Sony Dream Machine (ICF-CL75iP) review: Sony Dream Machine (ICF-CL75iP)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Excellent combined functionality. 1GB internal memory. Good 7-inch display.

The Bad iPhone/iPod controls are inconsistent. Speaker is only good at short distances.

The Bottom Line We have a few nitpicks and grumblings, but overall the Dream Machine is a happy marriage between an alarm clock, iPod dock and digital photo frame.

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Is it a bird, is it a plane?

Certain sections of technology lend themselves to the concept of convergence, where the mad scientists in the world's biggest tech manufacturer mix together the coolest gadgets to make even cooler gadgets — think smartphones. But what would happen if you mixed together three seemingly boring gadgets, say an alarm clock, an iPod dock and a digital photo frame? Cue the Sony Dream Machine (and Corey Haim is nowhere in sight).

The result is surprisingly sexy, or at least as sexy as an alarm clock ought to be. The centrepiece of the Dream Machine is a 7-inch colour LCD display with a pretty standard WVGA. When viewing videos or photo slideshows the results are colourful and reasonably sharp, and seeing as it's to live on your bedside table it has four brightness settings to dim the screen when its time to sleep.

Rock around the clock, dock

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Sony Dream Machine (ICF-CL75iP)

Part Number: CNETSony Dream Machine (ICF-CL75iP)

Typical Price: $299.00

See manufacturer website for availability.