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This is cute little duck shaped speaker, with a cute little egg shapes companion. I'm not going to lie, firstly i wasnt a big fan of the whole detail on the duck, i thought it was tacky. i didnt like the shine, i would have much preferred a matt finish. I thought the egg was a good idea, but at the same time, a bit unnecessary. Sound quality is average, its what you would expect for this type of product. I received this as a present from a colleague for Christmas, but i would advise that you dont bother. Mine is now broken, it lasted a little less than a month and regardless of price i expect better. Im not sure why it broke, i dont know is it water water getting inside or just another problem.This is not a product i recommend both for yourself or as a gift.
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I was given this iDuck Speaker as a gift for my birthday last year, it is however available to by from many online stores such as Amazon which are selling the iDuck Speaker for £14.99.
Play.com are also selling this for 17.99, and Prezzybox.com have it for sale at £21.95. Amazon seems have the best price, however it is also worth looking on eBay and other auction sites as you may be able to find it cheaper.
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* Listen to your music in the bath without getting your MP3 wet
* No wires
* Music can be streamed from a MP3 player, mobile phone or any other audio source via the egg shaped transmitter
* Radio setting
* 2 x AAA batteries for the main unit and 3 x AAA batteries for the egg shaped transmitter.
* Transmitter: Diameter - 8cm, Height - 10cm
* Duck: Height - 12cm, Width - 10.5cm, Depth - 10 cm
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I have always loved the idea of having my favourite songs being played in the bathroom while I'm in the shower or relaxing in the bath, and until last year I thought it was almost impossible to find water proof wireless speakers that were reasonably priced. Therefore when I received this a gift I was really surprised to hear from my friend that it wasn't that expensive and actually quite affordable. I was very happy when I received this gift as it meant I could finally sing along to my favourite songs while having a shower or taking a nice warm bath and my partner would be thankful that the music would drown out my singing voice!
The Speaker itself is very cute to look at and is shaped in the design of little yellow duck which has an orange beak and white cartoon eyes and is made from plastic material, it looks a lot like a rubber duck but instead is made from plastic and plays music!. It measures approx 12 cm in height, 10.5 cm wide and 10 cm in depth. The duck doesn't need any wires to attach to it and instead functions wirelessly. The duck comes with a plastic egg shaped transmitter which has one lead that connects to your iphone, ipod or any mp3 device via the headphone socket.
The duck requires triple A batteries to operate which thankfully came with my gift so I could use these almost straight away. The battery compartment is easy to find and open and simply needs unscrewing. Once the batteries are inserted and the transmitter is connected to an mp3 device and switched on it is then ready to start playing music. It is a very clever little device, and the duck basically acts as the speaker and plays music transmitted wireless via the Egg which gathers the music from the connected device.
The duck is fully water proof so I tend to have it floating next to me while I'm taking a bath or next to the bath while having a shower. The fact that is nice and small in size is great, as it doesn't take up much room in our bath, and our bath is quite small as it is therefore it would be a bit of a pain if a large speaker kept getting in the way while bathing. I was a little worried about using the duck in the bath at first, but I have used it a number of times and I have never experienced it stop working due being submerged in water. The egg can be positioned up to about a 5 meter from the duck to allow clear transmission; this is perfect for us as we have a small bathroom anyway. The box does claim 10 meters, but I think this is pushing it a bit as I find more than 5 meters would cause the signal to get lost.
The sound quality from the duck speaker is pretty average to be honest, it plays music without any crackles but the music does play back sounding a little faded. The volume button is easy to adjust and does allow the sound to be played at a reasonable volume, but doesn't seem to effect the quality which I find remains faded no matter what volume it is set to. Don't get me wrong the songs can still be listened to fairly well and especially if the duck is positioned close it isn't a huge problem, and it is something I pretty much expected due to the small size of the speaker. Just don't expect to hear lots of bass etc and you shouldn't be that disappointed.
It also has a handy built in FM radio transmitter which means not only can I listen to music from my mp3 device but I can also listen to my favourite radio shows. The FM radio sound again is a little faded, but still manages to play radio stations without constant interference or loss of signal.
