This single speaker, which is about the size of two hockey pucks stacked on top of each other, runs on three AAA batteries for about 24 hours and has a hideaway cord that plugs into the headphone jack on just about any MP3 player, including all the iPods and iPhones, as well as laptops and portable DVD players. The $39.95 speaker ships with a protective carrying case (with a convenient belt-clip carabiner) and a lanyard to strap around your wrist (I guess that's what it's for).
The understated iM237 now features a power button that lights when the speaker is on. On the earlier model, some people complained that without a light it was easy to forget that the unit was on and the batteries would run down. Doh!
As one might expect from a speaker this small, it doesn't sound all that good. But it also doesn't sound terrible, which is about all you can ask. We think it's worth more like $20 (the older Orbit sells for $30), but at $40, it's not exactly expensive.
Expect the new Orbit in stores soon. What do you guys think? Is it worth buying?