If there's one accessory that seems to have reached near-ubiquity in record time, it would be the iPod speaker dock. But most of them have been made for earlier generations of the media player, not the Touch or the iPhone. And even when they are, manufacturers for some reason seem compelled to design them in some odd fashion, whether they resemble Dumbo ears, truncated phone receivers, or a dressing room mirrors.
Power Downloader and I have talked about how useful RocketDock can be, and it is still is. But another excellent program dock to check out is ObjectDock, from Stardock. Besides providing a skinable and extensively customizable Mac-style dock, the free ObjectDock lets users replace the Windows taskbar completely.
Colorful and animated, ObjectDock is so customizable it's impressive. Not only can you choose your own icons to represent programs and documents, set the dock size and location, and configure icon behavior, but you can also set the dock to run faster and take up more RAM, or sacrifice the gloss … Read more
FM transmitters aren't the best way to port your MP3 player's audio to your car stereo, but for those who don't have a cassette player or auxiliary line input, they're the only option. Thanks to FCC regulations, it can be a challenge to find one that offers transmission powerful enough to dominate an FM frequency without frequent drop-outs and interference, but DLO has managed to offer a reasonably strong signal with its TransDock line of transmitters. The newest addition to the family, the TransDock III with IntelliTune ($99.99), keeps the legacy going, although we found … Read more
It's been a long while since our last warning about the evil egg empire, thinking that the threat of a pending invasion had subsided. Clearly we were wrong, as this ovum speaker system has Alien written all over it.
Once this "Egg" unit is cracked open, two satellite speakers can be removed while the base doubles as a subwoofer and an iPod dock. Luckily, it's only a concept so far--because it would be the perfect place for a facehugger to lurk at the bottom.
When Gear4 told us it was holding its most exciting product launch to date, we knew we were in for a little treat. It came to show us its swanky new Duo in private, weeks before said launch, so we've had a chance to form a solid opinion already.
It's called the Gear4 Duo and it's pretty unusual. At first glance it looks like a compact 2.1 speaker unit for the iPod, with an integrated sub. But pull off the magnetically connected front panel and you've got yourself a portable, battery-powered system akin to Gear4'… Read more
If this is an indication that the latest incarnation of the boombox is dying, we're all for it. For some unfortunate reason the iPod has inspired a rebirth of the '70s staple in video form, which has resulted in some awkward designs. Even recent makeovers can't adequately disguise that polyester leisure suit we know is lurkig underneath.
Goodmans has released its own version of an iPod dock with an LCD, which is a welcome antidote to the retro ugliness that has stricken so many other models on the market. This multimedia station with a 7-inch display has a … Read more
Remember the Memorex iFlip from a couple months ago? It's an iPod dock that plays videos on its 7-inch widescreen LCD. It was $59.99 then, but OnSale.com has the iFlip on sale for $49.99. Plus, you can get back the cost of shipping (around $15) via a mail-in rebate.
The iFlip can dock, charge, and play most iPod models, though the 3G nano isn't listed among those that are compatible. You can watch videos and photos on the big screen or just listen to music through the built-in stereo speakers. The iFlip has dual headphone … Read more
This is the ideal iPod dock for those who carry gear such as the Hummer phone to reinforce their fragile masculine egos. Kind of an MP3 version of the Makita MR100, the 10-pound "Construction Radio" is equally comfortable in the workshop or a demolition site for a 40-story high-rise. Indeed, it looks something like a "HyperBike" for the media player, or maybe a scaled-down version of Ripley's power loader from Aliens.
It comes with a built-in spotlight, SD card slot, dual power outlets, and an AM-FM radio in addition to a fortified iPod dock, according … Read more
With festival season just around the corner here in the U.K.--don't forget your wellies, kids--it's time to look at battery-operated speakers. One of our favorites for times when size is of critical importance is Gear4's StreetParty Size 0--its thin form factor and easy battery operation makes it ideal for campers and festival goers.
But Altec Lansing--a company that once made speakers for Woodstock--has an attractive Bluetooth alternative to a typical iPod dock. At about 90 pounds (about $178) the inMotion SoundBlade is a more costly option, but it'll work with Bluetooth-enabled music phones … Read more
Unlike Sony, Philips long ago figured out that it made more sense to play nice with the iPod because resistance, as they say, is futile. A year ago, for example, the Dutch company came out with a DVD player that incorporated a dock for the iPod so it could show videos from the media player on an 8.5-inch screen.
Now Philips has added a model that can work similarly with the iPod Touch while increasing the display to 9 inches. The new DCP951 isn't as seamless as its predecessor, which created a custom slot designed specifically to fit … Read more