i-STATION PODIUM • £69.99 • LOGIC3
The i-Station Podium resembles nothing more than a Victorian instrument of medical torture. A bizarre prong-like clamp pokes out of the back, giving you the worrying feeling it should be sterilised before use (in another life it would have been named the gyno-claw). When you clip your iPad into the rotating holster on the front it looks less hideous, although there is still far too much plastic going on for something designed to hold an Apple product. The sound quality is acceptable for something in this price range.
i-STATION BASE • £59.99 • LOGIC3
A second iPad-specific dock, the i-Station Base is far less obtrusive than its larger sibling. While it isn’t going to win any design awards, it’s smart enough in an accidentally-80s-retro way. It shows off the iPad without drawing attention to itself and, unlike the Podium, you wouldn’t be embarrassed to leave it lying beside your bed. Both docks have a handy app that allows you to use them as alarm clocks, which is a nice touch. The sound is tinny but if you just want something to make your iPad louder, you could do worse than this.
ZEPPELIN AIR • £499.99 • BOWERS AND WILKINS
It looks like a giant rugby ball from the future, where the game is played by robot super-beings able to lift its gigantic heft. Its USP is that it can wirelessly stream music from your iTunes library or your iPad. The problem is, setting it up is an endless Sisyphean task that will leave you wanting to gouge your eyes out just so you don’t have to look at its big oblong head any more, which is unacceptable for something the same price as a second hand Nissan Micra. But when you finally get there the sound quality and depth is unbeatable.