Since the player's controls are activated by pressing anywhere on the frame, a hold switch is highly necessary. Iriver includes one on the back of the device.
One of the best features of the D-Click interface is that it allows for a large screen relative to the size of the device. The LPlayer measures just 1.6 inches by 2.2 inches by 0.4 inch but is dominated by a 2-inch color LCD (with a 320x240-pixel resolution). As with the Clix, playback controls are activated by pressing around the edges of the display, with soft keys on the screen acting as guidance.
The LPlayer onscreen interface is a bit designy. You can choose between two themes for the menus, but we kind of miss the Clix's days-of-the-week theme that changed the wallpaper color from day to day. Also, you can't set your own image as wallpaper, which isn't a deal breaker but still a bit of a bummer.
This ultracompact MP3 player could be the offspring of a first-generation Clix and the S10, with its similar design and extensive feature list. But the LPlayer isn't exactly like its predecessors. It comes with a more reasonable starting price point: $110 for the 4GB and $160 for the 8GB.
Photo, video, and audio quality is good. Photos look bright and crisp, with nice color saturation. Videos look fine, though we noticed some letterboxing, which made the already small picture even smaller--not great for extended viewing. Music through our test Shure SE310s sounds solid, though not stellar.
The LPlayer supports a variety of audio codecs (MP3, WMA, OGG, ASF, and FLAC) as well as subscription-based music from the likes of Rhapsody. You also get photo (JPEG, BMP, PNG, and GIF) and video (MPEG-4, WMV9, and XVID) playback, a text viewer, voice recording, and a built-in FM tuner with autoscan and up to 20 preset slots.
Handily, Iriver includes a dedicated volume rocker on the bottom edge of the device, next to the power button.
A mini USB and standard headphone jack are embedded into the left edge. The player has swappable MTP/UMS modes for connecting to both Windows and Mac systems. You can transfer using software or drag and drop.