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.