iRiver W7 MP3 player hankers for directions

Now here's something you don't see everyday: an MP3 player with GPS capabilities.

The new iRiver W7, one of a slew of devices the company has on display at CES 2008, doesn't come with a built-in GPS antenna. Rather, you have the option to buy a car mount cradle that adds the functionality. The fact that the antenna is part of the cradle and not the player is actually quite compelling: it means the player can stay relatively compact and impressively thin for pocketability during "on-the-go" use, while still offering a handy navigational feature for the car. Sure, there's a handful of mobile phones that offer built-in GPS navigation, but the W7's 3-inch touchscreen puts most phones' screens to shame.

iRiver doesn't skimp out on the multimedia features, either. The W7 supports music, video, photos, text, and Flash games. There's also an FM tuner (not that you'd need that in the car), an E-Dictionary, and a microSD card slot for adding more memory. The player will come in two capacities: 4GB and 8GB.

The W7 is due out in the U.S. at the end of Q1 or the beginning of Q2; no word yet as to availability in Australia. In Europe the 4GB retails for €175 (AU$292), while the 8GB is priced at €215 (AU$$359) -- that makes it one pricey player.

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Nedbeau posted a comment   

Iriver support for DVD Conversion for its X20 series is non existant so I wouldnt touch any IRiver Product. Period.

 

Nedbeau posted a comment   

Iriver support for DVD Conversion for its X20 series is non existant so I wouldnt touch any IRiver Product. Period.




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