Altec Lansing iM11

Altec Lansing iM11

Altec_IM11.jpgAltec Lansing’s inMotion iM11 is an even smaller portable speaker/docking station than the iM5 model we reviewed in January—and we like it just a bit more than its portlier sibling.

Although the iM11 doesn’t have a video output, like the iM5, it also doesn’t have that higher-priced model’s propensity to distort at higher volumes. Frankly, we were surprised at the quality of sound the iM11’s wee speakers managed to produce: It won’t blow your hair back, but it’s a good near-field audio system.

The iM11 runs on either four AA batteries or AC power, charging a docked iPod while operating on the latter. Plug it into your PC’s USB port and it will sync to your iTunes account. Adapters render the system compatible with any iPod that has the Dock connector. Any other portable music device can be plugged into an auxiliary audio input.

When you’re not using the speakers, they fold into a compact package that can be stored in the included padded carrying case, with ample room left over.

Month Reviewed: June 2006

Verdict: 8

+ SPEAKERS: Good sound from a small, portable package.

- LEAKERS: For 100 bucks, it should have a video output.




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