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