There are many accessories that are baked every year by Belkin, a Californian company specializing in accessories for portable devices and IT.
For this Christmas we wanted to try three of the new products from the end of 2022: we are talking about the 3-in-1 wireless charging pad with MagSafe, the 5K magnetic wireless external battery and the 11-in-1 Multiport Dock.
3-in-1 wireless charging pad with MagSafe
The 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad with MagSafe is a flat and in our opinion very elegant plate covered in a soft silicone finish, sold in black or white. Three charging areas: a 15W MagSafe fast charger for iPhone, a fast charger for Apple Watch and one for AirPods (with an LED light that turns on when the headphones are charging). The iPhone plate is slightly raised and guarantees a very solid connection while the Apple Watch holder can be lifted, so as to decide whether to charge the watch vertically or horizontally, thus giving the possibility to make the most of the night mode of the Apple Watch. which constantly displays the time and alarm time. In our test we really appreciated the fact that, unlike other products from competing brands, the magnets present on both the MagSafe charging disc and the watch are very strong and do not allow our gadgets to slip. The price is around 150 euros.
5K magnetic wireless external battery
The 5K Magnetic Wireless Power Bank uses MagSafe and wireless charging technology to quickly charge compatible smartphones without using cables. The power bank has a capacity of 5,000 mAh with up to 7.5W of power and is therefore suitable for recharging most phones – in our test – once, once and a half times. Among the features to note, also the support for pass-through wireless charging, which allows you to recharge the charger connected to a power source while this, in turn, charges the phone. There is also a USB-C port that supplies 10W of charging power to a wide range of compatible devices. The charger comes with a foldable metal stand to continue using the device while charging (also useful as a stand for watching movies or making video calls) and has LED lights that let you know the charging status of the power bank. A convenient one meter USB-C – USB-C cable is included in the package. Two colors (black and white), price around 60 euros.
11-in-1 Multiport Dock
The 11 in 1 Multiport Dock is an accessory that we have found very useful when working in different places: at home, in the newsroom, on the go. To test it, we installed it at home and it allows you to expand the possibilities of using your laptop by providing it with all those ports it usually lacks. Connected via USB-C, it is an all-in-one solution that gives the possibility by connecting a single cable to connect the laptop with external monitors, SD and microSD cards, USB sticks, headphones or music speakers, peripherals such as printers or hard drives cables, Gigabit Ethernet network cables. Through the USB-C port it is also possible to recharge the latest computers thanks to the pass-through power supply up to 100W. The docking station offers up to 5 Gbps of bandwidth between connected devices and your laptop while also supporting high definition (4K) resolutions via the HDMI, DisplayPort and VGA video ports, for both Mac and PC. The docking station can also be used as a stand for the laptop, raising it a little from the side of the screen and offering more comfort when typing. The list price is not low (130 euros) but in our opinion it is money well spent in terms of comfort and space that is freed up by cables on the desk.