But even if you're on the money, and it definitely could be replaced by prizing open its shell (warranty anyone?) I have a funny feeling we won't find your usual AA, AAA battery inside, i.e., your commonly found, inexpensive battery, of which it's so easy to buy another one. Still, please don't get me wrong. I'm most surely on the consumer's side on this issue.
What's more I've a Diamond Rio pmp 500 which plays as good as the day I bought it - and you know, its battery life couldn't be better - despite over 12 years' passing. Yes, that's 12 years! Sure its 64mb memory is a joke now, but the laughing stops when you consider it will probably have more use in another 12 years than any of today's most esteemed players. Why? Because it runs off one standard generically sized, AA battery; and that's one very easily replaceable battery now, and surely will be for the rest of our lives! Too much to ask for, methinks not.
Really? A Diamond Rio? I've got an old Sansa M200 that takes a single AAA but I'd never compare that in any way to a modern DAP. There's a reason I don't use it anymore. A replaceable battery in something that with the needs the higher current draw for this type of performance would limit playtime to where it would become even more necessary to carry one and replace it. Maybe you need to pry open the DAPs you're accustomed to but I suspect the x5 will actually use screws so any prying would be minimal. No need to bring up warranty. If the battery failed in that amount of time, FiiO would take care of it. Any user replacement will happen well beyond that period.
Edited by goodvibes - 11/12/13 at 6:16am