Angry Birds BlackBird dock review

Not content with taking your phone, Angry Birds are taking over cartoons, plush toys, clothes, films and a soon-to be theme park attraction in Finland. Last year Gear4 released a set of three speaker docks based on Angry Birds that made me squeal with delight. I am a huge Angry Birds and can’t stop playing it to this day. So I saw the big bad Black Bird speaker dock and I had to get my mitts on it.

The Black Bird Speaker Dock is the only one in the range that can dock an iPad. The dock is standalone from the speaker. It is a fun, entry level iPad dock for fans of the Angry Birds series. It is easy to setup and I had it up and running in minutes. The 2.1 speakers and 30W amplifiers provide a decent sound for a casual listener. I found it was clear and I enjoyed the clarity. The sound is good for small rooms, however at higher volumes, you may hear some distortion.

The volume and bass buttons are at the back which are not convenient however the included remote makes it easy to control so no complaints here. I think a button integrated into his face would have been great. I would not suggest this is a portable dock or one to take on your holiday. This is a great addition to a kid’s room and will definitely be a talking point in any living room. If you do not have an iPhone, have no fear, you can connect your smartphone using a 3.5mm Aux jack at the back, cable included. It is available from Gear4 for £69.99 and Currys and PC World who currently have a good price, £34.97 but keep it our little secret. Back to getting some golden eggs on my iPhone.

Edifier Tick Tock Dock review

Despite doing it without fail every day of my life, waking up is a hard business that I’ve not managed to improve on with age. Nas had the right idea. Maybe next year I’ll get the hang of it. Until then I find myself relying on a series of gadgets and old fashioned techniques to free myself from Morpheus’s clutches. I’ve tried sleeping with the curtains open, so warm sun rays bathe my face with light. I’ve also tried fake sun rays from alarm clocks that emulate daylight. But nothing works quite as well as piercing noises from iPhone to jolt me back to consciousness – I’m partial to the Siren sounds as it reminds me of the time’s up sound on GoldenEye on the N64. I haven’t woken up, startled, mumbling “well of course you won – you were playing with Odd Job” but it’s only a matter of time.

TickTockDock

Of course a vanilla iPhone just sitting on my bedside is no fun and there are many ways to enhance this – the newest and shiniest of which is the Tick Tock Dock alarm clock speaker system by Edifier. Taking a page out of the book of many, many apps, the Tick Tock Dock adopts skeumorphic design and looks like an old fashioned alarm clock. Not that looks are everything, but the design of the Tick Tock Dock is, much like the name, incredibly charming.

The Tick Tock Dock has two 360 degree omni-directional full range speakers so you can have some slightly less tinny sound by your bedside. The speakers are decent for something so small but won’t turn you into Radio Rahim if that’s what you’re looking for.

If you are a big fan of conventional radio without resort to apps like Wunderadio there is also a built in FM radio so you it’s not just an empty shell for iOS device. And non-iOS device users can use the auxiliary 3.5 mm input to allow other devices to play along.

The Tick Tock Dock is available in Black, Silver and Beige from Amazon at £59.99