Alarm clocks (uncool), digital photo frames (ho-hum), and iPod/iPhone docks (seen ‘em all). Three pretty bland objects, right? But give them to Sony and what you get back is one smooth-looking piece of equipment. The Sony ICF-CL75iP has melded beautifully three boring CE products to deliver an item that would easily grace any horizontal surface at home or at the office.

The Sony ICF-CL75iP truly represents multi-functionality. It has a 7-inch color WVGA (800 x 480) LCD screen, 1GB of built-in storage, and a retractable iPod/iPhone dock, plus FM/AM radio with 39 preset stations. You can store and play music (MP3, WMA) and movies (MP4, Motion JPEG and AVI).

If you really need ‘waking up’ in the morning, have it play tunes from your iPhone or iPod through the built-in stereo speakers. Or if you like a gentle wake up call, there are built-in nature sounds you can use like Sea Waves, Birds, Rain, Brook and Under the Sea. You can even program the device to fall asleep to the sounds you like. What, you want more choices? Well you can wake yourself up with a 10-sec voice recording (or yo’ mama’s voice).

Visually, the ICF-CL75iP is a winner, too. Images can be screened via your iPod/iPone or download others via USB and load them onto the device.

There's no official word on a release date or price, but a cached SonyStyle page suggests it will sell for around USD$150. Until you can get one, you’ll just have to wake up in your usual boring manner.

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