Bedside docks are all the rage these days with people picking up both an iPhone and Apple Watch. While there are several really nice ones out there, the Belkin Valet charge dock is one of the nicest we’ve seen yet. Read on for the full review of the Belkin Valet iPhone and Apple Watch charge dock.
Belkin Valet Specifications
- Integrated magnetic charger for Apple Watch
- Adjustable Lightning connector for iPhone
- Elevates Apple Watch safely above surface
- Minimalist, sleek appearance
- Displays devices at ideal viewing angles
- Solid cast arm with chrome finish
- 1.5M/4.9FT cable
- 4.3 x 5.28 x 3.47″ (10.93 x 13.4 x 8.8cm)
With a modern design and super premium materials used, the Belkin Valet is the most substantial looking and feeling dock I’ve used. Belkin didn’t waste time making something just functional but they put time into making it beautiful. Aluminum and steel construction with integrated Lightning cable and Apple Watch magnetic cable this is one of the more feature packed docks out there. Overall the design is brilliant, it’s sleek, well built and very pleasing to the eye
Ease of Use
I had no issues with the Belkin Valet here, simply plug it in and go. The greatest thing here is that you don’t need to use a separate cable for your phone or watch. Many docks require you use your existing cables and wrap, route and twist them around until they’re in place. The Belkin Valet eliminates all of that and it’s a simple plug and play setup. Belkin also thought of making the Lightning connector adjustable. With a turn of a knob on the back you can raise and lower the Lightning connector to accommodate your iPhone that may have a bulky case. I tested this with the Seidio Kryptek Dilex case and it worked great! I didn’t have really massive cases to test further but it is nice to be able to dock without removing the case. Overall the usability and ease of use is top notch here, no worries.
The Belkin Valet does exactly what your Lightning and Apple Watch cable do and does it just as well. No worries in charging here, no loss of charging time either. Both devices charge just as they would using Apple’s charging cables. What the Valet does better than those cables is keep everything nice and tidy on your desk or bedside. It’s nice only having the one cable from the back of the Valet and having the phone and watch sitting nicely in place.
The Valet isn’t cheap, and it will set you back $129.99 which is a pretty penny for most. I think the value is certainly here, you’re not having to use your own cables to operate this dock and it’s built really well with premium materials. I do think Belkin might catch a few more buyers with a $99 price point but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth the $129 asking price. It will ultimately come down to you deciding whether or not it’s worth dropping the money on this and how much you want your area to be clean and organized.
This is a solid dock with solid features and an amazing build quality. It is worth the asking price but you’ll have to make that choice for yourself. I’d recommend picking it up, especially if you can find it on sale somewhere like Amazon or eBay.
*We were sent a review sample of the Belkin Valet for the purposes of this review.
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