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Quick Version: The $99.99 Pure-Fi Anytime is a good choice as an alarm clock and single-room speaker system. If you’ve got your life on your iPhone, you’ll appreciate this gadget as it pulls double duty as a bedside phone charger and music player.

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Overview and Features

  • Universal iPod/iPhone dock and alarm clock
  • Motion activated backlight and snooze – just waving your hand over the top of the alarm clock acts as the snooze function
  • AM/FM radio
  • Audio input for non-iPod devices
  • Remote control
  • MSRP of $99.99

It’s good for…

…people who live and die by their iPhone or iPod. If your iPhone is a major part of your life – contacts, appointments, phone, mobile internet, music, and all that good stuff – then you might as well integrate it into how you wake up in the morning, right?

If you’re the type that has trouble getting going in the wee hours, you may appreciate the ability to flail your arms about wildly when your alarm starts up with the off-chance of activating the snooze. A simple Obi Wan Kenobi-style hand wave within a few inches of the top of the Pure-Fi Anytime is just as good as physically tapping the actual snooze button. The same goes for the backlit buttons on top of the device. They’ll remain dark until your hand gets close to them, at which point they’ll illuminate.

At under a hundred bucks, too, the Pure-Fi Anytime isn’t outrageously expensive. If you have a small apartment/dorm or spend a lot of time in your bedroom, it’s a nice do-it-all alarm clock and speaker dock if you’re low on space.

Not so good for…

…audiophiles, party people, those seeking block rocking beats and/or who wish to be taken to FunkyTown, etc. The sound quality is above average for an alarm clock but a little tinny once you crank it up. It’d also be a little too low-volume for a party, as it doesn’t get all that loud. If you’re from the Midwest like I am, you might be able to throw a successful party because everyone in the Midwest is polite and refrains from talking over one another in social situations. If you’re one of the 900 girls on the East Coast who are each somehow part of my wife’s side of the family, though, forget it.

Also, the remote isn’t really a selling point if you ask me. It’s one of those credit card remotes that seem to ship with every inexpensive audio device on the market. I find myself having to point the remote directly at the Pure-Fi, giving it a nice, hard, deliberate press. Even then, it still doesn’t register sometimes. Not really a direct Logitech issue – none of those tiny remotes seem to work well.

Conclusion

A good choice, especially if you have most of your music on your iPhone/iPod and want to listen while you’re getting ready in the morning. Many people sleep with their phones charging right next to their beds anyway, so you might as well kill two birds with one stone and cut down on the cords to boot.

The price is nice, the motion sensing stuff is pretty cool (if a bit gimmicky), and the unit itself is a handsome piano black which should go well with most bedroom motifs.

Pure-Fi Anytime [Logitech.com]

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