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Overall I think this is a great little clever gift idea for either Christmas or a birthday, it doesn't produce excellent sound quality, but it still manages to play back both mp3 music and FM radio stations fairly well and think it is worth the £14-17 price tag. I would therefore rate this 4/5 losing a rating due to the reasonable sound quality.
So, I love my music, and always want it playing - even when I'm in the shower or bath. I used to take my phone into the bathroom and play my music through that, but hubby stepped in and said that it could cause damage to my phone by moisture getting in. I was searching through Amazon a while ago and came across the iDuck, which seemed to offer a fun solution to my bathtime problem, so I went ahead and purchased it for around £15.
The iDuck comes well packaged in a bit of a cheap looking box (ie. looks like the sort of box you might make for a prototype product at school!). I was really looking forward to using it, when I discovered that you actually needed 5 AAA batteries to get it up and running. We didn't have this many at home, so I had to wait before I could try it out. It comes with a sheet of instructions which are clear and easy to follow - thank goodness, as I'm not exactly a whizz when it comes to technology!
First of all, I'll explain how it works. There is a white, egg shaped transmitter (which take 3 x AAA batteries), and this is what you plug your ipod/MP3 player/phone into. The connector just goes into the socket where the headphone jack would usually go, meaning that it can be used with a wide variety of devices.
You also get the pretty cheap and nasty looking (but surprisingly cute) duck, which takes 2 x AAA batteries. This has the look of a typical yellow, rubber duck and claims to be completely waterproof. The duck has a selection of buttons on his back and also a speaker in the back of his head. It's quite nicely designed, in that from the front, you can't actually see the buttons or the speakers and it just looks like a normal rubber duck.
So, how it works is that you plug your music device into the 'egg' and turn on the transmitter (I have forgotten to do this several times). The 'duck' speaker is turned on by sliding across the waterproof button - it can either be moved right to select 'Audio', which means that it will connect to your music device. Or it can be moved left to select 'FM', which uses the radio function that I will mention later on. The idea is that you press the 'Reset' button at the beginning and then press the 'Scan' button until you can hear your music clearly. The 'Scan' button searches for the audio signal and should be pressed when you can just hear noise instead of music, or if you can hear music accompanied with noise. Apparently this means that the frequency of the receiver is different to the frequency of the transmitter. If you lose signal whilst listening to music, you should press the 'Reset' button and then scan again.
As mentioned, the device also has the ability to pick up FM radio. This can be done by moving the button to 'FM' and then tuning in the same way as for the music device. Pressing 'Scan' will simply move from one radio station to another. A downside is that there is no real volume control, you can choose from either 'Hi' or 'Lo' meaning it's either pretty loud, or pretty quiet! I'm sure that this is done for ease when ensuring it's waterproof, but it's a little annoying.
Finally, I put all of the batteries in the 'duck' and 'egg' and couldn't wait to get started. The instructions claim that the device has a range of 10 metres, but I didn't go anywhere near that far away. I plugged my ipod into the 'egg' and chose the album that I wanted to listen to. I tried it out in the hallway and it seemed to work really well. However, on taking the 'duck' into the bathroom, the signal just seemed to get a lot worse. I would say that this was only 2-3 metres away from the transmitters, so I'm not sure why it went so fuzzy. I kept pressing the buttons in the hope that I could get it to sound a bit clearer, or at least so I could hear the music. I managed to get it a bit better, and had my shower with a distinctly fuzzy soundtrack. I was really disappointed as I had so been looking forward to singing along in my shower!
Since then, I have used it a few times and the same thing seems to happen each time, which is a little annoying. However, I have used it elsewhere and it seems to be fine, so not sure whether it's a product fault or just something to do with my bathroom! The radio function is quite good on it, but I have the same problem when using it in my bathroom.
I know that the sound will always be a little muffled as the speaker has to be waterproofed and I appreciate that, but I hate that I don't get anywhere near the sound quality that I would expect.
Overall, I think that this is a great idea for a product, although it looks as though it may have been made on the cheap! Unfortunately, for me, it just doesn't do what I want it to do very well. I would still give it 3 stars as I'm unsure whether the product is at fault, or the bad signal in my house.
Having always listened to the radio when in the shower or bath I was rather excited to see this product available on Amazon a few months back. I bought it for £14.99 which for a speaker isn't a bad price at all.
