CNet: Logitech latest tabletop Wi-Fi radio a great pick, unless you own a smartphone

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 1:20pm

Logitech UE Smart RadioBack in August, Logitech released a new line of Internet radio-friendly audio devices, from Bluetooth boomboxes to the UE Smart Radio: a tabletop Wi-Fi radio that succeeds the earlier Squeezebox Radio (more RAIN coverage here).

The UE Smart Radio is definitely a step up over the Squeezebox Radio, says CNet in a new review of the device. "But that doesn't necessarily mean it's the right compact music system for your home." Sure, the UE Smart Radio offers Spotify, Pandora, MOG, Slacker, TuneIn, and more. And its "great sound," compact size and rechargeable battery "make it an attractive compact music system, but you may be better off with a Bluetooth speaker."

CNet explains that with the UE Smart Radio, you're "reliant on Logitech to add support for new streaming-music services, rather than simply using the app already on your phone." Plus most Bluetooth speakers are cheaper than the UE Smart Radio's $180 price tag.

That said, if your life doesn't revolve around a smartphone, "it's a well-designed product and a decent value." Find CNet's full review here.

Grace debuts color screen tabletop Wi-Fi radio

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 12:10pm

Grace Digital's new Mondo Wi-Fi radioGrace Digital Audio has launched Mondo, reportedly the company's first tabletop Wi-Fi Internet radio device with a color screen.

The device can stream more than 18,000 radio stations (via Reciva's portal), plus Pandora, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM streams,, Live365 and a long list of other services.

Grace also will offer a rechargable battery for the $179 Mondo to make it portable. has more coverage on the device here.

Wi-Fi sporting rabbit out-cutes your tabletop web radio

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 11:00am

KarotzThe Karotz is an adorable rabbit-like gadget that packs a few surprises, including the ability to stream Internet radio. Thanks to built-in Wi-Fi, the $99 device can "wake you up in the morning, tell you the weather, read out Facebook and Twitter updates, alert you to new messages, play music and run apps," writes CNet. It even has a webcam.

"As a web radio or music player for the kitchen or bedroom, it's pretty capable." You can find CNet's full review here.

Archos Android-powered web radio now shipping

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 11:35am

Archos 35The Archos 35 aims to be a "sophisticated alarm clock," but more specificially is an "Android-powered web radio." It includes TuneIn Radio Pro pre-loaded, built-in Wi-Fi, and options to display weather, real-time traffic, sports, social networking and more.

We first wrote about the handy little device back in June (here), but now the Archos 35 is shipping to U.S. customers for $150.

You can find out more from Archos' press release here or Engadget's coverage here.

Pure to sell Contour Net radio in U.S.

Friday, October 14, 2011 - 11:00am

Pure's Contour radioPure's tabletop Internet radio Contour will be sold to U.S. customers through Amazon. Amazon is reportedly the European-based Pure's first U.S. retailer, but the company is expected to announce other retailers soon.

The Contour ($330) streams Internet radio stations, plays FM radio and features an iPod/iPhone dock. Radio World has more coverage here.

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