updated 02:00 am EST, Fri January 9, 2009
Memorex at CES launched several new audio products including three iPod docks and a touchscreen MP3 player. The Mi9490P offers a 30-watt speaker system, slot-load CD player and an FM radio, with an integrated dock for the iPod or iPhone. The all-black housing is designed with slightly rounded edges and a white-on-black LCD. The Mi4290P provides clock-radio functions in addition to the dock capabilities. Users can control the system with a remote or set the alarm to play an iPod track.
The Mi2290 travel system features neodymium speakers placed on a panel that can stand vertically or fold down flat. The company claims up to 10 hours of playback when using batteries, while an AC adapter is also provided for normal use. A neoprene sleeve is included to protect the device while traveling.
Memorex has jumped into the touchscreen media-player market with the TouchMP. The device features a 320 by 240 pixel resolution from a 2.8-inch LCD, with support for audio, video and image files. The user interface can switch between portrait and landscape modes, but requires a button press to flip the image. Initially the player will offer 8GB of internal storage, but a MicroSD slot can be used to expand the capacity.
The Mi9490P will carry a price of $140, while the Mi4290 will ship for $80 and the Mi2290 travel system is priced at $60. The TouchMP will cost $100 when released. All of the products are expected to ship sometime in the first quarter of this year.