A great device; and yep, the battery is user replaceable
5 October 2005
Summary: Have had this player for a good stretch of time and it is my gym-in-a-pocket, not to mention provider of much sanity at work, while flying, in the car, etc. One of the best electronic purchases I've made, and it's only too bad that iRiver never gave it all the continuing support it deserved and killed this high end off, rather than developing it further.
Summary: This is a beautiful, feature-packed mp3 player. I've owned this player for almost 6 months, and I've never regretted choosing it over other hard-drive based mp3 players available. The H140 is almost the same size as the 40GB iPod, (about a quarter of an inch thicker and 9 grams heavier than the iPod), but has more features - most importantly, much better battery life. The iRiver manual claims up to 16 hours of battery life.
Summary: I couldn't be more delighted with this player. Upon receiving it, I opened the package, connected the AC Adapter, and connected the included USB 2.0 cable. WindowsXP immediately recognized the player as an external drive. I flashed the BIOS, and then started copying files. About 20 minutes later, my 15GB MP3 library was on the player. I immediately started listening to music, and I was bowled over by the sound quality.
Summary: 40 gigs is a lot. not only coes my iRiver carry all the music i have ever owned. it also carries movies, pictures, school documents etc etc. it really nice to be able to pick up the player at a friend's place and start watching some movie... it supports ogg. why use mp3 or wma when ogg is smaller, better sound quality, and open source? why support microsoft when you have another option? optical line in/out.
Summary: Bought my iHP-140 in June after extensive research on the various competing products. Great battery life, and the support of Ogg Vorbis files was big for me. The record function is a nice feature, although I haven't used it that often, but mainly I wanted something to listen to on my bus commute and when I'm at the gym, and for that I'm 100% satisfied.
Summary: Have owned this unit for approximately a month. Battery life hasn't yet reached the slated 16 hours, but doesn't fall short by much - can squeeze 12-13 hours out of it with intermittent backlight and lots of manual changing tracks in between. They DO say its only 16 hours for 128kbps files though, and a lot of my music is coded at higher bitrates. Setup is a breeze, plug in the USB, power it on and do your thing. Item is very small, compact and lightweight.
Summary: I have looked at many mp3 players over the past 6 months and the IHP-140 has everything I was looking for and more. The 18 hour battery life is the main reason I bought this mp3 player but the FM tunner is also nice feature I wanted. The sound quality on this mp3 player is awesome. The remote it comes with is a great thing to have and I use it all the time. Navigating on the IHP-140 was a little strange at first but after about 2 minutes of playing I figured it out.
Great Hardware, Usable Software, Poor Customer Support
Charlie "charlie615", Amazon
13 July 2004
Summary: I've had my H140 for about 3 months now, and I've really enjoyed it. The interface isn't as easy to learn as the ipod, but it is functional. The FM reciever works pretty well. It doesn't pick up stations as well as my car, but I still get quite a few stations clearly. The ability to plug it in via usb to the PC and be seen as a removalbe drive is really nice.
Summary: My ihp140 is now full and I have gone through the painstaking job of reducing all my files to 52 characters so they can be indexed in the database (artist, album, genre ...). Alas, when powering the ihp 140 in the DB mode (so it can use the tags in indexing), it needs around 4 minutes to boot. YES, 4 MINUTES! The only solution is to turn the DB function off and to multiply the number of folders so you can find files relatively easily.
Summary: I got my hp-140 about a week ago, and I'm 90% satisfied. The player certainly has its pros and cons, and there are some 'catches' that you have to figure out for yourself, and it can be very frustrated until you do. All the pros have certainly been mentioned, so I'm just going to list the problems I had that prompted me to give 4 stars instead of 5. Even though the player does support OGG files, it does not read the tags.