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Yes, every iPod dock accomplishes the same task (charge the iPod, output audio/video signals to other equipment, etc.) but at least the MXP-1000 from Maxell looks different. I imagine that, given its long, pipe-like shape, it'd make a great bludgeon, too. You can even hang it on a wall like a plasma/LCD TV. It's called progress, people.

Does the MXP-1000 ($85, in Japan starting on November 25) do anything else wild and totally in your face? Not really. It's pretty much a book-by-its-cover thing here: it looks cool, so it must be. We're fairly vain creatures here, so it works.


Press Release (in Japanese) [Maxell via New Launches]