iRiver H-320 20GB Hard-disk MP3 Player With Tuner
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The sleek and compact H320 digital music player holds up to 600 hours of your favorite songs. Plus, you can transfer and store digital pictures and view them on the vivid color display. A rechargeable battery that lasts up to 16 hours, enhanced 3D sound, ultra-fast USB 2.0 file transfers and simple navigation are just a few of the features you won’t find anywhere else.
20GB of internal storage
Large, vivid color display
Ultra-fast USB 2.0 transfers
Supports secure transfers from Windows Media Player™
Rechargeable battery lasts up to 16hrs
View JPEG or BMP images
Built-in FM tuner
Integrated voice recorder
Record music from any audio source(no PC required)
Supports MP3, WMA, ASF and OGG music files
Store or transfer files of any type
Enhanced 3D audio
Antenna type: Headphone/Earphone cord
Dimensions (WxDxH): 103 x 62.1 x 22.5 mm
Display diagonal: 5.08 cm (2")
FM radio: Y
Number of batteries supported: 4
Operating temperature (T-T): -5 - 40 °C
Player media type: HDD
Total storage capacity: 20 GB
Voice recording: Y
Weight: 183 g
Top customer reviews
The main features that drew my attention to this product were the colour screen, for, y'know like looking at colour and stuff
The microphone for all those times you may need one
The external battery pack run on AA bateries (which I was genuinelly interested in) to make sure that you can squeeze some extra juice out of the bad boy
And the Radio, which to be honest I didn't think i'd use much.
Before getting it I had undergone the painstakingly boring process of creating a folder for every leter of the alphabet then the artist beginning with that letter inside them and then the albums by that artist. And by jove am I glad I did that, it proved to make the transfer of music to iRiver very quick and easy (and disablign the ID3 tags made it quicker to load) and due to the fact that it is a portable hard drive I didn't have to use crap software like iTunes to 'Update songs'
So there I am, iRiver in hand, big grin on my face checking out my remote that leads to the head phones, so I start to listen, let me tell you from someone who has regularly listened to my friend's iPod, the sound quality is unmatched, crystal clear, even full volume is like being at a live gig, so basically I'm chuffed. The functionality is a tad fiddly it has to be said and nowhere near as 'slick' as the iPod but when you get used to it you can cruise through the songs like a true pr0.
After a few weeks of having it, regularly putting new songs on quickly, using it as a transport system to take my files from my workplace pc and move them onto my home pc and telling people how great it is I looked on the website.
Firmware upgradeable may not sound too slick, but you could not be more wrong, only yesterday did I 'update the firmware' allowing me to play AVI FILES with sound, it is now my own personal media player for music AND videos, albeit it is a tad fiddly converting files to AVI's and resizing them but there are tutorials on the iRiver website and who knows what the next upgrade will be?
In conclusion I feel that although the iPod may look nicer for the more shallow lot of you, in sound quality, extra features and general awesomeness the iRive in unsurpassed.
Definately buy one if you want a fantastic mp3 that will play videos at no extra cost
I loaded on 1300 tracks and backed up all my photos and data from my PC and it not takes a while to boot up, turning off the database helps the boot time if your tracks are organised into folders anyway.
I find the sound just fine, and the ability to record from LPs by plugging the device in to the stereo downstairs and then carry them back upstairs to split if required, if the LPs are in very good condition the H320 will automatically split the tracks, but it sometimes misses the gaps when recording from LP's as they never really go quiet.
One use I had not considered before I bought it was the voice recording option. The Mic is very good and seems to work very well, when placed in the middle of a table at meetings. Great for proving who said what and the auto level works well, everyone coming over loud and clear.
If you want a device just to play Mp3's this may not be the one for you, or if you judge a device, by its packaging, if you want a device which does several jobs well, then consider the H320 or its bigger brother the H340.
A couple of words of warning, the US version's of these devices do not have the USB to Go, so can not be used to copy direct from cameras, key-drives etc, so make sure you are looking at a UK spec system when price comparing. Also check your Camera is compatible via the iRiver site, if you want to use that feature.
Firstly, the accesories: you get the usual things, manuals, earphones (with inline remote control, no screen though), adapter and installation cd (not that you need it if you have windows xp) and a usb 2 cable for connecting the device to your pc. There are also some extra accesories, you get a strong carry case (this is good but it has an annoying belt clip that I can't get off, but this is only a minor problem, you can always get a new 3rd party case). You also get a USB host cable to use when taking pictures from a camera without using a pc in between (great feature), a line in/out cable for anologue recording, an external mic (great for recording lectures and business meetings etc) and lastly a great external battery pack. This battery pack is large and makes the device totally un pocket friendly but the only time you will really use it is on a long trip in a plane or car. It charges the internal battery by its 4 AA batteries. It is a worthwhile feature for extended battery life which is always a good thing. There is nothing worse than being stuck half way through a journey only for your battery to run out!!!!!!
Next to the player itself. Firstly, i find it very pocket friendly. It isn't the smallest on the market, but its smaller than my wallet which is always in my jeans pocket, so therefore i conclude that it's pocket friendly. It does have a bit of weight to it, but i like a bit of feel in products like this. I know it's in my pocket, but it doesn't annoy me. It also makes it feel sturdy and well built. Next, the buttons. At first they are a bit confusing, like holding down the record button to get to a menu. It's not something i would think of doing to get to a menu, but after a few hours playing with it the controls become second nature. I will add that reading the instructions is a good idea. They arn't the best in the world but it is useful for learning all the little tricks.
The screen on this thing is fantastic. As soon as you turn it on it just looks like a quality piece of kit, and when using it, it doesn't dissapoint! It is really bright and easy to read. The screen is also good for pictures. I was comparing it to my mobile phone and the picture colour is so much more defined. It really does pick out the colours well. The player also plays video files. You have to download some firmware from iriver.com first which updates the player. This takes no time. It is quite a hassle to change the video type to get it to work but it is worth the effort. Lots of people say whats the point on such a small screen. I've found the screen to be more than capable and was quite surprised at how high the quality is. This is a FREE upgrade, it just takes a bit of work to implement. I imagine the best time for this feature is for going on holiday or long trips. Just for some entertainment other than music (or a distraction in lectures).
Next is the ease of transfer. And ease is the correct word! I had 8Gb of music on the player in minutes!!!!! And i like the file system. It's clear and simple. I will say that it is annoying that you can't make playlists on the player, although i've heard they might make a new firmware upgrade to change this(just a rumour though). But in any case you can make the playlist on your pc and put it onto the player. This is also a portable storage device (external hard drive if you will) so you can store other files and take them to other pc's or just use it for back up. The text viewer i personally use as an address book. I can't think of anything else to use it for. It is annoying though that you can't listen to music when you are viewing text or pictures.
All in all this is a great player. Why does it only get 4 stars? The price. I'd say it's better value for money than its main rival the ipod photo if you can live without the style (i can). However, as with all newly released technology it is as expensive as it will ever be. No doubt it will come down in price, so if you can't afford it now then no doubt it will be cheaper in a few months time. But i found it too hard to resist. And how pleased i am to have finally gone from my old mini disc recorder to what is essentially a multimedia device, not just mp3 player. Fantastic!!!!!
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