iRiver E100 is a good model at an affordable price
Most modern players knows how much. Now it’s not just MP3 files, equipped simple segment monochrome LCD displays, this is now the real media players that can read many different formats of audio, video and image files. And the size of their screens are already closely matched to the communicators. Although the segment of the most simple audio players still alive, moreover, for example, the iPod shuffle gives Apple the highest profit for one dollar invested. To us got his hands on the iRiver E100 model, which is capable of playing video, multiple audio formats, images, equipped with an FM module, slot for memory cards microSD, line in and a large 2.4-inch screen, and the cost of the player in the basic version with 2 GB of internal memory is about 90$. Interesting proposal, well, let’s see what this inexpensive player.
|Display||2.4″ TFT-LCD, 320×240 pixels|
|Data transfer||USB 2.0|
|Support audio formats||MP3 (MPEG 1/2/2.5 Layer 3), WMA, ASF, OGG, FLAC|
|Support for video formats||WM9, MPEG4 simple profile|
|Support image formats||JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF|
|Support formats of text files||TXT|
|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 range: 87.5 MHz-108 MHz
Signal/noise: 60 dB
|Food||Built-in Li-polymer battery|
|Operating temperature||-5 to +40 degrees Celsius|
|OS support||Windows 98/2000/ XP/Vista|
The delivery is traditional and does not differ the special wealth: sync cable, headphones, software CD and quick start guide, that’s all.
Appearance and usability
The hero of the material is quite a simple design and is therefore very attractive. A box the right shape with smooth corners comfortably in the hand, all controls are easily accessible with a click of the buttons no problem. Especially convenient it will be to the left, what is found so rarely. “Weaving” exist in several colors – brown, white, light blue, pink and black, the latter and got to testing. From a subjective point of view, in this color iRiver E100 looks better – a classic and no compromise. All body parts are made of painted plastic with a matte (not glossy fashionable now) and a smooth surface. The build quality is not satisfactory – all parts fit accurately, nothing to loose, the gaps between parts are minimal. When trying to twisting and squeezing the casing to bend and even squeeze some creaking failed. Impact of features of the shape of the back panel that is both rigid framework.
In fact, the case consists of three large panels, rear panel, top panel with integrated screen and a large 4-way key with the enter key in the center. Managing a huge joystick comfortably even in the dark, but now with the enter key sometimes there are problems because of its modest size. Therefore, owners of large fingers periodically with the enter key click one of the buttons of the joystick.
All six sides of the case contain some functional elements, even the lower part of the body – it carries a built-in audio system, and composed not one, but two speakers that sound pretty good, and most importantly – loud. That’s really a reason to think in the “Apple” of the company – even cheap players of your competitors are already equipped with good speakers.
On the left side is a slider lock input and a tiny hole microcopy “reset”.
Right available key-swing control volume, hole built-in microphone and pushbutton for on/off.
The top compartment is only memory cards microSD, hidden rubber plug.
The lower part of the most loaded: the standard 3.5 mm Jack headphones, eyelet lace, miniUSB connector and a 3.5 mm Jack line in/microphone. During the operation had to face the fact that the plug of the mini USB port due to the short “tail” when connecting the cable constantly gets under the plug. In the result, the connector did not provide reliable contact and the plugs had to hold hand.
The player has TFT display with a diagonal of 2.4 inches. The screen size is quite large, but the brightness is not too large, besides, the screen fades under direct sunlight, viewing angles and color reproduction is average. Of course, the cost of the device is small, but still want to get the best for little money. However, when viewed at the right angle and without the bright illumination of the screen is quite suitable for watching movies.