X5 is in the house.
I bought this on Amazon China and for the standard RMB 2098 price the seller included a SansDisk 30MB/s 8 GB MicroSDHC card. Mind you, at least one person on here got a t-shirt with their Taobao purchase but I'll take the card (especially since I can pretty much guarantee that any t-shirt distributed in China wouldn't fit my substantial Canadian frame). They also included some comply-like tips. Do not ask me why. It's the mystery gift! lastly, I got a DVD which I expect may be the USB DAC software.
I am really impressed with the packaging which is Apple quality and then some. This is a serious commercial product. The accessories are also great. I especially like that it came with a screen saver already attached plus two extra. There are also pins to protect the 3.5mm jacks in case you do not use the silicon case which already has jack protection (for example for use with an external amp and dual-lock).
My initial impressions on the device is that it is solid and beautifully made. If I have any concern, it might be the long-term durability of the scroll wheel but that is based on nothing in particular but for it being a moving part. I will give it the benefit of the doubt unless and until there is a problem. The action on the wheel is nice and smooth with light clicks that you feel but do not hear.
That is all for now as the X5 is charging and I am loading music onto a new Samsung 64GB microSDXC UHA-1 which I also just received. I am using the included MicroSD card reader - another nice accessory - and formatted the card for NTFS which is supported so we will see how that works out.
Edited by cooperpwc - 1/23/14 at 3:21am