Following the recent release of StudioDock, a luxury stand that makes the iPad Pro a compact desktop computer, Kensington is expanding its Apple-focused offerings today $ 179.99 StudioCaddy. It’s an unusual product with a simple goal: it’s meant to be a place where all your Apple devices can live.
StudioCaddy consists of two halves that attach magnetically. The first side is a base metal stand where you can place a closed MacBook, and the front also has a shelf with a rubber designed to hold the iPad. The other side attaches to the front and includes two wireless Qi chargers, one vertical for iPhone and one horizontal with a recess where you can put the AirPods case.
Of course, you can use StudioCaddy with many combinations of a Windows ultra-book, an Android tablet and phone, and a Qi-equipped wireless in-ear headset. However, Kensington focuses on the Apple ecosystem – the full name of the product is actually “StudioCaddy with Qi Wireless Charging for Apple Devices”.
StudioCaddy feels very well built, and each stand is sturdy enough not to be knocked around the desktop. The wireless charging cradle also has USB-C and USB-A ports for extra power, providing up to 20W of USB-C – enough to charge an iPad (but not a MacBook Pro) reasonably quickly, or even an Apple Watch to complement sets. It is useful even if the external AC adapter is a little bigger than I would like.
While I’ve found that many vertical Qi chargers don’t work with the iPhone 12 Mini, Kensington has included a replaceable part that raises the phone to take the wireless charging coils to the right level. It’s also recommended for use with smaller phones like the iPhone SE or 11 Pro, although I found that several larger Android devices would also charge nicely when it was in place.
The main idea of StudioCaddy is that you can save a lot of desktop space by storing all your Apple devices in one place. In practice, though, I’m not sure people need their iPhone charger to plug into a laptop. Until recently, I’ve almost always used a MacBook Pro in “shell shape” on another stand, and put it out of the way to save space, which StudioCaddy does well. But I’d rather have the iPhone charge in front of me at my desk so I can see the notifications coming in, so the benefits of the all-in-one approach are mostly lost to me.
If your desktop settings allow what I don’t have, it may be cool to put StudioCaddy next to your screen against your phone and your MacBook in clamshell mode. However, it is quite a lot of horizontal space to surrender. You can also use only two halves of StudioCaddy independently, and then you’ll be left with a good wireless charger and a good MacBook / iPad stand. But in both use cases, there are many other options.
You know your desktop situation better than I do, and I can recommend StudioCaddy if you think it’s a decent fit. It’s a well-made, versatile product that does what it’s going to do, and most people with a lot of Apple devices could probably use it in a good way. However, it’s not cheap, so you need to be sure it was a better option for you than copying all the features on separate products.
StudioCaddy will be available on request from this day on.