I never realized how many iHome clocks we have in our home until my wife recently received a new one for Christmas. This recent one makes it number four. But she really needed a new iHome considering that the old one doesn’t work properly anymore and she actually needs an alarm clock. I do have to say that iHomes really have come a long way since we first picked one up a few years ago. We were almost at a loss as to which one to choose. When it came down to it my wife just wanted something small and practical. The iHome iH22 Dual Alarm Clock looked like the perfect solution.
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Right away I couldn’t believe that the iHome came in a smaller size roughly at 7” x 7” x 3”. This is half the size to the previous one we have making more room on the nightstand as a result. It also comes in many different colours. I still don’t know how we ended up with the translucent purple version but that’s what’s sitting on the table.
One of the things that we both appreciate is the simplicity in its use. We both don’t have the time or patience to fiddle around with something that doesn’t need to be complicated at all. It’s actually quite easy to figure out by just by looking at it. The top panel features all the necessary controls with the sleep button, various alarm buttons, power button, and the controls to listen to your iPod. The snooze/dimmer button is the most prominent one and will definitely get a lot of play time adjusting the light to low, medium and high. One large speaker is placed right on the front.
Also on the the top panel is the dock for your iPod. It will accomadate almost all versions of iPods in recent creation. Four inserts are included with this device. Choose the one that fits to the iPod that you own. A chart is included to match the insert with the iPod so make sure to keep it handy, though I’m sure it can be figured out through trial and error. The following is listed:
• thin (30 GB) iPod with video
• thin (80 GB) iPod classic
• iPod touch 2G/3G
• nano 5G
• nano 6G
• iPod touch 4G
I wondered why this was needed until I was reminded of our old iHome and my old iPod nano. I used to place it in the dock not realizing I needed to have an insert in place to prevent it from wobbling. Because it kept moving the iPod wouldn't work when trying to play it on the iHome. At first I thought it was actually my nano that was defective until I realized that wasn’t the case.
Setting the time and date is also quite easy to do. It’s just a matter of holding the Time Zone button on the back until the display flashes. Then select your desired time and date using the left and right arrows. Once this is done hit the Time Zone button again. Keep in mind that the DST (Daylight Saving Time) switch is also on the back so when you set your time the first time, do it so it doesn’t confuse you later when you use—if you use—the DST switch.
Three AAA batteries are included with the machine and used for backup. The main source of power is through the AC adaptor that connects the iHome to a wall socket. The AC power is also used to charge the iPod, not the batteries that are installed.
While the alarm clock is much needed, having someplace to charge iPods was also a contributing factor in the iHome selection. My wife always had to connect it to my laptop to charge, which became annoying over time. I later purchased a separate iPod charger for her until she realized that she also needed a new alarm clock; hence the purple iHome found its way into our bedroom.
There is also the option to connect another non-docking iPod or a different portable audio device using the MP3 Line-in Jack located on the back on the unit. You just have to make sure you have the correct cord to make this happen, something that is not included with this unit.
The sound quality is decent even for a device with only one speaker. I don’t know if the size of the speaker makes a difference in comparison to any iHome with dual speakers but I can definitely hear it. My wife has commented that it’s a bit tinny. I really had to listen to it to understand what she meant and she is correct. It sounds like the music is being filtered through a metal can. If you listen closely you can hear a bit of echo as it comes out of the speaker. That doesn’t mean the sound quality is bad. It just may not be as clear as you expect it. Personally I feel it adds a bit of character.
It took me a few minutes to realize why this smaller one was different from the bigger ones we own. The smaller one is not a radio. It is solely an alarm clock. This is fine with us as the inserted iPod of our choosing provides all the musical entertainment we want. But I should have caught onto that fact in the beginning knowing that it wasn’t a radio as well. I just assumed all iHomes were the same. Now I know better.
The iHome iH22 Dual Alarm Clock isn’t a bad unit at all. My wife wanted something that didn’t require much thought to use and she got it. It’s by her side of the bed so she dabble with the light settings, the alarm, and charging the iPod. What blows my mind is how this small machine costs around $50.00. I think we got our older iHomes for that price and it came with a radio. But I do love this compact size making it ideal for her needs.
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