Griffin iKaraoke review: Griffin iKaraoke

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CNET Editors' Rating

2 stars Mediocre
  • Overall: 4.7
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 1.0
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The Good The Griffin iKaraoke is super easy to set up and use, and it offers a low-profile design with a high-quality feel. It works with all dock-connecting iPods, and you can output via line-out or FM transmission.

The Bad The Griffin iKaraoke does a poor job of dropping out the lead vocal track. Audio coming through line-out was full of static.

The Bottom Line The Griffin iKaraoke is cute and does a fine job as a mic, but it seriously fails in the karaoke department.

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Griffin iKaraoke

The Griffin iKaraoke is the smallest karaoke machine I've ever seen, and teeny gadgets sure do turn heads around here--especially when related to MP3 players. But when it comes to karaoke, smaller does not equal better. The iKaraoke is sleek, relatively inexpensive ($49.99), and easy to use, but it completely fails as a singing machine.

So do you want the good news or the bad news first? Let's start off on a positive note. The iKaraoke offers a compact design that has a nice, high-quality feel to it. The sleek brushed metal is nice to hold, and the five-inch-long mic isn't uncomfortably small in the hand. The mic features a few buttons (play/pause and track/menu shuttle keys), a switch (more on this in a bit), and a red LED in the form of a ring around the top portion. The LED flashes when the iKaraoke is initially activated and stays lit during song "performances." A four-foot cable connects the mic with a small base that plugs into the bottom of any dock-connecting iPod (fourth generation and newer). A line-out port on the base lets you connect the setup to a speaker or a stereo system (you must provide the cable), or you can use the built-in FM transmitter to transmit audio to a nearby radio.

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  • CE Product Type iPod karaoke module