"Good things come in small packages, especially this one"4.5 starson by BonneSLE
Pros: Very compact size, very rich sound, dead simple to use. Remote control works reasonably well.
Cons: Remote control is very tiny, slippery, and easy to misplace. Wish it had an iPod sync cable connector instead of mini USB.
Summary: I picked up a factory refurbished unit from the manufacturer via eBay and while I was a bit skeptical, the price was right. When I plugged my old fourth generation iPod Photo in and hit the play button, I was immediately blown away. I've had my share of amplified mini speakers over the years, going back to the Walkman days, and these are a cut above any of them. The sound quality is simply remarkable. The highs are crisp, the mids are clear and the bass, while not exceptional, is more than adequate, considering the one-inch speakers it's coming out of.
The remote, about the size of a fast food ketchup packet, works reasonably well and makes the unit very convenient to use, although it sometimes takes two or three presses of a button for the unit to respond. The tiny size makes It a little difficult to use comfortably, even for my small-to-medium sized hands, and the slick surface makes it really hard to hold onto. A rubberized grip would be an improvement. Also, the unit itself should have a garage slot in which to store the remote when not in use.
To be honest, I have yet to try the USB sync function, but I wish it had an iPod sync cable connector so I could use my FireWire sync cable with it.
Despite these minor design flaws, I am quite happy with the unit and feel I got more than my money's worth.