"excellent for small areas"4.0 starson by lagirl1116
Pros: great sound for such a small device
Cons: no remote, no battery option
Summary: i have the original version of thise device but will soon bye purchasing the new and improved. basically what you've read by the cnet folks says it all. to give it only a 7 out of 10 just because it has a bulky adapter and no battery option seems a bit harsh. the sound is realy great for a small area. i live in an apartment and it is perfect. if you want big sound, this is not the way to go, but if you want sound comparable to a compact stereo you will get it with this. it's also great for traveling. if you spend time in hotels, you can easily pack this and take it anywhere. i also love the design. it's so cute and takes up such a small amount of space. i bought the first version without a remote, so i will definitely be buying the new version just for the remote and i'll bring the old one into the office.Updated
i have the earlier version of these speakers, but will be purchasing this one just for the remote. i don't listen to music totally blasting without headphones, so low to moderate volume levels sound great. because of the circular design, the sound really fills a room. although there are some people disappointed in the bass, it is amazing to me what good sound you get from such a small device. if you want something that will fill your whole house with sound this is not the way to go, but this is perfect for travel (yes, AC adapter is bulky but it's just an AC adapter and so it's small anyway), the office, the kitchen, a bedroom, or small apartment.