The Boston Acoustics Duo-i makes a refreshing change when compared to the fairly standard appearance of most iPod alarm clock and speaker sets.
You can even style the Duo-i yourself - it's available in three colours, and you can get coloured speaker grilles (at £15 a pop) to further customise the unit's look.
The Boston Acoustics Duo-i is larger than many of its counterparts and not quite as easily placed on a bedside table. This bulk is for good reason - Boston Acoustics has a reputation for acoustic quality, and the speakers certainly don't disappoint.
Indeed, sound is the standout feature of the Duo-i - it's clear when you fire it up that you're not listening to your standard iPod speaker dock. Of course, this is also clear when you shell out £170 to buy it. However, the Boston Acoustics Duo-i is big enough to serve as your main Hi-Fi if you've got a smallish bedroom, so the money you spend shouldn't go to waste.
The AM/FM radio has 10 FM and five AM presets with excellent tuning controls, and the Duo-i is hard to fault for all-round ease of use. We loved the Mode button that enables management of the main settings as a one or two-touch operation. The Boston Acoustics Duo-i's screen dimming option has no less than 21 different levels.
There are some less impressive features. Alarm functions are basic, but this is compensated for by the top-notch sound you get when your iPod kicks in at wakeup time. The snooze button is craftily built into the whole of the Boston Acoustics Duo-i speaker shell surround - which is really cool, and likely to be a sure hit with bleary eyed users.