Docking stations, for the uninitiated, are like small draws or cabinets that you can thread your various gadgets’ power cables through, for clutter-free charging.
This lacquer dock from West Elm is one of the nicest I’ve ever seen, with the white high-gloss finish matching your iProducts perfectly. The hinged back has a secret compartment for holding cords, plugs and a surge protector, with the cutout at the back snaking the cables through. Also available…
Philips has gone into dock overload mode, as it prepares to launch seven docks that will provide “an extensive choice of how and when to connect and listen to devices”. Woot!
The range includes the compact AJ300D (pictured above) which is ideal for use in the bedroom (or anywhere you might fall asleep) as it features a dual wake-up alarm, in-built radio tuner, and iPod and Go Gear dock connection. It has five speakers using Philips’ wOOx technology that promises deep and powerful bass reproduction. Price £69.99.
Next up, the DCM230 has both an iPod / Go Gear dock, and USB Direct function that allows any other portable music player to be connected via USB. The two speakers each deliver 15W of power. Price £199.99.