Altec Lansing iM500
- Sleek and compact design, can act as a dock, has an auxiliary input
- A remote control isn't included, doesn't have bass and treble controls, poor sound quality at high volume levels
This is a well-designed speaker system that can also act as a dock. However, its sound quality doesn't match its sleek look. The lack of a remote control, hard to press buttons and poor sound quality at higher volume levels means users should give this a miss.
Price$ 199.95 (AUD)
The Altec Lansing iM500 is a thin, lightweight and compact portable speaker system for the iPod Nano. Its size makes it ideal for the traveler. Although the iM500 scores points for its design, the lack of a remote control, hard to press control buttons, and below average sound quality at higher volume levels detract from the overall quality of the product.
The iM500 produced balanced sound at lower volume levels with most musical styles, but it wasn't outstanding. When the volume was raised, distortion became evident and the sound quality deteriorated. Bass, in particular, was distorted on all the musical styles we tried, and without bass or treble controls on the unit, this couldn't be tweaked.
As the bass began to distort, other frequencies merged and the sound became overly muddy. Many similar systems we've seen will distort slightly at higher volume levels, but the distortion from the iM500 was excessive. It requires users to listen at a much lower volume level in order to get clear sound. For parties or for filling a room with sound, the iM500 is not suitable. It's fine for quiet listening and close-range listening.
The iM500's sleek design is its best feature, but even this could've been better. A button in the middle of the speaker cover flips out of the unit's base, which houses the Nano connector and the iM500 controls. These controls consist of a power button and volume up and down controls. Unfortunately, these buttons are very small, are made out of plastic and require a firm press to activate. Aesthetically, the iM500 looks superb when a black iPod Nano is docked. It's finished in glossy black plastic, with a dark grey mesh speaker cover.
The iM500 runs on either AC power (with an adaptor included in the sales package) or via six AAA batteries, located in two separate compartments on the rear of the unit. The rear of the unit also has an auxiliary input for the connection of alternate audio sources, such as non-dockable iPods, MP3 players, portable DVD players and notebooks. A standard audio cable (3.5mm) is provided in the sales package and this simply connects from the auxiliary input to the headphone jack of any other device.
The iM500 also acts as a dock for charging and synchronising the iPod Nano and can be connected to a PC or Mac using a Mini-USB connection.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: Is the world ready for a 4K phone?
- 2 D-Link Taipan AC3200 Ultra tri-band modem-router review
- 3 BlackBerry Priv review: When old habits die hard
- 4 Dell XPS 13 (2016) review: Making the very best Ultrabook
- 5 Microsoft Surface Book review: The verdict on Microsoft's first notebook
Best Deals on PC World
Latest News Articles
- Apple's Q1: Record $US18.4 billion profit, but iPhone sales are slowing
- Sony shows latest high-end Walkman
- Sydney Airport lost property auction: you'll be amazed at what some people left behind
- The iPod classic plays its last
- Apple iPod Touch pricing slashed by up to 25 per cent in Australia
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- CCSenior Information Security SpecialistNSW
- FTIT Support AnalystNSW
- FTUI DeveloperNSW
- FTAndroid DeveloperNSW
- FTProject Manager | Permanent position | NV1 NV2 cleared | Defence | Great cultureACT
- CCImmediate iOS Developer RequiredNSW
- FTServer EngineerNSW
- CCSolutions ArchitectNSW
- FTJunior Developer | C#, MVC & SQL | Class FinanceNSW
- FT.NET DeveloperVIC
- CCMultiple Senior Business Analyst opportunitiesSA
- FTJunior Project Manager | Permanent role in Canberra | NV1/2 clearedACT
- CCImmediate iOS Developer Required - Contract - SydneyNSW
- CCHigh Level Network Engineer (Communications)WA
- FTTeam Lead ITIL- Permanent OpportunityVIC
- FTChange & Communications OfficerQLD
- CCTibco DeveloperNSW
- FTInsight / Customer - Data ScientistNSW
- CCApplication Support AnalystNSW
- FTSoftware Developer - Ruby on RailsNSW
- FTProject Manager | SharePoint, Office 365 SkillsVIC
- FTSenior Portfolio Manager - IT ProjectsNSW
- FTFront End Developer Required Working World Leading Digital TeamNSW
- CCSAP Basis Admin with JavaACT
- FTBusiness Analyst - Superannuation FundVIC