“ Brand: Hasbro / Type: Smaller version of the Hasbro iDog / a portable clip-on speaker for your iPod/MP3 player „
The Hasbro iDog Speaker Clip is a smaller portable version of their iDog speaker. Daughter bought hers with her Christmas money. She got it from Toys R Us for £2.99, and it's still available in store and online from them at the same price.
His charm is plain: he's a rather cute fellow. He is usually found in white and silver, with his nose as the on/off button. He also has transparent moveable ears for added expression. On the back he has a sturdy plastic clip with which to attach him to a belt or lapel.
He has a cable which plugs into any head-phone socket, so that you can have him sing out music from your MP3 player, iPod or whatever device you own. The cable is about the size of most sets of head-phones, about an arm's length.
When he's playing, dots of coloured light flash over his face giving you your own mini disco light-show. These lights are also supposed to show his mood, although I need Daughter to translate these for me!
He's very simple to use: you plug him in and turn on your device, plus the iDog. He only has his nose button, a switch for going between 'try me' mode and 'play' and a reset button. In demo mode he will bark, make a variety of his own self-generated noises and flash his lights when you press his nose.
You adjust volume through the player you're using. If you try to go too loud, the sound distorts quite badly, so he's definitely a personal device rather than a party animal. I quite like this about him, as he's not going to deafen the neighbours by any means. The sound quality he produces is reasonable (to my untrained ear), but you can't fiddle with it in any way, the clip is just a very basic speaker.
He is powered by 2 AAA batteries, and to change them you need to unscrew the back. He weighs in at about 80g and fits into the palm of your hand. He can be clipped onto clothing or a bag, or he can stand upright on flat surfaces.
He's a nice little thing, ideal for Daughter to play her music outside in the garden or in the park. He would also be good to take along camping or on a family picnic for some low-level music without carrying around a portable stereo: MP3 player & iDog speaker clip fit into a pocket together easily.
We've had no problems with this beheaded iDog. While it's not going to shake the world with the high-quality of its sound nor rattle and roll it with its volume, it's a fun little speaker.