updated 01:20 pm EST, Fri February 24, 2006
Kensington iPod products
Kensington has unveiled a variety of new accessories for Apple's iPod digital media player which include two new iPod shuffle products, a new Entertainment Dock for iPods, and iPod speakers. The sx2000 Speakers for iPod (£100) is an all-in-one white speaker system that features a built-in dock to recharge an iPod while playing audio via the dock connector. Another product, an Accessory Adaptor for the iPod shuffle (£15) connects to the Shuffle's USB port and emulates the standard dock connection found on other iPods, according to Macworld UK. The Entertainment Dock 500 (£70), which supplements Kensington's existing Stereo Dock for iPods, is designed to form part of a home multimedia system. Kensington has also launched an FM transmitter in the U.S., which the company hopes to include as part of its U.K. offering pending a review of government legislation banning the sale or usage of such devices, according to the report. [updated]
The sx2000 Speakers for iPod offer a rear-mounted 3.5mm jack, allowing users to use the speakers with older iPod models or other audio devices. The device measures 16.2 x 7.2 x 3.9-inches, and houses 1/2-inch thick speakers behind a rectangular grey-mesh screen.
The Transporter for iPod shuffle (£10) measures 4 x 2.7 x 1-cm, and consists of a belt-clip, as well as a carabineer-style clip that can plug into an iPod shuffle using its USB port. Both clips require users to depress small buttons on one side of the devices in order to unclip the iPod, reducing the chance of accidental damage.
Kensington's new iPod dock supports all iPod models with a color screen for TV usage, and ships with an audio/video cable as well as an RF remote control. The remove offers play/pause, volume up/down, skip/fast forward, and skip back/rewind functionality, as well as the ability to scroll up and down through playlists or navigate through menus.