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iDesign Power Speaker Stereo Dock for iPod review: iDesign Power Speaker Stereo Dock for iPod

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The Good The Brookstone iDesign Power speaker has a modern design, convenient size, affordable price, and can be run from batteries or an included power adapter.

The Bad The metal design accents are actually plastic, sound quality is only so-so, and the dock does not support iPhones.

The Bottom Line The Brookstone iDesign Power speaker is an attractive, portable iPod speaker well-suited for compact spaces such as kitchen counters or night stands.

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6.3 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Features 6
  • Performance 6

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Inexpensive iPod speaker systems are a dime a dozen, but every now and then we come across a product that stands out from the herd. The Brookstone iDesign Power speaker doesn't have the catchiest name or some dynamite feature, but it's easy on the eyes and ears, and a great value at $79.

Measuring 5.5 inches tall by 9.75 inches wide by 5 inches deep, the iDesign Power speaker doesn't take up much more room than a lunch box. Two metallic plastic legs prop the speaker enclosure off the ground at a slightly upward angle and give the system a unique, modern look. Two 2-inch tweeters on the front of the system are covered with a removable cloth grille, while an additional 3.5-inch woofer is mounted on the bottom of the enclosure covered by a black, metal grille.

The top of the iDesign Power speaker offers a recessed, universal dock with interchangeable fittings for most iPod models. In front of the dock are buttons for volume and power. The back of the system includes a power adapter input, power mode switch (battery/adapter), and a 3.5 millimeter aux input jack discreetly placed along the right edge. The rest of the unit is fairly nondescript, aside from the battery compartment concealed on the left side that uses four AA batteries.

The back of the Brookstone iDesign Power speaker system includes a power adapter input, aux input, and a switch for battery power.

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