Reviews and Problems with Rio Audio Rio Carbon - 5GB
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Rio Carbon works great with Vista
10 March 2011
Summary: I have had my Rio Carbon for one year and use my HP Vista for the Rio music manager. The reviewer who stated that the Rio Carbon would not run with a Vista OS obviously does not know how to use a Vista system or the Rio Carbon or both. I have had absolutely no problems with the Rio Music Manager software and am amazed at how well it performs, except for the play list tab (insignificant problem). I highly recommend the Rio Carbon.
Summary: This Rio Carbon device is fantastic excellent superb sound quality easy and functional everything he need for playing your favorite tunes. Easy to repair fits in your pocket Tough and sturdy Rio I've always done a fantastic range of MP3 players. But the Rio Carbon 5GB as the best of the lot.
Summary: I enjoy listening to books that I download from my public library. Most of these are available in WMA format with some in MP3. Apple players do not handle the WMA media without translation where as the Rio handles both formats with out a problem.
Summary: I'll start by saying that if your computer runs the Vista OS, it will not detect this player at all. There's no way around it. I have searched for hours online trying to find a driver compatible with Vista, but appearently none exists, leaving your new Mp3 player completely useless. Make sure before you buy that your OS is compatible with the Carbon by visiting Rio's website. Having said that, the Carbon is a great player. The controls are simple and intuitive.
Summary: I needed a player with a large capacity to download audible books and I didn't want to spend a bundle and this one filled the bill. I currently have 3 books, one very large, and still have lots of space for more. The controls are easy, the display easy to read and it's really a very nice looking player. As players go, it is on the larger side but fits very comfortable in my palm. This is one of three players I have and I truly like this the best.
Summary: I am an avid audio book listener, and the Rio Carbon is the easiest MP3 player I have used (of several) to listen to audio books. Unfortunately, Rio is no longer in business, so when my most recent Carbon showed signs of being on it's last legs, I replaced it on EBay. Of course, the purchase was used, and shows signs of it, but It works well, and will hopefully get me down the road for the next few years at least.
Summary: I've used my Rio Carbon for a few years and it's performance has been satisfactory for my needs. My complaints against this Rio is how slow it seems to boot-up (near full storage has a factor), and that it produces a noticeable high pitched hum while in operation (which does not transfer through audio). Rio Music Manager program is a little tedious (even infuriating) and the time and date never remains correct (resets to Jan. 1970 ?!?