Pros Impeccable Sound, Sexy Design, Friendly User Interface
Cons Similar to its predecessor. No TV/Out. Doesn't do my laundry.
Summary My background: Muzio JM100, iRiver IFP990, iRiver U10, Creative Muzo, Ipod Nano (1st Gen), Cowon D2 and finally the iRiver Clix2. The Cowon D2 I borrowed for a couple of weeks from a mate. The list there is pretty close to chronological. The Creative Muzo was a complete failure, but my sister gave it to me, and free is good.
My music: I listen to anything but techno so although I like bass, I prefer it transparent. I’m more concerned of clarity and frequency balance. Rock on.
My audio-gear: Right now I’m using Audio-Technica ATH-FC7 which I’ve had for atleast 2 years. I also use the Sharp HP-MD33S. I’ve had several Sony, Sennheiser, and other super-cool stuff.
Ok with that out of the way, let’s roll!
Foreword: I’m sure those who’ve done a bit of research know this already, but this player does have something to offer. This includes the AMOLED screen, D-Click system, slim design, fast/customizable and incredibly flexible User Interface and finally the seemingly unfathomable quality of sound. Yes, it all sounds quite sweet, but there are a few flaws.
The Sound: I’ve followed iRiver for so long because of its deep bass whilst maintaining clear high frequencies or what people like to call treble; SRS WOW is divine audio-candy as well. In comparison to the Ipod, and all its predecessors, this thing is king and Ipod slave. But the D2 puts up a fight. Both D2 and Clix2 pump out 16ohm, but the D2 has an incredible 74mW, whilst the Clix2 has only 34mW. D2 has more power, but strangely the sound quality remains similar. The only assumption is that iRiver uses better software. [9/10]
The Battery life: My IFP990 had 52 hours battery life, the U10 30 and the Clix2 with 24. The Cowon pumps out a massive 52 hours as well. Ipod claims 8 hours, but mine usually dies in around 4. So the Clix2 falls slightly short, but unless you’re travelling for a very long time, are very lazy, or sold your house to buy this product, it shouldn’t be a problem. [8/10]
The Interface/Display: Flash UI (User Interface) was exactly what I was waiting for. You can change font, or if you know how to work Flashlite, you can design your own UI. For example you can have chopsticks instead of the arrows, have rice bowls for battery life and have a ninja break-dancing in the background. AMOLED is king. You can view it from all directions, in sunlight, and much better vibrant/bright colours than the classic QVGA. No other PMP/MP3 player currently offers this magic. [10/10]
The Design/Portability: I personally am very picky of design, so if it looks crap, I won’t get it. Usually that compromises a lot of things, but the Clix2 doesn’t. Unfortunately, the D2 looks like complete crud. I mean honestly, the Clix2 looks sexy. Its thickness rivals the Ipod. If the D2 was a Landrover Destroyer, the Clix2 would be a Gallardo. One thing though, the Clix2 doesn’t have a TV/Out, big flaw against the D2. [9/10]
The Ease of Use: This is where the D2 dies. Touch screen. I can’t operate the device unless it’s out of my pocket. I have to yank it out, often along with the earphone jack popping out, while the bus is shaking, trying to navigate around so I can listen to Track 2. It’s not very intuitive, and to top that, no playlist support. I’ll stick with D-Click. I’ve already memorised the interface, with the D2 however, I was never able to memorise where to touch. [9/10]
The Memory: Ok you memory lovers, the Clix2 has failed you. A mere 2/4/8GB you say. Ipod gives 20GB and Creative Zen Vision:M has 30GB! True, but I don’t listen to 2 weeks non-stop worth of music at a time. D2 has expandable memory! Ok, you can go spend another 150 bucks on a card, and I’ll use my spare cash to get a nice pair of Shure EC4 earphones. My Clix2 is 2GB. I use ¾ of it for music, and the rest to fit a movie or two. Whatever floats your boat, but in my opinion, there’s no sugar. [8/10]
The Prices: iRiver Clix2 2GB/4GB are $USD 171/214 if converted from Korean Won. This is cheaper than both the Ipod and the D2. I guess in a way it isn’t a very great improvement from the original Clix/U10. The Clix2 will not be released in many countries, such as Australia because it is indeed similar to its predecessor.
The Bottomline: So there you go, very long, but I hope it was informative. If you disagree with this, you have your opinion and I have mine. Maybe your opinion is more educated than mine. But don’t tell me, because I like this Clix2 very much and I’d rather not have anyone ruin my day![Overall 8.8/10 or 9/10]
Pros Atrractive, small, excellent FM tuner
Cons No tech support, too early even to register at iRiver!
