Gadgets 61

Published on November 13th, 2005 | by Greg


Dock the Halls

The ad copy goes like this: “An amplified extension of your iPod, the inMotion iM5 mobile audio dock replaces headphone listening and delivers high quality, crystal-clear sound”. It can be powered by batteries or with the included AC cord, and can recharge your iPod while it’s docked.

No extravagant claims, except for maybe their suggestion that 4 AA batteries could power it for more than 24 hours (which we confirmed, at least at lower volumes). Altec Lansing has a reputation for decent sound, and their latest designs have been right in line with the quality and color scheme you expect from iPod accessories- sleek, small, grey/white. And, perhaps, the price you expect too- a tad out of reach at $150 MSRP, but cheaper than the Bose SoundDock.

Fortunately, the iM5 can work with most any iPod: nano, photo, 3rd generation models, even the mini- only the shuffle is left out. What’s best about the iM5 though, is the hidden jacks- so you can output photos, add a subwoofer, and even an input jack so you can use the iM5 with audio devices without an iPod dock adapter. The buttons are well-made, raised rubber, allowing you to easily change the volume. And finally, the iM5 even comes with a full set of international adapters (!) which allow you to use it out-of-the-box around the world- very handy for travelers who don’t have a computer handy to charge their iPod.

The iMotion’s sound isn’t spectacular (their iM7, with an MSRP of $250, sounds better for instance), but is perfectly adequate for anything except the most bass-heavy tracks. It handled orchestral music well, never muddying the sound or sounding too bright or dull.

All in all, the iM5 would be a great gift for those who want to use the iPod as more than a mobile device.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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