SDI iHome iH4 review: SDI iHome iH4

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CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
  • Overall: 5.7
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 4.0
  • Performance: 6.0
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The Good Inexpensive and compact, the iH4 has alarm clock functionality that allows you to wake to iPod songs or a buzzer. Your iPod charges while in dock, and there's a line-in to connect other audio devices. The clock numbers also are easy to read, and we liked the accent lighting strips that can be dimmed.

The Bad There's no radio functionality and as you might expect from a mono speaker this small, the sound is fairly thin.

The Bottom Line While it lacks any radio functionality, the iHome iH4 is a solid value if you're looking for a low-cost bedside iPod audio speaker that recharges your iPod while you sleep and has a built-in clock and alarm.

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In 2005, SDI Technologies had a surprise hit with its iPod-compatible clock radio, the $99 iHome iH5. Expanding on that success, SDI has a new line of iPod-dockable audio systems, including the iHome2go iH4 Radio Clock with iPod Dock ($49), which brings down the price even further for an iPod alarm clock system. However, unlike the stepped-up iH7, this model doesn't feature any sort of radio.

The iH4, which is about the size of a small computer speaker, isn't a bad looking little alarm clock. It has a sort of half modern, half retro design (with its two strips of accent lighting, it vaguely resembles a mini jukebox), and it should fit nicely in a child's or a teenager's room. The model we reviewed (the iH4B) was black with blue lighting, and a pink version (the iH4P) is also available.

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