iHome iH15 review: iHome iH15

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.3
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 6.0
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The Good You can customize the color of the iHome iH15 or set it to run through a "rainbow" of seven colors; it has a boxy, modern design.

The Bad Totally bare-bones feature package: no radio; no GSM-shielding for iPhone; no alarm; no remote.

The Bottom Line The iHome iH15 may not sound all that great or have much in the way of features, but its capability to change colors and set a mood in a darkened room is a unique and appealing trait.

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As far as iPod music systems go, the iHome iH15 is about as simple as they come except for a small but brilliant design twist: it changes colors.

With the lights on, we can say the iH15 ($59.99) may not be all that exciting to look at, but it is--dare we say it--kind of cute. A 5.25-inch cube with some curves and a milky opaque plastic finish, it's got a bit of that '70s throwback thing going for it. Three small speakers adorn three of its four sides (one is a "passive subwoofer"). And just four buttons--one for power, two for volume, and one for toggling the color--run across the top of the unit just in front of the iPod dock. You get a 3.5mm line-in jack for other MP3 players or audio devices, but that's it. No radio, no alarm, no remote control.

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Color translucent
  • Speaker System Type portable speakers with digital player dock
  • Amplification Type active
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Type Speakers