Being a girly geek, this one caught my eye. What girly-girl wouldn’t want a cute pink pig to sit on the floor of her room and whirl out sound to every corner? Even better, what girly-girl wouldn’t want to take this fun outside to the back yard, the playground, the patio party, or the tea party?
Yes, I’m speaking a bit tongue-in-cheek here, but the newest system from Speakal, the iHog Portable, is really not a bad way to go if you want to have big sound in a little footprint, with a long battery life (up to 10 hours on its rechargeable battery). The total output includes four speakers positioned for maximum sound separation and distribution between tweeters and midrange, with a 20w subwoofer. Total output is more than 28 watts of sound. The device will take any version of iPod or iPhone, which means it would even work on my almost-6-year-old classic video iPod. In addition, it has an auxiliary input jack to connect to television, gaming consoles, or other MP3 players and music sources.
And never fear, if pink pigs aren’t your thing, you can have a white pig instead. Or take a look at their other products, which include speakers shaped pandas, soccer balls, and flowers. Then there is the iBoo, a ghost-like speaker set. They also have traditional docking systems that would fit into any decor, including the iKurv and the iExecutive.
I don’t think either of these will replace my current Philips docking station, which could give the Boze a run for its money in the sheer clarity of its sound, but maybe for my girls for their spaces. Being able to take the device outside without having to find a cord to plug in with is a huge advantage. I could hide this thing behind the Halloween display in the front yard this year, for a real spreading of the holiday cheer at trick-or-treat time.
The iHog is introductory priced at $119, with other models ranging in price from $69.99 to 229.99. Go get your hog on today!