Speaker docks rock. They not only amplify your playlists and Pandora stations, but also power and recharge your docked device at the same time.
In my house, where pretty much everyone owns an iPhone or iPod Touch, that dock is in constant demand -- mostly for charging purposes. That's why I'm enamored with today's deal, which supplies two, two, two docks in one product.
While supplies last, Ben's Outlet has the Altec Lansing Octiv Duo speaker system for $34.99 shipped. It's new, not refurbished, and it originally sold for $99.
True to its name, the Octiv Duo offers two iDevice-compatible docks. That means you can charge two iPhones, two iPods, or one of each simultaneously. What's more, you can play music from both devices, with Altec's free Music Mix app handling DJ duties.
The dock also has an auxiliary input jack for connecting other devices, and even a powered USB port for recharging non-Apple devices -- a great little perk you don't find on many other speaker docks.
Speaking of perks, Altec Lansing supplies a wireless remote that conveniently, well, docks on the back of the dock in a magnetic holder. The button layout is a little goofy, but the key controls -- volume and track select -- are easy to thumb.
CNET rated the Octiv Duo 3.5 stars, or 7.7 out of 10, when the product first hit the scene about two years ago and sold for $99. Personally, I find the reviewer's complaints pretty minor, though I can't really rate the Octiv Duo myself because I don't own one (yet).
That said, for $35 out the door, I think this is a killer deal for anyone who owns two or more iDevices.
Bonus deal: Proof positive that SSD prices are getting better all the time, Newegg has the OCZ Agility 3 180GB 2.5-inch SSD for $109.99 shipped. That's after redeeming a $20 mail-in rebate (PDF). Sigh: Hard to believe I paid about the same price for a 64GB drive barely six months ago.
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