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When I purchased one of my first iPods, I needed, or shall I say, wanted to also purchase some sort of docking equipment.
The Universal Dock has a number of functions. In the box you get the power adapter, a USB Cable, the dock itself and a handy remote control. You also get five different fittings which you place into the dock to fit different devices, for example the one for the iPhones is different to the iPods, because they are noticeably of a different size. It means your product is held in the dock very securely. The dock is the traditional white colour of the Apple packaging and measures around 2.5 inches squared. In other words, it rests very comfortably on your desk or worktop without encroaching on it or taking up too much room.
After I had spent the £55 on the product, I honestly thought to myself, why on earth, when I already have a USB cable purchase a glorified stand for my iPod. I continued to think about this for a few days until I understood all the features and realised why I had done it.
The first way I used the product was by connecting the dock up to the computer with the USB Cable. If anyone has tried to rest a USB lead on your desk from the computer, it often falls down the back. Here this is not the case, it rests very sturdily on the rubber, grip feet. This means you always have your 30 pin connector sitting on your desk, ready to connect to the computer without having to lean round the back of the tower PC. Granted, this feature is not as big a sell on a laptop as there is no problem accessing the ports.
You can also connect the dock straight into the mains plug outlet, and charge your 'iProduct' (covers all bases) this way. I was surprised how useful I found this. I always hated setting my product on the floor when charging in case I stood on it, or setting it on the desk which perhaps was dirty or sticky. This holds your product upright while charging; making sure it is not damaged.
Finally, you can connect a pair of standard speakers with a 3.5mm jack up to the dock. This is really handy for playing your music through. Whereas previously, I could connect speakers with the auxiliary connection, it meant the product lost its charge. This way you can charge and play music. The handy little metal plated remote allows you to wirelessly control your music.
I recommend this product if you do not already have a standard iPod dock radio etc. as was the case for me at time of purchase. Otherwise, there are no new or ultra-desirable features to be honest. I also feel the item is overpriced; perhaps £35 would be more suitable. But I guess it's just typical Apple pricing.
I have not had any technical problems, but I would advise, if you own multiple Apple Products which you will be docking in it, to make sure you have the correct fitting inserted or it is very easy for the product to be sitting unsupported.
I bought my apple ipod dock quite a while ago and it cost me £54 from maplins electrical store, but you can get them now on Amazon for £35.68 and also at the Apple store online for £39.00. I presume postage is extra but this is still a svaing on wehat I originally paid.
Having an ipod dock is really handy as you can recharge your ipod with an adapter on the mains or by using the cable provided in the pack when you buy your ipod and connect it to your computer. I prefer to have it on the mains as my computer stack has lots of wires connected to it already and is in the study, so i have the ipod in the front room on the mains.
I love having so many different types of music on my ipod and placing it in the ipod dock when I come home and connecting it to the speakers gives me access to the great artists and songs I have on there.
It comes with a remote control too so you can use this whilst the ipod is in the dock. It also connects to the television and computer so that you can play your tunes on the television or if you have an ipod that plays videos you can show these on the television as well as looking at your photo's too.
I like the dock as it fits on the shelf in my front room and doesn't look out of place, all my music is in one place and it saves me putting on my sterio stack system as this is a little louder than the ipod and you have to turn it all on, amplifier, tuner, dvd player, so this ipod dock is saving me electric by just being there to play the music thats on the ipod.
I like the convenience of this as it charges your ipod for you so you can just grab it when your going out jogging or walking and you never lose your ipod as you can just have the dock in the same place and pop your ipod into it when you get back in the house.
It works with iPhone and all iPod models that have a dock connector. The Apple Remote has play/pause, volume control, and forward/back buttons for easy control. The Universal Dock package also includes five adapters for iPod and iPhone models. Other adapters, cables, and the USB Power Adapter are available separately but you can find them on ebay if you need them.
It has a weighted base so it stays where you put it and it has a rubber pad on the bottom and the ipod fits easily into the dock.
The user manuel is easy to follow and now that they have become cheaper to buy i'd say these are a very handy gadget to own.
I love mine and use it daily as I love having the music on whilst I'm doing housework or just working on the computer.
I recently purchased the iPod dock after receiving a lovely new iPod - and of course we want to listen to music throughout the room!
This dock works really well - it comes with adaptors to to fit all different types of iPods, rather than only fitting one or two newer models. This is very useful, especially if your friends are coming round with their iPod which may be different - because it can be changed to fit all! The adaptors appear to be very sturdy unlike some others I have seen so I think they would withstand being changed often.
The dock itself comes with a remote - this is so useful because it means you don't have to get up to change the song! Many docks I have seen can only be changed by manually going over and changing the iPod, but here you can sit in the comfort of your chair instead! This allows you to change the volume, skip a song, pause, etc.
The dock can also be connected to a computer or speakers, for those times when you want more control or louder music!
It seems to be of very good quality - it allows the iPod to comfortably stand meaning it is not damaged in anyway. The base is reasonably heavy to ensure it constantly stands and does not fall, even with the older, heavier iPods.
This is a very good iPod dock that I would definitely recommend, and it can often be found for a very good price too! Definitely worth it if you like to play your music out loud!
The Universal Dock is a great accessory for an iPod/iPhone brilliant for both travelling and syncing.
The dock comes with an Apple Remote and 10 dock adapters to fit all of Apple's current and previous products. It comes presented in an awesome box with little trays/shelves that hold each individual adapter, which is nice to keep so you don't lose or muddle them up. The adapters are also made out of a strong plastic and are quite durable meaning they should last as long as the dock does.
The remote is a great device and I would buy the dock just because it's included. It has music playback buttons and a menu button to control the iPod/iPhone in the dock over infrared. If you have a Macbook (Pro) you can also use the remote to launch Front Row and control all media playback on your computer. The batteries in the remote also last a long period of time (I haven't changed them at all so far)
The dock itself is quite weighted so it won't fall off the table and is nicely designed to fit your computer/music set up. Aside from the infrared port and the 30-pin dock connecter the dock also has a line out port so you can connect it to an external set of speakers. The dock is also gripped rubber at the bottom which makes it perfect for a desk.
Overall this is a really high quality dock and is definitely worth the price, it will be used numerous times and if friends/family come over with iPods you'll always be able to connect it to speakers/computer through the dock. It also prevents you from having to lay down your iPhone/iPod which will stop it from being scratched.