They adorned the 2G iPod as far back as 2002, but we still can’t get enough of touch-sensitive keys.
Just today we’ve been fawning over Samsung’s NV10 digicam and gazing with wonder at the Genus Type-R DAB radio – and now it’s the turn of Logitech’s new iPod speakers to grab our attention.
The black beast before you is called the Audiostation and, while it doesn’t take things to the ridiculous heights of Monitor Audio’s i-Deck, there are interesting features aplenty.
Its speakers have, for example, 4in woofers to supply the growl and are crowned with 1in tweeters to pick out the heights of Jeff Buckley’s screams.
Our two favourite features, though, are the inclusion of an FM/AM radio and - of course - those touch-sensitive keys, which are illuminated by a soft white glow when the power’s on.
If your favourite easy-chair is more than an arm’s length away, you can always use the included remote which – via real buttons – will let you control tracks, change the alarm and turn on the 3D stereo mode to help widen its output.
Sound like overkill? Logitech is also releasing a smaller option, called the Audiostage Express (pictured below). The bad news is that those lovely keys aren’t included on its portable brother, but it does offer ruggedness and versatility by way of compensation.
The Express’ speakers are fronted by protective metal grilles, and you get the handy option of either plugging it into a mains supply or loading it up with AA batteries.
Another nice touch is that the included remote will slot into the back of the speakers when you want to pack it away, and the two 2.5in drivers should do a decent job or giving voice to your ‘Pod or other player via the 3.5mm input.
Check out Logitech’s US site for a full spec list.
Logitech AudioStation, Express
Price: £160, £70
On sale: October
Contact: Logitech (US)