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Tech Review: LADYBUG!

Ladybug2 There are a myriad of portable and not so portable docking station speakers for the iPod and iPhone. I’ve used and heard a number of them. The Bose SoundDock Portable is the best sounding of the portables, but it’s $359 price tag is prohibitive for most, and it’s still a fairly large and bulky device. The smallest device with the best sound that I have found is the Vestalife Ladybug Portable Speaker Dock. It easily wins the best design category. It’s round and easy to use and carry and looks incredibly cool with the fold out speakers. For its size the sound is big and full. Nothing like the Bose or JBL sound docks, but it looks better and is much more portable and at $99, much more affordable. It comes with audio inputs and outputs as well as a USB jack to link it directly to your computer. I had no trouble hooking it up to my MacBook and to my PC. When it’s hooked to your computer it will sync your iPod. It also charges your iPod or iPhone. It comes with a power cord or you can use batteries. Lastly, it comes with a remote that will navigate the menus on your iPod when docked, which is something I didn’t think I would use but found very helpful and handy. I’m hooked! The one bad thing about the Ladybug is the power button. It’s big and its right in front and it can easily turn on if bumped. So if you’re carrying it in the cloth bag that it comes with or in a backpack, the power button often gets pressed and this can drain the batteries. Other than that I love the Ladybug!