by R. K. Bloom

Portable media players iRiver E30 and E200 – “mini” and “maxi”

Portable media players iRiver E30 and E200 – “mini” and “maxi”

In late summer the company introduced two new iRiver series E – simple and inexpensive player E30, and E200, which replaced the E100. Model E200 equipped with a large 2.8-inch qVGA-display support for a lot of video and audio formats including FLAC, in addition, allows you to play swf-files (“Flash” movies and games), and record sound, including including the radio. The most inexpensive model of a modern iRiver E series also boasts a variety of supported audio formats, including FLAC, but here is the video format is supported by only one, and the screen is small – only 1.8 inches. But as the older model, it is able to work as a voice recorder and record radio.

iRiver E30

Technical characteristics

Display

1,8 “QCIF LCD (176×220)

Data transfer

USB 2.0

Support for audio

MPEG 1/2/2.5 Layer 3, WMA, APE, FLAC, WAV

(MP3: 8-320 kbps, WAV: 32-2304 kbps, WMA: 5-384 kbps, FLAC: 0-8)

Support for video formats

SMV

Support for image formats

JPEG, BMP

Support formats of text files

No

Frequency range, Hz

20-20 000

Power output, MW

Left: 17 Right: 17 (with a resistance 16 ohms)

Signal / noise ratio, dB

90

Memory, GB

2 GB

FM-radio

Frequency range: 76 MHz 108 MHz

Food

Built-in lithium-polymer battery

Operating temperature

-5 … +40 Degrees Celsius

OS Support

Windows 98/2000 / XP / Vista

Dimensions in mm

38,8 x88x7, 7

Weight, g

40.2

Price, $

85

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Delivery

Everything is standard – the usual cable USB / mini-USB, which is designed for data transfer and charging, as usual charger included traditionally do not. In addition, a small box placed headphones, a booklet with the terms of the warranty service and repair, brief instructions in multiple languages, including Russian, as well as CD with additional software and electronic version of the complete user guide

The appearance and ease of use

The appearance of the player can literally be described in one word – thin, with a minimum of buttons. Still, the players case is described in more detail. Model E30 – the thinnest and lightest of the entire line of iRiver E. The player almost drowns in the hand of medium size, but it does not impact negatively on the usability. The housing consists of two panels – the front and rear, the latter also covers the sides and the device. Learn more about Bright torchlight Nitecore Tiny Monster TM15. The material of both panels – a thick black unpainted plastic with a slightly rough surface. Panel were quite unexpected brand, so to maintain a neat kind of housing has cleaned periodically. However, for cleaning will fit even a rough cloth, because of the case, including the protection of a thick screen is not too sensitive to minor scratches and scuffs, and after a week of active operation of the tank is not got a single “military markings.” In attempts to twist and bend eagerly building creaks a bit, because its thickness is small, and the frame stiffness is not provided. But the worry for his health is not worth it, because it is too small, and even if the player sit down, then it is working it will not be displayed.

The front panel is slightly concave, so that the perimeter is formed by a side that allows you to find the front panel is not looking, or in the dark. A standard set of keys, consisting of four points and two buttons control the volume, is not divided into individual keys, they are only marked on the package icon to grope in the dark will be able to unless kartezhnaya sharpers. However, after a couple of hours with the player starts to work muscle memory and thumb, which is mainly produced and Control, just gets to the desired key.

On the left side is a pair of holes – Built-in microphone and mikroknopka reboot hangs if player.

On the right is available only a tiny power button.

Bottom set the standard mini-USB connectors, and three-pin mini-jack (3,5 mm).

The upper surface remained intact.

And on the “belly” is set to a two-position key lock switch, although its presence is not particularly necessary, because the keys are quite hard and almost impossible to inadvertently press.

Screen

The tiny device is equipped with a small screen with a diagonal of 1.8 inches, and the resolution is low – only 176×220 pixels. However, with such a small screen diagonal greater resolution is simply not necessary. The player is not used newfangled OLED-display, and the usual LCD matrix, which suffers from “familial” shortcomings – limited viewing angles, not very good color, but when working on the sun screen still fades. Plus, because of the glossy surface of the protection of the display is too much glare. View pictures outdoors in the cloudless day is still possible, but the videos, especially the dark, it is very difficult to consider.

