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Product Review: Sendstation Systems Pocket Dock for iPod
28 October 2003
by Noah Kravitz
Sendstation Systems Pocket Dock for iPod 3G -- $18.95
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Simple, easy, practical -- that's my three word review of the Pocket Dock for iPod (3G).
Systems has given iPod owners something they can really use, an adapter that turns any standard 6-pin Firewire
cable into an iPod dock connector cable. The benefits of the Pocket Dock are twofold: First, you can use it
to connect your iPod to a Mac for charging and file transfers using any standard Firewire cable. Second, you
can use it to make those old (1G/2G) iPod accessories work with your new 3G iPod.
I live in a fairly small apartment in New York City, but I also love music and hate having to walk around for
no good reason (hey, I work at a school so I'm on my feet all day as it is). I keep my computer set up in the
office at the back of the apartment, but I like to keep my iPod hooked up to the stereo in the living room when
I'm at home. So I keep the iPod's charger plugged into the power strip in the living room so it can charge while
filling the apartment with music. Only problem with that is when I want to hook the pod up to my Mac, I either
have to move the comptuer or unplug the cable from the power brick. Not a big problem in the scheme of things,
but certainly the kind of dilemma that gadgets are born from.
The Pocket Dock lets me leave the power brick and iPod cable in the living room and turn one of my old
Firewire cables into a second iPod connector back in the office. Perfect solution to a silly but annoying
At $18.95, the Pocket Dock is basically the same price as a Firewire-to-iPod cable from
Store. But if you have an extra Firewire cable lying around, it is more versatile solution
(especially if you have any of those older iPod accessories). And if you're the
kind of person who tends to stuff accessories into your bag, pocket, or glove compartment without thinking
about wear and tear, the Pocket Dock will probably last you longer than a delicate cable -- in the long
run it's cheaper to buy a new Firewire cable to plug into the dock than to buy a new proprietary cable from
The Pocket Dock costs $18.95 plus shipping from
Dr. Bott and is also available direct from
Sendstation's website (who offers a discount on three-packs) and The Apple Store.