SonicGear SonicBlue Dock 100 & Dock 200 Bluetooth Speaker Docks Review

*This is a product review of loaned units from SonicGear Malaysia*

If you have any docking speakers for your smart devices, especially for your iPhones, you’d understand the frustration when Apple decided to change the port from the old 30 pin adapter to the new lightning port adapter. Also, it must be frustrating that you can’t use the same docking speakers for other non-Apple devices.

Awhile back, I received some review units from SonicGear to review their latest alarm clock / radio / Bluetooth speakers with a docking station for your smartphone or tablets – the SonicBlue Dock 100 and SonicBlue Dock 200. The great thing about these new Bluetooth speaker dock, is that it supports all types of devices – from your iOS device to Android smartphones or anything with a 3.5mm headphone jack or Bluetooth connectivity!

Other than just being a speaker, it’s also a clock radio. Something you can just leave at your bedside table, allowing you to charge your phone, while it’s connected for alarm, radio and music!

Let’s dive in deeper about these 2 Bluetooth speaker docks.

 

SonicBlue Dock 100

SonicGear SonicBlue Dock 100
SonicGear SonicBlue Dock 100

The SonicBlue Dock 100 is the lower end of both these models. Here are some high level features:-

  • Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Audio – pair to play music wirelessly from up to 25 feet away
  • Wired Stereo Audio – Playback from SD memory card or via the standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Plugin to charge while playing music – Recharges all mobile phones and tablets including the iPad
  • FM Radio and Digital Clock with Alarm
  • Auto LED display-dim

For more information, check out the SonicGear’s website for SonicBlue Dock 100 product pagHERE.

SonicGear Dock100 - Box

The box packaging highlights all the clear features of the device you will find inside, including the ability to connect to multiple types of smart devices like iPod, iPhone, other smartphones and even iPad.

SonicBlue Dock 100 - Unboxing
Unboxing SonicBlue Dock 100

Inside the box, you’ll find the device, an adapter charger, a 3.5 mm audio jack cable and a simple user manual.

SonicBlue Dock 100
SonicBlue Dock 100

The hardware is minimalist, at the top on the left, you’ll find the wide dock (it’s not a dock with port connector, just a shallow groove to place your device) and button controls for music playback (Pause, Rewind, Forward), Volume Up/Down, Mode, Alarm, Time function and the giant Snooze/Talk/Scan function.

The right side of the top is the entire speaker grill, that gives you nice and clear audio, with the SonicGear metal logo plate at the front. At the back, you’ll find the ports for TF (SD) cards, 3.5 mm headphone jack (AUX), power port (DC-In), Power On/Off button, USB charging port (DC-out).

As mentioned, the dock is just a shallow and rubbered groove for you to rest your device. Place it there, plug in the USB cable to charge your phone and plug in the provided audio jack cable (or connect via Bluetooth) to play music on the machine.

Audio quality on the SonicBlue Dock 100 is not too shabby. The sound is nice and clear, that you can blast music while chilling in your room, or when you’re getting ready in the morning. Alarm sound is loud enough to wake me up.

Radio function on the other hand is not great – perhaps I need to place the device closer to the window to get better FM radio signal? It’s alright, but some occasional static while listening to radio can be a little annoying.

The SonicGear SonicBlue Dock 100 is on sale at a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of RM 159 (~USD$ 49.90).

 

SonicBlue Dock 200

SonicGear SonicBlue Dock 200
SonicGear SonicBlue Dock 200

Here are some high level features for the SonicBlue Dock 200:-

  • Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Audio – pair to play music wirelessly from up to 25 feet away
  • Wired Stereo Audio – Playback from SD memory card or via the standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Plugin to charge while playing music – Recharges all mobile phones and tablets including the iPad
  • FM Radio and Digital Clock with Alarm
  • Auto LED display-dim
  • Built-in Li-Ion battery – mobile use without being connected to AC power

For more information, check out the SonicGear’s website for SonicBlue Dock 200 product pagHERE.

SonicGear Dock200 - Box

The box packaging, just like the Dock 100, also includes more information on the Dock 200 Bluetooth speaker dock – which also supports multiple devices (including your tablet/iPad), wireless Blluetooth or wired headphone jack or SD card music playback, alarm clock and digital radio, USB charging port. The big difference with this Dock 200 is that it includes a Li-Ion battery, which allows you to use this speaker on-the-go, without a power adapter.

SonicGear SonicBlue Dock 200 - Unboxing
Unboxing SonicBlue Dock 200

Inside the box is the device, which is bigger and more block-like compared to the Dock 100. It also includes a 2-pin AC power adapter, 3.5 mm audio/headphone jack cable, the external Li-Ion battery pack and the user manual.

SonicBlue Dock 200
SonicBlue Dock 200

The SonicBlue Dock 200 is taller than the Dock 100 and looks like a giant block. The buttons are more minimalistic than the Dock 100. The wide docking groove is rubbery as well, to ensure your device don’t slip, with a nice protrusion to rest the back of your device.

There’s a nice patterned design on the glossy plastic to give it some texture and design, which still doesn’t mask the fact that the material is still plastic. Nevertheless, it does have a nicer aesthetic than the Dock 100. This looks more premium somehow, with slightly better texture and build quality.

Audio quality is nice and loud on this as well, still with the slight issue of the signal strength of the FM radio. Alarm sound is loud, setup and controls are easy to use, even without refering to the manual.

The inclusion of the Li-Ion battery is handy – allowing me to bring the device around without relying on the distance and availability of an AC power outlet. Of the 2 devices (Dock 100 and Dock 200), I do prefer this one, because it’s a smaller length that fits better in the limited space on my bedside table.

The SonicGear SonicBlue Dock 200 is on sale at the same Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of RM 159 (~USD$ 49.90).

 

Both these devices priced at RM 159 is almost a no-brainer. It’s so affordable and perfect if you’re looking for a digital clock radio, where you can dock your device when you charge it while you sleep, and then connect it for music playback while you get ready in the morning. Seriously… no brainer!

Considering both the SonicBle Dock 100 and Dock 200 are retailing at the same price, I would definitely suggest you get the Dock 200, simply for the better build quality and inclusion of the Li-Ion battery pack that allows you to carry the Bluetooth speaker dock around without being permanently connected to power charge.

 

For more information on both these devices and more, check out SonicGear Malaysia‘s website at www.mysonicgear.com and follow them on their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/sonicgearmalaysia

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