Altec Lansing inMotion Classic IMT620 

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This is a single unit with a pair of speakers built in to output and charge your iPod or iPhone but it has a plus in that even without the iPod or iPhone attached it is also an FM radio complete of course with its own remote control.

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The Altec Lansing inMotion Classic IMT620 measures 31x12x13cm silver grey in colour apart from the front speaker grill that is a black fabric and the iPod dock located between the speakers which is a matching black matt plastic.

It can be used on mains or the internal solid battery. The only instructions are on the outside of the box. There is a booklet but this is ‘safety instructions and warranty’ information. While using the product is far from difficult I still expect to see at least a getting started sheet inside the box.

The top has six large 3x1.5cm push buttons in a line. From the left on/off that has an orange LED beside it, next source that switches between your iPod or iPhone, Auxiliary input and the units FM radio. Next two buttons are – and + that relate to volume. The last two are back and forward that when on FM move you up and down the FM waveband, in iPod mode these move back and forward a track.

On the right of the front beyond the buttons is a 4x1.8cm ten character orange display. This displays the facility being used; in the case of the FM Radio it will show the frequency and the state of the battery the latter with a battery with up to four segments. If you are on mains it shows if it is charging or not.

A nice feature should you move from iPod to Radio or Auxiliary the iPod stop playing at that point and only starts again when the iPod is reselected, the iPod will however continue to charge from the dock even when not selected. If you have an iPhone it stops playing to receive a phone call.

The ten character display shows the title of what is being played on the iPod and if, as is likely, the title and track name is longer it then scrolls the screen from right to left.

There is 66cm four piece rod aerial that extends from just behind the face and in my case anyway gave excellent FM reception everywhere I tried using it both on mains and battery, however, if moving around the rod could be a hazard to others unless you keep it tightly in control.

The rear has two sockets the A/C adapter and 3.5mm input for MP3 player or any other device with 3.5mm output that you might want to use the units speakers to output to.

5cm of the 13cm depth is the carry handle when in the angled support position; the handle has another feature in that if it is the closed position it automatically cuts off the unit when on battery. So if the handle is in support position behind the unit it works, if it is in carry position above the unit it works if however it is parked below and you are on the battery the unit stops working. This I am told is a feature and not a bug.

When running on a fully charged battery you should be able to use the unit for close to five hours. However to keep the internal battery in good condition you should charge it at least once a month even when not being used.

Sound quality from the pair of 3inch speakers was very good as you might expect from a company whose main product is speakers. The iPod dock works well as does the Auxiliary input, my only gripe is why do you need an 18key remote control for something that will probably spend most of its time being held or being close to hand. However the remote is designed to fit in the rear of the unit so unless the dog eats it you should know where it is.

Doing my Internet searches found the Altec Lansing inMotion Classic IMT620 at a best price of £122.37 including free delivery from the first link below.

I found the Altec Lansing inMotion Classic IMT620 available for $107.26 including free delivery from Amazon the first link below.

I found the Altec Lansing inMotion Classic IMT620 available for €139,62 including free delivery from Amazon on the first link below.

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