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Patuoxun iLink vs Clone/Generic iWave
on January 13, 2013
I have purchased both this device, and an externally identical unbranded device. This device, I suppose by way of it's firmware, has slightly different benefits/issues than the often cheaper clone. The Patuoxun iLink functions nearly perfectly for audio, when used in a compatible powered dock (refer to the other reviews & comments regarding basic requirements for use). It does, on occasion, drop out for a second or so, and this occurs consistently regardless of the dock I use it in. This occurs when used with an iPhone 4S or iPad 3. If used with my MacBook Air, the dropouts become more of an issue, as it has a hard time "keeping up" and remaining in sync with video content. The audio lags behind by as much as two seconds. So, to summarize, this device is a great choice for audio-only pairing with a compatible dock and my iPhone/iPad.
Now, the generic clone, which you can find elsewhere for less, identifies itself as an iWave. It behaves a bit differently. No lag when paired with my MacBook Air, and no dropouts. On the other hand, the iWave makes a popping sound before passing the audio. So, for example, if you were to get a notification tone on your iPad, iPhone, or MacBook, you'll first hear a rather objectionable pop.
I mention the iWave along with this device because some of you may have seen it and thought (as I did) "Hey, it looks like the same thing for less money." It's not quite the same. Neither are perfect, and that's a shame. But, if your primary purpose is audio only, and you don't mind a dropout here and there, this is a good choice overall. If it was possible to update the firmware in this device to resolve the dropouts/lags, it would get 5 stars.