Excerpt: While there is much to be said for high-performance iPod/computer audio systems that feature dedicated docks, DACs, amps, speakers and even subwoofers, the fact is that many people want something much simpler than that—and preferably better looking. This, of course, is where today’s nicer standalone iPod/USB audio systems, such as the B&W Zeppelin Mini, come into play.
Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) Zeppelin Mini iPod Dock Speaker System Review
16 February 2010
Conclusion: Even though it doesn't stand out as well as its predecessor, the Zeppelin Mini is mighty nice. At $400, it's still slightly expensive for an iPod dock. However, B&W don't come cheap, and it shows in this unit's performance at reasonable volume levels. That said, the unit does have a few sound and control glitches. B&W could do better -- or at least cheaper.
Pros: Oh-so-pretty, Nice audio experience overall, Remote reaches pretty far, USB connection makes computer upgrades easy, Rotating dock for proper video playback, Ability to play and control iTunes
Cons: Limited remote control, Mystery button on the remote, Chassis & controller are cruisin' for a bruisin', Doesn't always sync right away, Sound can break up at higher volumes
Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin mini: First Class iPhone Speaker System
The Mac Observer
12 September 2008
Conclusion: The Zeppelin mini, which started shipping in late October, is avaiable from: Apple, Amazon and approved B&W dealers.
Pros: Unique, beautiful, functional design. Channeled Low Frequency bass. Great out of the box experience. Great sound. Complete documentation. Perfect integration with Apple iPhones and iPods. Works with PC and Mac. Attention to every detail.
Summary: We loved the original B&W Zeppelin . But if you were feeling very picky, you could point to its wide-boy stance as a sticking point: not everyone has enough desktop space to accommodate a dock with a 64cm wingspan. Hence the Zeppelin Mini. It’s an original Design-wise, it’s just as quirky as its big brother. The curved chassis is top-and-tailed by a chrome base and angled chrome ‘bowl’. Sat in the middle is a new docking arm that can rotate 90 degrees.