- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 9.5 x 1.5 cm ; 95 g
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
- Item model number: H10-RED
- ASIN: B0007A2ST4
- Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 12 Jan 2005
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
The iriver H10 is the first player in its class to be equipped with a high contrast colour display with more than 260,000 colours. This not only makes intuitive navigation easier, it also lets you easily put together a slide show to show off your latest holiday pictures. Thanks to its compact dimensions and feather light weight of only 96 grams, this master of sound can be easily tucked into any handy pocket. The integrated FM tuner makessure that you don't miss any of your favourite radio programs when you're not at home and, if you don't have the time to listen in yourself, the iriver H10 can automatically record anything you want. The built-in microphone is able to record up to 45 hours of voice directly as MP3. The rechargeable battery just goes on and on and supplies up to 12 hours of continuous playback. There is also a wide range of player accessories sold separately to guarantee perfect sound enjoyment from iriver.
I have 2 major gripes with this player though, the 1st is it doesn't work properly with Windows Media Player 10 and 2nd it doesn't currently work with Napster To Go in the UK.
These are major problems to me as these where the reasons I bought the player in the 1st place. I read several reviews that stated it worked with the above but unfortunately they were US reviews and the European version uses a different filesystem, this is not mentioned in any review I had read.
If you dont intend to use Napster To Go or Windows Media Player 10 then I would highly recommend the H10, its an excellent MP3 player.
They only prob I found was the menus took ages to move round.
While set up some new Play lists the software informed me
that a new Firmware update was online.
What a differance.The menus now move a speed and you get
the feel of the unit as they ment it to be.
I found my battery lasts a bit longer too.
I'll get a spare battery,to charge up and carry.Unlike
the Ipod removing the batterys as about as hard as put
new batterys in a old walkman.As a matter of fact easyer.
I river are VERY active in upgrading the firmware and I
feel the units been a good investment.
Top Product and the colour screen has the I-pod users in
my office getting very pissed if I bring it out to use.
Need I say more :)
There is no doubt that iRiver are designing their new babies to work best in conjunction with their own software. No big deal if you don't mind another new audio tool of course, certainly a pain for all you Microsoft-only weenies out there. Rest assured though iRiver have put much thought into their own offering (iRiver Plus), I'm already hooked on it's ability to accurately update my MP3 & WMA tags via FreeDB (lighting fast over broadband).
As for the player itself, I immediately upgraded the supplied Sennheiser headphones with white Sony Fonotopia's (although this was admittedly personal preference in terms of comfort). There are 30 on-board EQ settings on the player, but the SRS WOW setting on the H10 it has to be said is a major coup for iRiver ... it is absolutely breathtaking, true pocket hifi from an MP3 player at last! (praise d'Lord!).
Pre-supplied case (although like a WW2 condom) is stylish and offers great protection. Great (replaceable) battery (take note other manufacturers!!) and overall controls are simple and very effective.
I've loaded a few pics of my family onto the player, the photo viewer is a nice touch. Why people criticise portable media players for their lack of quality in this space is beyond me. It's a 2x2 colour LCD screen, get a life (or at least a wallet!).
Radio sounds excellent, voice recorder works well as does text viewer.
I am highly impressed thus far with my H10. It wasn't the cheapest option certainly, but in terms of build and output quality it leaves everthing else in this space for dead (sorry Mr Apple, you have some catching up to do).
Had mine H10 for around 4 months and had absolutely no problems with it. I've upgraded my firmware to v2.4 which added some new features and fixed a few bugs I didn't know existed. The H10 can now play albums by track order if that is important to you. It never bothered me.
Battery life is as advertised (around 12 hours). Sound quality is excellent and the radio useful. However with only 5GB the photo and text features are a bit of a gimmick. One thing that does annoy me is the lack of 'double tab' on the slider. You have to use the buttons to select. Not a big thing but it would be nice.
Overall, this is an excellent player. Go on takes Apple's advice and 'think different'.
+ Impressed with the sound quality and replaceable battery. The software is ok and easy once you get used to it.
- The manuals are terrible - they are so truncated you feel like putting them in the bin and just getting through with trial and error.
- The in-screen navigation (especially compared with ipods) is terrible. Scrolling through your songs or albums takes ages. The startup time for each song is a long time cf ipod, sometimes you feel like it has crashed, but no, its just slow.
- Mine wont shut down properly and when you pick it up a few hours later it has drained the battery due to still being on standby mode.
Conclusion: Its pretty, it has a radio, and if you can put up with a few glitches its not at all bad. After all, when youve got a song playing its pretty irrelevant that it took you a few extra seconds to get there.