First Look: iLuv i182 Home Video Recorder for Your iPod and PSP | iLounge

First Look

First Look: iLuv i182 Home Video Recorder for Your iPod and PSP

Not Rated

Company: iLuv (a unit of jWIN)


Model: i182

Price: $230

Compatible: iPod 5G

Share This Article:

The idea's supposed to be simple: buy a dock, connect it to any video output device, press a button or two, and the video's stored on your iPod's hard disk. That's iLuv's i182 ($230) in a nutshell, but there are a few twists: the dock stores up to 640x480 videos on iPods, 400x192 videos on Sony PlayStation Portables, and 720x480 videos on other storage devices - all in MPEG-4 ASP format. It includes a USB and Memory Stick/SD/MMC memory card adapter for connection to non-iPod storage devices, an AC adapter, and RCA-to-RCA video adapter, plus two iPod dock adapters and a Windows XP-only CD that's supposedly necessary if you want to sync i182-created videos into iTunes and then watch them on your iPod. In other words, without iLuv's software, videos are just stored on the iPod but not viewable - apparently an Apple-imposed limitation.

i182’s top surface includes a timer that lets you turn off the recorder after 30, 60, 120, or 180 minutes, plus a manual stop button if you’re not using the timer. Its rear ports (including the S-Video port) are all for video input rather than output, so i182 can’t be used as a typical iPod AV-out dock. Recording settings are changed from within the i182 software, toggling between three iPod-specific modes: 640x480, 412x240 wide screen, or 320x240, each with multiple bit rates. Macrovision copy protection is respected by the device, precluding i182 from being used to duplicate protected commercial videos.



Editors' Note: iLounge only reviews products in "final" form, but many companies now change their offerings - sometimes several times - after our reviews have been published. This iLounge article provides more information on this practice, known as revving.

Related First Looks + Reviews

Sign up for the iLounge Weekly Newsletter

iLounge is an independent resource for all things iPod, iPhone, iPad, and beyond.
iPod, iPhone, iPad, iTunes, Apple TV, Mac, and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc.
iLounge is © 2001 - 2018 iLounge, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy