Six is where it’s at. First was the jump from 4GB to 5GB and now 6GB is the only size to be seen with if you are in the market for a mini hard disk music player.
Apple made the jump with its second gen iPod mini back in February and Benny gave it a great review in April. Creative followed suit by enlarging its Zen Micros a few weeks later and now Rio has followed suit with its little Carbon.
Now things have been a quiet of late from Rio, but lest we not forget that on its release the Carbon was one of the hottest players around, so this update is very welcome. The only clanger seems to be that the capacity looks to be the only change.
Running down the specs: MP3 and WMA support, 20 hours of battery life, 90.7g, 6.35 x 8.38 x 1.52cm (W x H x D) and USB2.0 support, everything looks identical.
Unlike Apple, however, at least Rio hasn’t cut back on any of its box contents (Apple famously dropped FireWire cables and the dock from its iPods) so you’ll still get the carry case, power adaptor, earphones and USB2.0 cable (which also works as a charger) as standard.
There’s no word on UK pricing for the 6GB Carbon yet, but it will debut on 1 June. In the US it will cost $229.99, but as we all know that doesn’t indicate a thing in the more expensive UK market.