Summary: OK, I must first start thIs by saying that I did not buy my unit from Amazon. Base was solid, I did need to remove the plastic rear cover I had bought, but that was not a surprise. The thing that made me send it back to the supplier was that whenever the speakers were powered on, the iPad would start playing music - this can be very disconcerting if you are not ready for it, and you don't get to choose the music selection!
Summary: Purchased this for my daughter for the stereo / volume, charging and being able to watch films landscape. Was really good in operation BUT when you touched the metal on the back of the iPad you felt electricity at low voltage. This was a disappointment, exchanged it but had the same problem so I had to return it for fear of damaging the ipad / electrical shock. Apart from that it would have been a great product.