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Review: iMainGo combi iPod case and speakers

by Bob Crabtree on 22 March 2007, 13:40

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Day-tripper John Hill takes an iMainGo on a journey of discovery. Join him as he goes earphones off and hands on with this much-hyped combined portable case and sound system for iPods.

You know what it's like. You're out with a few friends enjoying a picnic at some remote beauty spot in Tuscany. You've had a little vino and are getting well chilled out. Then someone says they feel like dancing.

Trouble is, while everyone's got their iPods, there's not a single shared track between the lot of you.

So what do you do?

Well, what you definitely don't do is get out your didgeridoo and play a medley from Abba, The Early Years. Repeated blows to the back of the head with a picnic hamper will ruin your afternoon.

Much safer to use a portable active speaker system. But how effective are these gadgets?

As as we promised, we've now got in for review one such product, the £59 iMainGo from Portable Sound Laboratories, having been challenged to see how it performs after casting doubts over the big claims being made for it.

iMainGo - retail packiMainGo retail pack (click for larger image)

The packaging is a bit flimsy but dive over to page two to see if what's inside gets anywhere close to living up to the hype...