A unique little idea, the duck speakers are well designed for it's purpose and are very cute!
The duck and the egg are both quite small, quite a bit smaller than those cheap duck radios that appear in all stores over the christmas period (I'm sure you know the ones!). The smaller the better though as nobody wants their bath space taken up by big speakers! Both the duck and egg are made from plastic and are obviously in the shape of a real duck and egg. The duck is bright yellow in colour and is a little more detailed than a traditional rubber duck, looking quite a bit like a childs toy. However, the purpose of the duck is to play your music, and if it does that well, then who cares? So, does it?
The sound quality of the duck speaker is pretty average. The sound is a little tinny but I kind of expected this from such a small speaker. The volume can be turned up quite loud without the sound quality being affected too much. Like most speakers of this type though, depending on the position of the duck and the egg, the sound can become fuzzy like a weak radio when the wireless signal is not strong enough. This means it is best to keep the egg fairly close to the duck (or as close as is possible in a bathroom..) or you will stop getting clear sound and it may even stop working completely. I find it is best to keep the duck and egg within about a meter and a half away from each other. This is best achieved if you keep the egg just on the side of the bath or on a shelf next to it, whilst the duck floats on the water in the bath.
This speaker is perhaps better as a novelty gift, not for someone looking for an excellent sound quality. As the speaker can often loose signal and is not great quality sound at all. It is quite a cute little product though and would make a lovely gift for someone.
My daughter received a ipod for her birthday and looking for inexpsive 'filler' gifts for her to open, I stumbled upon this on Amazon. She has quite a few rubber ducks which she'll throw in the bath all at the same time so I thought this floating wireless rubber duck speaker was absolutely perfect for her. She absolutely loves it and I often struggle to get her out of the bath as she loves dancing away in the bath to her favourite tunes. The novelty certainly hasn't worn off like I expected it would and for the relatively cheap price of around £15 it has been worth its price.
The iDuck is a floating wireless speaker. It's not the best quality speaker in the wolrd and aslong as you don't go expecting Bang & Olufsen quality you won't be let down. I would say you are definitely paying more for the gimmick of the item rather than the quality but for a floating waterproof speaker what can you really expect?! It certainly makes bathtime more interesting.
It is really easy to use and we haven't had any problems with it at all. There is a transmitter that comes with it that looks like an egg and you simply plug it into the transmitter, leave it away from the bath and the duck receives the signal and plays whatever you have selected on your ipod. The transmitter has quite a good range - around 10 metres or so. t also has a FM radio but my daughter has only used this once or twice.
The transmitter and the duck are both powered by batteries 3 x AAA for the transmitter and 2 x AAA for the duck so you will need to stock up on batteries when you purchase this iduck, but they do last a while and don't seem to drain up the power from the batteries. I did use lithium batteries though (I luckily had some in for an old camera as I had forgotten to buy them when I ordered them online) so I'm unsure how quickly it would go through standard batteries. It is worth mentioning that to insert the batteries you have to have a screwdriver handy, which I always find annoying, but this is obviously for safety with the use of the item in water.
The quality of the duck isn't amazing, but again it's a gimmicky item and doesn't pretend to be any high quality product so the plasticky feel of it and fairly small size of the duck is probably what you would expect.
I have seen similar items like this that have had mood lighting inside the duck, which would have been a nice little extra but for the price it's as it should be.
As I have mentioned in a lot of my reviews, I love to collect novelty products, provided that my purse is in the good mood of course. I saw this product being recommended to me by an amazon.co.uk email and I was swayed by the novelty and cuteness of this product. I have to say my naivety is sometimes bleeding my purse dry because I ended up buying this product for around £14.00 online, it is not the most expensive one but it's is not the cheapest. I was a bit apprehensive about the quality, and turns out that my gut feeling is right on the spot this time round.
I think the design of this product is quite ingenious. It has two components, the 'egg' transmitter and the 'duck' speaker. The egg-shaped transmitter is white and made of plastic, it has a 3.5 mm standard connector, same as earphones and headphones etc, that can be plugged into the corresponding slot on your music players like iPods, mp3 players and so on. When you play the music on your mp3 player, the egg transmitter than relay the signals to the duck receiver/speaker wirelessly and play the music. The idea is to have the duck in your bath like any other bath-time duck toys, except this one is supposed to play some tunes for entertainment.
