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iWantit iPod1010 iPod Docking Station
Member Name: savvyshopper6476
iWantit iPod1010 iPod Docking Station
Date: 27/04/11, updated on 03/06/12 (413 review reads)
Advantages: Compact and light weight, sleek design, mains or battery operated
Disadvantages: Quality of sound compromised on higher volume setting, retail price variations
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.
Summary: An average dock that won't exceed any expectations