updated 04:35 pm EDT, Tue October 3, 2006
Wolverine ESP vs. iPod
Wolverine Data today introduced the Wolverine ESP portable media player featuring a 3.6-inch LCD display with storage capacities of 80GB and 120GB, which will compete with Apple's iPod in the "Prosumer" market. The new player can record TV shows as well as FM radio, and features a built-in 7-in-1 card reader that accepts most memory cards types. The device measures 5.3 x 2.8 x 0.9-inches, and weighs 10.2 ounces. Users can view, zoom, and rotate JPEG, bitmap, TIFF, text, or RAW images on-the-go, and can connect directly to PictBridge-capable printers. An optional ESP Cradle System allows acts as a digital video recorder (DVR), enabling users to record directly from TV, DVD players, and VCRs. The Wolverine ESP is available starting from $400 for the 80GB model and $500 for the 120GB version. The optional ESP Cradle System is priced at $80.
The Wolverine ESP's supported video formats include MPEG-1, MPEG-4, WMV9, and Xvid, while supported audio file formats include MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC (MP4 audio) and CDA. The 7-in-1 card reader supports Compact Flash (CF), MicroDrive, Secure Digital (SD), MMC, Memory Stick (MS), Memory Stick Pro (MS-Pro) and XD Card media. An optional adapter accepts MS-Duo, MS Pro-Duo, Mini-SD, and RS-MMC memory.
The player also features built-in 400mW speakers and USB 2.0 connectivity for quick transfers to/from a computer. The player offers NTSC and PAL hookups for TV, monitor, or projector usage. An audio line-in jack enables users to record audio from any AUX source.
The ESP includes a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC charger, USB cable, AUX cable, earphones, carrying case, and user documentation. Optional accessories include the ESP Cradle System and a car charger. Wolverine also ships each player with a limited one-year warranty.