Gear4 BlackBox 24/7
Gear4's BlackBox 24/7 is an iPod/MP3 dock that doubles as an alarm clock and FM radio, so you can wake to a choice of music

One of these days the world's consumer electronics manufacturers may stop producing ever-more iPod docks, but that day still seems a long way off. Our email inboxes are constantly filled with news of yet another variation on the theme.

Today's entry comes from Gear4, with news of its BlackBox 24/7. It's an iPod/MP3 dock with built-in alarm and FM radio, so you can program it to wake you up to your favourite radio station, or a selection of tracks from your iPod.

There's even an old-fashioned buzzer and sleep mode for those mornings when you really, really don't want to get out of bed.

The unit has twin 2.75in drivers delivering a total of 16w. Your iPod will charge while it's in the dock, and if you have another brand of MP3 player, it can be connected using the line input.

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Unlike other BlackBox models, the 24/7 doesn't have A2DP Bluetooth connectivity, but it's still based around the design of the original BlackBox and BlackBox Mini.

It has a deep gloss black finish, ambient display and touch-sensitive buttons. Five iPod dock adaptors, a 3.5mm audio cable, remote control and AC adapter are included with the system. It costs £49.99.