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.
iRiver has announced the release of their new B20 PMP. The new player features a 2.4-inch screen and supports many of the popular audio and video formats as well as FM radio.
The B20 will have internal storage of either 1, 2 or 4GB and you'll be able to add your own SD card for additional storage. You'll get up to 27 hours of battery life out of it when listening to audio files.
I'm sure that more than a couple of you subscribe to the Rhapsody music service. If you're in the market for a new MP3 player, or happen to already own an iriver clix 2, today's your lucky day.
Rhapsody and iriver announced today that they will be launching the clix Rhapsody. This new player will allow the exclusive Rhapsody features work on the popular MP3 player. The new 4GB Rhapsody clix will set you back $190.
Up until recently I was beginning to believe that iRivercould do no wrong. In fact, I've recommended the company's products to a few Apple-apathetic friends as a good alternative to the ubiquitous iPod. The Clix 2is just another kick-ass PMP, as we already know, but one of the more interesting accessories iRiver were offering was the combination cradle/speaker. Pocketables' Jenn is a big fan of the Clix, and so who better to try out the cradle and see if it's worth the $45.