Logitech Rechargeable Speaker S315i

The Logitech Rechargeable Speaker S315i offers good sound quality in a compact, durable package; it's a solid choice for iPod owners who are constantly on the go.


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Logitech is no stranger to the world of iPod speakers, churning out both desktop and portable units since shortly after the time of the player's inception. The company hasn't varied sharply from its formula over the years, mainly making evolutionary changes to up the quality and functionality of the devices. The latest portable speaker, the S315i, offers iPhone shielding along with a power-saving feature to increase battery life. The AU$200 unit offers solid sound quality and a durable, compact design, making it a good fit for iPod owners who are constantly on the go.

Design and features

Style-wise, the flat-black Logitech S315i is not at all striking, which means it will likely appeal to most eyes. It's nearly a perfect rectangle, save the slight pinching in the middle that adds a bit of curve. At 10.5 inches wide, 5 inches tall, and an inch deep, the unit will fit nicely into any carry-on bag or purse, though we are a bit disappointed that Logitech didn't include a case in the package — we've come to expect it from speakers in this price range. That said, the unit seems quite durable, with a sturdy flip-out kickstand that covers the iPod dock when closed and a rubber flap to protect the ports on the back.

The back of the S315i houses all controls and features. There's a DC input for the included power adapter as well as a line-in jack that allows you to connect an iPod Shuffle or any non-iPod audio source, though you'll have to provide your own stereo patch cable. Two volume buttons — "up" curved out and "down" dented in for blind control — are housed on the right side, while a power switch sits just above the kickstand. The switch has three settings: off, on and power-save. When the unit is in power-save mode, it offers up to 20 hours of playback off of the battery, whereas standard mode will provide about 10 hours. A single LED beneath the front speaker grille indicates battery level: green glows when you have more than 40 per cent power, orange lights up for 5 to 40 per cent, and red indicates less than 5 per cent.

Performance

The main problem with the Logitech S315i's power-saving mode is that it noticeably decreases audio quality. When we switched the unit into this mode during testing, music sounded thin and weak, with little low-end response. It was barely tolerable. The good news is that the speakers actually sound quite good when running off of wall power or when in standard battery mode. Music comes through clear and open, with no background hiss or distortion, and there is some bass, though not as much as we'd like. Also, while high-end detail is decent, we think the S315i could stand a little more warmth in the mids. Overall, however, we're pleased with the audio response offered by the unit. It's not for audiophiles, but will satisfy the average listener looking to fill a hotel room with tunes. Oh, and it gets good and loud.

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hugh_grimley posted a comment   
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I tried this out in the store and it was great, just what I was looking for. However, when I got home and opened the box, there was a dead baby inside instead of Logitech Rechargeable Speakers. Needless to say I was extremely disappointed, especially when I tried to plug my iPod in and it didn't make any noise at all.

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ShadowReeves posted a review   

The Good:Size, battery life, sound is ok and does not distort

The Bad:no remote, buttons on the back are awkward

i have had this unit for a few days now, the first one didn't work at all, i was having issues using my ipod touch while it was plugged in. I swapped it for another one and the issue is gone. i paid $100 and reasonably happy with the result.
it ran for 3 hours at full volume on the battery with charge to spare (i use it at a sporting venue) so in that respect it is very useful. it doesn't flex or bend and there are no open speakers to get damaged, perfect to throw in the car with whatever else.
for the $100-$150 price range there are units with more bass and better sound - but not that run on battery.

 

itunes-crazy posted a comment   

The Good:The size is great! Absolutely fell in love with the size.

The Bad:Only sound coming out of the left speaker!

I bought this for its small travel size. When I plugged it in the sound was awful!! I am not sure if the sound is only suppose to come out of one speaker, but this one does. Sound is not even close to tolerable! I will be taking it back even though I would love to keep it because the size is perfect.

 

Jake posted a reply   

I got mine today and it was great, the sound is amazing, its simple and easy to use, also a very sturdy product. Everything was great, UNTIL... i realised only the right speaker was working. So so so so dissapointed, such a waste of my time.

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Lovemyelectronics posted a review   

They can't honour their warranty, give you the run-around and are uesless!!




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  • hugh_grimley

    hugh_grimley

    "I tried this out in the store and it was great, just what I was looking for. However, when I got home and opened the box, there was a dead baby inside instead of Logitech Rechargeable Speakers. N..."

  • ShadowReeves

    ShadowReeves

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    "i have had this unit for a few days now, the first one didn't work at all, i was having issues using my ipod touch while it was plugged in. I swapped it for another one and the issue is gone. i pa..."

  • itunes-crazy

    itunes-crazy

    "I bought this for its small travel size. When I plugged it in the sound was awful!! I am not sure if the sound is only suppose to come out of one speaker, but this one does. Sound is not even close..."

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