The JBL On Time Micro offers pretty much everything you'd want from a bedside iPod speaker dock, such as an AM/FM radio, multiple alarms, good audio, and a remote control. We just wish it did all that for about a third of the price.
The JBL On Time Micro may be the smallest in the series but it's not the most compact docking speaker we've come across. The base of the unit is 7.7 inches in diameter and the speaker dome stands nearly 5 inches tall. Though it's not supersmall, the Micro should fit comfortably on your average nightstand.
The bulbous, brushed-silver speaker grille and faintly eery glow emanating from the LCD and backlit buttons give the unit the vaguely extraterrestrial look that we see repeated throughout the On Time line. We dig the sci-fi appeal, but, of course, style is all in the eye of the beholder.
The front of the JBL On Time Micro appears to have a section sliced off at an angle and this is where you'll find the iPod dock, a 2.2-inch monochrome display, and a variety of controls. The dock will accept any modern iPod or iPhone with a 30-pin connection, and JBL includes a single snap-in adapter with two rubber-backing inserts to help the player fit securely.
Considering the price of the On Time Micro, we expect an ample array of features. Luckily, the speaker does not let us down. It offers an auxiliary line-in port on the backside for connecting the Shuffle or any non-iPod audio source.
The unit also includes both FM and AM tuners with the proper antennas for each. You can also set up to seven different alarms, but there are only 10 preset slots for the radio--between AM and FM, we can see this not being enough for some users.