Summary Nifty design, light and attractive. As an avid radio listener, I was delighted at the quality of the FM tuner, which is far more powerful and clear than my current player, the Zen Vision:M. However, I have already encountered incompatibility with a number of programs, Audible, etc. and even the iRiver software will not recognize the player when connected to my PC. I assume the drivers will be updated, but there is no online tech support for this Clix, nor can I even register the player! I assume iRiver will return from vacation some day soon!Updated
I disovered that Clix2 has a speed control for audio books for readers in a hurry. This is an invaluable feature. The manual is poorly organized and missing several of the most crucial features, for instance selection of USB connection, etc. The battery seems to last, and although it does not have many of the drive features of the Zen line from Creative, its small and light form, with quality playback now boost my original rating to an "8"
Pros Great sound, Awesome screen, easy to use interface, sexy form factor
Cons Iriver have the worst customer service I've experienced
Summary I bought this Clix off ebay about a month ago, I should've known when there were delivery problems that nothing was ever going to be right with this little player!
When it eventually turned up, the box is very minimalistic and unimpressive, you do think 'what have I spent all this money on'. It does go through your mind.
Luckily though, when you power it on - You'll realise why you bought it. The Clix itself is absolutely brilliant.
The audio from the Clix is very good. It was easily better than my Sony E407 mp3 player, and sounded better than my friends new 8GB Nano. It also support OGG, which the Ipods don't
Video on the Clix is brilliant too, very impressive. I'm quite handy with video, so I found re-encoding clips/films etc that I had on my pc, into a format ready for the Clix really easy. But the Iriverter software that was made for this device does a good job too. I wouldn't use the Iriver plus software that comes bundled though, there seems to be plenty of problems with that. Once you've got clips onto the Clix, they look amazing. I had about 10 people standing around my desk in awe watching a clip of Aguilera
The navigation system of the Clix is very clever, pushing on the sides of the unit to get around the menu's. A little weird at first, but after a while you are whizzing around the menu.
There are loads of menu options for things like Radio, customising the look of the menu (themes), audio options etc etc. The menu is very good and there are lots of features.
Battery life seemed pretty good for me, but to charge it, you can only charge via usb. Which I found pretty poor really. You may not want to take your PC/Laptop with you on every trip, and I don't think Iriver sell an official wall charger, so you can risk getting a modified mobile phone one off ebay...
Whilst we're on the subject of charging, you can either charge the unit and access it via USB on your pc/laptop, or you can charge it and continue to use it for playback - you can not do BOTH. So it you fancy charging the Clix, copying some files over and then listening to them, forget it. You'd have to go into the menu, enable one setting, do bits and bobs on your pc, then go into the Clix and change some settings - Far too much messing around. I didn't like that.
Now, don't get me wrong the Clix device itself is absolutely brilliant, and if I was to score it out of 10 by itself, it would get a 9 easy. Because I don't think there's another device on the market as good as it with all the same sort of features. The Cowon D2 is the closest and that thing is pig ugly and only has a touchscreen - Forget trying to control that thing in your pocket! But I need to also tell you about another part of the Clix that should massively influence your decision to buy one - Iriver.
In short, I'll never buy from Iriver again.
My Clix broke within a week of me having it, and I had lovingly treated it like a child. It had not had hammer, it had never been in my touser/jeans pocket, I put it in a solid little case. Then 7days after having it the right hand side of the screen stopped 'clicking'. It could quite easily happen if you'd got thing in your pocket and it had been crushed, but mine hadn't. This thing looks quite easy to break. I created an RMA off Iriver europe's website (fairly straight forward) and mailed it off to Germany the same day. This is where the story ends. I have had one email of Iriver in 2weeks, saying my device had arrived in Germany. I've mailed them FIVE times asking if the unit had been repaired or when I was likely to get it back. I've not recieved one reply from the company. At all. Not even a confirmation of getting the email. I've also tried contacting Iriver USA for advice - No response their either. Once they have your device-It's gone. Into a black hole.
I don't think my device is going to be coming back now so I'm already looking at replacing it.
The Clix is utterly brilliant if it works and never needs to go to Iriver, but the thing looks VERY easy to break, it doens't look durable at all.
