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Wolverine ESP takes on video iPod

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.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Go Bells

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "takes on" ???

    To say, "takes on" implies that this product actually stands some chance against the iPod.. honestly, we all know (yes, even Testudo) this product will fail (this one, probably more-so) against the market-leading iPod.. Saying that Wolverine is "taking on" Apple's iPod is like me saying my Dad is "Taking on Daimler-Benz" simply because he's building a kit car in his garage....

    With that said, I want to point out that I only comment on MacNN from time to time, solely to see the Testudo vs. the World fighting going on... I really do enjoy it (and i find myself rooting for T-man much more often than not)-- Let the fighting begin! ;-)

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Christ. Are people that God damn stupid?? These freakin useless companies are a disgrace to the history of business. Come up with your own f**king ideas you God damn morons instead of filling the market with garbage that will only serve to confuse and pollute.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The less...

    ...said about testudo, the better. How can anyone 'root' for a moron?

    Anyway, agreed on your take on "takes on" which MacNN editors seem to be so set on using for EVERYTHING , so much so that the phrase entirely loses its meaning and impact.

    Yeah, at this point, my Latte "takes on" the Microsoft Zune, just by virtue of both being brownish in color (though, in that comparison, the Latte would win in terms of usefulness)

  1. Go Bells

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Go Bells

    I know something else that's brownish in color that would justifibly be more comparable to Microsoft products.

    and with that zinger, i would like to petition MacNN to post "Local mac nerd to take on Stiller, Vaughn, Ferrell and others..."

  1. jimothy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not an iPod competitor

    Saying that this this product will fail against the iPod is just as misleading as saying it "takes on video iPod." It's not an iPod competitor. It's competition is photo viewers/vaults from Epson, Canon, etc. Wolverine's own web site markets the product as, "The Perfect Digital Camera Companion - Designed specific for professional and avid digital photographers." It's size, weight (almost twice that of the 80GB iPod), price, and feature set do not compare, nor are meant to compare, with that of the iPod.

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