From my experience, the sound quality from the duck speakers is disappointing; it is quite fuzzy and the bass is very poor. The quality is also affected by its distance from the egg transmitter; over about 5 metre distance, the signal is lost and the duck speaker becomes a very expensive duck toy. I don't take baths that often but I do like to spend time in baths and I was really hoping that this iDuck speaker might keep me entertained, but I was a let down by its quality.
Another disadvantage is that these transmitter and speaker are powered by AAA batteries: the egg transmitter needs 3 x AAA batteries whereas 2 x AAA batteries are required for the duck speaker. I don't like using batteries because they are expensive and they never last long. So, this adds cost to the product over time. Since I don't use these speakers much, I only have to change batteries twice; but this only happens if I've got guests over, especially kids and they enjoy the novelty regardless of its quality.
I bought this product about eight months or so ago, but I haven't use this product a lot due to its low quality sound and the fact that the batteries are used by quickly, and thus expensive to replace the batteries. I bought this product at a price lower than RRP, I saw on a few websites where this product has been on sale for around £25.00. I think this product and design has the potential to be good and brings out that extra something compared to other normal speakers on the market; it's a bit let down since the developers didn't pay required attention to the quality of this product.
Overall, this iDuck speaker is something different to have in the bathroom. However, I don't think this is worth more than £10.00 considering the quality you get for the price, and also there are good speakers out on the market for less than £10.00. I wouldn't recommend this if you're looking for a reliable bath speaker. However, I would give an extra star for its novelty and trying out a different design.
Thank you for reading. :) x
My kids are always listening to music in the bathroom on their phones and mp3 players and it annoys me so much that they have electronics so close to the water. I saw this speaker, and after a little chuckle at the duck concept, bought it instantly. It waterproof so is so much safer. The design is simple, but your music device into a seperate conpartment of the speaker, and through a wireless connection, youcan listen to music through the speakers, so the kids now have the speakers beside them and their phones away from the water.
I paid £10 for it, and the sound is crap to be honest, but I liked the design of the duck, which to be honest was probably why I bought it. I wasnt going to spend loads of money on speakers when they are only used for an hour at the most each day, especially when I have a high tech stereo system downstairs. The fact that the speakers take batteries (AAA to be exact), shows how simple the speakers are.
If I am honest, I think this was an impulse buy, they were used for a while but now just sit on a shelf in the bathroom, and in fact a friend of my thought it was some sort of decorative item. All the same it is a fun little gadget, not a necessity but fun. As far as any recommendation of mine goes, lets just say the little child inside you will make the purchase for you haha. Thanks for reading.
A waterproof speaker is what I was after at a cheap price...this seemed to fit the bill. At £14 the iDuck speaker was a bit of an impulse buy. It's very cute so would be ideal for kids but I just got it because of the price. The idea is to protect your iPod/mp3 player...you plug your device into the 'egg' whcih then sends a wirerless signal to the 'duck' that you have in the bathroom.
AS I said before this uses wireless radio technology to transmit your music from the egg to the duck. The sound quality is poor, as you would expect but for me in the bathroom isn't where I strive to listen to good quality music. The egg take 3 AAA batteries and the duck takes 2 and my god do they hammer through them...I think the low cost has been offset by the price of batteries. It is effective to about 2 meters which is a bit useless if you actually want to have your mp3 player outside the bathroom. For me the usage of this has been hankered by constant bad signal fuzzing mixed with the battery running out. You can change the volume on the unit and it gets to a reasonable level. The duck floats in the bath which for my little sister is very amusing but for me the novelty soon wore off.
I only now use this device when my little sister comes over, it now sit gathering dust in the under sink cupboard. Sound quality is poor and so is the signal and it eats batteries. The novelty really didn't do it for me...but i suppose as a bloke i'm not the target audience...I have since resorted to turning my hi-fi in my room up really loud and leaving the bathroom door open.
