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SONICblue Rio Carbon

alaTest has collected and analyzed 827 reviews of SONICblue Rio Carbon. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. Opinions about the portability and price are on the whole positive. The sound and design also get good reviews, but views are divided on the durability. Some have doubts about the connectivity and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the SONICblue Rio Carbon is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for SONICblue Rio Carbon

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 63 user reviews of SONICblue Rio Carbon from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other MP3 Players on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the portability and price. The sound and design are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the reliability.

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86% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Rio Carbon 5Gb MP3 HDD Player SilverRio Carbon 5Gb MP3 HDD Player Silver

Aug, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for SONICblue Rio Carbon

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 544 user reviews of SONICblue Rio Carbon from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on Amazon.com. People really like the portability and sound. The price and design also get good feedback. There are some mixed comments about the durability. There are some negative reviews about the reliability.

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reliability

67% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Rio Carbon 5 GB MP3 PlayerRio Carbon 5 GB MP3 Player

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: Bill Machrone (pcmag.com)

Rio Carbon Pearl

 

Player Type: Hard Disk MP3 Player, Radio: No, Recording, Voice: Yes, Recording, Line In: Yes, Capacity: 5120 MB, Au...

Great sonic performance, slender styling, pleasing ergonomics. Charges from USB.

Minor menu-navigation irritations.

The Rio Carbon Pearl is a music player that looks as good as it sounds, with excellent audio performance and slim design.

Jun, 2005

Expert review by: Tom Mainelli (pcworld.com)

Rio Carbon

 

Among 5GB players, Rio's unit is no carbon copy.

Impressive 5GB player looks great and works even better.

Apr, 2005

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

Rio Carbon

 

This slim and light 5GB player is a good iPod mini alternative.

Extremely thin and light Stylish design• Good hardware interface• Great battery life

Poorly-designed slipcover No lock switch• Problems with some headphones

Oct, 2004

Expert review by: Bill Machrone (pcmag.com)

Rio Carbon

 

Music player pioneer Rio Audio has introduced its first small hard drive player, the Rio Carbon, a 5GB player that's smaller and sleeker than the trend-setting 4GB Apple iPod mini. The Carbon is a treat for the eyes, ears, and hands, blending smooth...

Sleek 5GB player with great sound and ergonomics. Supports Audible audio books and includes extras such as a stopwatch and voice recorder. Exceptional battery life

Static sound with some headphones. Won?t play WMA lossless format. Carrying case protects well but covers controls; no belt clip. Minor menu navigation irritations

The Rio Carbon is a worthy competitor to the iPod mini, with a gigabyte more storage, great style, excellent sound, and extras such as voice recording and a built-in stopwatch. It charges via USB and doesn't need a driver or dedicated software.

Oct, 2004

Expert review by: James Kim (cnet.com)

Rio Carbon (5GB review:

 

Digital Networks continues its assault on the MP3 player market with the release of the 5GB Rio Carbon MP3 player. Attempting to steal some of the Apple iPod Mini's thunder, the stylish Carbon packs an additional gigabyte of storage into its polished,...

Small, slim, and sleek; excellent battery life; strong sound quality; solid value; nimble navigation; Janus-compatible.

No FM tuner; no physical Hold switch; no on-the-fly playlists; weak carrying case.

The Carbon largely lives up to the hype. This mini hard drive player has a great design, an excellent interface, and Energizer-like battery life.

Sep, 2004

Expert review by: Peter Rojas (engadget.com)

Taking a look at the Rio Carbon

 

Yeah, PC World has a review of it too, but what we're really digging is AV Watch's take on the new 5GB Rio Carbon that shows it side-by-side with Creative's 4GB Nomad MuVo² (the one on the left) and the iPod mini (the one on the right if this is your...

Sep, 2004

Expert review by: Austin Vaughan (dapreview.net)

An in-depth look at the best alternative to iPod Mini

 

Posted 09-18-2004 (pics 1) Introduction Rio's newest toy is the Carbon, a 5gb mini-player like the iPod Mini. It doesn't have the advanced features that Rio developed for Karma (1), capacity is limited, and at $250 you can get a full-featured player - lik

In case it hasn't been posted yet..

May, 2005

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com)

Rio Carbon 5 GB 90260554 Review

 

Expert review by: Robert Irvine (webuser.co.uk)

Rio Carbon

 

Whereas most medium-capacity players ape the rectangular shape of the iPod Mini, the Rio Carbon has a sleek, stylish design all of its own. While it doesn't come in a variety of colours, its lightweight, shiny silver body looks fantastic.

The player's menu system is very straightforward to use, with a thumbwheel to help you navigate tracks quickly.

Expert review by: (lordpercy.com)

Rio Carbon

 

The slayer of the Ipod Mini, Rio have another winner on their hands it's better all round and still very stylish to boot.

Product Specifications

The Rio Carbon 5GB is the next generation compact player with power and performance. Rio Carbon 5GB is perfect for the music lover with a few hundred CDs or someone starting out their digital audio collection who wants room to grow. The ultra slim design goes anywhere, and its superb battery life of up to 20 hours continues long after mini-powered players have died. With it's built-in voice memo recorder you can quickly capture your thoughts and organize your ideas. And like all Rio players, the Rio Carbon uses simple menus and intuitive controls for easy one-handed operation. In the box with your Carbon is a USB cable for downloading music as well as battery charging from your computer. Also included is an AC power adapter and carrying case.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Headphones Form Factor:Ear-bud

Audio System

Digital Player Functions:Voice recorder
Digital Player Type:Hard drive based
Functions (KB):Digital player / Digital voice recorder
Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Subcategory (KB):MP3 players (flash, CD, HDD)
Type:Digital player

Battery

Run Time (Up To):20hour(s)

Cassette System

Type: None

CD System

Type: None

Digital Player (Recorder)

Supported Digital Audio Standards:Audible / MP3 / WMA

Digital Storage

Capacity:5GB

Digital Storage Media

Capacity:5GB
Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.6in
Height:3.3in
Weight:3.2oz
Width:2.5in

Equalizer

Equalizer: Yes
Equalizer Band Qty:5 bands
Equalizer Type:Digital graphic

Header

Compatibility:Mac / PC
Manufacturer:Digital Networks North America
Model:Pearl
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Rio Carbon

MD System

Type: None

Miscellaneous

Color:Pearl

Remote Control

Type: None