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Logitech UE Air AirPlay Dock

April 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Reviews

 

Two newcomers to the world of premium docks combine to teach the sector something new…

Price as reviewed £299.99

Overall 8/10

Key Features

  • 2.0 speaker arrangement
  • AirPlay Wireless Streaming
  • Smart AirPlay setup app
  • Slide out Apple dock connector
  • Slim & lightweight

The Logitech UE Air AirPlay Speaker is a strangely branded item. For a start it carries both the Logitech and Ultimate Ears brands, the latter of which has not made a dock before. Secondly it is being promoted as a speaker when it is actually fitted with an Apple dock connector. None of which matters when forces come together like this…

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Design
The first thing to say about the Air is it is clearly a labour of love for both companies. Apart from a few iconic exceptions like the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin and Arcam rCube most docks have become variants on a shell/rugby ball theme, but the Air is far more graceful than that. Shaped like a single curved wing, the Air gives the pleasant sense of being familiar but new. If Batman owned a dock, it would be this one.

The Caped Crusader may be tempted to take the Air with him as well since it lives up to its name by weighing just 2.81Kg and measuring only 506 x 152 x 140mm, making it one of the lightest premium docks we’ve tested. Unfortunately he wouldn’t be able to use it on the move since the Air is mains powered only, but it remains easy to shift from room to room in Wayne Manor.
94 000022c8a e2a0 032812b2 Logitech UE Air AirPlay DockBuild quality is good too. An aesthetically pleasing mix of minimal piano black on the top and front slide out dock connector, a matt rear finish (with clear smiley face) to keep away the dust and the dominating material grill covering the front speaker. Those who like to remove their speaker grills should note the Air’s is fixed. That shouldn’t be a deal breaker, however, as working itself further into our affections is the smart dock. Read the rest of this review on TrustedReviews

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