Today's DAP Headlines:
Ever wanted your iPod to boast a simple, elegant, and fruity look? Your wishes can come true with Griffin's new Chameleon line of cases. We've reported on the 60 GB brick known as the Incoder HD E1, which shows that slapping a wheel controller on the front doesn't automatically make it look cool. It's also day of the deal in DAPland, where you can score a 2.5 GB Rio Ce2100 (AKA Carbon Jr.) or a 512 MB Lexar LDP-600 for the same price as an iPod Shuffle.
iPod accessory guru Griffin Technologies is at it again, this time with a product they call the Chameleon case. It's a series of sticker-like cases made of polyvinyl, available in 16 different designs. If you want a kiwi-clad iPod Mini, these guys are the only guys in town.
The HD E1 from Taiwan-based Incoder is a mammoth DAP that feels like a 2002 device in today's world. Sure it's got a CF slot, IR receiver, and line-in recorder built in, but at 28mm (1.12 in.) thick, you won't be taking it very far in your pocket anytime soon. Plus, it's 2005, an 8 hour battery life doesn't cut it guys!
Rio may be dead, but they still have stock left in electronics stores, and it's likely to be on the way out fast and cheap. The Ce2100 model (basically the Carbon with a smaller 2.5 GB drive) can be found for just $ 99 online. For the same price as a 512 MB iPod Shuffle, you get blessed with outstanding features like an LCD screen and drop-and-drop databasing capability. Looks too good to pass up.
Lexar may not be finished like Rio is, but there's still a great deal out there on their LDP-600 flash player. For just $ 79, you get 512 MB built-in memory, an SD card slot, FM radio/recording, voice recording, and even an FM transmitter. The kitchen sink will be sold seperately as an accessory, but with everything this Lexar DAP has included, it looks like an outstanding bargain.
That's all for now, have a great Labor Day weekend!