Product: Logitech Portable Speaker S125i
Rating: Strong Recommend
In the second installment in our search for the perfect iPod speaker dock we bring along our housemate and life mate, Bruce. Since we both need to like how music is pumped through the house, it only seemed logical to zip up his Test Lab coat. This time we took a listen to one of Logitech's more inexpensive options, which showed us that when it comes to speaker docks you don't need anything fancy, you just need good sound.
Unboxing: You couldn't ask for an easier gadget to set-up. You literally pull it out, plug it into your power socket, and dock your iPod. The S125i comes with dock adapters so all iPod models, new and old, can play, plus with an inexpensive stereo jack wire you can plug other digital audio player or your laptop to the speakers.
Performance: Despite only being 3.3-by-7.7-by-3.5 inches, this diminutive speaker can really pump up the volume. "Sure, the sound quality is merely adequate when compared to the plethora of other standalone speakers on the market, but nothing else can fit in the places this tiny unit can," Bruce writes. "For that reason, I'm a big fan of the sound. Just don't get out of control. The speakers max out if you're trying to fill anything larger than a 12-by-10 foot room. However, if you're competing with an electric mixer or a stove vent, the lil' S125i knows how to throw down."
"The interface of the unit is simple with just a power button, volume, and bass boost. All of them work with an affirming click and tolerate my food covered hands well." Totally agree. The only menu you have to deal with is the one you're already familiar with -- that of your iPod.
What We Liked: The size really is key here. This thing can fit on the tiniest of shelves and is so portable that moving it from kitchen to home office to living room is like bringing a mug of coffee to each location. Plus, if we're outdoors -- BBQing in the yard or camping in one of America's many amazing state parks, we can grill with tunage as the S125i can be powered either via cord or batteries.
You won't get the party started with this thing, but it does the job just right for more mellow events like a dinner party, working at home, or, as Bruce mentioned, sautéeing with your kitchen vent on. Plus at $70, the price is so much more digestible in comparison to the Sonos.
What Needs Improvement: While we like the small footprint of the S125i, we're not big fans of the design. It's not awful, but it looks a bit dated with its bulbous form factor and black and white color combo. Even making the speaker grills match the body would be a great improvement.