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Altec Lansing MP450 Octive Stage

Recharging Speaker Dock for Apple iPad, iPhone & iPod

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Can't live without it now!

  • Dec 30, 2010
Rating:
+4

This docking stand for Apple devices has quickly become an essential in my house. I can't imaging going back to the fold out case I was using to prop up my iPad before I got the MP450 Octive Stage. Altec Lansing has long been a provider of speaker docks for Apple iPods and iPhones, and the Octive Stage continues on in that tradition.

I isn't that heavy at around 7 lbs. but it sturdy enough so that you won't worry about accidentally tipping it over. The arm is easily adjustable to get the best viewing angle, but has just the right amount of resistance to make it a great tool for working on the iPad while at your desk or on any surface for that matter. Much better than holding it in your lap or laying it flat. Rotating it from vertical to horizontal format is a snap. It has a clean, contemporary design that compliments the iPad nicely and does not draw too much attention to itself. The MP450 doubles as a charger which is an added bonus and should be a standard feature on all such devices. The control app installs easily (though MENU & BACK buttons don't work w/the iPad) and give some limited hands free control via the remote. It was made mainly for the iPad, so it looks a little silly when you dock an iPhone or iPod in it, but it does work well with them too. I tested it my friends' devices. Sound quality is very good for a dock this size and in this price range. It isn't top-notch quality, but I turned it all the way up while watching Iron Man II and while listening to base-heavy music and it performed well with little or no distortion.

All is not perfect however. If you have some sort of case on your device, you won't be able to fit it in the dock. Tolerances are very tight to give it a snug fit with the iPad. This is a pain if you keep your device in a case when going mobile with it, especially for the iPhone or iPod. The stand arm is not height adjustable but in most cases the tilt screen arm should be adjustment enough. As mentioned, some remote buttons don't function with the iPod, but I expect a future firmware update will fix that. And again, while the sound is very good for what is, it won't blow your socks off.

The Altec Lansing MP450 Octive Stage is a great charging speaker dock for portable Apple devices and it is getting A LOT of use from my iPad. If something unfortunate happened to it, I'd buy another without hesitation.
Can't live without it now! Can't live without it now! Can't live without it now! Can't live without it now!

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