inMotion Max review

Altec Lansing’s inMotion portable speakers are traditionally strong products, so we were keen to take a look at the recently launched inMotion Max.

At first glance, though, we were a little puzzled, because the inMotion Max is quite a bit larger than any previous models in the range. In fact, it’s almost three times the size of the inMotion 3, and we have to admit we’d think twice about slipping it into our backpack for a weekend trip.

But Altec Lansing has added a lot more into this model. The speakers themselves pack a more powerful punch - we reckon that the maximum volume is about twice as loud as the inMotion 3, and the bass is a lot more solid too.

The higher frequencies can be a little shrill at high volumes, though, and given the price of the inMotion Max we would have liked to see separate controls for treble and bass.

The inMotion Max also includes a built-in rechargeable battery, which lasts for about 3.5 hours, along with an FM radio and a small LCD display. And, if you’re using it with an iPhone, the speakers will automatically fade the music so that you can hear incoming telephone calls.

OUR VERDICT

At around £150 the inMotion Max is very much the premium model in the inMotion range. It should still appeal to people who are looking for a powerful-yet-compact speaker system that is (just about) small enough to take on holiday.

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