Portable media players iRiver E30 and E200 – “mini” and “Maxi”
At the end of the summer the company iRiver has introduced two new E-series – simple and cheap player E30 and E200, which replaced the model E100. Model E200 is equipped with a large 2.8-inch qVGA display, supports a lot of video and audio formats, including FLAC, and also allows to play swf-files (flash videos and games), and record sound, including the radio. The cheapest model of the modern line of iRiver E also boasts a host of supported audio formats including FLAC, but the video format is supported by only one, and the screen is small – only 1.8 inches. But, like the older model, it is able to operate as a voice recorder and record radio.
|Display||The 1.8″ QCIF LCD (176×220)|
|Data transfer||USB 2.0|
|Support audio formats||MPEG 1/2/2.5 Layer 3, WMA, APE, FLAC, WAV
(MP3: 8-320 kbps, WAV: 32-2304 kbps, WMA: 5-384 kbps, FLAC: 0-8)
|Support for video formats||SMV|
|Support image formats||JPEG, BMP|
|Support formats of text files||No|
|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 band: 76 MHz ~ 108 MHz|
|Food||Built-in Li-polymer battery|
|Operating temperature||-5…+40 degrees Celsius|
|OS support||Windows 98/2000/ XP/Vista|
It’s pretty basic – the usual USB cable/mini-USB, which is intended for transferring data and charging the device, because the conventional battery charger in the kit are traditionally not. In addition, in a small box put on the headphones, a booklet with warranty and repair, a short manual in multiple languages, including Russian, and a CD with additional software and electronic version of the complete user guide
Appearance and usability
The appearance of the player can be described with just one word – thin, with a minimum of buttons. But still it is necessary to describe the player’s case in more detail. Model E30 – the thinnest and lightest of the entire line of iRiver E. Player almost drowning in the hand of medium size, but this does not impact negatively on the usability. The housing consists of two panels – front and rear, the latter also covers the sides of the device. The material of both panels – thick black unpainted plastic with a slightly rough surface. Panel unexpectedly quite easily soiled, therefore, to maintain the neat look of the case occasionally have to wipe. However, for cleaning will fit even a rough cloth, because the body panels, including a thick screen protector is not too sensitive to minor scratches and abrasions, and after a week of active service corps have not got a single “battle mark”. In attempts to twist the body readily bends and creaks a bit, because its thickness is small, and the frame stiffness is not provided. But worry for his health not worth it, because it is too small, and even if the player sit down, then it is working it does not show up.
The front panel is slightly concave, so the perimeter formed by the rim, which allows you to find the front panel is not looking or in the dark. A standard set of control keys, consisting of four arrows and two buttons control the volume level, not divided into separate keys, they are only marked with pictograms in the body, which to grope in the dark can except card cheats. However, after a couple of hours with the player starts to work muscle memory and thumb, which mainly are managed, accurately hit the desired key.
On the left side is a pair of holes – built-in microphone and microcopy reboot in case of hang player.
On the right there is a tiny power button.
Bottom-mounted standard connectors mini-USB and three-pin mini-jack (3.5 mm).
The top surface was left untouched.
And on the “belly” is set only dip switch key lock, although it is not particularly necessary, because the keys are quite hard and spontaneous depression is almost impossible.
The tiny device has a small screen with a diagonal of 1.8 inches, and the resolution is small – only 176×220 pixels. However, with such a small screen diagonal resolution is simply not necessary. The player uses a new OLED display, and the usual LCD matrix, which is suffering from the “family” disadvantages – limited viewing angles, not too good color, and when working in the sun the display fades, and more. Plus, because of the glossy surface of the display too much glare. Viewing pictures outdoors on a cloudless day, but the videos are particularly dark, consider very difficult.
|iRiver E30. Main menu.|
|iRiver E30. Main menu.||iRiver E30. Settings.|
|iRiver E30. Setting the date and time.||iRiver E30. Display settings.|
|iRiver E30. The timing of turning off the backlight.||iRiver E30. Setting the sleep timer.|
|iRiver E30. Settings.||iRiver E30. The choice of language and region.|
|iRiver E30. The choice of interface language.||iRiver E30. Firmware version.|
The capabilities of the player in terms of the preview images are not too wide, because only two supported file format – JPEG and BMP. Restrictions on the file size actually is not, and the player simply opens a 14.7-Megapixel footage, shot with camera Panasonic FX-150. On opening such a large snapshot takes only about five seconds, and smaller files open almost instantly. When viewing the contents of the catalog displays a column of thumbnails and folders to the right which displays the name of the file/directory. Line of names contains only ten characters, so longer names are displayed “running” string. Thumbnails are created not only for images of the “native” resolution of 176×220 pixels, but for larger, including in the form of a 14.7-Megapixel image, and when creating a thumbnail is not broken aspect ratio and not cropped the image. The sync software transfers files to your player with the automatic resizing of the 180h220 to points, and larger photos can be loaded into memory only when using the file Manager. Provides the ability to rotate images 90, 180 and 270 degrees. Also can be zoomed in 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 times, but move around the magnified image is organized poorly – in fact, any displacement of the enlarged image, the image again reveals that on small files quite easily, but when opening large images are clearly visible to the gradual drawing. Like most modern players, provided a slide show, the delay between changing images is adjustable and can be 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 seconds.
