I bought these speakers a few months ago, mainly to use with my Ipod at home, but also with a view to taking them on holiday later in the year.
The docking station looks pretty good, with a slim and sleek design (ideal for packing in your luggage for holidays), which was one of the reasons I bought it over the many other products available. Another good feature is that it can be used portably without the mains cable - however I found that the 4 AA batteries needed did not last as long as I had hoped. For general use around the house this is not really a big problem but if you want to use batteries, I would definitely invest in some rechargeable ones.
The other problem with these speakers is the sound quality (quite a big issue for speakers obviously). At low or medium volume, the sound is decent and for general use around the house I am happy with my purchase. However, as soon as you crank up the volume the sound quality suffers, becoming crackly and somewhat distorted. It's not terrible or anything, but you are aware of it and for me, it spoils my enjoyment of the music a little.
Although the price is reasonably low, so perhaps you don't expect absolute top-notch sound quality, I must say I expected these speakers to be able to cope a little better with the higher volumes.
Price seems to vary so worth shopping around - I got mine for £19.99 and for that price I am quite happy with them. However, I have seen them advertised for as much as £34.99 - I am glad I didn't pay that much as due to the relatively poor sound quality at high volume, I don't think the product is worth that.
Product Information Online : Docking features The slim and sleek iWantit 1010 Portable iPod Speaker Dock contains two speakers and works off batteries or mains power, charging your iPod as it plays. Convenient for taking along on vacations, the iWantit 1010 Portable iPod Speaker Dock helps turn any iPod into the centre of the party!
I now have two of these docking stations had one for each of our phones (although now we have both changed to Samsung phones) I bought these as i was constantly walking round with music playing just off my phone and was fed up with listening to it through the phone speakers also thought it would be great for our summer bbq's out in the sun!
It takes 4 AA batteries (2 in each speaker). I think the design is very sleek and stylish. I used it a lot every day and feel the product is still in very good condition and lasts well. I think it is a very handy product when it is stationary but would not recommend travelling with it as it doesn't seem very sturdy.
The sound quality is good although you don't get the amount of volume I would have expected at the price.
All in All not too impressed and wouldn't recommend, due to the volume and i don't feel it is very portable.
We bought this ipod docking station as it can run on either mains power or a battery and for the price of £14.99 we did not exactly have high exceptions but thought it would be ideal for camping trips or picnics outside and even BBQ's where a bit of music is appreciated but you do not want to spend too much in case it gets damaged. It runs on 4 AA batteries, two slot into each speaker and I have found that you get about five hours of play time based upon normal usage so for camping trips we tend to take a supply of spare batteries. It comes with a mains cable included in the price.
Design wise it looks pretty functional, nice and slim with the grey speakers either side of the docking port. It also weighs very little so it is easy to carry around which makes it ideal for outside use. It is not the most robust of designs because of the plastic used and the stand does not look that strong but eight months in and one camping trip later it is still in good condition. It has most use in the house and I tend to have it in the kitchen so that I can listen to music while cooking or doing work around the house.
It is not a particularly loud device and the sound quality is not the greatest but then I did not expect it to be given the price. Having said that the sound is pretty distinct and there is no detectable distortion to the sound unless you try and crank the volume up too high. This is not a device I would use on the move, it needs to be stable and secure as the ipod is rather perched in the docking port and not that secure, moving it around while the ipod is in place risks the ipod falling out and getting damaged.
Whilst those looking for good sound quality will not be satisfied with this product for a low priced docking station that is light weight and has reasonable sound quality on the lower volumes then this is a perfectly acceptable product especially if you can get it on sale like we did.
The IWANTIT IPOD1010 is another one of the many ipod docking stations.
The dock looks really nice, slim design makes it look very appealing and is easy to pack away as it doesnt take up much room in your average sized bag. It also looks very acceptable sitting in most rooms of a house, mine is in the kitchen so if anyone wants to listen to music whilst cooking it is there to use
I like the fact that you are able to run the dock off the a mains lead which is provided AND batteries. So when using the docking system around the house you are able to plug it in to the mains electricity and play your music.
I took the dock on holiday and thought i would use batteries instead of buying a lead converter to be able to plug it in abroad which i thought was a sensible idea at the time. When i started using it though i realised the fact i was having to buy AA batteries ever few days it was costing quite a lot. A pack of Duracell AA would work for about 3 days, to be fair i was listening to music pretty much all the time so it wasn't that bad but i would of thought that as it was portable the battery usage wouldn't be as high as it was.
