Perhaps it's a bit of both. Thanks to a meeting with SanDisk last week (for which I was under embargo until this Amazon slip-up), I've got the real details on the latest MP3 player from SanDisk. The oh-so appropriately dubbed Shaker looks a lot like a salt shaker thanks to an external speaker built into one end, but that's only part of its namesake. As one might expect, you can also physically shake the player to interact with the music. Specifically, if you "shake it up" while music is playing, the Sansa shuffles to a … Read more
We looked at the MP80D's little brother, the MP70D, a few months back, and this beast is similar--but with a larger screen (8 inches to the MP70D's measly 7). It's a decent little DVD player--it does that job really quite well. Sharp picture, actually in sync with the sound, all the options you'd expect, and it's all very easy to use.
We were sure, at first glance, that these were MP3 travel mugs. But that explains why these items aren't marketed at consumers of our advanced age bracket.
The SanDisk "Sansa Shaker" is aimed at younger types with its bright pink and blue hues, as Engadget points out, as well as more conventional specs such as 512MB of storage, an SD flash card slot and a built-in speaker. But the most curious attribute is an cryptic "interactive 'Shake' feature" that remains to be disclosed, along with pricing and availability. We're not too concerned: Whatever it … Read more
And then there were two.
Samsung will join its archrival LG in releasing a combo HD disc player later this year. According to a brief press release, the Korean consumer electronics giant will introduce the BD-UP5000 "Duo HD" player this year. The release also specified that the player will "fully support both HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc formats and their interactive technologies, HDi and BD-Java." No pricing or additional feature details on the Samsung BD-UP5000 were made available.
The official announcement of the BD-UP5000 confirms rumors that have been percolating for months. Most recently, Home Theater Blog … Read more
Quick! Buy it now! Engadget is reporting that despite rumors of a May launch, the pink version of Microsoft's Zune media player is now available on Amazon in a limited run of 100,000 (for now). Look for it in Paris Hilton's possession soon.
Me? I'm holding out for the Hello Kitty Edition. It can't be far off.
You know, I was pretty comfortable with the latest iteration of the iRiver Clix being called the "Clix2"--it's simple, short, and quite to the point. Wouldn't you agree? Sadly, we're going to be relegated to yet another generational product, with the new Clix being the "next generation of the iRiver Clix," or "iRiver Clix (second generation)" for short (or rather, for long). Sigh. What will logically follow is the fazing out of the old Clix, so start looking for killer deals on that product and even--hint, hint, hint--product giveaways. But … Read more
We're convinced that someone high up at Volkswagen is a wannabe rock star. First, the carmaker offers a complimentary "GarageMaster" guitar with many of its new models. Now, it's come out with VW media player co-branded with LG.
This is no ordinary sticker job either. "The player will have an aluminum body and come in three of the same colors the cars offers; Salsa Red, Shadow Blue and Sunflower Yellow," according to Everything USB, as well as featuring a 2.4-inch LCD for video and a battery that allows up to 20 hours of … Read more
Now this is what we like--truth in advertising. Or truth in blogging, at least.
Apparently as weary of iPod docks as we are, Uber-Review is spot-on in its assessment of this accessory in saying it does "absolutely nothing." OK, it does let your iPod rest in a little red hammock while it recharges. But that's about it.
Even its German manufacturer seems to acknowledge its limited existence, having given it a suitably superficial name: the "Load Thing." Still, if there's one thing we appreciate as much as honesty, it's a low price. So … Read more
It's too bad Easter has come and gone, because these cases from Speck would fit nicely into a basket. And they're all less than 10 bucks--which is a rather respectable 50 to 70 percent off regular prices--so they're perfect for the less over-the-top gift-giving holidays. No matter: pick up one for your own gadget. Included in the sale are various protective covers for the iPod, select Motorola phones, the Sansa e200, and the Treo 650. Check it.
Back for a second spin, the popular iRiver Clix gets a makeover and a fashionable '2' in its name. The iRiver Clix 2 builds on its predecessor's unique design and meritorious feature set. It's a flash-based 4GB MP3 player that'll play your videos, read content from SD cards via a built-in card reader and is even kind enough to incorporate an FM radio.
We're glad to see that the Clix 2 has also retained its intuitive navigation system--simply push the screen to navigate the player's menus. The resulting absence of navigation buttons leaves lots of … Read more