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Solid performer at a reasonable price point
on November 19, 2012
I picked this unit up for the hubby, he has spent some time using it and here are his thoughts:
The iC16 is a simple LCD alarm clock with side firing Reson8 stereo speakers. Unit has AC adapter, small coin battery to maintain clock and alarm settings, and is portable with the use of 4 AA batteries. The AC adapter brick is rather large and sits at a right angle to your outlet/power strip. Set up and installation was easy. Size is 8 5/8"Lx2"Hx2" D.
Could be a little bigger
To control the lighting it has 3 dimmer selections plus off.
Has a Daylight Saving Time switch in the back.
Simple set up and operation
Gentle Waking feature is nice, where the volume slowly increases up to the the level you set it at.
Snooze/Dimmer button is nice and big. A nice feature is the snooze time can be changes from 9 min (default) up to 29 min.
For the alarm to operate you must have AC or 4 AA batteries installed. The coin battery only maintains the clock and alarm settings.
Android Phone Feature
One of the nice things about this is the ability to hook up your smart phone and listen to your playlists through the speaker system or listen to a You Tube video, listen as you play your favorite game, etc.. With the included auxiliary jack/cable it is very simple to attach.
In addition you can charge your phone through the unit via a usb to mini-usb cable. This feature only works with the AC adapter plugged in.
There is a usb mode switch that switches between A and B. This could be a little bit more clearer as to what the difference is. Switched to B is the default and it worked for me.
Another nice feature is the free iHome alarm app from Android Market works with the iC16 so you can wake up to music on your Adroid or alarm.
One thing that is a little bit odd is that to play your music you have to press the power button vs it automatically turning on when you start playing music/sound from the hooked up Android or shutdown when you stop playing music/sound. Maybe it has more to do with saving battery life when in portable mode?
Are on the sides facing out.
For it's purpose the sound is good. It obviously isn't something you would use to entertain a room full of people as the output isn't significant. If you are looking for higher end sound this probably wouldn't meet your needs, but next to your bed or in your home office it is fine.
Other uses: Works with your iPhone and iPod
You can hook up your iPhone and iPod to the speaker system to play music, listen to video's, etc.
You also use the charging mechanism, you just substitute your iPhone usb cable for the one provided with the iC16.
In addition, the iPhone free iHome alarm app works with the iC16. I didn't spend a lot of time on it so there probably are some nuances with using the iHome alarm app with the iC16.