Grace Wireless Internet Radio updated, now with Pandora
A recent firmware update has fixed most of CNET's gripes about the Grace Wireless Internet Radio, pushing it toward the forefront of the Wi-Fi radio category.
When we reviewed the Grace ITC-IR1000B Wireless Internet Radio back in March, we gave it a mostly positive review, but a couple annoying quirks and a general lack of connectivity kept us from a stronger recommendation. Since that time, Grace has released a firmware update that fixed most of the software bugs we complained about, and the company added the ability to access thestreaming audio service. Since these changes added a good deal of functionality to the radio--and it's still one of the most affordable Wi-Fi radios on the market--we decided to take a second look at it.
Our major criticism of the Grace still stands, which is that it's a little light on connectivity. There's no auxiliary input, which is a nice option if you want to connect an iPod or other another external audio device. There also isn't a remote, which definitely should have been included, although in our experience we usually listened to the Grace within arms reach. That being said, we've lived with those quirks for quite some time and they really haven't been a major frustration.