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Last year I was looking for a portable speaker for my iPhone -- something that could be taken away from the plug socket and used anywhere (such as in the garden, around the house etc). When I found this Logitech speaker on sale at my local Comet, after reading a few online reviews, I bought it (think it was £70).
-- The Hardware and Design --
I really like the style of the speaker -- it's got a nice sleekness to it, and it leans back slightly so the audio is aimed up at your ears if it's on the ground and you're sitting near it, or it's on the desk and you're sitting on a chair at the computer etc. It looks stylish in my opinion, and feels very robust. The stand that allows it to lean actually folds forward and clips down over the iDock connector, so it can be carried around easily and is quite light, although very solid-feeling for its price. Overall I am very impressed with the design and feel/quality of the speaker.
There is a large rubber 'plug' at the back of the speaker, which you pull out to reveal the power input and also a line in, for connecting things that aren't compatible with the dock connector on top (e.g. computer, iPad, other MP3 player, TV -- anything really!)
The buttons on the front of the device work well and are self-explanatory -- just a power on/off button, and volume up and down switches. They make a satisfying 'click' when pressed.
-- The Audio Quality --
The main reason I bought this speaker and not something even smaller (and why I checked reviews online first) was because of its audio quality/power. As you can see from the picture, this thing packs a total of 6 speakers into its tiny frame, mildly concealed by the black metal grill on the front. This baby has got all of your frequency range covered -- deep, punchy bass that totally belies the size of the unit; pleasant mid tones that are clear and well-balanced; and crisp highs that are not too harsh. I was very impressed when I started listening to the sound coming from this compact device.
Even though the speakers are packed quite closely together, system unit does well at creating a good stereo image, although due to them being inside one unit, you'll have to be sitting directly in front of the speakers if you want to get the full stereo effect to your ears.. This is where separate speakers are better, because they can be positioned either side of, say, your computer monitor and deliver a wide stereo image. But that's not what this speaker is designed for, so to mark it down in this regard would be unfair.
The sheer power and quality of the sound this dock produces, is very impressive -- and even when running off the rechargeable battery, only the volume suffers slightly and a tiny bit of the bass is removed. The speaker still goes pretty loud, but on the mains, this thing can fill a large room, so might be suitable for small parties etc if you just want to make playlists on your iPod and shove it in the dock all night. The speaker will recharge your iPod/phone at the same time (when connected to the mains) so you don't have to worry about running out of battery juice, either.
-- The Remote --
Included is a small remote control, with soft buttons for skipping forward/back through tracks and changing the volume up/down. There is also a pause/play button and two buttons for toggling repeat modes etc. At the bottom of the remote is a power button, so if your iDevice is docked in the speaker, you can start/stop music and skip tracks/change volume from across the room, which is very handy.
-- In summary --
The compact size, freedom of movement/portability and sleek design, coupled with the actual audio quality and power, make this speaker dock a very solid purchase. In addition, the ability to connect anything via the Line In on the back, means you are not excluded from the fun by not owning an iDevice. All in all, a great-sounding speaker for a reasonable price, with sound and power that is uncommon at this size/price-point.
Please note: this speaker is not 'wireless' as in bluetooth. It is wireless in regards to being portable (it has a rechargeable battery inside so does not need to be plugged into the wall at all times) but the iPod/phone/device still needs to be connected to the dock for the audio to be heard. A new version of this speaker is now available which is truly wireless, and it has an extra light on the front, showing when a device is connected via bluetooth, for a genuine, totally wireless experience.