A great deal of Apple Watch owners who sprayed out on a nice charging stand needs to have been swearing at Apple when watchOS 2 was revealed. A lot of existing charging stands out there place the watch vertically, which was the obvious thing to do at the time– however then along came watchOS 2, with Night table mode among its heading functions.
Nightstand mode allows the watch to serve as a bedside clock while charging– but only when on its side, with the buttons on top. Bad news for any individual who already set out the money for a vertical stand, and even worse news for makers whose stock was efficiently rendered obsolete over night.
For those who haven’t yet bought a stand, fortunately is that producers have actually been fast to react. Zac Hall reviewed Spigen’s low-cost Apple Watch Night Stand, and now FŪZ Designs has introduced a similarly-priced option in the form of the FŪZ Dock for Apple Watch …… If the business’s name sounds familiar, you may recall it from the Bluetooth padlock revealed at CES back in January.
The FŪZ Dock is rather similar in design to the Spigen model, however there are two noteworthy distinctions.
First, the FŪZ Dock is a little taller. Second, it has cable management built-in, which to my mind makes it a little neater. The dock is formed of 2 pieces: a plastic frame, and a silicon external. You insert your charging puck, feed the cable down the back of the stand and then position the silicon cover over it to clean things up– leaving the cable to exit at the back.
That little additional neatness costs you an extra 10 dollars: the FŪZ Dock is $ 29.99 versus the Spigen’s $ 19.99.
(By the way, the above picture makes it appear that the base sits unevenly– that was merely due to me leaning on the cable when I took the image and not noticing until later; it actually sits flat.)
The metal charging puck provided with the steel design Apple Watch is slimmer than the plastic one provided with the Sport, so FŪZ developed the stand to accommodate the thicker plastic puck and supplies a spacer so that the metal one sits flush. I have the plastic one, and the black-and-white design looks very great.
The silicon cover is readily available in a choice of black, white and blue, to match three of the most popular Sport models of the Watch.
The silicon surface makes it an excellent visual match for the Sport band.
With the Watch attaching magnetically to the puck, it gives the very same protected attachment as other watch stand. The base of the watch has a similar microsuction product to the Spigen, holding it firmly in location.
My single grievance is that the silicon product works as something of a dust magnet– you can see that in the picture showing the puck in place– but otherwise this is a cool, affordable option which will certainly work well with Night table mode. Suggested.
The FŪZ Dock for Apple Watch costs $ 29.99 from FŪZ Designs.