Elevation Dock (video)
iPhone docks are virtually all the same. Or at least one would assume so at first glance. Delve a little deeper and you’ll soon find that most if not all are cheap, made of plastic and do more damage than good. To make matters worse, in most cases you’ll need to tug and pull with two hands to free the iPhone from the dock. No bueno.
Fortunately, there is a resolve: the Elevation Dock. It’s ballsy, but the maker states that it is “the best dock for the iPhone.” And based on what we’ve read we have no reason not to believe him (Casey Hopkins). The dock is made from precision machined solid aluminum and comes in a variety of finishes. But that’s hardly the savior of this device. This dock incorporates a special low-friction connection, that when combined with the hefty all aluminum base – they didn’t skimp and add sand for weight or use injection molded plastic - can be removed with just one hand; other docks stay attached to the base of the iPhone and cause wear and tare on the handset’s 30-pin dock connector. While we don’t know what case is too big for the Elevation Dock, apparently it will work with most, though we wouldn’t expect those water proof ones to slip into place. Not enough for you?
For those of you with a penchant for opulence, Hopkins has a premium offering, called the Elevation Dock+. It incorporates the same design and finish, but adds a line output and and a USB wall power adaptor. The line output is not only convenient since you can leave a pair of speakers plugged in full time, but it also bypasses the iPhone’s preamp, which should result in better sound quality, provided the speaker’s version is superior. The Dock+ has an exclusive color; Matte Black.
Want in? You can grab one for $59, though you’ll hardly be the first. This immaculately crafted iPhone dock has received over $250,000 in funding, which puts its $180,00 above the intended goal. And it turns out that this is the fastest funded Kickstarter project to date.