If you've got a £100 to throw away on something that could quite easily break, and if it does, you can afford to throw it in the bin and buy another - I would definately recommend the Clix to you. The player itself is brilliant. They are a bit like disposable camera's though. If you want something more durable and has the same sort of features, you may have to compromise on looks and form factor and go elsewhere. I'd probably recommend going to Cowon or Kenwood who make the best sounding MP3 players (yes, much better than your Ipod/Imod/Nano etc).
I'm looking at buying a Cowon D2 (pig ugly, but I'm willing to take that if the thing doesn't break and the customer services aren't cowboys) or a Kenwood HD10GB7, which doesn't do video, but is the best sounding audio MP3 player you can buy in a small form factor.
Pros clear, crisp and bright screen. perfect size for jeans pocket. looks very cool. easy to use controls. fun to use
Cons click noise from buttons, casing, usb port, no expandable memory, some video converting problems
Summary This is the first PMP that I have ever purchased so I did alot of research prior. I was torn between the Clix2 and the new Sony Nw-A800 series. The original Clix recieved such great reviews I figured that the Clix2 was a no brainer as it had a large community backing it.
Anyways I made my decision, I ordered the Clix2 from the iRiver website and I recieved it within 2 days (and I'm in Canada!).
When I opened the box I was very surprised at the actual size of the product, it's very small and cool looking. So I fire up this little bad boy and I know it's called a Clix but I have to admit, I'm not a fan of the clicking noise the buttons make. Anyways, the screen looked great! great color and resolution and not alot of glare in light, and the controls were very intuitive.
The software was very easy to install and use, it's nothing fancy but does everything you need to get your files on the device. The first thing I tried to do was put one of my favorite one hour tv shows on the player. I pluged in the usb into the player and noticed that it was a very tight squeeze, I almost had to force it in. So I converted the AVI file to MPEG4 and it was automatically placed on the player. I put in the earbuds and pressed play...the video was looking good, but I noticed the sound did not match the video! it was elapsed by a few seconds, not a good first impression. So I tried other videos and some worked ok, but others had the same problem...I dont know if this was my fault, the converting program, or the devices processor...any ideas people?
But besides the clicking and converting problem I have nothing else bad to say about the player. Sound quality is good to great and the flash games are quite fun. Like I said this is my first PMP player and I'm not disapointed it does everything I want and is small and cool.
Player Size: 5/5
Screen Size: 4/5
Interface O/S: 4/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Image Quality: 4.5/5
Sound Quality: 4/5
Casing Quality: 3/5
Cool Factor: 4.5/5
Converting Video: 3/5
Pros SRS HD WOW, Large memory, best screen, VERY customizable, improvements on all cons of U10, slimmer and more..
Cons less battery life. U10 was around 30 hrs long but this has 24hour..but not bad though
Summary I bought mine already thanks to my friend living in korea sent me 4gb one a day ago.
First of all.. the guy who said D2 is better.. I'll tell ya why clix2 is better..
-Customizable Font, background (now it has moving background!)
-Much..Much better design. its quite small if you put it on your hand..slimmer too
-Better display..AMOLED its impressive.
you can see well outdoor too
-One of the hottest feature..CUSTOMIZABLE PLAY LIST!! In most MP3 players you couln't make your own playlists(not like ipod's on-the-go list) you can actually create playlist database in the clix2 it self!
-Also better looking UI(user interface)
-Easier to press..I think D2's touch pad's going to be really uncomfortable.
-Lastly.. Flash game..
In korea people uses this feature for not only game but applications like electronic dictionary, subway map, reading commic book and more.. this mp3's feature's very expandable thanks to Flash 2.1...
the only thing clix 2's lacking is.. the sound.. D2's a little better than clix2 but you can barly or cannot notice....though that doesn't mean clix2 has bad audio quality.. its much better than u10
Well.. this review's based on Korea release version of Clix2..it can be better on U.S release.Updated
There are many features that hasn't been anounced yet for US release. My review's from Korean release version. I did some research on Clix2 on US webs and there weren't many information on it. look at my other review. Clix 2 is extremely customizable, long enough battery life, cheaper(it costs less than 200dollar in comparison to 2gb clix 1 costing $188 and D2 4g for $220), big big improvement of SRS WOW software from clix 1, faster system, and better interface and grip feeling. Looks great inside's great. I swear there's nothing to mock about it. I have no idea why you people are giving so low rating. and be honest whether you actually even touched clix2 or not. this is review for the people who wants to buy good stuff. and lets respect the company who has created these products as well