Iriver's feature-packed and ultracompact E50 MP3 player

The Iriver E50 may not be the most exciting thing to come out of CES 2009, but it's a feature-packed MP3 player that comes in an ultracompact package--and that has to count for something.

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Iriver's latest iPod Nano competitor comes in the form of the E50, a smaller and much sleeker relative of the E100. It may not be the most exciting thing to come out of CES this year, but it is a feature-packed MP3 player that will fit comfortably in your pocket--and that has to count for something. Plus, the design is a huge improvement over its bigger sibling, and that was one of our chief complaints about the E100. Rather than have a plastic body, the E50 is wrapped in a slick, brushed-metal exterior. The controls are integrated into the faceplate, which adds to the sleek look and feel.

As expected with Iriver players, the E50 is not wanting for features. A 1.8-inch color LCD displays a variety of options, including folder-based browsing. There's support for MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC, and ASF audio; AVI and WMV video; and JPEG, BMP, PNG, and GIF images. You also get an FM tuner with autoscan, presets, and recording as well as a built-in mic for voice recording. The player offers nine EQ settings, including SRS WOW and a five-band customizable EQ. In addition, the unit includes A/B looping, lyrics display, shuffle and repeat modes, and bookmarking. All this and an impressive 52-hour battery life in a package that's about the size of your average pack of gum.

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    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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