DLO TransPod review: DLO TransPod

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The Good The DLO TransPod, designed for all existing iPods and other audio devices, features a combination charger/FM transmission cradle that is built for easy access and includes plastic adapters for both the iPod Mini and the iPod Nano. Its strong FM signal means static-free, wireless MP3 playback and excellent sound quality.

The Bad Setting up the cradle and arm of the DLO TransPod to fit the layout of your vehicle can be a hassle, and the supporting arm feels flimsy and easy to break. The overall design is bulky.

The Bottom Line A worthy addition to your collection of iPod accessories, the DLO TransPod is one of the best FM transmitters on the market today.

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DLO's TransPod for the iPod

With so many models--many of them disappointing--on the market today, choosing the right FM transmitter for your car can be a harrowing process. But car-driving iPod owners with no other connectivity options, such as a tape deck or a line-in jack, should look no further than Digital Lifestyle Outfitters' $99 TransPod, a second-generation product specifically designed for iPods with a dock connector.

The DLO TransPod is basically a docking cradle held up by an adjustable multijoint arm. Simply plug the unit into a car lighter adapter, stick a dock-connector iPod (including the video iPod and the Nano) in the cradle, and adjust the arms for optimal comfort. We prefer these mount-style FM transmitters as they give users easy access--important when you're hurtling down the interstate going 90.

The DLO TransPod cradle is well designed, with no rough edges and a flush backing support, and the layout of the buttons is intuitive. The bottom of the device has a small blue-backlit one-line LCD screen that displays the current radio frequency and charging status. On either side of the display are two arrows for scrolling through radio stations. Navigate through up to four user-preset radio stations and turn on/off the display's blue blacklight using buttons on either side of the cradle. Conveniently, the cradle charges the iPod.

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DLO TransPod (second generation, black)

Part Number: 009-3031 Released: Oct 12, 2005
Low Price: $84.99 See all prices

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  • Release date Oct 12, 2005
  • CE Product Type digital player car holder / FM transmitter / charger