Features The P7 is easy on the eyes, but the features are nothing to write home about. In practice, however, we found that the P7 didn’t offer the kind of drag-and-drop video format and resolution flexibility we’ve seen from competitors such as the Cowon O2 or Archos WiFi. This 16 GB digital media player is capable of keeping up to 2, tunes, allowing you to move all your CDs and music files onto it. Unlike the iPod Touch’s smooth, swift, and responsive song lists, sorting through your music on the P7 requires patience and a precise touch on a slim graphical scroll bar. Tapping any of those items sends you straight to it even the clock takes you to a great world clock , and a back button usually sends you to the main menu for that category photo albums, playlists, so forth. Wrap-up Overall, we’d be happy to grab the P7 for a long flight and watch a full-length movie on it, but the limitations of media management and codec support mean it’d be a bit of an “event” to prep a movie for the player — and a chore to use the player on a regular basis. Just like the smaller-screened Samsung P3 or Iriver SPINN, we found ourselves spending extra time converting the videos we wanted to watch on the P7 using the included software.

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Porsche’s sports car tech improves the new Cayenne SUV. Read our full impressions after the break. Design We have some legitimate gripes with the P7, but design isn’t one of them. Continue to next page 01 If you’re accustomed to scrolling though menus, the P7’s Mondrian-esque layout takes a little time to grow on you.

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In fact, even the plastic carton the P7 is packaged in looks like a design student’s graduate project. The P7 measures 4. Apple’s iPod Touch gives you a good portion of the iPhone 6 experience in a tiny package, In practice, however, we found that the P7 didn’t offer the kind of drag-and-drop video format and resolution flexibility we’ve seen from competitors such as the Cowon O2 or Archos WiFi.

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On the top there are volume buttons flush with the surface, that click when pressed, and a menu button denoted by a single small bump. At the same time, the player seems needlessly thick.

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Hopefully a firmware update from iriver can iron out those kinks in the near future. It’s a novel and fun approach to an interface, and while iriver isn’t packing in extensive functionality or connected information, it’s a far cry from surfing through a boring menu tree with a d-pad.

Most functions are responsive and intuitive, with cross-fades between screens and large, obvious buttons to take you where you need to go. The majority of the P7 is operated using touch-screen control, however, you’ll find teeny, tiny buttons for power, menu, and volume on the top edge of the player.

It’s equal parts polished and useful. Still, there’s the problem of proper desktop-side software to make using a PMP a truly convenient and useful experience — power users won’t have much trouble, but it’s a bit of a deal breaker for the rest of us mere mortals.

Once you dial down into the P7’s music and photo menus, the single-page interface of the main menu eventually gives way to a more common list view. The included Windows client software is a tragedy of interface and doesn’t support video for some unapparent reason, while the Windows Media Player support seemed promising until Windows Media Player failed to sync anything into the right place.

The P7’s sleek aluminum body looks like it belongs in a modern art museum. Features The P7 is easy on the eyes, but the features are nothing to write home about.

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While the Apples and Microsofts of the world keep on merging the world of PMPs with PDAs with phones, iriver seems content here to build a “mere” media player and leave it at that. The included earbuds are, like with most players, pretty much worthless, quite uncomfortable, and seem designed for inexplicably large ears. Skip to main content. The home screen has an almost editorial layout, with instant access to all of the player’s main functions.

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Bandersnatch is here to cap a twisted In many ways, though, the P7 is exactly what the pictures and spec sheet make it out to be: We’ve been getting friendly with iriver’s latest touchscreen masterpiece over the past few days, and have a few impressions to share.

Show More Show Less. Wrap-up Overall, we’d be happy to grab the P7 for a long flight and watch a full-length movie on it, but the limitations of media management and codec support mean it’d be irvier bit of an “event” to prep a movie for the player — and a chore to use the player on a regular basis.

Software iriver calls the interface “like a magazine,” and it’s not hard to see why.

Unlike the iPod Touch’s smooth, swift, and responsive song lists, sorting through your music on the P7 requires patience and a precise touch on a slim graphical scroll bar.

If you plan on storing a large music collection on the P7, prepare for some navigation frustration. There’s little to fault the player in all of this, but it’s a reality of the way we use a PMP these days, and something iriver seems to be addressing by increasing functionality in upcoming players such as the WiFi-equipped P Also, the iRiver P7 music player is compatible with MP3, WMA, Real Audio files as well as others, so you can listen to a large range of tracks available from different services.

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