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After unveiling a take a look at its new MagSafe charger back at CES, LINE has launched the distinctive LINESTAND. Constructed from a strong block of aluminum, the 3-in-1 charger for iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch works flat on a floor or floats with a VESA mount. Learn on for our hands-on particulars.

With numerous wi-fi and MagSafe chargers in the marketplace, Line is trying to stand out from the group by providing distinctive design and performance with LINESTAND.

That includes a super-solid aluminum construct, LINESTAND has a floating image aesthetic and consists of VESA mount threads if you wish to go for an air desk setup. Nevertheless it additionally works with a lay-flat design on desks and counter tops with built-in rubber ft.

Accessible at present is the LINESTAND Trio which presents spots for 2 MagSafe pucks plus one Apple Watch charger.

Fingers-on with LINESTAND

LINESTAND MagSafe charger hands-on 1

The second you choose up LINESTAND, you notice what a strong construct it has. Coming in at simply over 3 kilos in weight, the 70% recycled aluminum has a clear brushed silver end and can final a lifetime.

Together with the strong steel construct, the longevity is due to the truth that you do must deliver your individual MagSafe and Apple Watch chargers for this dock. So on the brilliant facet, you may simply swap these out if one ever bites the mud. However the draw back is if you happen to don’t have already got two MagSafe chargers and an Apple Watch puck that’s one other ~$100 you’ll must spend.

I examined out the LINESTAND with the lay-flat configuration which seemed good with my MacBook Professional and black desk. It positively offers a outstanding docking station really feel on your Apple gear and at 3 kilos in weight, it doesn’t transfer within the slightest when eradicating gadgets.

LINESTAND MagSafe charger hands-on 2

Whereas utilizing the official Apple MagSafe charger and Apple Watch charger are assured to suit completely, I discovered that mophie’s black Snap+ wireless chargers work too.

One factor to remember, with the again of the charger that includes cable routing, third-party cables which can be thicker than Apple’s gained’t match. Nevertheless, if you happen to go for a floating VESA mount setup, that shouldn’t be a difficulty.

9to5Mac’s Take

I respect the creativity of LINESTAND which presents a standard desktop or a floating set up. It’s the primary VESA-mountable MagSafe multi-device charger I’ve seen.

Whereas there are a variety of different execs like full 15W MagSafe charging and a strong aluminum construct that ought to final perpetually (or so long as iPhone and Apple Watch maintain utilizing these chargers), there are some cons.

I believe the principle one is the worth. You’re $169 for LINESTAND which is with out the three chargers and energy adapters wanted.

If that you must purchase MagSafe and Apple Watch chargers, energy adapters, in addition to a VESA arm (if you wish to do a floating set up), you’re $300+. One different draw back is three cables to handle and plug in.

However for people who love the design, particularly the floating possibility, this distinctive MagSafe dock may very well be definitely worth the premium value.

LINESTAND is available now direct from LINE.

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