Kitsound XDOCK 4+ Speaker Dock
Key features Bluetooth 4.0 • Lightning connector charge point • Mains adaptor Learn more kitsound.co.uk Available from amazon.co.uk
The functionality of the XDOCK 4+ is by far the biggest asset of this brilliant product from Kitsound. With this surprisingly lightweight piece of kit you can: set up to two alarms; listen to music through Bluetooth, AUX cable or lightning connection; charge your iphone or ipod; and tune in to radio stations with the built-in antenna. The mains plug also comes with three adaptors: UK, USA and EU (the EU adaptor works in shaving ports in bathrooms so you can listen to your favourite tunes in the shower).
The sound quality from the speakers is far better than you would expect from a dock that only costs around £50. Although it may not be as clear as extremely high-end products, the XDOCK 4+’s 40mm driver can really pack a punch. It’s an ideal speaker for anywhere around the house and can be easily moved around due to its petite size and weight.
The only real drawbacks to the dock are the slightly fiddly controls that are on the side of the frame; this isn’t helped by a lack of remote which means you have to physically go up to the kit to adjust volume or other features. The XDOCK 4+ also must be plugged into the mains at all times, which can be a bit tedious if you are moving around a lot. However, three AAA batteries can be put into the dock as a backup to neatly sidestep this particular issue. An extremely effective piece of kit that presents great value for money.
No docking station with alarm clock functionality would be complete without a ‘snooze’ button to idly smack! The device comes with a mains adaptor and you can also use an AUX 3.5mm jack cable as a Bluetooth alternative Controls on the side of the unit allow for volume adjustment, alarm selection and track skipping…