It’s great to be able to listen to your music on your iPod/MP3 player out loud at home, an iPod dock allows you to do just that. There are plenty on the market, here we look at one of them, this is an Edifier IF350 review.
It comes well packaged, once open the device is in a nice soft touch black case. It feels like real care is taken over the presentation of the product.
Holding it for the first time it feels chunky and solid, yet it is isn’t overly heavy making it ideal if you want to take it around with you every once in a while, such as on holiday.
The setup of the base is very slick, the push of an arrow on the back and the stand at the back and ipod location at the front smoothly glide into position. The grey buttons are all soft-touch. I love how to the remote is hidden away in the back and you slide it out, cool but functional. The LCD screen is nice and clear and simply done. Overall it is a tidy design.
It is on an equal footing with other ipod docks in this price range. As always you don’t get the quality of sound that you get with traditional sound systems, but the quality is good enough to enjoy your music or the radio comfortably.
It can go reasonably loud before it begins to distort, I reached volume level 50 before some songs started to have slight distortion. It has a total of 12W so you can’t expecting it to be shaking your window frames, but that should be plenty for most users. There are no treble and bass settings which is somewhat frustrating.
The remote control is good, giving you full control over your music on your iPod so you can move between menus to select songs. From the remote you can also control the time, alarm and switch between; aux, ipod and FM.
The radio aerial is a bit nasty- as they always are – there is no DAB, so a nasty aerial is necessary. But it is hidden away well enough for you not to notice it if you don’t use the radio. It charges your iPod whilst it is plugged in. The actual device can be plugged into the mains, or run of its rechargeable battery which is excellent for BBQs.
It feels secure when on a table, it has a couple of no-slip pads which hold it tight should you have it on a surface where it may move around.
Simple smart styling, easy to use and sound quality is decent. Shame it doesn’t have DAB radio or treble/bass settings but apart from that it is good.
Perhaps a tad more expensive then it should be, but still a good bit of kit well worth looking at if you want to buy yourself a new ipod dock.
Here are some more photos we took for our Edifier IF350 review:
Soft Touch Case
Power and Input Buttons
Soft Touch Buttons
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