I got this 6 months or so ago after seeing it on Play. I was after a cheap but good quality speaker to use in the bathroom as i don't like having my iPod near water and my CD player is set up in the living room so it's a pain carting it up and down the stairs. This product, the iDuck, looked really unique, cute, seemed ideal for use in the bathroom as it's wireless, and was well priced at £13.99.
I recieved the product within a few days. It was quite a bit smaller than what i imagined (duck: 10 cm wide & 9cm high, egg: 8cm wide and 9cm high.) Both the duck and egg are plastic and lightweight, and to be honest to have a slightly tack feel. The egg is obviously in an egg shape and is white, and the duck is a bright yellow with wing and tail detail, an orange beak and eyes. It's a slightly childish, kitsch design and i personally think it's on the girlie side due to the cuteness of the whole thing.
To get the product to work is easy; The egg requires 3 AAA batteries and plugs into my iPod, and transmits wireless signals which the duck picks up. The duck acts as a speaker and also requires 2 AAA batteries. The egg transmitter can't be far from the duck or it will stop working; usually it's 5 or 6 feet in my case. Any further away and it doesn't pick up the signal.
The signal varies and is strong a majority of the time but at times can go fuzzy, freeze or start buzzing.
Sound quality is good; sounds just like it would on an average radio. The volume can be altered easily and goes quite loud; around the same volume as an ipod would go.
The duck floats in the bath and is waterproof, it was funny for the first 4/5 times but after a while the novelty wore off, however i do still use it.
Overall it's okay. Signal can be dodgy at times and it eats batteries pretty quickly, but if you like the look/sound of this, then check it out!
I received the iduck speakers as a present for my birthday. My first thought when opening them was, wow these look fun! What an unconventional novel idea. I thought the concept was fantastic. I presumed at the time that they retailed at about £10.00, going for the cheap stocking filler budget. I was astounded to find out that they cost £29.99! I'm not wholly convinced that this gimmicky product is worth that amount of money.
So what do you get for your money?
In the box you get the iduck which measures 12cm (l) x 10.5cm (w) x 10cm (h.) It's water proof so you can float it in your bath or have it with you in the shower. It is wireless and plays the music transmitted to it by the egg. This requires 2 x AAA batteries (not included.)
The egg measures 8cm (diameter) x 10cm (h.) and comes with a lead so you can hook up your ipod/mp3 player and then wirelessly stream your music to the duck shaped speakers. The Egg Requires 3 x AAA Batteries (not included.) you can use this device with a phone, mp3 player, hifi or lap top.
Both the egg and the duck look a bit cheap and plasticy.
If you don't want to listen to your own music you can switch on the fm radio transmitter facility on the egg by plugging in the 3.5 mm connector into your music device and the radio channel will be transmitted wirelessly to your iduck speaker system.
The system is really easy to set up; this is probably the main positive comment I can make about the system.
The whole concept is supposed to mean that you don't have to worry about getting your ipod wet however the egg cannot be further than a few meters from the duck as it stops working. The instruction claim it will work up to 10 meters away but this claim is rather ostentatious! It definitely cannot be placed in another room as simply doesn't pick anything up. I have a cupboard in the bathroom which houses the egg and my iphone so it is well away from any splashes.
The quality of the speakers is what you would expect of a floating piece of plastic. It is extremely poor quality and tinny. When maxing out the volume it sounds horrendous and even when a low setting it sounds far away and dull.
The radio transmitter is useless. I've had a cheap bathroom radio before for less than a fiver and it worked better than this. I struggle to get a signal and when I do there is a lot of feedback and it keeps crackling. Not pleasant when trying to have a relaxing soak.
I've actually given up on this product; it's not worth the money at all and I would not recommend it. At £29.99 they are extremely overpriced. I don't enjoy listening to my music through the horrific speakers and I don't like having to bring my iphone in a very steamy bathroom.
I've given it to a friend's little girl who adores it and uses it in her paddling pool or in her bath listening to her favourite songs! The batteries seem to last a reasonable amount of time and she does use it quite a lot. At least someone is getting some use out of it.
I won this item back in November 2010 on a penny auction site. I was hoping that it would be just what I was looking for, since trying to get a radio signal in my bathroom when I'm having a shower is awful, so the idea of being able to leave my ipod in the bedroom which is just 4 metres away from the bathroom and being able to hear it was bliss.
