The gear4 AlarmDock Reveal is an inexpensive iPod/iPhone speaker dock with FM radio and alarm functions.

The AlarmDock Reveal is the latest in a long line of iPod- and iPhone-compatible accessories from gear4. At the value end of the market, canny shoppers can often find gear4 products well below the SRP, and the AlarmDock Reveal is no exception.

At just £49, the AlarmDock Reveal is a compact all-black alarm clock radio with FM tuner and two programmable alarms. Sleepy heads can wake up to the sound of desired iPod or iPhone tunes, radio, or if needs must, a buzzer, that at maximum volume could wake the dead. With a decent range of features, five radio presets, sleep countdown timer and snooze control, setting both the clock and alarm is thankfully straightforward.

The gear4 AlarmDock Reveal's controls are easy to use, while the display is clear and intuitive. For light sleepers, the display has several dimple settings, and shouldn't distract from having a peaceful night.

At this price sound quality from the gear4 AlarmDock Reveal is never more than decent, but it felt more than adequate at lower levels. While the FM aerial looks a little frail, we found a strong radio reception.

Needless to say, if you leave your iPod or iPhone docked overnight you should have plenty of battery life to last the day anew, thanks to a built-in charger. Sadly, gear4 didn't feel the need to add a DAB radio to its AlarmDock Reveal, despite a UK-wide campaign to switch to digital radio. This will hopefully be addressed with an updated model.

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GEAR4 AlarmDock Reveal: Specs

  • Alarm clock radio with iPod/iPhone docking station
  • FM radio
  • alarm
  • 93x127x130mm
  • 654g
  • Alarm clock radio with iPod/iPhone docking station
  • FM radio
  • alarm
  • 93x127x130mm
  • 654g

OUR VERDICT

The gear4 AlarmDock Reveal comes with 'Made for iPod' and 'Works with iPhone' Apple approval, and as a bedside companion it does a decent job complementing either device. As a clock radio, it's fairly simple to set up, for both those early starts, stumbling in the dark and long lie-ins waking to your favourite tunes.

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