Pros: iPod dockable, water resistant, shaped like a bag, lightweight, small, radio, CD, Energy Star Qualified.
Cons: Speakers somewhat weak, radio ho-hum.
We bought this water resistant boom box for our daughter almost a year ago. She is eleven years old and she likes the beach and she likes the pool, and she collects almost all her music on her iPod. This Boom-Box functions as a CD player, a radio, and an iPod docking station, which made it perfect for her.
A couple of weeks ago she invited a number of girls from her school to a sleep over party. They wanted to have a disco dancing evening in our house. So I bought a couple of colorful disco strobe lights from Spencer's Gifts and my daughter attached her well stocked iPod to this Boom-Box and they had their somewhat loud but apparently fun disco party in our house. Naturally we had to postpone things like sleeping for a few hours.
About the Insignia iPod Boom-Box
The Insignia iPod dockable Boom-Box is perfect for young girls who like to go to the pool, the beach, have parties and listen to music in group. Most importantly, you can place your iPod in the Boom-Box and have the music on the iPod played loud and thus shared by a party rather than just one person. However, another feature which makes it great for young girls who want to have fun is that it is Water Resistant. That means that splashing, rain, spills, and dripping will not harm the BoomBox and more importantly, it will not harm your iPod.
The Insignia iPod dockable Boom-Box is lightweight (3.4 lbs), white, plastic, about a foot long, 9 inch tall, and 5 inch thick. Across the top you have a plastic handle which is fairly comfortable to hold, like a bag with cylinder shaped handle. The shape is rounded and smooth and slightly feminine which makes it perfect for girls but it is not so feminine that it looks too "lovely" for boys. The smooth surface and the lack of protruding items and corners make it comfortable on naked skin. In other words, the shape and size in combination with the light weight and the handle makes it very easy for young girls to carry around by pool. In addition to playing music from an iPod (or an iPhone) it also plays CD's and it features a radio with 20 station presets.
On one side you have a compartment where you dock your iPod and on the other side you have a compartment where you insert CD's. The compartments close very tight and smoothly. The iPod dock is located so that the iPod will lean on a bent surface for holding stability at the same time as this accommodates different sizes of iPod's. The controls for power, volume, and the control of the CD player, the radio, as well as the LCD display are located close to the top on the iPod dock side. To change the play list or to do other iPod-operations you need to open the lid and change the iPod settings as you normally would when the iPod is not docked. It automatically charges the iPod when docked.
There are two built in speakers, a head phone output, an auxiliary line in (iPod side), and it operates on regular 110 volts AC via a separate power adapter as well as batteries (6 C batteries). When playing a CD the batteries lasts at least a few hours (we don't use CD's very often) and when using the iPod about a full day. I should add that, unlike many other Boom Boxes, the Insignia iPod dockable Boom-Box is Energy Star Qualified which is good if you are environmentally conscious.
Our experience with the Insignia iPod Boom-Box
As mentioned the speakers are built in (not removable) and they are not very big or powerful (4W). This Boom Box is perfect for a girls (or boys) party in the house or by the pool, not for blasting the neighborhood with loud sounds or for use at the disco club. There are many Boom Boxes that are more powerful. The sound from this Boom Box is slightly on the weak side but it is good enough for the living room party. The sound is otherwise fairly good (but no deep bass).
The Boom Box does not have an outside antenna for the radio so the reception is ho-hum. It is good enough for picking up several stations in a city like Dallas. It is water resistant and we have used it by the pool, outside in different kinds of weather, in a humid bathroom, etc, without any problems. However, it is not water tight so I would not try to use it underwater.
There are not many controls on the Boom Box and it is fairly intuitive and my daughter learned how to use it without instruction. I should add that we have another Boom Box with slightly better sound. However, this is the most convenient Boom Box we've ever seen with respect to portability and "coolness" (for girls), so this is the one our daughter will drag from place to place. I highly recommend it for young girls (and boys) and small parties. However, considering the somewhat weak speakers and the ho-hum radio I cannot give it a full five stars.
I am submitting this review to my Save Travel or Rest-In-Peace Travel Write Off since it is an item which could be useful when you travel to the beach.