Sony Ericsson MDS-60 review: Sony Ericsson MDS-60

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The Good Very compact design. Works via AC power or AA batteries. Sturdy construction.

The Bad No extra features like EQ adjustment. No remote control. No inputs.

The Bottom Line This speaker dock is simple and user-friendly, and the long list of compatible phones a bonus, but some may wish for a little more.

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7.8 Overall

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Speaker docks for the iPod family of MP3 players have been all the rage of late, with third-party manufacturers releasing a slew of products designed to charge the player while pumping out tunes. Now that Sony Ericsson's Walkman range has asserted its dominance as the music phone of choice, it's only fitting that it should have a special dock too.

The MDS-60 has a very sporty look, from the orange mesh-covered speakers down to the drink bottle-esque cap that covers the docking port. The well-thought out design features a detachable stand that also functions as a cover to protect the speakers when the product is stored. This cuts down on dimensions, and means the MDS-60 can be tossed into a bag without concerns it will be damaged or take up too much room.

Unlike the more sophisticated -- and almost three times pricier -- MDS-70, the MDS-60 has no remote control, inputs or equaliser. There are only two buttons: power on/off and volume.

The MDS-60 carries the unmistakeable orange branding of Sony Ericsson's Walkman series, but compatibility is not restricted to Walkman phones. The stand will work with any model that sports the proprietary charging port, including the K750i and K610i. In terms of playlist navigation, we found that it works best with candy bar models like the aforementioned K series models, W700i, W800i, W810i and W950i. The large lanyard hook on the back of the clamshell W300i didn't sit very well against the dock, and flipping open the phone to operate the keypad made the viewing angle for the main display awkward.

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