OSD

Player

Photo

Possibility of the player in terms of viewing images is not too broad, because the only two supported file formats – JPEG and BMP. Restrictions on the size of the file is actually there, and the player simply opens the 14.7-megapixel shots, the camera captured Panasonic FX-150. At the opening of so many pictures it takes only five seconds, and smaller files are opened almost instantly. When viewing the contents of the directory is displayed column of thumbnails and folders to the right which displays the name of the file / directory. The line contains the names of only ten characters, so longer titles displayed a “running” line. Thumbnails are created not only for images of “native” resolution of 176×220 pixels, but for larger, including the aforementioned 14.7-megapixel image, and to create thumbnails is not broken, and the aspect ratio is not cut off part of the picture. Synchronization transfers files in the players memory with automatic resizing to 180h220 points, and photos of larger size can be loaded into memory only when using the File Manager. It is possible to rotate the image 90, 180 and 270 degrees. It also provides scaling of 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 times, but the move on a zoomed image badly organized – in fact, for any displacement of the image is enlarged picture rediscovered that small files quite easily, but when you open the big picture is clearly visible gradual drawing. As in most modern players, provided a slide show, the delay between changing images and can be regulated by 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 seconds.

Video

As already mentioned, the diagonal of the screen is small, so watching movies on the test player – not the most interesting thing to do. However, viewing short videos, whether a variety of video sketches or music videos, it is quite possible. Low-cost player, so the mass of the supported formats can be no question – played only SMV-files (Motion-JPEG) with a resolution of 176×220 pixels frame in which you can convert any video with the supplied converter. Everything would be fine, but data files can not play any portable music player of those that were at hand, even more than that – they do not recognize as a standard video synchronization program iRiver Plus 3 supplied! So download the video in the players memory can be either through the file manager (when connected to the mode UMS), or by using the converter, which allows a functional immediately after converting the file to load into the players memory when it is connected.

Playback interface is not very different from most modern players iRiver: short pressing the right button corresponds to “pause / play”, long press – the entrance to the Mode menu, short press the keys up / down exercises replacing the track, and their long press for fast track directly , but the speed rewind is not regulated. During playback, the screen may display the following information – current time, volume, play mode (repeat), battery level, “running” the string with the title track, the total length of the track and the length of its duration. In the Mode menu can be activated repeat (normal, repeat one track, repeat all), mixing tracks, and view file information.

Audio

But with the audio formats the player is much better, because it supports all the most popular – MP3, WMA, APE, WAV and even FLAC, fans who appreciate quality music. You can complain about except that a lack of support for “free” format, OGG. Can sort files by artist, genre, folder, and evaluation, play lists are also supported, you can create a synchronization program iRiver Plus 3, in addition, you can view catalogs loaded into the memory of the player with the file manager. Creation of “playlists” directly in the player is impossible. In the playback window displays the current time, repeat mode and mixing state of the battery cover of the album and its title, the name of the file being played, the line of progress, the overall length of the track and it plays, score the user profile name of the equalizer, the number of positions in the sample and the number of reproducible positions. In the menu mode is possible to install the segment repeat playback, select a repeat mode and mixing, the choice of setting (normal, rock, pop, classic, jazz) and setting a 5-band equalizer, install and configure special effects (SRS, TruBass, FOCUS, WOW, Definition) , set of (compatible with Windows Media Player), choose one of ten speeds slow and fast playback, as well as the choice of speed on the track rewind (2x, 4x, 5x, 10x, 20x).

FM-radio

In playback mode, FM-radio appears on the screen a minimum of information – current time, current frequency, the frequency of the slider is a schematic, which are only the extreme positions of the range, mode indication stereo, if available, as well as the number of saved channel. Auto-tuning quickly scans and finds the full range of all available stations, and serves as a delimiter … the number of channels, which is only 20 positions. In the modern metropolis is often available to a much larger number of FM-stations, it is even without taking into account the fact that, when used in a different city to set up the station again. In addition, the player can not specify the name of the station, and only appears in the list of its frequency and number. Also worth noting is that the player does not support even basic functions RDS, for example, display the station name. Play radio broadcasts possible when viewing images. As with most players, iRiver, provides the ability to record FM-broadcasting, and recording duration is limited only by available disk space. Recording is carried out in the WMA-files with a bitrate of 127 kbit / s. To assess the quality of recordings were made test records from a random radio broadcast, as well as regular radio FM-transmitter from a distance of 3 meters. It is worth noting that the error localization menu, from the nomadic model, the model remained uncorrected – menu entries, as before in the Russian version, called “Quality records”, even though the player is not even a possibility of installation quality. Of the features worth mentioning the possibility of a timer recording that channel with a duration of 10 to 180 in increments of 10 minutes, with the possibility of re-recording daily or on a specific day of the week.

Dictaphone

The player is equipped with a microphone, therefore, able to work as a voice recorder. Recorder mode settings a bit, in fact, we can only choose only one of three quality modes – high, medium or low – they correspond bitrate 127 kbit / s, 95 kbit / s and 63 kbit / s. As in the recording of radio, the sound is stored in the WMA-file. Among the additional features worth noting activation mode to start recording a voice, but the recording is activated not only voice but also by any rustling, so save disk space with this feature is unlikely to succeed. A test recording was made at a distance of 1 meter from the power supply of 0.25 Tues