|iRiver E30. View mode the images.||iRiver E30. Directory browsing.|
|iRiver E30. Viewing thumbnail images.||iRiver E30. View.|
|iRiver E30. The 90 degree turn.||iRiver E30. Full-screen viewing.|
|iRiver E30. Viewing a magnified portion.||iRiver E30. Information about the file.|
As already mentioned, the display is small, so watching movies to test the player – not very interesting. But watching short videos, such as various video or music clips, are quite possible. Player cheap, so the weight of the supported formats can not be and speeches – only play SMV files (Motion-JPEG) with the frame resolution of 176×220 pixels, which can convert any video using the Converter supplied. All anything, but these files can not lose no portable player out of those that were at hand, – does not recognize as a standard video synchronization program iRiver Plus 3 included! So to download the videos to your player, you can either use the file Manager (when connected in UMS mode), or using the Converter, functionality which allows immediately after the conversion, download file to player if it is connected.
The interface of the playback mode is a little different from most modern players iRiver: short press right key corresponds to key “pause/play”, long press – enter menu mode, short press the up/down keys carries out a track change, and a long press rewinds the track directly, but the speed is not adjustable. During playback, the screen may display the following data – current time, volume level, play mode (repeat), battery level, run a string with the name of the track, the total duration of the track and the duration of its playback. In menu mode it is possible to activate repeat (normal, repeat one, repeat all), shuffle tracks, and view information about the file.
|iRiver E30. View mode video.||iRiver E30. The list of files.|
|iRiver E30. View.||iRiver E30. Full-screen viewing.|
|iRiver E30. Settings.||iRiver E30. The select a repeat mode.|
|iRiver E30. Information about the file.|
But with the audio formats of the player are all much better because it supports all the most popular MP3, WMA, APE, WAV and even FLAC, which fans will appreciate the quality music. You can find fault with is that the lack of support for the free OGG format. You can sort files by artist, genre, directory, and assessment also supports playlists which you can create a synchronization program iRiver Plus 3, it is also possible to browse directories loaded into the memory of the player via the file Manager. Create “playlists” directly in the player is impossible. In the playback window shows the current time, repeat mode and mixing, battery status, album cover and its title, the name of the file being played, a progress bar, the total duration of the track and while it’s playing, user rating, the name of the EQ profile, the number of items in the sample and the current position. Menu possible setting segment repeat playback, select repeat mode and mixing, the choice of installing (normal, rock, pop, classic, jazz) and setting the 5-band equalizer, install and configure special effects (SRS, TruBass, FOCUS, WOW, Definition), set rating (compatible with Windows Media Player), you can choose from ten speeds slow and quick play, and the choice of the playback speed on the track (2x, 4x, 5x, 10x, 20x).
|iRiver E30. Playback mode of audio files.|
|iRiver E30. Audiogalaxy.||iRiver E30. Selection by genre.|
|iRiver E30. The main window to listen to audio files.||iRiver E30. Mode settings.|
|iRiver E30. The select a repeat mode.||iRiver E30. Settings.|
|iRiver E30. Settings.||iRiver E30. Information about the file.|
|iRiver E30. The choice of equalizer settings.||iRiver E30. Setting of special effects.|
|iRiver E30. Change the settings for the custom EQ.||iRiver E30. Change the playback speed.|
In the playback mode to FM radio appears on the screen a minimum of the current time, the current frequency schematic frequency slider displays only the last position of the range mode indication stereo, if available, and the number of saved channel. Auto tuning quickly scans the entire range and finds all available stations and limiter is a… number of channels, which is only 20 positions. In the modern metropolis often is available to a much larger number of FM stations, this is even without taking into account the fact that when used in another city to set the station must be re -. In addition, the player cannot specify a station name and the list displays only the frequency and number. It is also worth noting that the player does not support even basic functions of RDS, for example, the display of the station name. Playback of radio broadcasts is possible when viewing images. Like most iRiver players, provides the ability to record FM broadcasting, and recording duration is limited only by available disk space. The recording is in. WMA files with a bitrate of 127 kbps. To assess the quality of the recording made a test recording of random broadcast radio stations and radio regular FM transmitter from a distance of 3 meters. It is worth noting that the error localization menu, wandering from model to model, have not been corrected – menu entries as before in the Russian version, called “recording Quality”, although the player does not even have the option of quality. Of the features worth noting the possibility for timer recording of the specified channel with a duration from 10 to 180 in increments of 10 minutes, with the possibility of re-recording every day or particular day of the week.
- An example of a random radio station.
- An example of a test record of transmission of the transmitter.
|iRiver E30. Mode listening to FM radio.|
|iRiver E30. Mode settings.|
|iRiver E30. The choice of the region.|
|iRiver E30. Setting the time for timer recording.||iRiver E30. Set the length for timer recording.|
|iRiver E30. Repeat setting the timer recording.||iRiver E30. The list of channels.|
The player is equipped with a microphone, consequently, able to work as a voice recorder. Mode settings of the recorder a bit, in fact, you can only choose only one of three quality modes – high, medium and low – they meet the bitrate is 127 kbps, 95 kbps, and 63 kbit/s. As in the recording mode of the radio, the sound is saved in WMA files. Among the additional features worth noting is the activation mode start recording voice, but the recording is activated not only voice, but also any rustling, so to save disk space using this feature is unlikely to succeed. A test recording was taken from a distance of 1 meter from the source with a power of 0.25 watts.
- An example recording.
iRiver E30. Voice recording mode.