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Sony Dash HID-C10

Sony Dash HID-C10

from  $165.99+
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70 Global Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
70

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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70 Global Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
70

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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User Reviews

60
gtinari
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - Engadget
80
Badderchad
great loud device perfect for waking me up love the options for multiple alarms...read more
70
jlafount
Good bedside alarm clock or desktop information gatherer but not much more....read more
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Score Breakdown

 
73
Average user Score
 
60
gtinari
03.20.12
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - Engadget
 
80
Badderchad
03.07.12
great loud device perfect for waking me up love the options for multiple alarms ide say the only thing i would like to see on the next model if they come out with one is possible android support and higher resolution screen
 
70
jlafount
09.19.11
Good bedside alarm clock or desktop information gatherer but not much more. Netflix app is slow but functional. Pandora app is decent but tends to crash after extended usage. Tough to find interesting apps even with over 1000 of them supposedly available.
 
80
fourblades
09.04.11
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
60
thurman
09.03.11
I had high hopes for this gadget. But it has fail. It is a overpriced night stand alarm clock. I think I has potential if Sony would stand behind it. The Apps that Sony advertise are useless and a reproduction of the other app available. People often complain about having registration problems all the time. No ipod integration. Netflix does however looks nice on the Dash. It is one of those gadgets that hold your attention for a few weeks and then becomes boring. It has no portability properties. WiFi is all over the place, but power is only gained by means of the AC plug. No internal battery. So if you want a overpriced alarm, internet radio, email, Facebook(maybe) and rss reader. This is for you and thats it. If I had to do all over again I wouldn't have purchased this product.
 
80
jeepguynola
06.08.11
I bought this because I wanted the easiest alarm clock in the world, and that's exactly what the Dash it. All the rest is gravy, though, yeah, some of it is brown and lumpy and don’t taste good.
 
70
teknique
05.30.11
Snazzy alarm clock with Flash web apps. That's about it.
 
70
WilfBrim
04.21.11
If you take this as what it really is (an intelligent alarm clock with the ability to stream some information) it's very good. If you are expecting a full service web client, forget it. It is very flexible with alarms, and most of the popular applications for the dash seem to work well (Facebook, ICHC, weather). For the original price of $300 it was a joke. You can now pick one up for 100 (or less if you happen to catch it on Woot (which has its own application)) which is more in line with what it does.
 
90
IRSmurf
04.19.11
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
bkd69
04.04.11
By way of comparison, the competing products for the Dash are at the low end, digital photo frames and clock radios, in the middle, the Chumby, and various media streamers, and at the high end, full on tablets and smart phones. Overall, it's a lovely gadget, that works admirably. people complain of lagginess, and, while there is some sluggishness, it's the sluggishness of a Dell maxed out on memory as opposed to a Dell with the minimum amount of memory installed. In other words, slower than instant, but faster than painful. And none of that seems to effect any of the streaming that I regularly use, though so far, that's been limited to Netflix, Pandora, and WFMU's mp3 stream. As far as media support goes, first the good. As mentioned above, streaming performance seems more than adequate, and video and audio quality is quite good. Adding streaming audio is a near trivial matter, as long as you're provided with a straightforward URL ending with .pls or .m3u, and WMA streams are also supported, however at this point in time, URLs have to be entered on the device, and can't be added through the mydash website, though requests have been made to add that functionality to the site. To play your own music however, your main option is plugging in a memory stick on the USB port, however if you're so inclined, you could also set up an audio stream from your media library. The audio department also fails for the lack of podcast support, though podcast support is teased in the video section, but there's no obvious way to see how to configure additional podcasts, or whether audio only podcasts are supported. Another downside, though this no fault of the Dash, is that many radio stations don't provide a straightforward URL for their internet streams, instead, choosing to hide behind some portal or another. I really can't speak to photo support, as I don't really use it for photo viewing. I will note, however, that, as of now, the only online photo service supported is Photobucket. No flickr, no Picasa, no others. But again, USB memory sticks are supported. As far as streaming video goes, on offer is Hulu Plus, Netflix, Sony's Crackle, and many others. There are video podcasts configured, but I haven't yet found out where to edit the podcast data, or add my own video podcasts of choice. As far as quality goes, though, looks great, streams fine, at least in my household. Any streaming complaints from others I would suspect are due either to their unit, or to Local Network Issues. A note about the software is appropriate at this point. While the Dash is essentially a Chumby at heart, and the various apps are all provided by Chumby industries and are all flash based, the Dash differs in that the main environment is built by Sony, and the media options are provided by Sony as branch of their Bravia platform. Physically, the device is gorgeous. Sony has a reputation for delivering solidly nice hardware bordering on decadently luxurious, and while they occasionally stray (PSP Go), this is not one of those missteps. It has a 7" capacitative touchscreen, and the snooze bar and volume plus and minus buttons are all sealed in rubber. The USB and earphone jacks are tucked behind a hard plastic door, with enough space in the cavity to close it back up, if you have a sufficiently small memory stick. You can stand it up on its bottom in nightstand configuration, or lay it on its back for countertop use. Sony originally had it priced at $200. That price has since dropped to $150, since they announced the new version, and they've sometimes dropped it to $130 on their website. I picked up a refurb from woot.com for $65. How does that stack up against similar products? $10 will get you a clock radio. $40-$60 will get you a digital picture frame. At $65 for the refurb, the Dash is clearly the better choice, even up to $130. At $150, you might want to think about it. $130 gets you a Chumby One. This is the better choice. $100-$200 you start getting to the budget android tablets, which, while more flexible than the Dash, don't have quite the streaming video options, and reviews of tablets at that price have been less than favorable. Overall, at $65, it really is an easy purchase to make if you're at all interested in this sort of thing, and at $130, it remains compelling. At $150, well, it's entirely understandable if you want to start considering options.