The iRhythms come in two flavours – black or white – to suite your choice of iPod, mini aside. Although both look good, the general consensus around the TrustedReviews office was that the white looked just that bit more stylish. The shape is very rounded and organic looking, much like the iPod itself. At the centre is the docking port for the iPod – in the box you’ll find docking plates that should allow pretty much any iPod to sit comfortably. I tested with 3rd gen, 4th gen and 5th gen iPods, as well as a mini and a nano – all sat very solidly and worked flawlessly.
Sitting either side of your iPod are the stereo speakers – these are a reasonable size, but not large enough to dwarf the player that’s driving them. Also, either side of the docking connector are volume plus and minus buttons, as well as an on/standby light. Interestingly there’s no standby button, only a hard power switch at the rear – if you want to put the iRhythms into standby you’ll need to use the remote control. Talking of the remote control, it’s a nice slim-line device that lets you control the volume of the iRhythms as well as being able to skip forwards and backwards through the tracks on your iPod.
At the rear you’ll find the aforementioned hard power switch and a plug socket for the supplied external power brick – the power brick is reasonably small and unobtrusive. There’s also a cut-out at the rear for storing the remote control – this is pretty handy and saves you putting it down somewhere and losing it. Finally there’s an auxiliary mini-jack input for routing another device to the speakers. There’s a supplied cable for connecting a device to the aux input, while UK and Euro power cables are also in the box.