Rio Carbon 5GB MP3 Player

rio carbon 5GB MP3 player

Rio has announced their new iPod mini competitor: the Rio Carbon.

It sports a 5GB 1-inch harddrive, connects via USB, and offers a claimed battery life of 20hrs: 2.5 times that of the mini. Oh, and it looks like the shiny plastic remote door/alarm thing for my car.

Positives seems to be the longer battery life, 5 band graphic equalizer, voice recorder, and more storage, a negative seems to be using a hard drive instead of a CF card: more moving parts might equal more ways to break.

The Rio Carbon is now available for $249.99 (same price as the iPod mini) and will ship September 3rd. Limited Edition of 500 with custom engraving currently available.

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