E40 confirms: iriver is still alive

irivere40 E40 confirms: iriver is still alive

Remember those guys that in 2003 brought us the innovative H100 series player with optical S/PDIF output, and two years later the sturdy H300 “Soviet iPod” (as CNET called it) with changeable cover designs?

Yeah, they didn’t make many waves lately. They quietly released a lot of players, but they mostly went under the radar. The new E40 shows that they still stubbornly hold on to touch interfaces without tactile feedback, and the 220 x 176 pixel screen is right at home in a top quality player from 2005. Same goes for the supported video formats, which are MPEG1 and the proprietary/elusive/dead SMV container.

On the positive side, battery life on the E40 appears to be very good – 51 hours for audio playback is claimed. It also uses a standard MiniUSB port – not quite the MicroUSB port one would expect nowadays, but everything is better than some proprietary plug. Transfer protocol of choice is MSC, which is great as well. Next to iriver’s usual SRS sound tweaks, the E40 sports an equalizer with lots of presets, FM radio, recording (radio and voice), and an image viewer which is about as useful as a video player on the tiny low-res screen.

That being said, the price is right for what you get – the 4GB version goes for about $50 and the 8GB one for $70. No, it doesn’t have an SD slot.

[iriver Global - thanks to Splashback for the tip]




8 Comments

Martin Sägmüller on March 5, 2012 10:13 PM

Heh, alright, will post that one later on. :)

tds101 on March 5, 2012 10:39 PM

Thanks bro!!!

Uber-Ne on March 6, 2012 4:47 AM

Looks alot like the player Samsung released a while ago, the S4 or S2 I believe? But thats not a bad thing, it looks great. But at the $50-70 range, I don’t understand why these manufacturers don’t get the success of having expandable memory. Like wtf, get with the times people.

Bruce on March 6, 2012 8:26 AM

Yes B100 is surely summin to be more excited about :D

This would have been good in 1998.

K on March 6, 2012 9:51 AM

Awesome, iRiver released an ultra boring player that is 5 years behind the clix2.

I could never ever understand why they discontinued the clix! It was their best product: performant, beautiful and innovative (I loved D-click). It had awesome reviews and was very successful (in Asia, at least).

So they stopped making that gem and decided to invest in bringing more boring players on the market. @@

optimusrod16 on May 5, 2012 4:49 AM

check out my quick look at the b100 here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD0XfyIwdOo

Sasha on January 26, 2014 10:04 AM

if i reset it, all my data will gone or not ?

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