The B30 is packed full of features, including a DAB radio, but it's expensive for the amount of storage space.
iRiver’s plain black 8GB B30 looks unassuming, but it’s packed full of features.
The most noticeable is the built-in DAB and FM radio, due to the player’s telescopic antenna. In spite of this, reception was prone to interference, especially when held horizontally, which is necessary since the otherwise logical interface is oriented horizontally. When reception was interference-free though, audio sounded crystal clear whether on DAB or FM.
Music sounded rather flat both with the included earphones and a better-quality set. It’s worth investing in third-party earphones, though, as the included set don’t do bass-heavy tracks justice. The battery lasted over 30 hours when playing audio, which is impressive.
The touch-sensitive buttons can take some getting used to, but they work well, especially when to set to vibrate when touched. This haptic feedback helps by making it more obvious when you’ve pressed a button.
The up and down buttons are used to skip to the previous and next tracks, instead of the left and right buttons as we’d expect. It’s a change that feels odd if you’ve ever used any other MP3 player.
We wish there were a physical set of volume buttons, as it can be inconvenient to fish the B30 out of a pocket and unlock the controls to adjust the volume. The hold switch and power button are also located awkwardly on the B30’s lower left-hand edge.
Video looked bright and sharp with good contrast on the 2.8in display, although it’s also very reflective. Unlike iRiver’s cheaper E200, the B30 can play H.264 files as well as DivX and XviD videos. It can’t resume paused videos from where you left off, but it displayed all our test videos in their correct aspect ratios and has an orientation sensor so videos are automatically displayed horizontally. The battery lasted six hours and 42 minutes while playing video, which is almost long enough for a transatlantic flight.
There’s a lot to like about iRiver’s 8GB B30, but it’s expensive. At this price Philips’ excellent GoGear Muse 16GB is a much better choice.
|Storage medium||flash memory|
|Battery and charge options||Li-ion, USB|
|Device has screen?||Yes|
|Viewable size||2.8 in|
|Memory card support||microSD|
|Audio record options||microphone, radio|
|Video record options||none|
|Supplied with||headphones, USB cable, carry case|
|Tested battery life (MP3 playback)||30h 11m|
|Tested battery life (Video playback)||6h 42m|
|500MB transfer time||1m 22s|
|Audio MP3 playback||Yes|
|Audio WMA playback||Yes|
|Audio WMA-DRM playback||Yes|
|Audio AAC playback||No|
|Audio Protected AAC playback||No|
|Audio OGG playback||No|
|Audio WAV playback||No|
|Audio Audible playback||No|
|Image BMP support||Yes|
|Image JPEG support||Yes|
|Image TIFF support||No|
|Video MPEG-4 AVI playback||Yes|
|Video MPEG-4 MP4 playback||Yes|
|Video WMV playback||Yes|
|Video MPEG-1 playback||No|
|Video MPEG-2 playback||No|
|Video MPEG-2 VOB playback||No|
|Video MPEG-4 DivX/XviD support||Yes|
|Video H.264 support||Yes|
|Video MPEG-4 MP3 audio support||Yes|
|Video MPEG-4 AAC audio support||No|
|Download compatibility||WMA-DRM subscription and download|
|Price per MB||1.7p|
|Warranty||one year RTB|