Conclusion: The L player never really threatened the new iPod nano. But for any Apple-phobes or fans of lossless FLAC music (if there are such people), this is a decent alternative.
Pros: This is iRiver's latest attempt at overthrowing Apple's iPod nano. So does it succeed? Well, in part. Some of its features put Apple’s player to shame: it comes with an FM radio, voice recorder and a text reader compatible with .txt files. The performance isn't bad either. Music is the L player's chief talent and it succeeds in delivering clear, detailed sound. But…
Cons: …You're not going to beat the iPod nano with something that's got all the charm of George W Bush. It looks boring and uses iRiver's Clix system to navigate the menus, which would be okay if it always worked. But in our test, it didn’t. We've also got issues with the TFT LCD 4:3 screen - it’s not suited to video, and leaves images looking washed out.
Summary: A petit and stylish player with extensive format support and good audio quality, it's not without its faults, but we do like the Lplayer. And while it's unlikely to have Apple quaking in its boots, the iRiver Lplayer is a well priced media player that has that unmistakeable x-factor: we want one.
Summary: Priced at $99.99, the Lplayer is a solid music player that’s compatible with a number of audio/video formats for the hardcore multimedia set. If you’re satisfied with its limited amount of memory, and don’t mind the odd placement of the volume button, you’ll find the Lplayer a capable device. However, the similarly priced SanDisk Sansa Fuze offers superb sound quality, memory expansion, and a more stylish design.
Summary: The iriver Lplayer has a lot to offer in a compact, attractive, and affordably priced package. It sounds great, has more extra features than many of its competitors, and is easy and fun to use. The player is a good choice for consumers looking for an ultra-pocketable entertainment device and a definite improvement over the E100 in terms of sound and build quality, but its frequent comparisons to the superb clix family are unfounded (it isn't the first non-clix to make...
Conclusion: If you like iriver products you will like the LPlayer, since it’s the same great formula iriver has used on the popular clix line of players. But by the same note, there is nothing innovating. The lPlayer is the clix/clix2 minus some features and in a smaller form factor. Overall, it’s a nice package for those in the iriver camp and newcomers alike.
Pros: Solid iriver Design, Great looking screen., MSC/MTP User Selectable, Good radio reception, File Folder and ID3 Browsing
Cons: Mediocre sound quality, Screen difficult to see outside, Not on the go playlist, Weak Battery Life
Petite portable media player with D*click interface
Good Gear Guide.au
20 November 2008
Summary: The iRiver Lplayer is an impressive portable media player. It offers a host of features, has a good quality screen and comes at a low price. Just a few niggling interface and control issues detract from what is otherwise a strong iPod nano competitor.
Pros: Great quality screen, slim, interesting control scheme, extras such as FM radio and voice recorder, lots of file formats supported
Cons: Controls can be unresponsive, track sorting not perfect
Excerpt: iRiver's MP3 players have consistently impressed us with their solid design and decent build quality, and this latest L-player takes the range a step further. Similar to the Clix 2 in design, it features the unusual D Click system, which entails depressing the edges of the screen to navigate the player's interface rather than clicking buttons.