Logitech Pure-Fi Dream review: Logitech Pure-Fi Dream

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.7
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 8.0
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The Good Stylish-looking and solidly built AM/FM iPod/iPhone clock radio; motion-controlled snooze mode; decent sound for a compact system; presets for radio stations and iPod playlists; bass and treble controls; backlit remote.

The Bad Display is a little small; remote only offers basic control over your iPod; giant power supply.

The Bottom Line Logitech's Pure-Fi Dream is one of the stronger entries in the crowded iPod clock radio category.

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Ever since iHome put out its popular--and growing--line of affordable iPod clock radios, other companies have followed suit and introduced their own competing models. Logitech has been a little slow in bringing out its take on this emerging category, but the wait is mostly worth it. The Pure-Fi Dream is a solid--and stylish--little audio system that gives the competition a serious run for its money.

The Pure-Fi Dream is actually pretty compact, measuring about 12 inches long, just less than 5 inches tall, and 5 inches deep--but it's also got a nice heft to it, weighing in at 5.75 pounds. Unlike the Logitech's larger Pure-Fi Elite, which sounds fuller and is more of a "table" system, this model is really designed to sit on a night stand by the side of your bed. It has a curvy, modern design with glowing orange buttons on top and a glossy black finish (aside from the nonremovable cloth speaker grilles). Unfortunately, it shares the Elite's gigantic power supply--not quite as large as that of the Xbox 360, but still a 2.7-pound behemoth.

One thing we weren't terribly thrilled about was the size of the LCD display on the front of the system; it's a little on the small side. Yes, you can read the time from about 8 feet away but it may be harder for some folks to read numbers from across the room. It's also worth noting that in both iPod and FM radio mode, title and artist info scrolls across the screen (as long as the station supports RDS text-streaming capabilities), but that's pretty hard to read unless you're standing--or lying--near the Dream.

The controls are pretty straightforward and we appreciated that almost all the buttons are duplicated on both the remote and on the unit itself. Logitech went a little minimalist--perhaps too minimalist--with the Pure-Fi Elite and left off some buttons on the unit so you were forced to use the remote to access certain features, such as the presets for the radio. That becomes a problem if you misplace the remote. However, with the Dream, you can use the remote, which has backlit buttons (a rarity for the iPod speaker category), or opt to control things via the buttons on the unit. Unfortunately, the remote only offers limited control over your iPod from afar. As for presets, there are a total of six for AM and 12 for FM. The sleep timer has a range from 5 to 180 minutes, with plenty of increments in between.


The iPod dock is inset on the front face of the unit, so the iPod doesn't rise out of the top like a monolith (as on many other models).

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  • Color piano black
  • Speaker System Type speaker system with Apple dock
  • Speaker Type Bookshelf speaker
  • Amplification Type active
  • Connectivity Technology wired
About The Author

Executive Editor David Carnoy has been a leading member of CNET's Reviews team since 2000. He covers the gamut of gadgets and is a notable e-reader and e-publishing expert. He's also the author of the novels Knife Music and The Big Exit. Both titles are available as Kindle, iBooks, and Nook e-books.