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Philips AJ300D Docking Entertainment System review: Philips AJ300D Docking Entertainment System

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The Good Works with GoGear as well as iPod; decent sound quality; easy to use.

The Bad Not very loud; design may not be to everyone's taste.

The Bottom Line Those looking for a speaker they can use to lull them back into the real world after a night of slumber will find the Philips AJ300D Docking Entertainment System to be a decent option. Not everyone will appreciate its slightly odd styling, but there's no question that it offers decent sound quality and is very easy to use

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The AJ300D Docking Entertainment System from Philips works with both the company's own GoGear MP3 player and most flavours of the iPod.

It costs around £60 and tries to differ itself from more run of the mill speaker docks by having a built-in radio alarm clock.

Strengths
The world seems to be flooded with iPod docks at the moment, so rather than just follow the pack, Philips has created one that lets you wake up to your music player in the morning. In the box you'll find 12 different dock inserts with 11 of these designed for use with various iPod models and one for Philips' GoGear players.

As well as playing music from an iPod or GoGear, the dock also has an FM tuner. This has very good reception and we were able to pick up all the major stations without even unfurling the small wire antenna. On the right hand side of the dock you'll find five handy preset buttons that you can assign to your favourite stations.

The alarm clock side of the dock is well thought out. You can set two alarms -- one for you and one for your other half -- and each has its own on/off button. To program an alarm, you just hold down its button, wait for it to beep and then use the track skip buttons to set the time. When you're finished, you hit the alarm button again. A selector switch on the side allows you to choose whether you want to wake up to the buzzer, radio or tunes on your music player.

When the alarm goes off in the morning, you can tap the large button that runs all the way across the top to activate the snooze mode. It'll silence the dock for nine minutes giving you extra snooze-time before having to face the world.

The dock also comes with a remote control and thankfully Philips has shied away from the membrane style remotes popular with other manufacturers. So while the remote is small and narrow, it does have proper rubberised buttons that feel very responsive to the touch.

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