iRiver Clix – web of contradictions
Touch buttons and touch screens is quite expensive pleasure, and often they apply only to players of middle and upper price level. And in the case of more affordable models have to get out – for example, use buttons that are flush with the body of the device. This solution is applied in several iRiver players, for example, is Packed full of technology crumbs the L-Player have already visited at us on testing. This time, to us in hand were not so tiny, but much more affordable model Clix.
|Specifications iRiver Clix|
|Display||AMOLED is a 2.2 inch, 262 000 colors, 320×240 pixels|
|Data transfer||USB 2.0|
|Support audio formats||MP3 (MPEG 1/2/2.5 Layer 3), WMA, OGG|
|Support video formats||WM9, MPEG4 simple profile|
|Support image formats||non-progressive JPEG|
|Support formats of text files||TXT|
|Paderina Flash||Macromedia Flash Lite 2.1|
|Frequency range, Hz||20 – 20 000|
|Output power, mW||left:17 right: 17 (the resistance: 16 Ohm)|
|The ratio signal/noise, dB||90|
|Memory, GB||2 GB|
|FM radio||Frequency of 79.5 MHz ~ 108MHz|
|Signal/noise: 60 dB|
|Food||built-in rechargeable lithium-polymer battery|
|Operating temperature||-5…+40 degrees Celsius|
|OS support||Windows 98/2000/ XP/Vista|
|Dimensions, mm||Are 80.3 x 46.8 x 12,8|
Special wealth package is no different. A brief user manual, warranty card, mini-CD with software, USB cable and headphones, that’s all, no frills. Even the charger is only available for a fee.
Design and ergonomics
Player iRiver Clix gen.2 came to us after a highly successful model of the L-Player, so initially the requirements were very high. So perhaps taking “clicks” out of the box we were somewhat disappointed. The casing with a glossy surface, which is too easily scratched, the main feature – click on the edge of the case – not too successfully implemented. Upper body too much backlash, too thin buttons on the sides of the device is incredibly hard, so when you work one arm press, for example, the volume keys is quite difficult. In General, a disappointment – although at the time of testing the cost of the player was 80 dollars for this quality of performance is to ask for even less. On the other hand, it’s iRiver, not some Chinese “nouneym” might otherwise the player will show their best side.
The front panel is a 2.2-inch AMOLED screen. The display is very bright, contrast, only a little fade under direct sunlight. We can say almost perfect, but it has one drawback – the colors too bright and not natural. One gets the impression that somewhere in the settings to the maximum saturation unscrewed. But the management of this parameter in the player is not provided at all, only available simple brightness medium, low and high level.
Each side of the front panel is a button, and the interface is designed in such a way that the four buttons is enough to control – provides both short and long press. For example, the context menu invoked by long pressing the right side panel. In the left part of the top panel are the volume keys. As mentioned above, they are thin and very hard, but it’s not the only drawback – when the standard screen orientation volume up key is on the left and reduce – right. But if you turn in the settings screen 180 degrees from the default values, everything falls into place. Also, the top is a hole built-in microphone
The bottom panel is a slider lock input.
The right button on/off and functional programmable button (repeat A-b to the beginning, start/pause, random play, screen orientation, start/pause recordings and enabling/disabling screen). Also on the right with a standard razem miniUSB, which in addition to PC sync is used to charge the battery
On the left is the hole microcopy restart and a standard 3.5 mm Jack mini-jack. In the fall on the testing sample to insert a plug into this socket was incredibly difficult, had to make tangible efforts. Perhaps it’s a marriage of a specific sample, but it still stands.
The back side of the case is made of white plastic with a smooth surface. Any functional elements not here, but the signature applied to the buttons located on the sides of the device.