Iriver E100 (4GB)

Video's a little shonky and scrolling will test your patience, but the E100 delivers the audio goods and throws in some nifty features to boot.


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Design

Iriver has made some lovely-looking MP3 players over the years, including the super-sexy and Editors' Choice-winning Clix 2. The E100 is not quite the shiny, strokable wonder that was the Clix, but it does have a pared-back, elegant design that gives Apple a run for its (mountain of) money.

Remember the Zune? You know, that elusive Microsoft player that never quite made it to Australia? The E100 looks a little Zuney, from its portrait screen orientation to its dimensions to the placement of the navigation buttons. Still, there are enough differences to suggest that iriver isn't playing copycat, starting with the square selection key. Much like the left eye of a petite alcoholic, this button is sunken and small, which doesn't make for a comfy experience for your poor old thumb.

Above the nav buttons is a 2.4-inch (61mm) TFT LCD. It operates in portrait mode for meandering through menus and scrolling through songs, but switches to landscape orientation for viewing videos and images. On the top of the E100 is a microSD slot, while volume keys, a teeny power button and an even teenier microphone sit on the player's right face. The base houses the headphone socket, USB connector and a line-in port, while the left is home only to a hold switch and reset button.

In contrast to the glossy fingerprint farms of late — such as Samsung's T10 — the E100 has a matte plastic finish. This makes the player look a little more budget than its rivals, but cuts down on the time you'll need to spend polishing its surfaces.

Features

As far as recent video-enabled MP3 players go, E100 sits in the middle of the extra-features spectrum. It focuses on practical inclusions — microSD slot, line-in recording and an FM radio — rather than the flashy, quirky features of some of its competitors — such as Bluetooth, games, a touchscreen or Transformer-style fold-out speakers. There are few customisation options; you can't change the wallpaper, colour scheme or menu style.

In addition to the MP3-and-WMA compatibility combo you'll find in pretty much every non-iPod player, the E100 handles ASF, OGG and FLAC files. This will please the music snobs who get all uppity about 128Kbps MP3s poisoning their precious ears. There is no support for AAC, though, so higher-bitrate iTunes Plus songs won't play on the E100.

There's a lot of flexibility in terms of file transfer. You can do the basic drag-and-drop thing from a Mac or PC, or if you fancy a bit more detail you can go for a music management app like Windows Media Player or iriver's own Plus 3 software. This can be downloaded for free from iriver's Web site, but you'll need to provide contact details and a serial number.

Performance

Audio-wise, the E100 performed better than expected. When listening through the headphones, songs sounded more detailed and immersive than they did when played on an iPod Touch.

Unfortunately, videos did not fare as well. Colours look washed out and a screen-door effect is visible when the player is held within half a metre of your eyes. Clips don't look terrible, but they're certainly no match for the lush colours and smooth motion you'll see with the latest Apple and Samsung players.

The main problem we had with performance was that the E100 was a little slow on the uptake. The selection bar lagged when we scrolled through song lists, and photos were interspersed with a "Please wait" message. The E100 even froze a few times, stubbornly ignoring our repeated button presses.

The layout of controls often defies intuition. For example, pressing the right arrow when a track is playing doesn't skip to the next song. To hear the subsequent tune, you'll need to press the down arrow instead. Huh?

One thing we were fond of was the elegant fade-out of songs. Skip to the next song or turn the player off and the track will fade away into silence rather than ending abruptly. A small touch, but a welcome one. Similarly, the ability to bookmark videos and return to a particular section of the clip was a thoughtful inclusion.

The E100 is a friendly, versatile little critter, but its laggy performance can be a real grind. If you're not fussed over video, and have the patience to scroll slowly, it would make an acceptable choice.

The player comes in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB versions, with prices ranging from AU$129 to just over AU$200.



