Logitech's line of Pure-Fi iPod speaker docks has swelled to seven, so you could be forgiven for mixing them up. The latest entry--the Pure-Fi Anytime--is basically a cheaper entry-level version of the Pure-Fi Dream. It boasts the same dual alarm AM/FM clock radio and motion-activated backlit controls ("wave to snooze") as that model, but sports a smaller, less curvaceous frame. And while the Pure-Fi Anytime doesn't make the Dream's claims of high-end sound, its $100 list price is exactly half that of its big brother. And we've already seen it selling online for as little as $80.
At 10.5 inches by 3.8 inches by 3.5 inches (HWD), the Pure-Fi Anytime is small enough to fit on nearly any nightstand or bookshelf. The black housing is angled back a bit, which adds a touch of design flair to the otherwise pedestrian rectangular design. While many iPod docks have the Apple player protruding from the top like a Stonehenge monolith, the Pure-Fi Anytime's dock sits front and center, nestled between the left and right speaker. As a result, the main clock/radio display is pushed to the right side, just above the speaker.
The controls are found on the topside. If they're a bit hard to see at first--especially in a darkened bedroom--waving your hand over the unit (or just touching one of the buttons) fades in a soft amber backlight behind each key. The buttons are fine, but--as always--it would've been nice to have knobs for volume and tuning. Otherwise, you can use the included credit card remote. It handles all the standard functions, including basic iPod navigation (play/pause, track up/down). The Pure-Fi Anytime also has a caddy on its backside, so you'll always know where the little remote is.
The Pure-Fi Anytime is iPhone-certified, which means that it's shielded from the GSM interference that would otherwise be caused by the phone. As a result, you can dock your iPhone in without flipping it to airplane mode; in other words, you can still make and receive calls while the unit is docked. Of course, the Anytime also works with nearly all other dock-equipped iPod models. It includes dock inserts for just four of the more popular sizes, but we found that the iPhone and second-generation iPod Nano both docked firmly without the need for the inserts at all.
Aside from iPods and iPhones, the Pure-Fi Anytime also includes an AM/FM radio. The attached FM string antenna delivered great reception, while you'll need to attach the included AM loop antenna to access that band. There's no iPod video output, but the stereo line input will allow you to play any external device over the Pure-Fi Anytime's speakers, such as a CD player, satellite radio, or PC. There are only three presets per radio band, but you can also use them as playlist presets on the iPod; just create playlists named "1," "2," and "3."