Which brings us to the question of value. At £299.99 the Logitech UE Air is a mid-range price for a premium dock, which is exactly where its audio performance deserves to be. Spend £50 more and the Arcam rCube still has its number (and a built in battery), spend £50 less and the exceptional Monitor Audio i-deck 200 (once £400) will still take it to the cleaners sonically but lacks any form of wireless connectivity.
As such whether you opt for the Air will depend entirely on your priorities. Those with the cashflow will continue to opt for the bombastic Zeppelin Air or Libratone Live, those requiring true portability will go for the rCube and those looking purely for the best audio performance bang for their buck will choose the i-deck 200. In the middle sits the Logitech UE Air doing a solid job of everything and looking fantastic. We suspect it will find an audience – it deserves to.
For a first dalliance into the cutthroat world of premium docks Logitech and Ultimate Ears should be commended. The Air performs well, is beautifully designed, well made and comes with AirPlay at a reasonable price. Competitors can be found to best the Air sonically in its price bracket, but as a complete package it is a compelling proposition.
Score in detail
Sound Quality 7