Product Type: Apple mobile phone accessories
Newest Review: ... is overpriced; perhaps £35 would be more suitable. But I guess it's just typical Apple pricing. I have not had any technical problems, bu... more
Good product..but overpriced
Apple Universal Dock
Member Name: Jcm222
Apple Universal Dock
Advantages: Sleek, convenient
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.
Summary: Recommended Product
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