A few months ago, we reviewed Griffin’s iMic. Last month, a newer model was announced that offered the same capabilities with an updated design. Besides being smaller, the new iMic (we’ll call it the iMic II) has text labels for the input, output, and level selector switch. It’s also white to match all the current Apple hardware. Electronically, it is the same product, so our review from the original has not changed much.
It’s the time of year where those of us in the United States say what we’re thankful for and spend time with our families. I’ve decided that this will be our last item published for the week, as our staff is going to be traveling and eating lots of turkey. In this article, I’d just like to list some things that I’m thankful for from the world of tech.
Usually when a company takes an already solid product and changes it, something bad happens. In the case of JBL’s new On Stage II speakers, it was a matter of combining the existing On Stage speakers with another familiar product, Griffin’s AirClick. The On Stage II is a small dockable iPod speaker system, shaped like a flying saucer. This product is so new, however, that the only place you can find it (that we know of) is the Apple Store for around $170, a bit less than its predecessor.
The Griffin TuneBox is a portable, 2×2 watt speaker set designed primarily for use with the iPod Shuffle. You get a speaker unit, a power cable, and a small 3.5mm stereo cable. I started out using these not thinking I’d like them, nor would I ever pay money for a product such as this. But the portability won me over. I wish someone would design a set that pulled the power cable inside, so an all-in-one unit could be stowed safetly. Until then, the TuneBox power pack is not too obtrusive, and not too big. It’s larger than a standard plug: no doubt to house the transformer, but not a wall hog though.