The A/V Dock's design is far from stylish, though it's certainly not an eyesore. It's old-school iPod white and has an average footprint, measuring 4 by 3.3 by 0.8 inches. An iPod docking station is chiseled into the top, and Keyspan includes dock adapters for the various iPods (works with Click Wheel versions only). On the back of the base you'll find a line-out jack, a standard mini-USB sync/power port, and an S-Video connection (cable not included). In addition to the base, Keyspan includes an RCA audio cable, a USB cable, a compatible power adapter, and an RF remote. Unfortunately, in order to watch video, you'll need your own S-Video cable; the unit won't even work with a standard RCA A/V cable (more on that later). Keyspan should have included some way to watch video right out of the box.
The RF remote, however, is a nice touch, since it doesn't require direct line-of-sight to work. Most A/V docks made for the iPod use infrared (IR) remotes, which don't work if there's something in the way (their range is also shorter). The remote includes a full array of controls: volume, play/pause, track shuttle, repeat, and shuffle. There are also keys for next/previous playlist, next/previous chapter, and next/previous album. On the back of the remote are the on/off switch and a Change ID button. This same button resides on the bottom on the dock, and you must press it initially to pair the remote with the dock. Simple enough.
In practice, the Keyspan A/V Dock worked flawlessly and was very easy to set up. The remote worked from as far away as we could get while still hearing what was going on--at least 50 feet. It had no issue working through a 12-inch wall. Music sounded just fine through our test system, but we were unable to test video at the time of this writing. We attempted to use a standard RCA A/V cable to output video to our TV, but this just caused the TV to flicker and spout subpar, staticky sound. An S-Video cable was unavailable at the time of testing, but we'll update this review with video quality observations once we get our hands on one.
All in all, this dock is a great choice for people who don't want to be limited by the range of their remotes; just remember that you'll need to supply that video cable.