iriver Clix

iriver clixI’m such a gadget freak. I couldn’t help myself. Based on my excellent experience with a refurbished iriver U10, I took the plunge and ordered a Clix*. I am glad I did. This thing is about as close as it gets to a perfect digital audio player for my personal requirements.

  • It’s freaking beautiful.
  • The interface on the Clix is miles better than the U10. Faster, more intuitive, more options. The single downside would be the time it takes to scroll through a massive list of songs, which I hardly ever do anyway – I tend to browse by album/artist/genre.
  • Syncs with Windows Media Player 11 with no issues. I use star ratings quite a lot to tag my favourite songs, and the ratings sync back to WMP11 no problems.
  • Album art is cool and works well if you have it in WMP11.
  • In addition to 2x, 4x and 6x FFWD speeds, they’ve added 30x and 60x, so fast-forwarding through big podcasts is no longer an issue like it was on the U10.
  • Sound reproduction is great.
  • It’s freaking beautiful.

Get one. Unless you need piles of storage, it’s the best DAP out there bar none.

*Here’s a vote for Don’t be fooled by the name, they have a great product range beyond just minidisc, and provide excellent service for those of us based down in this general corner of the world.

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  1. Just be aware, you can NOT transfer files to the Clix under any OS other than Windows, the transfer uses something called Media transfer protocol which is only available for Windoze.

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