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This handy all in one docking station from Philips electronics is a stylish all black picture frame-like design.
It's not only a docking station but also a clock radio so as you would expect this ended up in my bedroom. It takes up very little space on my bed side table as it's design is very slim and compact with a simple ledge at the back to keep it balanced.
I like to listen to music in bed and being able to have your choice of hundreds of thousands of songs is one of the best things about the iPhone and also the iPod touch, both of which can be charged and played through this system. At night I use my ear phones in order to not wakeup the entire house but first thing in the morning once everyone is up I play my music through the integrated speakers on this very handy machine.
This is called the Philips DC315 dock. The overall appearance of this station was obviously heavily influenced by the Apple devices it's designed to hold. The entire body of the unit looks like a mini iPad with it's black glass screen and silver trim. This results in a styling blend when docking your device.
The controls are all located right in the front and are easy to use. When you first plug it in you will need to enter the date time and year so the clock can get to work. The display has large red on black lettering and numbers so it's very easy on the eye as your trying to sleep yet still very easy to read. The same control buttons as used for setting the time also allow you control your iPhone or iPod touch once it's docked. There are two alarm modes one that can be set for weekdays and one for weekends. This is great as you don't have to bother turning off the alarm, because the last thing you want is to be woken up at seven AM on a Saturday.
The speakers on this device have a good sound they are two x 4 W RMS, doesn't sound like much I know but it's plenty, the sound is clear and crisp with a good punch to the base, while not destroying the other elements of the overall sound.
The radio tuner is great to and the sound isn't as good as through using the iPhone or iPod but it's still very clear. I have saved plenty of FM channels, this way I don't have to go searching for my favourite morning show when I'm half asleep.
Overall this looks great, with it's modern sleek design. And it works great, with it's high quality sound, whether it's MP3 or FM radio. pulse it's an alarm clock and while it's doing all of these things it's still charging my Apple devises.
I love it.
This can be purchased online at :
for £68.98 + shipping.