For her birthday last year, I got my wife a 3rd generation iPod Nano and to go with that, I also bought her a Griffin Technology iTrip Auto FM Transmitter so she could use it in the car and play songs while driving. After a while, she decided that she wanted to use her iPod Nano at home too so I went and looked for an iPod dock with speakers. After checking out several items, I found the Altec Lansing inMotion iM500.
- Width: 8.5 in
- Depth: 0.7 in
- Height: 5 in
- Weight: 12 oz
- Connector Type: 1 x Audio line-in , 1 x Docking station
- MP3 Player Compatibility: iPod nano 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation
- Included Accessories: Carrying case, Adapter cable, Power adapter
- Power Device: Power adapter – External
- Run Time: (Up To) 8 hour(s)
- Battery: Standard AAA type
I didn’t get to read any reviews of the iM500 before purchasing it but because it was made by Altec Lansing, I was quite sure that it would be good but didn’t have high expectations because of its size. But when I first tried it, I was surprised with the excellent audio quality considering that it had such slim and thin speakers. It exceeded my expectations and I was very happy that I purchased it. Aside from the excellent sound quality, the Altec Lansing iM500 has a very attractive design. It’s superthin, compact, durable and portable. It can be powered by 6 standard AAA batteries and can be used as an iPod dock with a USB cable. It’s also an ideal desktop iPod speaker because it only takes up small space and because it can be powered by batteries. Now, my wife and I can enjoy listening to our favorite songs at home from her iPod Nano using the Altec Lansing inMotion iM500.
The only disadvantages that I can think of from this product is that there’s no remote control, gets easily knocked down if there’s no iPod docked in it, comes only in black color and the dock is designed only for the Nano so if you have other types of iPods, you won’t be able to use it. However, you can still use the mini auxiliary (found at the back of the speakers) to connect to your mp3 player and use the speakers to play songs.
To sum it all up, if you are looking for a portable, compact and stylish speaker system/dock for your iPod Nano, then the Altec Lansing inMotion iM500 is definitely for you or something you should consider buying. Previously, it was sold for $99 but now you can get it for less than $40.
How about you guys? What kind of dock/speaker system are you using for your iPod or other mp3 player? Anyone else has the Altec Lansing inMotion iM500?
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Cool! Good to hear that it has a good sound quality, given that it’s slim.
At first when I had my iPod, I’m afraid to let it near any speakers, thinking the speakers aren’t magnetically shielded and that the data will be erased or something :P