Yes, it is that time. I have been reviewing a few products for inclusion in my 2010 Christmas Gift Guide. I will be doing individual posts on each items, and including a PDF version of the whole thing once all write-ups have been done.

The first item on the list is the Coby Butterfly CS-MP165 iPhone/iPod Speaker Dock.

The Coby Butterfly is the perfect Christmas gift for a teen that loves music, a college student with limited space for a stereo, or anyone else looking for an inexpensive way to use their iPod or iPhone as a stereo system. If they have either they can quickly plug in, grab the remote and control their music.

It’s also very attractive and can fit in with most decor. It is perfect for the kitchen, bedroom, or even to take with you for a portable party.

I was pleasantly surprised at the loud, rich sound. The chassis is very lightweight,  almost too lightweight, but it made up for that with the sound. A cool feature is the addition of a ambient light that can be adjusted with the remote control.

The only real thing that I am not that impressed by is the remote. Perhaps I just need a bit more time to play with it to figure out what I can and cannot do depending on whether or not the iPod Classic of my iPhone is plugged in.

Specifications

Connections
Audio Input Universal Dock for iPod; 3.5mm Stereo Audio
Audio Output Integrated Stereo Speakers
General
Speaker Output 10W x 2 (peak)
Certifications FCC, CE, ETL
Power
Power Input/Output AC 100-240V
Weights, Measurements & UPC
Unit Dimension (WHD) 16.4″ x 5.7″ x 6.4″
Inner Carton Qty 1
Master Carton Qty 4
UPC 7 16829 23145 6

Features

  • Built-in universal dock charges and plays your iPod/iPhone music
  • Full-range speaker system with adjustable ambient lighting
  • 20W total output power
  • 3.5mm audio line-in jack for use with any portable audio device
  • Full function remote control

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Loud, Rich Sound
  • Very reasonably priced

Cons

  • Remote function were a little hard to work out. Did not quite work as expected with my iPhone.

Coby’s Butterfly, a butterfly wing-shaped iPod docking station/speaker system with “wing tips” that light up for a cool effect is availabe on Amazon.com for $48.99