on different platforms, both free to use, and both considered the best by a number of people. But no one can decide on which one of the two is better, which one is truly the best media player out there. In this article, we will cover this exact topic.
Both MX player and VLC are free media players with a variety of different useful features, capable of playing videos or music from local storage or cloud storage, via a streaming service. They both offer similar software and hardware decoders which are very useful in both high end and low-end smartphones and other devices.
This is all well and good, but how do they compare? Continue reading to find out.
While VLC is available for all major operating systems out there, MX player is only available for Android and iOS devices. This makes VLC available on a wider range of devices and thus making it a better option in terms of availability.
MX player has three different kinds of ads. Ones that take up the whole screen will pop up now and then when you are in the app menu. Some are displayed in between of your video files when you are searching through folders and files on your device. The third kind is a small banner type ads that are displayed every time you pause a video.
VLC, on the other hand, contains no ads whatsoever, making it the winner in the ads category as well.
Interfaces of these two apps are very different from each other. MX player offers a sleek and professional-looking interface with as few distractions as possible. Light color scheme, very few menus, with the overall attention center on the content.
VLC, on the other hand, offers the good old bright white and orange look, with a variety of professional features easily available from the menu.
Design is one of those things that is very subjective, so we will not be choosing a winner of this category. It is up to you to decide which interface you like more.
The only difference in controls between MX player and VLC is that in MX player you can zoom in and out of displayed content with a simple pinch gesture, whereas in VLC, you sadly can not do that.
One of the features of the MX player is constant updates with performance improvements, bug fixes, and new features being added. VLC, on the other hand, very rarely receives any new features, with developers trying to stick to the basics and just improve stability and overall performance.
Both of these apps provide a feature of including subtitles in your video content, but MX player provides way more subtitle customization, even while your videos are playing. Some of these customizations are:
- – Synchronization
- – Speed
- – Size
- – Font
- – Scale
- – Color
- – Background color
- – Border
- – Shadow
Sadly, VLC provides none of those.
Both apps allow you to stream content from online sources and streaming services.
Both VLC and MX player are completely free, with MX having a paid version without any ads.
So who wins the whole competition? Some may say VLC, some MX player. We say they are both equally as good, with VLC having just a few features more than MX player. But it is ultimately up to you. Which one will you choose?