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★★★★★

“I got the Clix because I had a budget when buying an...”

Written on: 26/10/2006 by sweetchilliphil (1 review written)

Good Points
The iRiver Clix MP3 player is a beaut of a player. Armed with a 2.2 inch full colour screen, Flash games (free to download, and many more being made for the CLIX), FM radio, Video playback, picture viewing, text viewing, in-built microphone and the ability to make podcasts on the Clix itself, and also great interface. It's beautiful!! The screen is bright and vivid with... well, a lot of colours.

The Clix basically means you press the corners of the screen to scroll, play the games, Fast forward, rewind and what not. It also supports almost all formats from MP3, MP4, ogg and avi etc.,. but not acc, which can be a bit of a bummer. The music and sound on this is VERY clear and nice. If you know your sound, you can make custom EQ settings. This thing also includes SRS WOW digital sound, and some nice preset EQ settings as well.

The earphones themselves are decent. But not fantastic. In the end I got another pair of earphones. Reason? Well, they kept falling out of my ears, and my ears are the average size of most people, so yeah.

The video on this thing plays wonderfully. At 15fps it's great! I was really surprised at how well it played. But not for extended periods. However, the video isn't its main feature, so it doesn't really bring the player down.

It includes FLASH GAMES! Come on people! If Sudoku lovers don't love this... there's more! (Yes, it includes a full colour game with Sudoku. I think there are about 40 games, but don't quote me). It includes some nice colour games, but music doesn't play during the flash games because they have their own sound. More games can be downloaded from www.iriveramerica.com, and some little animations too! It can also view text, so it is good for putting in phone numbers and little reminders like web sites or short stories. (Yeah, when I'm bored I listen to music and read short stories.)

The music itself? Well, it's great! You need Windows Media Player 11, which is included with the Clix, so don't panic. It also supports URGE and pre-paid music, so that makes things very useful. But I'm a little old school and still rip from CD's and such for music. You can make quick playlists on the player when on the run, or if you just want a quick little playlist to sleep to. Yep, all done on the player. Longer playlists with actual names must be done on Windows Media player. The playslists scroll nicely, and the playing screen provides all the information you will ever need. Time, length of the song, how much of the song has been played, time bar, album art, album name, song name, year, artist, what EQ or sound setting you may have, rating (little yellow stars), its placing on the list eg, 5/10, and the amount of battery power you have left. All that on a 2.2 inch screen! Whoah... (try saying that in one breath). The music is crisp and clear. Bass is great, and sound kills ears when set over 25. The formats vary from ogg to WAV, and of course, MP3. Music is also set in different sub directories like artist, album name, song name, and gender of music. The FM tuner works great too. Can't pick up AM channels though. You can make presets for particular channels and set up to 20 presets. Yes, I forgot to mention it's in-built microphone. It's above average I guess. The thing can record conversation really well. Not fantastic for conferences unless you're near a speaker or the sound there is quite loud, but I've recorded a few conferences with it and they came out fine. Try it out for yourself. The FM recorder works great, and it is easy to use, and easy to find later. I don't really use it much, so I never really had a problem with it.

The clix itself is small; equivalent to the size of a business card, maybe a little smaller. It's portable and easy to slip in the pocket, and in my case, lose, but it's small and looks really cool when the screen is on, with a nice bright background. Fits in the palm of your hand, and the thing can secretly record your friends love confession when required. The thing doesn't easily get scratched. I've had it for about 1 month and a half, and it's still clear. It is supplied with a case and a small screen wiper. The sound buttons are on the top, and the orientation of the screen can be changed from portrait to landscape. If you still can't work out how to get the screen moving, it comes with a tutorial to help you, which is flash based too, so it's interactive... Yay!

The screen can be locked so you don't press the sides accidentally, and the reset button is near the bottom left. The on button is on the top right, as well as a "smart key" which you can change to either change screen orientation play/stop, record, and whatever else is on the menu. It's like a shortcut button.

The player has a nice weight to it, so it doesn't feel like a cheap plastic thing, and it's about 1.5cm thick. You click the sides to navigate. You can also change the backgrounds of the Clix! Make your own, put up a photo or use the already in-built ones. You can download more from iRiver America as well. The picture viewing is very clear and sharp. Bright colours, and you can create slideshows! You can also change the transition type and make picture playslists! Thumbnail view enabled too.

The music conversion is easy on Windows Media Player. It absolutely hates Mac's. Can't work or even open on them, so don't try it. Windows Media pretty much does most of the work, and it's fast and reliable. Not as great as iTunes though, but it does the same things; playlists, music, video, pictures and other things. Sorry if this part is vague, because I didn't really have any problems with it. If you don't want Windows Media Player 11, it works fine on Windows Media Player 10. You can also access the player view windows explorer and drag and drop. But this is mainly used for the video section, flash games and text. You can grab your recordings already in MP3 format from the player and rename them and stuff. Video however can be converted by Windows Media Player, but some can't. If you go on the net, some hardcore iRiver fans created the iReverter. This converts video fine for the Clix, but it can only be in certain formats. The iRiverter can do .rm formats, and .avi. Those are the only formats I have. If you have Real Media Player get WINAVI converter off the net. Use the winAVI convertor to convert the Real Media videos to AVI, and then get the iRiverter to do the rest. It takes a while, but it's worth it for those long trips.

I think that's it for the glorious iRiver Clix.

Bad Points
The screen is a magnet for fingerprints. It collects it like mad, and needs to be cleaned every so often. Also, be careful of dust. For some insane reason, I went through a dust cloud while holding the player, and the top left, right corner and bottom right corner have dust in the screen, but it's not a problem.

Then there's the video conversion. It takes a long time, and really takes its toll. Also, the fact it can only be charged from the computer sucks. The dock for this thing can be bought separately, and it charges the CLIX too. (Oh yeah, this thing needs a USB 0.2 port... Just a warning).

It's only 2Gb. What do you expect for $270AUD? iRiver is releasing a full black iRiver Clix however, which is 4Gb. Hoorah!

It can't run with iTunes. Ah well. And it only works on PC's.

You need a pin to reset the player, unlike the iPod, which is a combination of buttons. This can be a bummer when you're in the middle of a country town in OZ.

General Comments
I got the Clix because I had a budget when buying an MP4 player. I wanted something packed with stuff but not too expensive. I checked out the Nano, but everyone hates the screen and little glitches on the player. The iRiver Clix had so much more packed into it, and it was value for money compared to the iPod.



PC User really gave the Clix a bad rating. CNET gave the Clix a higher rating than the iPod Nano! PC User must not have checked the player out as well as it should have been. Although the Clix looks exactly the same as the U10, it has more options, upgraded firmware, better options and extras. (Did I mention it has an alarm clock?), and the fact that it has a Sudoku flash game will make it more of a winner. I absolutely suck at the game though.



Compared to the iPod Nano, I think it looks way better! It doesn't mess up as much, and it's packed with more stuff too. I think it's better than the iPod, and I did a lot of homework before buying my player. For $270AUD it was definitely in my budget.



If you want a video player get a portable media device. Much better and bigger screen too... plus much more memory.



It's an awesome player. Don't let the fact it looks like the U10 phase you. It's slick, sexy and really portable. This is the ultimate portable entertainment MP4 player I've ever used. If this review and the sexy player doesn't get you, nothing will... unless it's a more expensive player... haha.



Hope this helps.

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