Scosche PassPort HomeDock review: Scosche PassPort HomeDock

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.0
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 6.0
Reviewed:

The Good The Scosche PassPort HomeDock will let your iPhone or iPod charge with older iPod docking accessories.

The Bad Considering the price, the PassPort HomeDock doesn't do much, won't work with all iPod docks, and looks like a cheap lump of plastic.

The Bottom Line The Scosche PassPort HomeDock is a useful solution if your favorite old iPod speaker system won't charge your newer gadgets, but your money may be better spent toward a new speaker system.

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The Scosche PassPort HomeDock ($39) adapts older, iPod accessories such as speaker systems and docks, to work with the iPhone and recent iPod models. Specifically, the PassPort steps down the voltage of older accessories from 12 volts to 5 volts, to address the fact that the iPhone and newer iPods models have ceased support for 12 volt charging.

The PassPort HomeDock measures 1 inch by 1.25 inch by 2.75 inches, and is designed to fit snugly into any iPod dock that uses Apple's universal dock standard (for example, docks that accept those little plastic dock inserts that came with your iPod). Docks and speaker systems that use their own proprietary dock design (such as the Harman Kardon Go + Play) aren't going to work with PassPort. The same goes for speaker systems such as the Altec Lansing iM7, which limit the height of the iPod (the PassPort adds an extra half inch to the dock).

Users of the popular Bose SoundDock (first-generation) iPod speaker system should be pleased to know the PassPort HomeDock is available in matching black or white, and comes with an extra bit of plastic that brings the adapter flush with the system dock.

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  • CE Product Type digital player docking station adapter