Pros Alot of features, great sound, great screen, amazing design.
Cons Converting movies will be difficult, takes time for novices to figure out how to put Flash games on it in MTP (Napster To Go- compatible, for example) mode without reformatting.
Summary My first MP3 player was one of the original Creative Zen ones and this time around, I was looking for something sleeker, sexier, and with more features. Back a long while ago, I had an excellent MP3-CD player called Slim X by iRiver and so I was looking for iRiver MP3 players. What I found was the new Clix 2, with excellent reviews to boot, and so I decided this was my player. Well, I must say, I am not dissapointed. The screen is of excellent quality with beautiful colors. I've seen some comment that it could be bigger... Well, I suppose that this might make it a little more enjoybale, but the screen can only be made wider, not taller, with this design... And I am not sure what the real benefits of that would be as this is already a wide-screen (rectangular) player. The sound quality is awesome, although I certainly purchased some different earbuds because the ones included are of $10 quality (you should really commit some money to better headphones for a higher-end player such as this, but that's my opinion). The Clix system for navigation is awesome, and if you change the screen allignment to vertical, then it is really easy to navigate all the options with just one hand (although volume adjustment and the power button, although still possible to operate with one hand, are much easier to press using two hands as they are specifically designed to be protected against accidental presses).
The only cons of this player don't really have much to do with the player or its functionality, but rather with its software. If you are just going to put music on it, there are no problems. Just drag-drop your files into the player, or connect it to your Play For Sure program (like Napster To Go) and drag-drop there. However, beware that you can't drag-drop Flash games into the Media folders (to which you drag-drop the music) in MTP transfer mode... You would have to switch to mass-sharing mode, and that would automatically reformat your player and delete all of your data on it, and you would just be left with that one game. For a novice like me, it took a while to figure out that what I need to do is put my games into a folder titled "Flash Games" on my computer (which is the exact name of the Flash Games folder on the iRiver player) and then when I put games into the Flash Games folder on my computer, I need to drag-drop that entire folder into the "Data" folder on the Clix 2, and then the player would automatically recognize the folder name and put all the games into it's own Flash Games folder. That is how to do it in MTP mode... Also, converting movies into a format playable by the Clix 2 will, in most cases, force you to download some additional (free) programs for conversion... But even then, it is no cakewalk. I know those that are familiar with all these operations will have no problem, but for a novice like me, it was difficult and the fact that not instructions manual is included (they have one on their website, but it is still not completely comprehensive) did not make things easier. I have to take a point off my score for "presentation", I suppose... All of these difficult features can be learned and are not actual "shortcomings", but the fact that iRiver didn't "present" them in a way which makes it easier to learn them is a dissapointment.
Overall, very excellent. 9 out of 10.
Pros AMOLED, SRS WOW, D-click interface, ease of transfer of audio and photo files
Cons lack of available accessories, poor quick-start guide and user manual
Summary I really love this player. The display is nothing short of amazing. There are several themes ( backgrounds ) you can use...i'm a fantasia/rainbow guy myself. The graphic equalizer function has 5 adjustable bands, the SRS WOW function is a bit more flexible using different spatial characteristics. Once again, excellent. The file management of the player is pretty cool, allowing multiple ways to find your tunes. You can find by album, by artist, by genre, by song title. Pics look amazing on the AMOLED screen, and the flash games do as well. The only product I'm aware of that may be able to compete with this awesome thing is the cowon d2. I am not,however, a fan of pda devices and the iRiver was my obvious choice. I will give cowon an advantage in the audio dept, only because the iriver buds really suck. My thoughts are that the money went into the player, as most of us have our own "personal buds" anyway. You'll not be disappointed by any means should you follow suit.....
Pros Great display, great extra feautures, great looking
Cons Headphones are terrible, screen could be bigger, no AM radio
Summary A great mp3 player that blows the competition away - this thing looks great and performs even better. The screen is fantastic looking with great looking videos and regular playing interface. The option to switch from Windows Media Player 11 interface to plain 'ol USB connection is great and the player works well with linux. The games, including Sudoku, are a great extra feature and the text reader is nice too. The D'Click interface is excellent - it sounds kinda rattly but that is the where it is designed and I really like it.
Would've liked AM radio but oh well. There is also some extra space on the sides of player as one could tell from the pictures. If they were to expand the screen to make it wide-screen then wowza!
Pros AMOLED screen, 30fps Video, Easy UI, Good sound quality, slim and neat design.
Cons Sound quality is not as great as the D2's. No line-in recording like Clix1
Summary Really, you can't compare the D2 with the clix2. So the D2 can do a few things the clix2 can not, but what the clix2 can do, it does greatly.
It's not just the great screen, or the easy user interface, but its so much more convenient than the D2. How? Simple, it is slim, has unlimited viewing angle (D2 is hard to see sometimes) and the buttons are easily accessible. In contrast, the D2 may have touch screen, but you've got to use 2 hands (one to hold the player the other to navigate). Its easy, you do not need touch screen for a portable mp3 player. Thats not all. With the D2 you can not see as good as the clix2. It might have better sound quality, but if you can't see it in the day taking it around with you, the video function is totally redundant. I admit, however, that the sound quality of the D2 is superior.
The cons are only minor. Line in recording is not a must as the clix2 already gives the option to record off the radio and has an internal mic.
Pros Any USB to USB-Mini cable will connect or charge it. It can function as a USB storage drive. Supports .ogg and .flac for Ubuntu or other Linux users.
Cons Small storage(forgivable since it's all flash and anything higher than 16GB these days is still expensive.)
The display case scratches very easily.
Buttons are a little clunky at first.
Switching between USB drive mode, and the iPod/Zune etc mode for
Summary I've had this music player since around 2008, and it still works great. One of the biggest benefits is my computer needed to be reformatted, and since I use USB Drive mode exclusively(primary reason I got it) I copied my library straight back to the computer. Support for formats OTHER than wma and mp3 is a welcome bonus(also the secondary reason for getting it.)
I had a Zune, and was tired of having to do the registry hacks in order to access it like a USB drive every time I formatted my hard drive and reinstalled. So this device was a diamond in the rough for me.
Overall it's Pros far outweigh the cons. I use it for music in my car, and that's likely the reason it gets scratched up as I'm less than gently putting it in my center box(Jeep Cherokee and now Patriot. and later Wrangler from lack of repair manuals on new MK models.)
You can see my car choice reasoning as part of a philosophy that led me to the iRiver itself. I hate super closed systems that rely too much on either exclusive parts or repair. As a big self doer(only custom built desktops as laptops are difficult/expensive to repair and rely on too many proprietary connections.)
Though this may not be a self repair device, it's an anti lock in device. Like the PS3, having the ability to use any USB cable with a standard/mini connector is awesome.
If you are picking this up used, or are getting a newer iRiver model. Get it. This company provides a great player without locking you into THEIR connectors.