Griffin iTrip Universal review: Griffin iTrip Universal

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CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
  • Overall: 5.3
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 5.0
  • Performance: 5.0

The Good The Griffin iTrip Universal is a small, rechargeable FM radio transmitter compatible with any audio source featuring a headphone output.

The Bad The Griffin iTrip Universal has limited range, a small screen, indistinguishable controls, and requires a USB connection to recharge.

The Bottom Line The Griffin iTrip Universal isn't ideal as an in-car transmitter, but its USB power and small size make it well-suited for use around the home.

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Despite their limited use and noisy sound quality, FM transmitters still fly off the shelves as a quick and cheap fix for beaming music from your MP3 player to an FM receiver in your home or car stereo. Unfortunately, the best and most powerful FM transmitters are neither cheap, nor especially convenient, making them a tough sell for cash-strapped consumers or use around the home. The Griffin iTrip Universal ($39) doesn't offer much in the way of transmission power, but its universal compatibility, rechargeable battery, and compact size make it one of the most convenient FM transmitters on the market.

The iTrip Universal's 2.5-inch-long design is no bigger than a Matchbox car. An included 5.5-inch audio cable offers just enough length to stretch from the bottom of the iTrip to your MP3 player or computer, without risk of getting tangled. Unlike FM transmitters made specifically for the iPod, the standard audio input of the iTrip Universal can be used with any type of audio source with a headphone or line output. The use of a standard connection on the iTrip Universal also means you can replace the included cable with any length of cable you like, so long as it ends in a 3.5mm plug.

There are more sophisticated ways to broadcast your computer's music collection around your house, but the USB-powered Griffin iTrip Universal is by far the cheapest.

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Griffin iTrip Universal

Part Number: 7265-TRIPUNB Released: Aug 1, 2008
MSRP: $39.99 Low Price: $4.99 See all prices

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  • Release date Aug 1, 2008
  • CE Product Type FM transmitter