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iPod accessories are generally not the kind of item we feature here on UKGamer but this one is slightly more substantial than your average armband or neoprene sleeve; it's the ViewDock monitor from ViewSonic.

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Coming in 19" and 22" versions, the ViewDock range allows you to connect your iPod directly into its base. When connected the device shows up as a USB storage device allowing you to use your iPod as a portable hard drive. Should you wish to play music through the built in speakers and subwoofer, you can do this without having to go through your computer.

The dock has five interchangeable mounts so that the larger iPod video can be accommodated along with the smaller Nano along with older models. Listening to music played through the built in speakers wasn't the best experience in the world and the subwoofer didn't seem to have much of an impact.

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As is increasingly common both models are in widescreen aspect, with the 19" and 22" models sporting resolutions of 1440x900 and 1680x1050 respectively. Both have RGB and DVI connections and excellent viewing angles. The dock also features five USB2 ports, headphone jack, built in microphone and an 8-in-1 card reader. The 19" model is expected to retail at around 240 with the 22" costing 360 and should be in shops in time for Christmas.

Interestingly Viewsonic representatives commented that in the future other adapters may use the iPod connection on their base. So the idea of hooking up a non-Apple device through the dock is entirely possible, albeit not immediately.

For those of you who don't have (or want) an monitor with an iPod dock, the same screen is available at around 50 cheaper without the iPod dock enabled base.

Styling wise, the screen is appealing although the ViewDock base looks somewhat cumbersome, something not associated with iPods. That said, it does pack features and an iPod dock costs between 20 and 25 so the 50 price premium for the ViewDock isn't too bad. ViewSonic generally make good screens so the ViewDock range should be a good marriage between fashion and technology.

Expect a full review soon.
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