Altec Lansing iM3
- Well designed, functional, includes remote
- Sound quality, expensive
The sound quality and high price tag make it hard to justify buying a portable speaker package like this solely for its design.
Price$ 289.95 (AUD)
In the iM3, Altec Lansing has produced what looks like an impressive product from the outside, but it is left with its feet firmly off the podium due to some very average sound quality.
The iM3 package is both aesthetically and functionally impressive. Lightweight, compact and finished in true iPod style, we could not fault the look of this product. Marketed at Apple's buyers, the iM3 houses an iPod dock and is equipped with a variety brackets to ensure most iPods - except the shuffle or earliest models - will fit snugly in place. There is also a separate input jack and cable for other company's devices.
The system can run off four AA batteries, which Altec Lansing states will power it for over 24 hours, and is also supplied with an AC plug and five adaptors to keep it running in almost every corner of the globe. Another feature of note is the separate iPod connection at the rear of the unit giving you the option of synchronizing your computer to your iPod without removing it from the speaker dock. Ordinarily the iPod port you plug into the dock is also the port you connect to the computer, so these are mutually exclusive activities; but this is not the case on the iM3.
The dock itself houses a power switch and volume control, while nestled neatly in the rear you'll find a remote, which covers most of the basics including volume and track change functions. As much as the remote is a handy inclusion we found the controls a little stiff for our liking. Often we would have to push a button more than once to get a response.
The iM3 is a neat package, swivelling open to expose the dock and buttons, allowing the speakers to stand upright when in use. When closed, it is an extremely small and lightweight package that can easily be thrown in a back pack and forgotten about. The inclusion of a protective carry bag further adds to the excellent portability of this product.
Unfortunately the looks were let down by the sound. On initial listening the memory of painting a hollow room while listening to an old tinny radio sprang to mind.
As with most portable speaker systems the unit is notably top heavy in deliverance, lacking greatly in the lower frequencies. The highs are over-accentuated and sound quite thin and combined with the lack of bass, create an overly bright sound that isn't particularly pleasant to listen to.
The speakers deliver 2 watts each and handled volume well. They only distorted marginally at higher levels, but with the quality of the sound we're not sure you would want to push it that far.
The directional capabilities of the speaker system were also poor, although this is common with most portable systems. Your best bet is to be listening from directly in front of the system, as at any sort of angle the quality of the audio further degrades.
Unfortunately the excellent look and portability of this product are compromised by below average sound quality and the price tag.
Join the newsletter!
Why virtualise your NAS environment?
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Oppo A73 review: The budget smartphone that sets the bar for 2018
- 2 Oppo R11s review: The iClone you know and love, but not quite the one you deserve
- 3 Blackberry KEYone Black Edition review: What the original KEYone should have been
- 4 Samsung Gear IconX 2018 review: The path of least resistance makes for an easy upgrade
- 5 TCL X2 review: QLED escapes the premium market
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
PCW Evaluation Team
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
- Sony a7R Mk III review: The strongest case yet for ditching your DSLR
- Oppo A73 review: The budget smartphone that sets the bar for 2018
- Oppo R11s: Full, in-depth review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- CCHadoop DeveloperACT
- CCMicrosoft CRM Technical ConsultantNSW
- FTIT Security OfficerVIC
- CCProgram Coordinator | IT TransformationNSW
- FTOffice Manager / PAOther
- FTPHP DeveloperWA
- TPJava DeveloperACT
- FTLead Business Analyst - Senior Digital ConsultantACT
- CCApplications Packaging EngineerWA
- CCTechnical Business AnalystVIC
- FTTechnical Lead | .Net | FintechOther
- CCBusiness AnalystNSW
- FTProject ManagerOther
- FTBusiness Analyst - End User Computing - MobilityOther
- FTData EngineerOther
- CCHadoop DeveloperSA
- TPBusiness AnalystQLD
- FTSenior Business Analyst - Corporate SuperOther
- CCHadoop DeveloperQLD
- TPProject ManagerVIC
- CCProject ManagerNSW
- FTService Asset & Configuration ManagerNSW
- FTIncident ManagerOther
- FTTechnical LeadOther