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  • Does the job, unbeatable price

    posted by marcan on 02/09/2010
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

    Pros:

    This is a nice little dock for a great price. The bottom rubber has a good feel and the weight is nice. The iPhone fits snugly.

    Cons:

    The audio from the iPhone's speaker is mediocre because of the resonance inside the case and the lack of a proper output vent. I fixed this by trimming a notch into the bottom side and using hot-melt glue to create a "channel" to guide the audio straight to the outside. Now it sounds almost as good as the Apple one.
    This dock is designed to appear as an audio docking station and will mute the audio (so you can plug in your own amp to the jack). If you don't like this, it's easy to fix: just disassemble it and rip out the sole surface mount resistor on the board, or cut the trace to it.

    OtherThoughts:

    Be careful with which cable you use. Most Chinese cables, on DX or otherwise, are utter crap and do not meet even the lowest USB spec. This causes data transfer errors. Since the dock requires a separate cable, I recommend using an official one or at least one that is known to be of good quality. The dock itself is good though.

    Bottomline:

    Buy it, and if you don't like the couple cons, you can fix them with ease.

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