Manufacturer: LogitechModel: Squeezebox Touch
Price: £259/$299Web: Amazon

I’ve been a fan of Logitech’s Squeezebox range of wi-fi music players for a long time. From the original Squeezebox Classic through generations of product revisions, the Squeezebox combines ease of use and strong audio format support with a growing list of features, enabled through improved hardware as well as an ecosystem of third party community plugins.

Logitech’s latest release, the Squeezebox Touch, builds on the success story with a 4.3” (11cm) colour LCD Touchscreen, which enhances your listening by making it easier to browse and select the music you wish to play from your collection as well as show off your album art during playback. A new suite of applications has also been released for the Squeezebox, bringing the best of online radio and social networking applications to the platform, expanding your choice of tunes and helping you recommend music to your friends and followers.

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What’s in the Box?

The Squeezebox delights in presentation packaging that’s reminiscent of Apple’s better packaging moments with the iPod. Open up each layer and a little more of the product will be unveiled. It’s one of the cooler unboxing experiences we’ve had this year, and signals Logitech’s desire to create a product experience, rather than simply a product.

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Once you’ve finished having fun, you’ll find:

  • Logitech ® Squeezebox™ Touch Wi-Fi music player
  • Power supply with plug adapters
  • RCA audio cable
  • Infrared remote control with batteries
  • User documentation
  • Cleaning cloth

First Looks

The Touch retains the overall aesthetic that runs through the Squeezebox line, with shiny black acrylic likely to require frenetic polishing as soon as you get your fingers all over it.

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There are no physical controls on the device, with the touchscreen and remote handling all of those duties. New to the Touch is a side slot to play media from an SD Card. External storage support continues on the rear of the device, where a USB port debuts, alongside audio connectors including a 3.5” headphone jack, stereo RCA ports, optical and coaxial digital audio, and an Ethernet port. The device stands freely like a photo frame courtesy of a fixed silver stand.

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As with other devices in the range, the Squeezebox looks really good in the home, and that touchscreen only enhances the aesthetic.

As you can see from the images below, Logitech have shrunk the size of the remote control that is packaged with the Squeezebox (the Squeezebox Classic remote is on the left), but the controls are pretty much the same. The good news is that the new remote feels more responsive than the Classic remote, with commands sent and executed briskly.

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