Memorex iWake series
Goooood morning, iPod owners. Having to wake up early for work or school is annoying enough, but add to that the irritating buzz of your alarm clock and you could be waking up on the wrong side of the bed. The Memorex iWake hopes to make your day a little brighter by jolting you awake with your favorite tunes from your iPod. The iWake isn't the first iPod-compatible alarm clock on the market--SDI Technologies released the iHome iH5 last year--but the iWake features a more streamlined design and more affordable price tag ($79.99) than the iH5 does. Plus, it includes a remote and has SRS Wow sound-enhancement technology. However, it's not perfect. Sound quality is mediocre and there's no option to turn off the LCD backlight, but for iPod owners looking for a compatible alarm clock, the iWake is a fine choice.
Available in black or white, the iWake will make a nice bedroom accessory with its sleek and streamlined look; it's a more attractive option than the iHome iH5, in our opinion. On the front panel, there's a sizeable LCD display that's easy to read and comes with two backlight settings: L or H, which we presume means low or high. There's a switch on the back of the unit so that you can toggle between the two, but there's no option to turn it off completely, which is bad news if you're sensitive to light and need a completely dark environment to fall asleep. In addition to the backlight switch, the back side features a connector for the AC adapter (the unit can also run on two AAA batteries), a headphone jack, a daylight-savings-time switch, and an FM wire antenna. We also like that there's a line-in jack (cable not provided) so you can connect nondockable iPods, such as the iPod Shuffle and first- and second-generation iPods, as well as other MP3 players.