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.
Conclusion: The Bose SoundDock is an excellent option if you are looking for a simple speaker dock away from your computer for your iPod or iPod Mini. While the unit lacks some of the features that the competition boasts, potential buyers should consider whether they will ever actually use those features. In the sound quality category, the SoundDock comes out on top.
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
Conclusion: Even with the premium price, the slimmer, sleeker SoundDock Portable is almost sure to be a hit as it combines portability with great sound and smart design. If price is an issue but you still want Bose speakers, the original SoundDock music system will still be available for a slightly reduced AU$449.