Gear4 BlackBox 24/7 full review

The 24/7 is another reworking of the BlackBox range from Gear4, but unlike the other models, this doesn’t have the benefit of Bluetooth. No matter, because as a compact iPod speaker system with a built-in alarm clock and iPod charge-up facility, this little beauty really appeals.

The front of the unit sports a 12-hour clock armed with two programmable alarm options. Nap and Sleep functions offer more opportunity for staying under the duvet that little bit longer. The alarm can be FM radio, a boring buzzer or your iPod library, which can be docked on top of the unit.

If you opt for a musical wake-up call then the small speakers, just 2.75in in diameter apiece, won’t exactly blow the covers off the bed. At the same time, a soothing blue light accompanies the alarm. You’ll supposedly get 16W in total from the speaker combo, but they struggle to sound more than average. The radio quality fares rather better, though.

Styling is dominated by angular corners and a glossy charcoal-black plastic exterior. Construction feels robust enough to withstand a few accidental knocks during bleary-eyed wake-up calls. The touch sensitive controls work well, and there’s a remote control, too. You can power it with batteries if you find you can’t do without it when you go on holiday.

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