Review: Logitech Clock Radio Dock S400i

Our score: 3/5
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Published: April 6, 2012 10:58 AM
By Tristan François
Translated by: Hugh Ehreth
With so many high-end docking stations on the market these past years, it's easy to forget  they were originally supposed to be simple little battery-run, portable speakers and clock radios. The S400i we're reviewing here is a return to the source.

Hardware & Design: In Need of Finishing Touches

It's been a while now that Logitech made the switch to good quality, glossy black plastic. The S400i follows suit in every respect except the choice of materials. The assembly could use some work: some of the parts are dubiously attached, the overall finishing is honestly on the mediocre side, and the moveable pieces are a bit too... well, moveable.

The buttons are located on top of the box, but Logitech has also included a credit card remote control so you can control the machine from the other side of the room. The S400i supports most iOS products, with the exception of the very first iPods and the iPad.

The time on the clock radio can be synced directly from your iPhone.

Sound Quality: Wake Up To Your iPod

Logitech has had difficulties in the past with alarm clock functionality (surprising for a clock radio, huh?). Well, this time that's been corrected. You can now have a song from your iTunes library, the radio or a ringtone wake you in the morning. There are two programmeable alarms, as well as a timer that lets you fall asleep to your favourite singer.

As the audio quality goes, it's so-so. Very so-so. The sound is unimpressive and poorly equalised, with weak highs and lows. In conditions like these, we won't even bother with concepts like soundstage and other audiophile musings—the S400i is about as basic as it gets. It's fine for getting you out of bed and tolerable for dozing off... but in any other context, forget about it.

While higher-end docking stations have made tremendous strides in recent years, "minor" products like these have a good deal of growing up to do. Really, it's the same issues it's always been with these players. The sound quality simply hasn't improved, despite whopping sales tags. Sigh.
3/5 Logitech Clock Radio Dock S400i DigitalVersus 2012-04-06 11:58:00

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Buttons directly on the player

Cons

  • Sound quality
  • Finishing/assembly

Conclusion

If you're looking for an iPhone/iPod clock radio docking station, the S400i has it. Just don't expect the world.

OUR SCORE 3/5
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