It’s been a long time coming but iLuv’s 9-inch i1166 portable media player is reaching the market, offering a consolidated way for video fans to watch their favorite content anywhere they go on a screen slightly larger than a postage stamp. The i1166 features a 9-inch display for viewing video from a variety of sources including DVDs (Divx certified!), USB drives, and SD/MCC memory cards…oh, and did we mention it supports video and audio content from iPods? Just pop in any compatible iPod to watch video content on a big 9-inch screen—and the i1166 even comes with its own remote control because, with a 9-inch screen, you’ll need to take a few steps back.
“We are confident that the i1166 will blow away every gadget lover’s expectations with what it can do and get tremendous attention from the holiday gift buyers,” said iLuv marketing manager Howard Kim, in a statement. “There’s virtually nothing it cannot play! We proved that we listen to our customers’ need by upgrading the picture quality, enhancing the playback solutions, and building it user-friendly. I can proudly say we’re introducing the most advanced portable multimedia player up to date”
The iLuv i1166 offers a USB port, SD/MMC card reader, two 3.5mm headphone jacks, and a DC power input jack. To load DVDs or iPods, users just open the case and insert their media or iPod, which they can then manage with a detailed on-screen interface. The i1166 is compatible with a variety of recent iPod models (including the first and second generation iPod touch, 3rd and 4th gen iPod nano, the iPod classic, and iPod with video). The unit supports a wide variety of media formats (including CD, VCD, SVCD, DVD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD±R, DVD±RW, DivX, MP3, WMA, and JPEG), and offers multiple subtitles, angle, and audio features, and runs off AC or DC power, or a rechargeable lithium-polymer battery—although, of course, when plugged in it’ll even charge an iPod, and it comes with a remote control for
iLuv says the i1166 will be availabe in mid-October for a suggested retail price of $269.99.
iLuv initially announced the i1166 back at CES in January—where it won a “CES Best of Innovation 2009″ award—and said it would be shipping in March 2009.