"Great unit, Great sound, poor ergonomics"2.5 starson by onewarmguy
Pros: Excellent sound, excellent radio reception, Good functionality
Cons: Hard to adjust, Viewing angle of display is very shallow, no adapter for 5th gen Ipod makes dock fragile
Summary: I've owned this unit for over a year now it was purchased as a replacement for my Boston Solo as I wanted a dock for my ipod. The sound as expected from Boston Acoustics is excellent and it possesses an excellent radio receiver; once it's set up it's an incredibly good unit. The main problem lies in the display, and adjustment features. The viewing angle of the display is very shallow maybe 45 degrees, I keep it on my headboard shelf and can't see the time when I'm lying down and even at it's dimmest setting it's still very bright. Making adjustments can be an adventure in frustration, the function control knob has very soft stops and it's extremely easy to go past past the function your trying to select. The function selector indicator on the display is a pair of tiny brackets on each side of the function that are extremely easy to miss, whats more the function only remains selected for a short time then defaults back to the base display. Another minor annoyance is the lack of an adapter for a 5th gen Ipod, although the docking jack still works, the connection feels very fragile, Boston Acoustics was very unsympathetic when contacted about this lack.
Given it's price, and Boston Acoustics reputation for good design, I expected a lot more thought would go into the ergonomics. It's almost as if the clock radio functions were thrown in as an afterthought. I would only recommend this unit to someone with sensitive fingers and 20/20 vision.