From mobile phones to tablets, MP3 players to digital cameras, the technology that surrounds us needs a regular top up of power to function. With over-the-air charging not fully mastered yet, every household is familiar with the clutter of charging cables and adapters, let alone the reducing number of available plug sockets.
Well, the guys over at MobileFun were kind enough to send us the Quirky Converge Universal USB Docking Station, which not only charges up to four devices using only one plug socket, but allows your devices to rest in style.
Measuring in at 31 cm wide x 10 cm tall x 13 cm deep, the Quirky Converge is essentially a four-port USB hub, designed to look very modern and stylish as it displays your mobile devices in all their glory.
The “Stash” cable management mentioned in the item description is supposed to ‘hide wires easily’, which it does, however it is essentially just a gap at the back of the device to cram your wires in. With the term ‘cable management’ I at least expected some sort of cable tie or cord wrap to store the wires neatly.
The inverted T-shaped cut-out is conveniently designed to make charging both bottom-connected and side-connected devices, and has a soft thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) grip to hold the actual connectors in place.
A white ambient charging indicator lets you know when the docking station is switched on. I think I’d prefer four indicators, one for each port, however this would then elude you if no devices were charging as you wouldn’t know if the actual docking station was left switched on. Maybe colour coded ambient lights would be a possible solution.
Four USB ports are hidden behind a curved backrest where your devices can nestle while charging. The angle which they rest is pretty much perfect, especially when charging tablets. It provides you with an ideal viewing angle for watching videos or displaying a photo stream of images.
Having used the Quirky Converge over the past few weeks I must say it has become my charging headquarters so to speak. It’s a neat way to charge devices and great for storing them all in one convenient place when they’re not in use. With its sleek and minimalist design it’s not such an eyesore too, like some of the other docking stations I’ve encountered. And the great thing is its’ extensive compatibility list of USB devices allows me to dock pretty much everything I need charging, including my electronic cigarette.
However I must say that the Quirky Coverage does have its flaws. Firstly the more devices you plug in, the longer each takes to charge as the power is split, not ideal. Also, although the build quality of this accessory is pretty good and sturdy, the glossy white material seems to have lost some of its gloss in such a short period of time.
Then there’s the price point. Maybe its just me but for £39.95 GBP I was expecting a lot more than just a USB hub. Maybe with the addition of multiple functional light indicators and a more advanced cable management system the price wouldn’t feel so steep. If you’re in the market for a universal docking station the Quirky Converge is definitely a contender. Check out the gallery of the Quirky Converge below and let us know your thoughts in the comments.