The day it arrived, I pulled it out the packaging put the batteries in and connected it all up. Switched on the ipod, then the duck/egg and heard nothing. Turned it up, heard nothing. Switched it over to the radio on the duck and heard nothing. Heard nothing until I picked up the "egg" and fiddled with the lead. Could faintly hear one of the songs I had playing on my ipod but nothing like it was claimed to be like. I could probably hear more just leaving the ipod on attached to a cheap pair of speakers and turn those up to full blast than this awful thing.
Absolute waste of time. Needless to say the duck is still sitting on the shelf as it's quite a cute ducky, but as for using it - nah, forget it. Bought a £4 cheapy instead in the Boots sale at Christmas which didn't claim to do anything spectacular. Has a much better reception on the radio than the duck though!
So what is the point of this seemingly pointless, yet strangely attractive little speaker system? Well I am guessing it is to add a pleasurable and quirky adaptation of a rather interesting concept (wireless speaker systems) into a market which is extremely saturated with all kinds of manufactures attempting to create the best speaker system - in the world.
Bear in mind however, when you buy this product the manufactures were not attempting to compete with the likes of Beats audio, or Apple, or even Bose - not at all, the idea of this product is to be fun and approach a problem which occurs in my house hold quite a bit - wanting to listen to music when you are lolling in the bath...
==So is it worth it? ==
First off let me address the aspect of price, this speaker system is around £20, ranging from £19.99 (from many internet retailers including Flamingo Gifts) to just under £25 (from other retailers including Cute Bitz and Amazon - where I got mine). So as you have noticed the price is not extortionate nor is it too cheap either, especially for a jokey gift.
Is it worth it then? In my opinion it is definitely worth the money you pay for it, but no more. It is cute and rather adorable and its function is rather ingenious, with two sections a white (egg like think) which plugs into you iPod and transmits the signal which is then played out of the duck... in the bath! It works well too, it was easy to set up and works fine when playing, there is not much interference which is surprising. Also it is noticeable that the sound quality is not too shabby either with a good clarity at low volumes and average sound quality and bass at higher volumes, so all good in that department.
My favourite part about this product is what it looks like. It is shiny, it is small and compact and it is a duck, it is a speaker that is in the shape of a duck! A DUCK! How cool is that. As you can see this was for me an impulse buy and luckily it wasn't one of those that you regret moments later. I believe also that this opinion is unanimous among its reviewers receiving the crown of Gift of the Year 2009. What this means I am not too sure but it is 'the' gift of the year - that must mean it is better than giving your child or friend an Xbox or bike or even a car, as you don't see them getting the gift of the year, now do you?
==Conclusion - lasting opinion==
The problem is it is hard to be serious about such a funky but humorous gift, it does exactly what you would expect, thus proving it is not just a gimmicky toy that doesn't really work that well - It works, it plays (wirelessly) and enables you to sing, for longer, with a friend (I am talking about the duck here!) in a bath - what more could you want?
I bought the Iduck for Christmas as a present for my niece but I found out she already had one so I inherited it back and with no one else to give it to I decided that I may as well keep it for myself. I was quite pleased because I love anything kitch and fun and the Iduck is right up my street.
There is actually two parts to this speaker, the first being an oval shaped transmitter and the second being the actual duck speaker. You need to connect your ipod (or other music player, it will work with any mp3/phone with 3.5mm jack as most have) to the transmitter and then just switch it on and scan until it finds the duck speaker and whatever you have playing on your ipod will come out of the duck instead.
It's really simple to set up so would make a great present for kids and technphobes alike. Unfortunately it needs batteries which is always a pain and this takes 7 in total, 4 AAA for the duck and 3 for the transmitter.
Putting the batteries in also requires a screwdriver as the units are sealed shut for obvious reasons.
Once you have done this though everything else is straight forward and I loved it instantly. The sound quality isn't the best in the world and it is very tinny and especially in the bathroom it is a little echoey but being able to lie in the bath and have the duck floating around is a nice novelty and for me the sound quality is fine as I wasn't expecting it to be top notch.
