Fugly speaker dock for Clix

iRiver's releases a new speaker dock for the Clix that isn't nearly as impressive as the one for the original player.

Akihabara

OK, OK, I'm harsh. I know. The recently launched Clix Cradle from iRiver isn't all that unattractive. Indeed, it looks to be reasonably useful. It includes a single speaker and seems to prop up the player at a handy viewing angle for video watching. But is it just me, or does this new dock look like a serious step down from the original Clix cradle?

First of all, the old version (pictured below) included dual speakers for stereo sound and had a cool snooze button on top for using the player as an alarm clock. It also came with a remote and added line-in recording as a feature. Finally--and, yes, this is the girl coming out in me (puppies! kittens! stickers! sparkles!)--it was darn cute, turning the Clix into a retro-looking mini TV. Call me jaded, but this new dock thingie just doesn't stack up.

Ah well. It is reasonably priced (about $30) and should come out in the United States in the next month or so (it's Korea-only for now), so if you have a new Clix and are itching to accessorize, I guess it's worth a look. And how does that saying go? Don't knock it 'til you try it?

(via Akihabara)

About the author

    Since 2003, Jasmine France has worked at CNET covering everything from scanners to keyboards to GPS devices to MP3 players. She currently cohosts the Crave podcast and spends the majority of her time testing headphones, music software, and mobile apps.

     

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