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iRiver Lplayer review

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iRiver Lplayer

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There aren't many products out there good enough to impress our esteemed editor Riyad. But when iRiver launched its first D-Click-based MP3 player back in 2007, he was bowled over. The device's fabulous screen and innovative control system made it one of the most compact, full featured mini-PMP on the market and Riyad was a big fan. Well now, iRiver has come up with the follow up to the Clix 2 - it's not the Clix 3, or any other kind of replacement, but a smaller player that expands the range - the Lplayer.

The Lplayer comes in two different capacities - 4GB and 8GB - and both have the same effective navigation system as the Clix 2. Instead of a separate control cluster, the Lplayer's screen doubles up as a four-way directional pad. You can click on the left, right, top and bottom edges of the screen to control the Lplayer's various functions. The controls aren't static either - they're all context-sensitive, so in different modes the controls do different things.

It takes a little getting used to, but after a while, you'll be flicking around without a moment's pause for thought. The only buttons on the Lplayer, as with the Clix 2, are around the edges of the player and these are used to adjust the volume and turn it on and off. There is a hold switch on the rear, too - essential with a control system such as this, as the screen is easy to activate by accident in a pocket.

The big difference between the Lplayer and the Clix 2 is its size - at 60 x 43 x 13mm, this player is much smaller than the Clix 2 and, as a result, much more pocketable. But that ingenious control system means that screen size isn't compromised too much. In fact, though the Lplayer has a considerably smaller footprint than rival players such as Apple's iPod nano, Creative's Zen and Sandisk's Sansa Fuze, its screen is still just as big or bigger at 2in, and it's all down to the fact that the D-Click system means there's no need for a space-hungry control pad. The only thing about the Lplayer's design that counts against it is its 13mm thickness - it's no match for the nano, Zen or Fuze on that front.

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gettinhigh

August 7, 2008, 12:55 pm

8Gb??...Hardly capacious, considering most manufacturers are now standardizing the 16GB capacity, and some are even talking of coming out with 32Gb versions, i'm kind of dissapointed with iRiver.





I could have actually considered buying this one alongside the brilliant Sony NWZ-A829, since you say both offer comparable audio quality, but the low 8Gb capacity kills the deal for me.


And no memory expansion options either, like the Cowon D2, not cool.





I'll just have to wait for the Sony NWZ-A829 then.

Ed

August 7, 2008, 1:13 pm

How I wish Iriver would do, not a scaled down version of the Clix2 but, a larger version of this player. Give it a 3.5inch screen and 32GB capacity (or 16GB with an expansion slot), and you've got yourself a winner.

Norbury

August 7, 2008, 3:52 pm

Is this a relaunch of the S60? With more memory, obviously.

Beaky69

August 7, 2008, 6:06 pm

Why don't more manufacturers include card slots on media players? It might add a few quid to the price, but that's more than balanced by the flexibility it affords.

DaHarder

August 7, 2008, 7:29 pm

Johnathan,





1. The L-Player was never intended to serve as a direct replacement for the Clix2, the iRiver Spin does.


2. The Clix2 was not the 1st iRiver player to utilize D-Click navigation, the Clix (Duh!) was, and...


3. Even before the the L-Player, the iRiver S10 featured D-Click in a much smaller package, so your claims are somewhat off here.

Norbury

August 7, 2008, 8:21 pm

I meant S10.

Wholesome

August 8, 2008, 5:59 am

Thanks for the review Johnathan.





I have a couple of Questions:


*Were the batteries tested on the Lplayer? if so, how many hours did it last from a full charge?


*Can you make multiple playlists on the Lplayer (Unlike the Clix2)

Skobbolop

August 8, 2008, 4:01 pm

DaHarder,





I really dont care if either the Lplayer or the Spinn is the replacement for clix2. They both max out at 8 gb and that's just not good enough in mid 2008





don't get me wrong, i love my clix 2 but 8 gb is not enough capacity for me, and i would love another iRiver, but i guess i'll have to wait or buy a sony player..

gtg465x

August 8, 2008, 7:12 pm

You forgot to mention that it supports flash games (and comes with some), has a photo viewer and a text file reader, and that it can record from FM. My original Clix has these features so I'm sure this does as well. It's an extremely feature rich player.

Jim 4

November 15, 2008, 3:53 pm

Just brought this player today after alot of research.Very disapointed. It is hard to navigate, constantly freezing.I am sendimg it back for a sony s639.

Maarten

January 25, 2009, 4:54 pm

Which player would you say is better (especially the sound quality with the pair of earbuds in the box, because i actually dont want to spend another some of money on buying earbuds)





this one, or the Sony Walkman NWZ-E436F?

Rickysio

March 14, 2009, 3:33 pm

What's the battery life on these?





Currently undecided on which PMP to get. Either this, or a NWZ-S639F.

Rickysio

March 15, 2009, 5:37 pm

Urg, I just found out the battery life on these average around ~12 hours.





That's just plain bad, so gonna get a Sony.

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