Review: SchuttenWorks ‘Wave’ is a Compact, Elegant Apple Watch Charging Stand

Many of the Apple Watch stands and docks that we have actually reviewed so far have been from major makers, however the Wave Apple Watch Charging Stand from SchuttenWorks is made by a little team in Oregon. Available in numerous different woods, the Wave is named for its shape, which appears like the crest of a breaking ocean wave.

Visually clean and basic, the Wave makes use of a clever split design and magnet system to conceal away the Apple Watch cable television and lock the battery charger in place. It’s more expensive than a lot of Apple Watch stands at $$ 75, but it’s likewise probably more stylish and definitely an aesthetic that some Apple Watch owners will certainly like.

The Wave is available in 2 pieces, which snap together with a series of magnets and wooden pegs.

Each side has cutouts for the Apple Watch battery charger and cable, which is directed through the middle of the stand and out the back. Setup is incredibly simple– just pull the two pieces apart, snuggle the charger at the top, snap the cable in place, and put the 2 pieces back together once more.

All of the cutouts in the wood are ideal and the two pieces of the Wave are flush with virtually no visible seam. Snapped together, it appears like a single piece of wood that was developed around the battery charger. At the top, the Apple Watch charger is held in place with micro suction tape, but even without the tape, the fit is tight enough that it the cable television would remain firmly in location.
The stainless steel Apple Watch battery charger (which I have) is almost level with the edges of the Wave, so the Apple Watch always gets a secure fit. There’s no rubber padding here like there is with some other watch stands, however the wood isn’t likely to trigger damage to the bottom of the watch.

The Apple Watch Sport charger is thicker than the battery charger that ships with the stainless steel Apple Watch, so it protrudes somewhat from the Wave, but this should not influence function for Apple Watch Sport owners.


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A great deal of Apple Watch stands have big bases to keep them steady, however the Wave is able to make use of a smaller sized footprint since it has two extra strips of micro suction tape on the bottom. This tape adheres securely to any flat surface area where the Wave is placed, keeping it from moving. It sticks so well to surfaces that I was fretted it might damage my desk, however I have actually been utilizing it for almost 2 weeks now and I have not had problems.

Inned comparison to other Apple Watch stands, the Wave takes up a lot less space on my desk, which I appreciate, and it’s versatile. The Apple Watch fits on the Wave in any position, closed or open band. With a closed-loop band like the Milanese, or with a Sport Band snapped closed, the Apple Watch sits laterally on the stand. This is the position the majority of us will utilize as soon as watchOS 2 is released, for the new Nightstand Mode. With the band open, the Apple Watch drapes over the Wave.

My only concern relating to the Wave is its angle. Stands from manufacturers like Griffin and Twelve South are angled a little so the Apple Watch screen can be viewed easily on a nightstand with a quick glimpse, but the Wave is flat, which implies it’s going to be more difficult to see the watch’s display at night. That might not be a big offer for some people, but it might be a limiting aspect for those who utilize the Apple Watch to inspect the time in the night.

The Wave stand in the pictures is made from monkey wood, but stands are also offered in lighter and darker woods, like cherry, curly maple, mahogany, oregon walnut, and plain walnut. There’s likewise a pitch black, which is, as the name recommends, a solid black color.

Wave creator Rindert Schutten informed me that Wave stands are manufactured in small batches, with the sanding and polishing done by hand. “Each stand gets customized interest which permits for in-process quality assurance,” he said. The supreme objective with the Wave, according to Schutten, was to come up with an option that would conceal the cable, permit the charger to be installed quickly, support all Apple Watches and bands, and offer one-handed docking and undocking.

Bottom Line

With its fairly high price, the Wave isn’t really going to interest everybody, but there are a lot of individuals out there who value thoroughly crafted wood devices and agree to pay a bit more for them. The Wave has a clean, simple look that’s going to match most design, from bedroom to office, and it’s a nice, compact size.

If you like the wood aesthetic and the juxtaposition of the modern Apple Watch alongside a classic wood stand, the Wave is a solid choice.

Ways to Purchase

The Wave Apple Watch stand can be bought from the Shuttenworks web site for $$ 75.

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