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Dexim AV Dock Station review: Dexim AV Dock Station

It's not exactly cheap, but if you've still got a CRT television lurking around the house, the AV Dock is a decent way to view video podcasts and such like.

Derek Fung
Derek loves nothing more than punching a remote location into a GPS, queuing up some music and heading out on a long drive, so it's a good thing he's in charge of CNET Australia's Car Tech channel.
Derek Fung
2 min read

Design and features

As an iPod dock, the Dexim is not totally without a certain modicum of charm with its grey rubberised top and piano black finish. Out the back there's a socket for the power cord and one for the composite AV cable, while at the front is the unit's infrared receiver. Although batteries are included, the remote itself was rather too slippery for our liking, and it felt rather cheap and insubstantial to boot.

7.0

Dexim AV Dock Station

The Good

Does what it's meant to. Decent looking.

The Bad

Not exactly cheap. Only suited to standard-def TVs. Remote slippery and insubstantial.

The Bottom Line

It's not exactly cheap, but if you've still got a CRT television lurking around the house, the AV Dock is a decent way to view video podcasts and such like.

Performance

Excluding the Shuffle, the Dexim AV Dock will happily accept and charge any recent iPhone or iPod with marked mounting plates for a wide variety of Apple's finest, including the iPhone (first-gen and 3G), first- and second-gen iPod Touches, fifth- and sixth-gen iPods, and third- and fourth-gen iPod Nanos.

With the Dexim limited to composite output and iPods/iPhones limited to video with a maximum resolution of 640x480, we weren't expecting too much in terms of video output. Playback on a CRT TV — remember them? — was acceptable, although jaggies and artefacts were still quite noticeable. Predictably when we stepped up to an HD TV videos became a trek through pixel town.

Conclusion

It's not exactly cheap at AU$150, but if you've still got a CRT television or standard-def TV lurking around the house, the AV Dock is a decent way to view video podcasts and such like. For larger, higher resolution TVs, though, we would spend a bit more dosh on a device that can output better quality video and in larger variety of formats.