"Unbelievable design flaws spoil what could have been a great product."1.0 starson by mjkphoto--2008
Pros: Good sound for listening to iPod or radio. Small footprint fits almost anywhere.
Cons: Absolutely terrible as alarm clock. The alarm volume rachets up to level 19 (extremely LOUD) in about three seconds. No way to set alarm volume. The remote lacks menu button for full iPod control.
Summary: This is one of those products that just makes you mad. What could have been a break-out product turns out to be riddled with unbelievable design flaws.
1) Remote lacks Menu button for full iPod control. If you want to select specific albums, genres, playlists, you've got to do it from your iPod. Dumb!
2) The product jokingly promotes what it calls a "gentle wake-up" feature, wherein the alarm volume slowly increases to "gently wake you up." Well, the volume rachets up to level 19 in about three seconds. It's alarming alright! Absolutely terrible design.
3) An ear-piercing beep, reminiscent of a smoke detector alarm, sounds off each time to press a settings button. This is another incredibly stupid design flaw, not to mention that it is painful to listen to.
All in all, this product has been nothing but frustration from the moment I set it up. It teases you with what it could have been, an outstanding product, then terribly disappoints you with idiotic design impairments that anyone with a brain would nix in the testing phase.
If you're looking for an iPod enabled clock radio, the iH5r is NOT FOR YOU.