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Nyrius NiPC400 Ultra Portable Rechargeable Speaker Dock for iPhone (Black)
- Continuous Gaming and/or Movies
- Power source and speaker system for iPhone; Precision Game Play
- Built-in stand and Rotating Base; Built-in Stereo Speakers
- Acts as a steering wheel for gaming
- Charges your iPhone as you play, 5 Hours of Video Watching or Game Play
Amazon.ca Product Description
Your iPhone can do almost everything. Almost. That's where the Nyrius Ultra Portable Speaker Dock comes in. Now you can enhance your iPhone experience with this ultra-portable, multi-use speaker dock that can play your music the way it was meant to be played – loud! With built-in speakers, a wheel-like shape for gaming, and a built-in rechargeable battery, you’ll enjoy hours of enhanced play.
From the Manufacturer
Your iPhone can do almost everything. Almost. That's where the Nyrius Ultra Portable Speaker Dock comes in. Now you can enhance your iPhone experience with this ultra-portable, multi-use speaker dock that can play your music the way it was meant to be played--loud! With built-in speakers, a wheel-like shape for gaming, and a built-in rechargeable battery, you'll enjoy hours of enhanced play.
Charge Your iPhone
The unit is powered by a rechargeable lithium polymer battery that allows you to fully charge your iPhone up to 1.5 times before having to recharge the unit. This gives your iPhone plenty of running time, especially when you're traveling and away from a power outlet.
5 Hours of Video Watching or Game Play
The unit supports up to five hours of continuous media watching, game playing or conference calling when fully charged. Never miss the end of your movie again!
Built-in Stereo Speakers
The built-in stereo speakers enhance your entertainment experience. Hear your favorite video loud and clear. Use the unit to conduct conference calls with multiple people--giving you the ability to hear everyone in the room.
Built-in Stand & Rotating Base
The convenient built-in stand allows you to place your iPhone in an upright position, making it easier to view the media on-screen. The base rotates, allowing you to view the iPhone in both landscape and portrait orientations.
Precision Game Play
The wheel-like shape of this system gives you control and allows for precise maneuvering when playing your iPhone games. A rubberized coating provides a better grip on the wheel as you are racing to the finish.
Locked and Loaded for Game Play
Your iPhone is easily inserted into the unit and is locked into place so that no matter how intense your game play may be, your phone will be safe and secure.
A built-in headphone jack allows you to connect headphones and listen to the sounds of your music, movies and games without disturbing the people around you.
Take Calls While You Play
If you do not want to interrupt your game play by taking a call, simply choose the speaker phone option and multi-task.
Convenient & Durable Carrying Case
When not in use store the device in the included durable carrying case.
Lifetime Live Customer Support
Assistance is available whenever you need it. Our customer support team can be reached by phone 24/7, email or live web chat services so that you will always have access to an expert.
iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPhone (original).
What's in the BoxNyrius NIPC400 Ultra Portable Speaker Dock, lithium-polymer rechargable battery (built-in), carrying case, power adapter, instruction manual, 1 year manufacturer's direct warranty.
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This one is no exception to being a bit overpriced for what you get. Granted it takes the sound quality from unlistenable using the iPhone's built-in speaker to being tolerable but it won't be mistaken for "great". I was far more impressed by the sound quality of the Memorex Party Cube, though it is far bigger and heavier.
What the Nyrius has going for it is the cool factor ... it is a good looking product. Its design definitely protects your iPhone from damage.
But its #1 feature is for gaming. Okay I'm not much of a gamer so I got bored pretty quickly, but for people who are really into playing games on their iPhone, this seems to be almost a "must have" accessory.
I don't know if anyone has thought of this, but you could also try to hang the unit on a wall as kind of a music/video photo frame for parties.
I used this with an iPhone 4, and it fit just fine. Others have had trouble getting their iPhone 4 to fit in appropriately, but for me it worked fine.
The speaker is significantly better than the built in iPhone speaker, but still way below what I would consider decent. It's very tinny, completely lacks fidelity and bass, and just rumbles if you turn it up too loud. I figured I could use this in the garage when I was working or maybe bring it to the beach, which may be what I use it for from now on. Certainly for entertaining, there are much better options out there.
Although I'm not a big gamer, I thought the gaming function definitely added some fun to playing iPhone games on your phone. It helps in those certain games that have a lot of intricacies, like Grand Theft Auto. But I wouldn't buy this device just for gaming, as it isn't worth the hefty price tag.
It's nice that it charged my phone while using it, though the batter itself lasted only a few hours. I found myself needing to charge the speaker more than I had hoped, but if it's plugged in and you're just using it for a speaker, it's nice that it charges your phone battery at the same time.
All in all, I didn't find this speaker all that useful, and the quality was just really poor. Gaming was more fun, and the battery charging feature is nice. May definitely have its uses for some people.
First of all, you have to remove your case (if you use one) to get your iPhone into the speaker. I use an Incipio iPhone 4 NGP Case - Matte Translucent Mercury Gray -- which is quite slim -- but I still have to take it off. Kind of a pain. Furthermore, it's a little bit of a headache to get the dock connector in exactly the right spot to slide it into your phone once you do get the phone into the speaker.
After that, the speaker quality is ... well, not great (and I'm no audiophile). It's fine for playing "Angry Birds" or the like, but I found it distractingly bad when listening to music. The speaker also comes with headphones, which unfortunately one of my kids lost before I had a chance to try out.
I didn't find that the "steering wheel" aspect of the speaker really enhanced gameplay, either. It did give me a little bigger surface area to grip, but I didn't find that it really made much of a difference overall.
One nice plus: The speaker does come in a handy little rigid foam case, with a pocket inside for your headphones or the like. In addition, I like that it's rechargeable.
But for the most part, I thin there are better portable speakers out there for not much more money, such as the JBL On Stage IIIP Portable Speaker Dock for iPod and iPhone (Black), unless the "wheel" design is really important to you.
- Stereo speakers
- Compact size
In addition, the shape is such that it is comfortable to hold. With these features, the dock can be used for playing games (loud), speakerphone, and movie watching. The App Store offers several "clock radio" apps, which would work well with this dock.
Considering the generous and somewhat unusual list of features, this dock is reasonably priced. Not a bargain, but reasonable.
This dock is not suitable for use with iPods. Any of them. The physical connection just won't work right. This is an iPhone gadget only.
The only complaint I have is that the sound quality is not that great. Reasonable, but not great.
Bottom line: I'd shop around a bit before purchasing this item.