Logitech's line of Pure-Fi iPod speaker docks has swelled to seven, so you could be forgiven for mixing them up. The latest entry--the Pure-Fi Anytime--is basically a cheaper entry-level version of the Pure-Fi Dream. It boasts the same dual alarm AM/FM clock radio and motion-activated backlit controls ("wave to snooze") as that model, but sports a smaller, less curvaceous frame. And while the Pure-Fi Anytime doesn't make the Dream's claims of high-end sound, its $100 list price is exactly half that of its big brother. And we've already seen it selling online for as little as $80.
At 10.5 inches by 3.8 inches by 3.5 inches (HWD), the Pure-Fi Anytime is small enough to fit on nearly any nightstand or bookshelf. The black housing is angled back a bit, which adds a touch of design flair to the otherwise pedestrian rectangular design. While many iPod docks have the Apple player protruding from the top like a Stonehenge monolith, the Pure-Fi Anytime's dock sits front and center, nestled between the left and right speaker. As a result, the main clock/radio display is pushed to the right side, just above the speaker.
The controls are found on the topside. If they're a bit hard to see at first--especially in a darkened bedroom--waving your hand over the unit (or just touching one of the buttons) fades in a soft amber backlight behind each key. The buttons are fine, but--as always--it would've been nice to have knobs for volume and tuning. Otherwise, you can use the included credit card remote. It handles all the standard functions, including basic iPod navigation (play/pause, track up/down). The Pure-Fi Anytime also has a caddy on its backside, so you'll always know where the little remote is.
The Pure-Fi Anytime is iPhone-certified, which means that it's shielded from the GSM interference that would otherwise be caused by the phone. As a result, you can dock your iPhone in without flipping it to airplane mode; in other words, you can still make and receive calls while the unit is docked. Of course, the Anytime also works with nearly all other dock-equipped iPod models. It includes dock inserts for just four of the more popular sizes, but we found that the iPhone and second-generation iPod Nano both docked firmly without the need for the inserts at all.