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Good, but battery life suffers
on 23 May 2011
It paired up quickly with my PX210's, delivered quickly, good sound. The purpose of posting a review was to bring up something I didn't really think about critically or see much of in the reviews, and I admit I was probably a bit nieve and wishful-thinking, but the main problem: this thing sucks all life from your iPod (or similar device)!!! I bought a brand new iPod classic, headphones and this so everything was new. I have a 3hr commute every day, and find myself having to charge up my iPod at least every other day, and sometimes in between. That equates to approx 6 hours play time with this device before my ipod gets to a point of needing a recharge. For the iPod, it has a quoted 36 hours that Apple gives us (which in my experience - I could go an entire week between charges on my old ipod with the same quoted battery life). To go from 36 hours to 6 hours is quite disheartening. I am running some songs on higher than normal bit rate, which would bring down the battery life a bit, but not this drastically. I wanted to be free from cables, but now I'm almost chained to my ipod doc or power outlet. I have run a test and can get a good 5 or 6 meters away before I start to lose signal. great, yes, but possibly this is the cause for it sucking so much power? It would have been good to have an adjustment on the device to choose the range you want to emit the signal - as its always in my shoulder bag, much beyond a meter is overkill. Maybe this is irrelevant and I'm talking nonsense from not actually knowing, but maybe not.
My only other thing regards the design - it protrudes out a good inch from the base of the iPod. I wish they would have made it wider but shorter, i.e. so that it covered the width of the base of the iPod as opposed to sticking out as far. This would mean that it is less likely to cause damage to the iPod dock socket from being bent accidentally/inadvertently.
Overall its probably a great product, I just didn't think critically about the side effects of using a device like this and wanted to forewarn others about potential pitfalls.