Excerpt: Now the company has released inMotion iM5 ($150), a visually retooled version of the original inMotion speakers. Rather than a flip-open design, Altec now uses a solid 8.5” x 3.75” x 2” silver, white, and gray enclosure with a silver button on its front and a white plastic dock on its bottom.
Pros: A portable speaker system with acceptable audio quality for typical users, a pop-out dock for iPod syncing and charging, international power adapters, a nice carrying case, and audio input to let it work with all iPods. Nice industrial design and very simple controls; runs for between 20-24 hours on four AAs.
Cons: Lacks rechargeable battery pack found in comparably priced modern competitors, no remote control (or ability to use one for iPod 5G and nano). As with its similarly priced predecessors, overall sound balance is not great for the price unless you strongly prefer heavier bass and less treble in your speakers, lack of user-adjustable bass and treble controls hurts, stereo separation isn’t impressive.
Summary: The iM5 is a decent unit and its extra outputs are a nice touch. But the lack of an included remote and better sounding units for similar or lower prices means it wouldn’t hurt looking elsewhere.
Pros: Portable and Compact, Loud Volume Levels, Inputs Include Sub Out and Composite, Syncs and Charges iPod when docked
Cons: Lacks a little bass and low end, Can’t control volume on the iPod itself, Volume buttons require a firm press, No Remote Control included, Power doesn’t switch off iPod