VestaLife Ladybug iPod Speaker Dock
Vestalife $109

When I first unwrapped my new Vestalife Ladybug, I was struck by its cute appearance. The little red sphere with its unfolding wing-speakers looked more like a child’s toy than a high-tech iPod speaker dock. However, my little Ladybug’s appearance was actually appropriate – for this elegant little machine combines the high-tech and the simple in a manner that is all too rare these days.

It took mere moments to hook up the Ladybug. The process is easy and intuitive and should prove simple for anyone, no matter his or her amount of technological know-how. The place where the iPod rests also serves as a charger, which means that you can just grab it from the charger and go. Heck, you can grab the Ladybug itself on your way out the door! Weighing in at 1.25 lbs, the Ladybug comes with a cute little plush carry-bag and can be powered by the AC wall plug or 4 AA batteries. I’m definitely taking it with me on my next trip, and when I leave for college in the fall.

The only disadvantage I can possibly see with this delightful little piece of technology is the fact that the palm-sized remote control (yes, it has a remote) only affects it from the front… and the speakers can’t go up quite as loud as a larger speaker system. However, depending on your neighbors or family, that might not be such a bad thing.

– Emily Travisano

The Ladybug is available in silver and ruby red. Limited edition Elements Skateboard artists’ versions will be available in April 2008.
The Ladybug comes with full function remote control, carrying bag, AC adapter (US only), iPod universal dock and dock connectors for iPod mini, iPod nano (1st and 2nd generation). 3rd generation iPod nanos need to use the dock connector included with the nano upon purchase.

Copyright ©2008 by Emily Travisano. This review appeared in the March 2008 issue of Newsbreak, the newsletter of MUG ONE - Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY.