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“After buying a Sony MP3 player and tangling with sonic...”

Written on: 11/07/2005 by wadepayne (1 review written)

Good Points
Quick to install and easy to transfer music.

Bad Points
None to note.

General Comments
After buying a Sony MP3 player and tangling with sonic stage I began to wonder if an MP3 player was for me. Quick review search on the internet showed the iRiver to be a popular player. However I am a big beliver in hands on so off to Dixons to pretend to be interested in the iRiver h320. As soon as the demonstration began I was taken.

1. The players functions are slightly diffrent to other players. When searching for music the menu is vary much like a windows menu, i.e. music is kept in folders. So Oasis would be the main folder, then sub folders contain albums folders and then album folders con tracks (easy peasy).

2. To transfer music is so easy, simply drag the music or album across onto the irivers hard drive and thats it!

3. When you have transfered your selected music from you pc. You can delete should you require unlike the iPods.

3. The sound is absolutly outstanding compared to other players I have tried. The operator can adjust the music settings as they wish or use on of the many predetermined ones.

4. The iRiver comes with an FM radio, which surprised me and works very well. I have now got most of the popular radio stations preset and often listen to the radio in the garden via travel speakers.

5. Might not be important for some but the player has a voice recording facility with a microphone supplied. This can also be used to record radio, which I did with great effect during Live 8, editing it afterwards on my home pc.

6. Text docs can be transfered across to the player.

7. The player can store and disply pictures that you may wish to display as a portable album or if your digital camera memory is full then transfer the pics to the iRiver hard drive.

8. The colour screen is clear and crisp unlike some other models such as the Sony HDD5.

9. Battery life is 15 hours according to the manufacturer. Which for some people might not be enought but it beats the iPod.

10. The player transfers with either USB 1 or two its up to you. But transfer is very quick.

11. The iRiver was supplied with a power charger, microphone, decent headphones, usb lead, an out put lead (to connect player to stero etc), a protective case that actully protects the player but still allows the user to acces all functions even when charging and transferring music etc, instructions, installation software and a years warrenty.

To summarise the player is very easy to use, easy to navigate, easy to transfer and between £180 and £220 well worth the money.

Thanks and I hope this helps other people.

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