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iRiver E200 8GB review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £89
inc VAT

Although its battery life is a little shorter than that of similarly priced players, the E200 is a classy portable audio and video player.

Almost all modern MP3 players feel sturdy, but we were particularly impressed by how robust iRiver’s E200 felt.

The hefty, rigid metal case looks classy and feels well engineered. This means it’s a little heavier than the competition at 92g, but it’s still compact and light enough to carry around all day.

We weren’t disappointed by the E200’s audio quality when paired with a good aftermarket pair of earphones. Music sounded clear, rich and detailed. Bass wasn’t quite as thumping as we’d like, especially compared with other iRiver players, but it still sounded pleasing. The included earphones aren’t worth bothering with, as they make music sound flat and muffled with very weak bass.

Battery life was disappointing. The player lasted just over 17 hours for audio, which is a little short compared with similarly priced players. There’s an FM radio built in, but we had difficulty getting static-free reception in our central London offices.

The E200’s touch-sensitive buttons feel odd, especially if they’re set to vibrate when pressed. Although these controls feel fiddly and less precise than a physical set of buttons, the haptic feedback is genuinely useful rather than just a gimmick – with vibration turned off we were more prone to choosing the wrong songs or overshooting our intended target in a long list. The interface’s white text on dark backgrounds looks clear and sharp, even in overly bright or dim lighting conditions.

Videos looked great on the bright 2.8in display. The screen has plenty of contrast and videos were always displayed in the correct aspect ratio. H.264 video files aren’t supported, but WMV and DivX videos played without any problems. The battery lasted five hours and 20 minutes when playing video, which should see you through a couple of films.

We were impressed with iRiver’s E200 8GB. It feels well made and sounds great, while videos looked stunning on its 2.8in screen. Battery life is a little shorter than on other players, but you’ll still get a decent amount of playback time between charges. It’s a Best Buy.


Price £89
Rating *****
Headphone Rating **
Award Best Buy


Capacity 8.00GB
Formatted capacity 7.21GB
Interface USB
Storage medium flash memory
Battery and charge options lithium polymer, USB
Size 55x11x105mm
Weight 92g


Device has screen? Yes
Viewable size 2.8 in
Native resolution 240×320
Memory card support microSD
FM Radio yes
Audio record options microphone, radio
Video record options none
Supplied with headphones, USB cable

Test Results

Tested battery life (MP3 playback) 17h 3m
Tested battery life (Video playback) 5h 20m
500MB transfer time 7m 26s
Audio MP3 playback Yes
Audio WMA playback Yes
Audio WMA-DRM playback Yes
Audio AAC playback Yes
Audio Protected AAC playback No
Audio OGG playback Yes
Audio WAV playback No
Audio Audible playback No
Image BMP support Yes
Image JPEG support Yes
Image TIFF support No
Video MPEG-4 AVI playback Yes
Video MPEG-4 MP4 playback Yes
Video WMV playback Yes
Video MPEG-1 playback No
Video MPEG-2 playback No
Video MPEG-2 VOB playback No
Video MPEG-4 DivX/XviD support Yes
Video H.264 support No
Video MPEG-4 MP3 audio support Yes
Video MPEG-4 AAC audio support No
Download compatibility WMA-DRM subscription and download

Buying Information

Price per MB 1.1p
Warranty one year RTB

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