Logitech Squeezebox Touch May 2010
Logitech Squeezebox Touch
Which? gets hands-on with the Logitech Squeezebox Touch wireless touchscreen internet radio.
The Logitech Squeezebox Touch is a Wi-Fi wireless internet radio that lets you access thousands of international radio stations.
We haven’t fully tested the Squeezebox Touch, but our first look impressions suggest that it’s a neat touchscreen device for streaming music wirelessly.
Wireless internet radio
The Squeezebox Touch is billed by Logitech as a Wi-Fi internet radio device. It can connect to your home wireless network – an easy process that you can do following the on-screen instructions.
Despite its Wi-Fi internet access, the Squeezebox Touch is far from wireless – you’ll need to connect a power cable and a stereo phono lead to the Squeezebox Touch, which can look cluttered.
The Squeezebox Touch comes only with a quick-start guide. For more detailed instructions, you have to head online.
Touchscreen internet radio
The 4.3-inch touchscreen is clear and bright, and nicely responsive as you scan through radio options. It’s not quite up to the standard of touchscreens you’ll find on devices like the Apple iPhone 3GS or Apple iPod Touch.
Browsing radio stations is easy enough – the huge number of internet radio stations available can be searched by genre, location and popularity.
If you're using the remote control rather than your finger, the display on the screen increases its font size in case you’re looking at it from a distance.
There’s a handy '+' button on the remote to let you add a radio station to your favourites quickly.
You can also use the Squeezebox Touch to wirelessly access the music files stored on your PC or laptop. You must also download the Squeezebox software onto your computer to enable this – if you have several computers on one home network, you can access all of their individual music libraries.
No web browser, no photo frame
The Squeezebox Touch has the look of a small digital photo frame. However, despite the SD memory card port, you can't use it as a photo frame. It can only read music files stored on an SD memory card or USB stick.
Disappointingly for a device that can access your home Wi-Fi connection, the Squeezebox doesn’t function as an internet browser, so you can’t surf the web on its touchscreen.
Squeezebox online app store
You can sync your Squeezebox Touch with your online account at the Squeezebox website. By doing this, you can manage your favourite radio stations and download apps for your player.
At present, there are only a limited number of applications available at the Squeezebox apps store. You can find applications for popular music streaming services such as Last.fm and Napster, as well as Facebook and BBC News apps.
No built-in speakers
There are no built-in speakers with the Squeezebox Touch – in order to hear your music, you have to connect it to a hi-fi system or personal speaker system. You can also connect headphones.
One advantage of this is that it keeps the Squeezebox Touch small – it can be neatly placed besides or on top of an existing music system.
As you can connect a laptop to a hi-fi system via a headphone jack and stream internet radio or play your own music files directly from your computer, it’s worth considering the necessity of the Squeezebox Touch as a further purchase.
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If you have a decent hi-fi system, you’ll benefit from its sound quality as you attach the Squeezebox Touch. Smaller DAB radios and internet radios tend to be let down by poor speakers, though it’s still a shame that there isn’t even a basic speaker on the Squeezebox Touch.
The Squeezebox Touch is priced around £230.