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IRiver IFP-195T

At a Glance
  • iRiver iFP-195T MP3 Player (iRiver America-IFP195T)

IRiver IFP-195T
Photograph: Rick Rizner

This small flash-based player is shaped like a prism with rounded edges and has 512MB of storage (enough to hold about 130 average MP3 files at 4MB each). The IFP-195T also sports straightforward controls and has a built-in FM tuner and voice recorder. The bundled Sennheiser earpiece headphones sounded outstanding, even at high volumes. Voice recordings were intelligible but a bit crackly. Recorded and live FM radio sounded clear, however.

The device's blue backlit display is legible, and the four-way joystick button requires just a light tap to advance tracks, go to a higher directory, or scroll through menu items. IRiver bundles an armband, neck strap, and carrying case with the cigarette-lighter-size player. Despite the device's USB 1.1 connection, transfers were quick.

The IFP-195T requires only one AA battery (included), but the battery compartment's latch is flimsy and breaks easily; if the door breaks, you'll have to tape the compartment shut so the battery doesn't fall out. A new model, the IFP-390T, supplants the IFP-195T and fixes that problem. The new version also offers a line-in so you can record MP3s from another source (radio, stereo, or a microphone), and it records natively to MP3 rather than to .rec, which the player coverts to .wav.

A small but full-featured player, the IRiver IFP-195T sounds great and is easy to operate.

Alexandra Krasne

This story, "IRiver IFP-195T" was originally published by PCWorld.

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At a Glance
  • iRiver iFP-195T MP3 Player (iRiver America-IFP195T)

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