iRiver is no stranger to sleek designed portable media player, and today iRiver unveiled yet another small and sleek player, the Lplayer Multifunctional MP4 Player. The player features iRiver’s unique D-Click control, 2.0-inch TFT Wide LCD screen, and FM tuner.
When we first saw iRiver's Lplayer PMP back in May, we described it as "quite a standard PMP" except for one feature: its nifty transparent speaker-stand that gave the whole thing the look of some tiny cathode ray tube. PC Mag have just reviewed the player but, strangely, there's no mention of the speaker accessory; could it be that it's a Korea-only add-on?
After not being particularly impressed with the storage offered by iRiver's P10 PMP the other day, criticising it not so much for using a traditional hard-drive but for picking such a small one, the iRiver LPlayer seems a little more interesting. Now on sale in Korea, the LPlayer is, on its own, quite a standard PMP for the company; it has the clever d-click UI, in which the whole face of the device doubles as the directional controls, a choice of (again not huge) 2GB, 4GB and 8GB sizes and has a compact 2-inch display. What makes it clever is the transparent speaker-dock, shown here, into which the LPlayer slots and which works as both a speaker and a stand.
Having first seen the iRiver P10 PMP back at CES 2008, it's been pretty much all-quiet on the news front regarding the slick touchscreen media player. Happily we've now got some more information, and while it's perhaps more of a niche product than, say, the iPod Touch, that's not to say it's a slouch. Based on a heavily-disguised Windows CE core, the P10 has a 33GB hard-drive, 4-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen and optional DMB.
iRiver is making a comeback in a major way, they had some pretty amazing products at their booth at CES this year, but for some strange reason I don’t recall seeing this one there. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who must have missed this little gadget, but apparently its up on their site.
Convergence can often be seen as a dirty word, but iRiver's Unit 2 (which we first caught a glimpse of in January last year, then again in July) seems to have convinced everybody who tried it at CES 2008 that putting a WiFi radio, CD/DVD player, VoIP phone, GPS, streaming and download into a single machine is nothing but A Good Thing, and well worth waiting (and saving up the $700 they estimate it'll cost) until 2009 to pick one up. A 30GB drive, SD slot, removable display-cum-independent-7-inch-PMP (800 x 480, 16:9 aspect) and a remote that folds out to give a full QWERTY for messaging round out what could be the gadget of next year.
You've got to hand it to iRiver, they pump out some fantastic industrial design. Latest to prompt a small puddle of drool around my keyboard is the Wing, a flash-based clamshell UMPC with 4-inch touchscreen and full QWERTY keyboard. iRiver's press release has it down as running embedded Linux Kernel 2.6, which is strange because some are reporting it to be a WinCE Pro machine; assuming the details from the horse's mouth are correct, the 4GB of memory (and SD expansion) should be plenty for some compact Linux apps.