iriver E100 Review

I’ve been looking around at various digital music players recently and today I decided to try out the iriver E100. This is a relatively new MP3 player that seems to have a lot going for it on the surface. Let’s take a look at how this player stacks up.

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Let’s begin with the basics of the iriver E100. Feature-wise, it’s pretty typical of the MP3 player market but there are a few extras worth pointing out. The iriver E100 has a microSD port where you can expand the memory if you want although, as with most other units with the feature, the SD card memory does not integerate with the built-in memory (ugh). The E100 also has tiny built-in speakers but they really aren’t all that useful.

The audio file support is quite good since the iriver E100 can play ASF, FLAC and OGG files in addition to the standard MP3 and WMA files that almost every non-iPod player supports. It also supports MPEG-4, WMV9 and XVid video files and BMP, GIF, JPEG and PNG photo files. It also supports FM radio and line-in recording.

Where the iriver E100 falls short is in it’s user interface. There are just too many instances where things that should be intuitive aren’t. It also seems to have a sluggish response to commands at times. Having an intuitive and reliable user interface is important to me since I’ll be using this player while driving most of the time. I don’t want my eyes to have to leave the road to fool around with an ornery MP3 player.

The sound quality of the iriver E100 is rather mediocre. I’ve heard worse MP3 players but it would be on the lower side for its price range. When the unit was connected to the AUX in on my car stereo system there was a lot of buzzing or break-up on the bass end of the spectrum. I didn’t get this from the cheap Coby player I was using so I suspect there’s something not quite right in the way the iriver E100 is handling these frequencies.

I found the iriver E100 digital music player a disappointment so I’m going to return it.

 


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11 Comments »

Comment by Cect 168 Phones
2008-07-02 03:45:54

I’m glad you wrote this review for the iriver E100, because one of my kids has been looking for a new MP3 player for a while. Although the iPod range all seemed to be rather expensive, I have a feeling that fundamentally, they are the best players out there. I’ll have to have a buzz around your site and see if you’ve reviewed any iPods too.

But again, thanks for the heads up about the iriver E100.

Comment by jfc
2008-07-02 09:12:22

Hi Cect,

I’m not a big fan of the iPod. I’ve got a lot of music in the WMA format plus I like subscription music and the iPod is useless for either of these. I’ve always thought that Apple products were well engineered but way overpriced as compared to the rest of the marketplace.

Comment by Cect 168 Phones
2008-07-08 13:52:40

Interesting points. As it happens, I don’t particularly need either of those features so hadn’t considered them … but I can see how they’d be deal-breakers for many people.

And yes, I agree with you about Apple products; but generally, I’ve been willing to pay for them, at least for iPods and Macs. I’m a big Mac-head from way back, although I reluctantly switched to Windows when I went in-house for a job some years ago and wanted to be compatible at home.

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Comment by Fergus Mayhew
2008-07-02 03:55:07

I have to disagree about the iriver E100, I bought one couple of weeks ago and have been very impressed with it. I love the fact that it can play FLAC files, because I download a lot of concert recordings and enjoy listening to those on my iriver E100.

I agree that the user interface isn’t great, but I tend to play quite long files anyway and don’t switch between playlists that often, at least on the road. Sorry you didn’t have such a good experience with your iriver E100.

Comment by jfc
2008-07-02 09:07:43

Hi Fergus,

The additional audio formats the iriver E100 can play is a big selling point, probably enough to overcome the quirky controls and interface if that’s something you really need in a digital music player.

 
 
Comment by Buy Gothic Dresses
2008-07-02 04:12:00

This is the second review of the iriver E100 I’ve read that wasn’t particularly complimentary. It’s a shame… the specs on the iriver E100 make it look really good, but they just don’t seem to have got the details right.

Like most other people, I would think seriously about getting an iPod, but I really want an MP3 player that has an FM radio too, like the iriver E100 does. Any suggestions for an alternative to the iriver E100?

Comment by jfc
2008-07-02 09:16:26

Hi Gothic,

As I mentioned in a couple of earlier reviews I liked the Sansa Sandisk I used to own. I’ve thought about buying another one and I still may do that but I want to try out, or at least investigate, a few other options.

Comment by Buy Gothic Dresses
2008-07-08 13:54:09

I’ll take a look at the Sansa Sandisk then, thanks.

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Comment by Luxury Paris Hotels
2008-07-03 02:26:18

That’s a disapointment because quite frankly I don’t like iPods (over priced for what they are) and I do want a new MP3 player so I was wondering about the iriver E100. I like to have the option to listen to the radio as well so if the iriver E100 can’t do that for the price I am less than impressed! Does it have a built in battery, another thing I dislike about iPods, or can u charge it off any old USB port. Thanks for another interesting review
Lissie

 
Comment by Kristine
2008-08-11 13:57:19

According to your review, the sound quality is mediocre. Hence, I don’t think I want one.

 
Comment by Video
2009-06-13 15:46:21

The additional audio formats the iriver E100 can play is a big selling point, probably enough to overcome the quirky controls and interface if that’s something you really need in a digital music player.

 
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