There is yet another alternative to the iPod in the MP3 hard disk personal audio market. This time it is the X-Clef which is available via website www.firebox.com.
20Gigabytes of storage
Playback of both MP3 and WMA files
Integrated FM tuner (rare for a hard disk audio player)
USB 2.0 connector
Battery life of 12 hours – more than most of its rivals
Mac and Linux, as well as Windows compatibility
Best of all though is its price. At £229 it undercuts all other 20Gig players with the exception of the Ministry of Sound MOSMP028 which retails for £200.
Inevitably it is bigger and not as sexy as the iPod or the Philips HDD100. It is more stylish though than some of its other rivals.