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Legendpeter2011
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Legendpeter2011 posted a review   

The Good:Battery life, screen, size

The Bad:Format support, slow menu navigation

I have never owned an Ipod but have used jpods (rip off ipods) and they suck compared to this. I only have the 2 gig version so memory is limited. so far I have not ran out of battery life and I have used it for 4 hours continues listening at one time and the battery bar had not dropped so I would estimate 12 hours of music playback. however scrolling through music is very difficult and it really only supports MP3 music and I have yet too find a supported video format except a few videos that came on it in a certain type of AVI formt that so far only VLC reads. it is small and light with a reasonable sized screen that is reasonably bright.

Byron
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Byron posted a review   

The Good:Price, Features, Big 2"4 Screen, Neat setting out, Iriver Plus 3 Program is very handy for organising music etc...Battery life ++++

The Bad:Froze from time to time, can be slow & lagging when moving through files etc....

Just letting you guys know, MP3 files tend to make the Iriver E100 slower than usual & cause it to freeze. I remember having MP3 files on there & the E100 always freezing, once I deleted them the system moved more quickly & only froze a couple times on different occasions.

Anyway my screen cracked but not on the exterior, on the inside so when you turned it on, you'd have all cracks through it & I couldn't make out what I was doing. It's been 9 months without one & I'm going to buy another one this weekend :D & i'm going 8GB this time as 4GB wasn't
enough for me last time.

And with the Battery life. Idk if you people have movies on there or you aren't charging it properly, but when I had about 1000 songs on there, it lasted 9-10hous minimum. Guess it depends on the usage too.

Anyway, anyone considering one should just go & buy one. If you don't like it, then you don't like it simple. It might not be as good as an Ipod, but who cares, it's a MP3 player after all. Hope this has
helped some ppl out there & there decision on whether to get one or not

Stirlo70
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Stirlo70 posted a review   

The Good:Price was EXCELLENT $80 @ WOW. Great Sound, memory etc etc

The Bad:Movies...! none will seem to play on minee although just got iriver movie converter and iriver4 plus download for it so see how it goes after i work it out!

Has been great except for the movies problem but, i ain't that techno so yeah,

hopefully the firmware and movie converter will sort that out once i figure it out.

other than that "BUY ONE" especially if you can get it for $80 Australian.

 

Igz posted a comment   

The Good:Pricing, Sound quality, Expandable memory and Battery life.

The Bad:Start up time and navigation responsiveness is slow when memory is full.

Great MP3 player for its price. Been through a few expensive mp3s players and the E100 is by far the best. Had it for 2 years and no problems with it at all. Use it every morning at the gym and battery life is still awesome.

techjunkie
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techjunkie posted a review   

The Good:nothing

The Bad:can't play any video clips regardless of format. mp3 quality = cr_ap.

the iriver is nothing more but a paper weight.

 

YisroelG posted a comment   

The Good:nothing

The Bad:slowest device ever

it sucks , theres nothing more to say

YisroelG Facebook
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YisroelG posted a review   

The Good:nothing

The Bad:everything

it is the slowest player on the market and you get zillions of probelems
it sucks

 

YisroelG posted a comment   

The Good:nothing

The Bad:everything

it is the worst player on the market don not buy it is SOOOO SLOW. i cant understand how they can put so a crappy thing on the market. a had zillions of problems with it.

 

moontoast posted a comment   

The Good:most of it

The Bad:navigation and slow response sometimes

its frozen on me and i cant do anything about it....... wont turn off either so do i let it run its battery down?
but other than that i have no major qualms - it works (well it did)


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User Reviews / Comments  Iriver E100 (4GB)

  • Legendpeter2011

    Legendpeter2011

    Rating9

    "I have never owned an Ipod but have used jpods (rip off ipods) and they suck compared to this. I only have the 2 gig version so memory is limited. so far I have not ran out of battery life and I ha..."

  • Byron

    Byron

    Rating10

    "Just letting you guys know, MP3 files tend to make the Iriver E100 slower than usual & cause it to freeze. I remember having MP3 files on there & the E100 always freezing, once I deleted them the s..."

  • Stirlo70

    Stirlo70

    Rating8

    "Has been great except for the movies problem but, i ain't that techno so yeah,

    hopefully the firmware and movie converter will sort that out once i figure it out.

    othe..."

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