Portable iPod dock
- Small, video output, low cost, detailed sound
- Bass very weak, sound flat, distortion at medium volume, sound needs to be tighter, no remote
A fairly average iPod dock, the Edifier iF330 certainly has a small price tag but it produces fairly poor quality audio with no bass presence and no remote control is included.
Price$ 99.00 (AUD)
Sporting a small, slick design, the Edifier iF330 is one of the more portable iPod docks we've looked at recently. It doesn't weigh much, it's easy to carry and it sports a battery slot to power it when on the road; however, the lack of a remote control and some sound quality issues mean this device isn't all it could be.
The key issue with the audio is not something confined to this device. It is an issue we've encountered with a lot of smaller speakers on the market: poor bass performance. The bass on this unit is extremely weak and quite hollow. It was relatively detailed, but with no impact or power music felt flat and boring. It also means the treble and upper mid-range are strongly emphasised, leading to a slightly tinny sound.
We found the mid-range to be decent but not outstanding. Like the bass it was detailed and it had a somewhat gritty sound that will be suited to some musical styles. However, it was lacking in control and cohesion, so during complex passages that contained guitar riffs, drums, bass, vocals and other instruments like piano and violins everything sounded somewhat scattered. During simpler passages this wasn't an issue and that was definitely where the iF330 excelled.
There was excellent separation in the mid-range, with things like cymbals and violins strongly isolated from the main body of sound. However, there was some sibilance noticeable on snare drums which became distracting at times.
Treble notes were reasonably good. They extended nicely and weren't too bright or harsh. We'd have liked them to be a touch richer but they were satisfactory considering the cost of the unit.
Volume was fine for a small device; it won't fill a big room but it's adequate for small or medium spaces. However, we found there was some distortion at medium volume and above, which many users will find irritating.
Aside from having a regular dock for iPods and the obligatory set of adapters for all the various sizes, shapes and generations, the iF330 sports an auxiliary jack for connecting other music devices. A standard stereo cable comes in the box and simply plugs into your player's headphone jack.
There are no bass or treble controls, just a volume knob that doubles as a power button. The only other noteworthy feature is a composite video output that allows you to output video footage to a TV. The quality is unsurprisingly quite poor, but it might prove useful for people after an easy way to share video from their portable device.
The unit is fairly small and the dock slides in for easy transport. It has an AC adapter but can also run off six AA batteries.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 2 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 3 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Apple TV will serve as hub for remotely controlling HomeKit devices
- Sony Smart B-Trainer headset gives runners vocal advice
- The iPod classic plays its last
- Apple iPod Touch pricing slashed by up to 25 per cent in Australia
- Apple shows off iPod touch, nano updates
PCW Evaluation Team
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.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review
- Apple TV 4K review
- Legion Y520 Gaming Laptop review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTCustomer Marketing ExecutiveOther
- FTPractice Director DevelopmentSA
- CC.Net DeveloperNSW
- CCMid - Level SAP Test Analyst (Brisbane)SA
- FTSenior Software Engineer - C++QLD
- TPSenior Project ManagerNSW
- FTMid-Level Drupal Developer (Brisbane Location)Other
- CCInfrastructure Specialist - Pharmaceutical IndustryVIC
- FTCommunications ManagerOther
- CCSAS DeveloperNSW
- TPSenior Change ManagerACT
- FTSalesforce DeveloperVIC
- TPPrincipal Project ManagerQLD
- FTBusiness Process Improvement SpecialistNSW
- FTNetwork ArchitectACT
- FTPermanent: Senior Infrastructure Technical Consultant - Cloud - MicrosoftVIC
- CC2 x Technical Infrastructure SME - VMware / Storage/ BackupNSW
- FTSystems Support ManagerNSW
- CCSenior AngularJS DeveloperNSW
- FTSoftware EngineerSA
- FTSolution Manager - SAPOther
- PTDirector Programme Management OfficeSA
- TPSenior Project ManagerNSW
- FTManager, Platform Wealth OperationsOther
- FTOperations Improvement ManagerOther