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The backside is wrapped in a brushed silver speaker grille made from anodized aluminum. Considering the size of the unit, it gets surprisingly loud, though music suffers from distortion at the highest levels.

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Creative also includes a stand for propping up the speaker during use, as well as a USB power adapter and a simple black pouch for transport.

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Clearly, the standout is the TravelSound i80's design. The bulk of the unit is composed of high-gloss white plastic. The front features an integrated iPod dock, and two clear, plastic rails serve to cradle the Nano in place.

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Creative Labs' TravelSound i80 for iPod Nano is an ultracompact speaker that sells for $80 and gets surprisingly loud. It's only compatible with the third-generation iPod Nanos and it doesn't sound great. But it's cute and travel-friendly, so it's still a solid choice for frequent-fliers with an eye for design.

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The entire thing is about the size of a Zen Vision:M, measuring 4 inches high by 2.5 inches wide by 1 inch deep.

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Minimal controls consisting of a volume knob and power switch, as well as a standard mini USB port for charging, line the right edge of the speaker.

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