- Page 1 Gear4 Angry Birds iPhone Dock Review
- Page 2 Performance and Sound Review
The £50 or greater price tags may not sit well when these are essentially novelty items, but the included drivers offer better audio quality than you see in real bargain basement docks. There are three drivers in total – two mid-range speakers and a subwoofer. A trio of drivers is surprising for a device this size – the Philips DS3020 only offers two drivers.
Gear4 claims the docks, which all use the same set of speaker units, offer 30W of power, but this figure shouldn’t be compared directly with non-subwoofer models – a dedicated bass driver will always beef-up these numbers. We did get to hear the units in action, although we’ll admit that a noisy conference show floor is only marginally better than a working quarry as a place to judge sound quality in.
The subwoofer does its job well, providing the Angry Birds speakers with a beefy sound that will fill kids’ bedrooms with aplomb. What we’re less sure of is whether the smaller mid/treble drivers can offer the fidelity to elevate these docks above the unfortunate gimmick tag. We’ll most likely take a closer look at once of these speakers closer to its retail launch to see if it can bash out tunes at a quality that’s really worth listening to.
The green pig and black bird models both come with a remote control – the standard middling-quality bubble button type – and will also charge your iPhone or iPad. The simpler red bird dock can’t offer either of these features, but then it does save you twenty quid and let you plop the most famous figure in mobile gaming on your mantelpiece. But is that privilege worth £50? The Angry Birds speakers from Gear4 will be on sale in the UK in good time for Christmas.