B100 confirms: iriver releases interesting devices as well

iriverb100 B100 confirms: iriver releases interesting devices as well

While the E40 posted below isn’t anything overly exciting, iriver shows with the B100 that they still have some tricks up their sleeve.

Noticeable is the rather unusual 3:2 aspect ratio of the 480 x 320 pixel 3.1 inch capacitive TFT touch screen – it’s smack in the middle between the usual 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios, and it reminds of the higher end Palm PDAs of yore. That screen makes perfect sense on the B100, since it’s one of the very few (non-Android) portable media players that supports useful ebook formats – ePub and PDF, not just the usual plain text files.

While the B100 doesn’t play HD movies or sports an HDMI output, it still supports a lot of useful video formats in standard definition – MKV, MP4, and even MPEG Transport Streams are a few of those, next to the usual variety of AVI, WMV, and the like.

On the audio side of things we find iriver’s usual SRS sound enhancements (when will they switch to the far superior BBE bundle… nudge, nudge, wink, wink), an EQ with lots of presets, and FLAC, APE, and Ogg Vorbis playback, next to the MP3 and WMA standards. MP4/M4A/AAC support appears to be missing on the B100, though. It is unclear if the B100 sports gapless playback.

Other features are the usual FM radio, voice and radio recorder, image viewer, and a cheesy user interface that seems to come straight from the Cowon design department, sporting slogans like “romantic”, “lonely”, “relax”, and the like. One thing I’m missing on the B100 are tactile buttons. There’s only two of them, to change volume (and a “home” button on the front, which hopefully can act as a play/pause button). I wish the B100 at least had as many buttons as the Cowon S9 or J3 – that would make it a lot more practical to use on the go.

The B100 comes in puny sizes of 4 and 8 GB – but expandable via MicroSDHC cards up to 32 GB. Synthetic battery benchmarks claim a life of 36 hours for audio and 8.5 hours for video – not bad, if that turns out to be close to real life usage.

So far the B100 isn’t officially released in Europe or America, but I’ve seen it pop up in shady and not-so-shady import outlets and flea markets going for $120 to $240.

[iriver Global - thanks to TDS101!!!!!!!! for the tip]




9 Comments

tds101 on March 8, 2012 12:52 PM

I think I’ll get one of these by summer, since there’s not much to pique my interests lately. This looks interesting IMO.

Orignialgusbus on March 8, 2012 1:43 PM

Same here. I’ve been a long time iRiver fan and my Spinn broke not to long ago. I should be getting mine in the next few weeks, so I’ll post a review for the people interested in getting one. Thanks Martin for the info!

kredig on March 8, 2012 6:35 PM

here is a short user interface video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pApIPcG9YvA

Pablo on March 15, 2012 3:51 PM

Nice device. Let us know when it is available in America.

Rene Mendoza on March 24, 2012 9:25 PM

“Palm PDAs of yore”? Looks like the Palm pre introduced 3 years ago. Well more pre 2 (introduced 1.5 years ago) since they changed to a glass screen with the pre2. It also reminds me of the white HP Veer (the panda Veer).

ran93r on March 30, 2012 5:26 PM

I’m still rocking a Clix2 and have been waiting for something awesome to come out of iRiver. Not sure if this is it but it does look interesting.

lagoo56 on April 1, 2012 9:22 PM

Oh wow that thing is pretty snappy as far as speed goes in that video.

Orignialgusbus on April 6, 2012 7:40 PM

Okay guys, so I should have my B100 in by tomorrow. Be looking out for the reveiw in the forums.

Inks on May 12, 2012 11:55 PM

The Audio performance of these is noteworthy, with a 0.76 output impedance and low distortion.

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