Summary: The SoundDock Portable retains the original SoundDock's main appeal: simplicity. Take it out of the box, plug it in, dock your iPod, and you get good audio in an attractive package. It's just that now you can take that audio to the back yard, and you get a number of useful improvements.
Conclusion: The SoundDock is designed to be used only as an external speaker system for late-model iPods. If this is what you're looking for — and if you can live with its hefty price tag and not-so-portable size and weight — you'll be knocked out by its outstanding sound quality and lease-breaking volume levels.
Pros: Ear-splitting volume levels; great sound; wireless remote.
Cons: Large and heavy; incompatible with older iPods; can't be connected to a computer; lacks deep-bass output; expensive.
Excerpt: The SoundDock is Bose’s attempt to impress iPod owners who are looking for a convenient docking solution without sacrificing style and sound. Among casual consumers, Bose represents assured quality without the need to know the technical tidbits behind the scenes. In a way, it’s the perfect match for the iPod: simplicity over customizing. To audiophiles, Bose is an overpriced alternative with comparatively mediocre sound.
Pros: Premium sound quality; compact design; charges iPod; remote control included
Cons: Does not sync your iPod; you pay a premium price
Excerpt: (1 items) At $300, the SoundDock is more expensive than competing systems that offer a few more convenience features (such as auxiliary inputs and syncing ability). However, it's currently the best sounding of the "one-piece" speaker systems we've tested and its uncluttered elegance and ease of use make it an appealing offering for those willing to plunk down the change.
Pros: Great sound for the size, easy to set up and use, useful remote control
Cons: Can’t sync with your Mac when docked, no auxiliary input, works only with dockable iPods, expensive
Excerpt: For those of us who follow iPod accessories, it's difficult to believe that it's been nearly four years since Bose's original SoundDock was released, making it one of first "desktop" speaker systems for the iPod. Perhaps just as surprising is that while most of the other big vendors of iPod gear have revised their speaker lines several times over that period, Bose has continued selling essentially the same SoundDock, at the same £199 price, that it released back in 2004.