Sony boombox mistaken for magic toadstool

Sony's ZS-E5 boombox is unveiled at the 2009 Sony Line show in Las Vegas.

photo of Sony ZS-E5 boombox
The Sony ZS-E5 boombox is adorable (and cheap).

The ZS-E5 boombox unveiled for Sony's 2009 line show is a bit of an oddity. Instead of slapping on an iPod dock like most of today's portable speaker systems, this little toadstool-esque music box keeps things simple with a CD player, aux input, and AM/FM radio. The CD player works with CD-R/RW discs and includes an LED track number display and large buttons.

Sure, the features are basic, the design is a little cartoonish, and the handle is a little small (for grown-ups, at least), but the $40 price is right on target. The ZS-E5 boombox will be available this April in four colors: red, blue, pink, and aqua.

Smoking caterpillar sold separately.

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Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.


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