Is the iPod Shuffle just a little too boring for you? If you like your MP3 players small, cheap, and stylish, but prefer actual buttons to Apple's odd headphone-clicker voice navigation, the iAudio E2 from Cowon ($64.99) may be just the thing.
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The enigmatic circles and square arithmetic on the bottom of the E2 makes no more sense in person than it does in photos.
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Compared to the rounded Apple iPod Nano, the E2's squared-off design is a night-and-day difference in aesthetics.
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The E2 comes in a cute little wedge box.
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The bottom of the E2 includes a headphone jack that doubles as a USB connector (cable adapter included).
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Here we see the buttons on the left edge of the E2. The rocker controls volume and the small button toggles the shuffle mode with a long press and flips through JetEffect EQ presets with short presses.
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Graphics on the E2's box try to make sense of the whole circle + square design motif. I still don't get it.
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The back of the E2 includes a reset hole, along with visible mounting screws for the solid metal ring.
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The right edge of the E2 offers a small square power button along with a rocker switch for track skip control.
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Here's the E2 still in its original packaging.
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A pair of earbuds, instructions, and a USB cable are included with the E2.
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A side shot of the Cowon E2 in its unique wedge-shaped packaging.
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The solid metal ring built into the top of the E2 can be attached to a key ring or necklace.
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The Cowon iAudio E2 next to the third-generation Apple iPod Shuffle.
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