There is also an FM receiver so in theory you can listen to the radio but one try of this and I never bothered again as the sound was terrible and it had trouble even picking up a faint signal. As I would rather choose what music I want to listen to in the bath this wasn't an issue for me but if you are thinking of buying it because of the fact it has a radio be warned.
The duck itself is very cute and is yellow in colour and the plastic feels nice and solid and well made. If I had one complaint then it would be that I do wish it had some ambient lighting as I imagine it would be very relaxing to have some soothing music playing and some mood lighteing coming from the duck whilst lying in the tub full of bubbles.
The other thing that I am not keen on is the fact that the transmitter has to be located very near the duck for it to work as I am not keep on putting my ipod in the bathroom due to the steam as I have had one break before from just getting little rain inside. I got around this by placing it at the bathroom door instead and I find that this is close enough for it to still work fine.
I think the Iduck is a great little item and would happily buy it again. It definately isn't a high performance speaker but for a fun quirky item that doesn't cost a forutne then it is more than adequate. I only paid £12.99 in a local gadget shop for this so don't be tricked into paying more for it than it's worth and I think you will be ahppy with it.
Okay so I got given the iDuck speakers as a bit of a present, nothing serious. More of a quest to find out who could buy the most weird and wonderful gift
To my surprise the iDuck is actually really quite a useful product! It's been sitting happily in my kitchen. (I chose not to leave it in the bathroom)
The device itself is powered by AAA batteries, personally I'd have rathered it either had an internal, chargable battery, or ran off AA batteries. This is purely from the point of view of how cheap AA batteries are in comparison to AAA batteries. I have music playing all the time, and a few AAA batteries don't last that long.
It comes in two "parts", a duck and its egg. The egg plugs into the iPod (Actually, it will plug into anything that has the little headphone "jack", so any generic MP3 would work, even most mobile phones would work. anyway, the egg sends the sound to the duck, which, is waterproof, i've tested this in the sink and it seems to hold true, I'd be a bit apprehensive about leaving it submerged in a bath though. The battery compartment where the AAA's slot in seems pretty secure, though after a few changes of the batteries I can imagine it would get a bit loose and let water in.
As for the sound quality, it isnt bad, not the kind of thing you;d use for a party, but if you're just after some background noise then its great. Certainly, it is on parr with the majority of speakers that are suitable for the bathroom, since clearly they're all battery powered (no mains electricity devices in the bathroom).
Another nifty addition is the fact it has a built in FM radio. This works sufficiently, again, not amazing quality but it does the trick if you just want noise. Compared to the iPod sound, the FM radio tuner sounds a bit tinny, but this is understandable considering the Egg has no external aerial, if you remember the days when mobile phones had FM tuners, this is of a similar quality. Theres a bit of manouvering required to get an okay reception.
Overall, the iDuck is a wonderful novelty, I think its actually quite a good product that is useable, despite what the other review here states. I'd be most interested to see what other combinations the designers could come up with.
I received the iDuck as a Christmas present and have used it several times.
It comes in two parts: a white egg-shaped transmitter and the duck-shaped speaker. A line cable is also included - the name iDuck is deceptive as it will connect to any device with a 3.5mm headphone jack. Build quality feels fairly solid, and the speaker does float as advertised (I was a little apprehensive at first, but so far the battery compartment has stayed watertight).
Both the transmitter and speaker run off AAA batteries. Installing these is a bit of a pain as both battery compartments are screwed shut, but it is necessary to keep the speaker watertight. The transmitter also has a DC power socket, but for obvious reasons a mains transformer isn't included. So far, I've used the transmitter and speaker for about 4 hours on-and-off and both sets of batteries are going strong.
Using the product as a wireless speaker is straightforward. Connect an audio source to the transmitter and switch it on, push the switch on the speaker to the 'Audio' setting and press the Scan button. Audio is clear although a little tinny - it's adequate for listening to speech (in my case talking books and streaming radio) but not much good for music. It's also mono.
The FM radio is a big let-down. The lack of a decent aerial makes picking up anything difficult, and when it does pick up a station it has a nasty habit of dropping the signal and tuning to the next available station after a few minutes. There are only two volume settings, loud and very loud. This is fine when using the unit as a wireless speaker as you can alter the volume of the source, but it becomes a problem when listening to the radio.