The sound quality is pretty good, i mean at low levels the sound quality really is quite good but when the volume starts to increase it can become quite crackly and its like the bass has been turned up rather than the actual volume.
If i am perfectly honest i don't think the dock is worth between £30 and £50 which is what it is selling for as there are many other alternatives which i will look into getting and reviewing those too to see which ones are better.
Last Christmas I was treated to several lovely gifts by the other half and my children, one of which was an iPod Touch and with it came a docking station, or to be more precise the iwantit iPod 1010 docking station. I wasn't fully convinced that a docking station would serve me any purpose seeing how I can listen to music via my iPod with the volume set to maximum but surprisingly it has been well used over the last few months.
The 1010 is a portable docking station that requires 4 x AA batteries (2 for each speaker) if you opt to use without mains power although battery life is compromised if using for long periods of time and heavy usage. My batteries were drained after approximately 4 to 5 hours of play so continual replacement can become costly and so more often than not I opt for mains power. A welcome relief is the 1010 comes complete with a mains adapter which connects to the "DC in" port (nestled behind the stand panel) with a good length cable just under 145cms in length, unlike other small gadgets these days that require mains cables to be purchased separately.
First impressions and the 1010 looks compact, slimline and stylish and incredibly light weight at just 250 grams. The glossy black front panel, back and trimming set against the light grey speakers look sleek and modern although it doesn't offer any particular design statement but then I guess it was never brought with intention to double as a center piece for discussion. The dock and stand open when in use or push flush against the unit for easier storage. The stand is a little delicate. Rough handling will result in breakage and although it's really quite sturdy it's also fairly delicate. The dock however feels a lot more secure, allowing the iPod to easily slot into place and doubling as a charger whilst the unit is turned on. Hidden behind the stand panel at the back of the unit is an "audio out" port which offers alternative connection for other portable devices not just limiting the unit to compatibility with iPods or iPhone's although I should imagine this is fairly standard in any other device of this ilk. The 1010 has no remote controls and so power and volume buttons are neatly located on the top of the unit. Easy to use but a little awkward to access as the iPod tends to get in the way but then I realise that the unit would probably loose points on style with buttons along the front.
Measuring 21cm long x 23cm high x 2.5cm deep the 1010 has the ability to fit fairly inconspicuously into almost any niche. Each of the two speakers offer a maximum 0.5 watt output, no secret this is not the greatest volume although for my use it's perfectly adequate. Teenagers who prefer decibels loud enough to crack the plaster on their bedroom walls will indoubtedly be unimpressed with it's lack of power but then I'm not interested in a deafening output that could burst my ear drums. Surprisingly, sound emissions are reasonably sharp and clear and not overly distorted although nothing exceptional either (Don't hold your breath for vibrant, crisp, crystal clear sound quality as it would be life threatening!). On a low to medium setting, output is just about acceptable. Quality of sound is compromised however if the volume is close to maximum. A little tinny, at times a little bassey and fuzzy but in the 1010's defence, no where near as cloudy as I would have expected from such a basic model.
Something remarkable about this little dock though is the continuity of play whilst in motion. By which I mean vibrations and movement do not effect the sound emissions. Virtually no jumping, stuttering or stop starting if my iPod is connected and the unit is being transported around. An excellent quality and a real plus point in the 1010's favour although the downside is that the iPod, although a snug fit on the dock is not overly secure and too much movement results in it toppling off the dock.
Overall, this iPod dock is ok. I have no idea exactly what my hubby paid for the 1010 docking station although he has revealed it was somewhere in the region of £20.00. For this review I wanted to provide a rough idea of pricing and bizarrely, after several comparisons there seems to be a huge fluctuation in the retail value of these speakers. Dixons and Currys £49.99, PC World £29.99, Ebay £12.99 and Amazon £9.99. I have to be honest for under £25 I would be reasonably happy with a purchase. Priced nearer fifty quid and I would feel robbed of half my money and almost certainly disappointed.
If your considering purchasing then my advice would be to keep the cost around the £20.00 to £25.00 mark because in my opinion it really isn't worth anymore. If your looking for superior sound quality then this isn't for you. The 1010 is for people like me, technical novices that won't be deterred by it's weak disposition. I have awarded three stars because the 1010 does look good, it is reliable and the clarity of the sound is just about acceptable but it's dull personality shys behind it's glossy good looks, intimidated by it's superior alternatives who boast features such as alarm clocks, remote controls and high watt speakers.