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Jensen JiPS-250i Docking Station for iPad, iPod, and iPhone (Black)
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- Energy Star Certified
- Sleek Design
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I do not normally write long reviews, but after reading some of the reviews here, I felt compelled to piece together all the tid bits of info and correct some of the misconceptions provided by other reviewers, some of whom it is painfully obvious never bothered to pick up the well written, very simple, easy to follow instruction manual.
When you are docking your iPad, right befor you reach the connector, apply a little pressure pushing down on the iPad to get the proper alignment. If you're unit does not appear make a ding sound or flash a screen showing a green battery charging then you more than likely have slipped the connector on the dock behind the iPad instead of into it. It's very easy to do.
When you are ready to take the iPad out, I wedge my thumb in between the iPad and the dock to free it a little before popping it out. Trying to just pull it out seems dangerous to me and I had visions of my iPad flying across the room, so I use a little extra effort to be as gentle as possible.
It does not matter if the green light is on or off, your unit will charge. To verify this, unlock the screen when docked and look at the battery remaining indicator in the top left corner. If there is a lightening bolt inside the battery, then you are charging. The screen also should have quickly turned on when you docked and showed a large green battery charging.Read more ›
The GOOD NEWS: (1) stand works great - rotates and tilts, (2) charger is excellent -- charges faster than Apple charger and comparable to Griffin PowerBlock, (3) sound quality for type of unit is very good, and (4) you can use with your iphone and ipod too. For $70, you cannot beat this price for an all-in-one unit that is a rotating stand with charger with speakers... buying separately (and I have!) you will spend $120+. I have seen rotating/tilting stands alone for $50+.
Now, to address an inaccuracy in another review... someone indicated that the unit does not play video when docked, but it does. From first purchase, the default is "video out" but there is a button on the remote to turn it off and then it works just fine from then on. You can also push a button combination on the unit to switch "video out". The manufacturer should have set the default to "off," but there is a solution.
The BAD NEWS: (1) Other reviews are correct that when you turn it on, it automatically starts playing music... a bit quirky. (2) The Jensen application is poor as others have indicated, but that is not why I bought it anyway. I don't use it. However, the unit will continue to ask if you want to install the app each time you dock if it is not installed, which can be annoying.
BOTTOM LINE: I liked the Jensen dock so much that I went back to buy another -- one for the bedroom and one for the office. It comes down to how you will use it... my primary use is charging and rotating stand... once in a while I use the speakers... While there are some quirks, the benefits far outweigh. For me, it is an excellent product and value.
It holds the iPad in portrait or landscape mode with an almost endless variety of viewing angles which I really liked, some docks seem to be only able to do portrait mode.
The bad, once docked if I tried to play any video it would say that is was connected to a TV when it wasn't, no cable was connected. I used a paperclip to reset the unit and then videos played. Until I undocked and docked again, then same thing and this may be a deal breaker. Not sure if this is a defective unit or they all suffer from the same problem.
The app that it downloads is awful, an iPhone/iPod app for a device that seems to be primarily for the iPad is an odd choice to say the least. You can connect those devices sure but look at this thing, it is designed for the iPad, at least have a choice of a higher resolution iPad app. Since the app is how you interact with this device it made it seem "cheap".
So I would say with just a little more work and minimal investment they could make this a 5 star device, I would recommend they do so.
As some have noted yes I understand the way the video was supposed to work by pushing the button on the remote, unfortunately with this unit that didn't work.
Also if you got a unit that works great I am happy for you, this one didn't and I could only base my review on the unit I bought.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Item worked well with the IPad but the sound was not great.Published 9 months ago by Armando Escandalo
not as described! has the 32 pin charger for original iPad/ipod/iphone.Published 17 months ago by DJH
I already own one of these Jensen Docking Stations and thought that I would buy one for my mother. I ordered and had it delivered to her. Read morePublished 22 months ago by davegoos
No longer supports the app. It worked at first, I downloaded the rockler app the manufacturer said it required -- but after the last iOS update, it stopped working and the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Bezo Gillthorpe
The iPad I have will not connect with the docking station. Neither will my iPhone since i upgraded to Iphone5CPublished on May 21, 2014 by Janice
A product that does what it claims to do. I would purchase this again should the need or the occasion arise.Published on April 2, 2014 by Lorenrw
Replaced a ihome unit that didn't last two years. Avoid them. We have had two units go bad in an unacceptably short period. This unit is more difficult to dock. Read morePublished on February 15, 2014 by Mark Beeghley
I have a newer iPad and the dock needs an extender for the iPad to work and charge. This is good for desk top movies and music when working. The connected needs to be made betterPublished on January 29, 2014 by Linda R. Miller
Yes I read all the reviews prior to buying and the bottom line is I just needed something to play music on and that it does very well!!!Published on January 20, 2014 by C. Buettner