Altec Lansing inMotion iM5
At a Glance
Besides the $130 inMotion iMmini, which works only with the now-discontinued iPod mini, the $150 inMotion iM5 is the least expensive of Altec Lansing's iPod-dock portable speaker systems. And it has the potential to be an appealing "lower-end" entry in the inMotion line, thanks to a compact, sturdy design; good battery life; and decent sound for its size. Unfortunately, the iM5 is too expensive given the superior performance of Logitech's similarly priced mm50, which gives you better sound quality and a wireless remote (but half the battery life). Unless you need the iM5's video output--an admittedly nifty feature for watching movies on vacation or showing photo slideshows to the relatives--I recommend the mm50 or saving up the extra $30 for the inMotion iM3.
(See our full review at the link below; note that since this review was written, Altec Lansing has introduced the $100 inMotion iM11, also reviewed by Playlist.)--Dan Frakes