Following its massive success, the creator of the original Air Dock is back with version 2.0, the long awaited release that bridges the gap between the original and 2.0. The Air Dock 2.0 is essentially a wireless charging car dock for smartphones and it does that without the requirements for clips or clamps on the dock. It has a micro-suction holder and a magnet that secures devices to the dock which then charges using Qi inductive charging technology.
- Wireless Charging: Qi Inductive Charging Technology
- Mounting Options: Suction Cup (Standard Arm), Suction Cup (Long Flexible Arm), CD Mount
- Connectivity: Near Field Communication (NFC)
Design & Build Quality
The Air Dock 2.0 is constructed mainly with plastic and has a micro-suction holder with magnets built on the backside to secure a users device while simultaneously charging it. The dock feels solid and well build and users have 4 different options to decide from for mounting options – Standard Arm Suction Cup (Smooth/Rough Surface), Long Flexible Arm Suction Cup, and CD Mount.
Besides the choice of mounting options, users will also receive a USB power supply, a USB cable and a magnetic sticker that helps create a better adhesion of the users device to the Air Dock 2.0.
The process of attaching the dock to the vehicle was simple and took us no more than 5 minutes from start to finish. Users will attach the neck of the Air Dock 2.0 to the mounting attachment of choice. Upon the completion of the attachment, slide the mount to the CD player and tighten the screw till the dock feels secured. The last step was to connect the USB charger to the vehicle and the other end to the USB port on the backside of the Air Dock 2.0.
The Air Dock 2.0 features a new, stronger Qi transmitter, allowing users to pair the Air Dock while using a thicker casing of their choice while still maintaining its original squared geometry.
Another welcome was the addition of NFC tag, which allow users with compatible devices to trigger events such as launching an app or turning on Bluetooth just by docking the device to the Air Dock 2.0. The improvement also added an adjustable neck that allows better customization of viewing angles to suit the users preference. The Air Dock also got thinner and had the USB port relocated to the back side, giving it a clean and sleek look.
The Air Dock 2.0 performed great during our test with the Nexus 5. Attaching the device to the dock took little to no effort – simply press it against the micro-suction surface and voila. Since it is charging the device wirelessly, do not expect rapid charge. We were able to gain approximately 30% extra juice from a half an hour drive.
The NFC works great as our Nexus 5 immediately turns on Bluetooth upon detecting the NFC tag build into the dock. Within seconds, we have the car not only charging but also connected to the vehicle via Bluetooth.
During our drive around town, the Air Dock did not seem to be obstructing our view as a suction cup style mount would. It also did not add a lot of bulk to the instrument cluster for the driver, unlike those universal car docks would. The Air Dock seemed to hold our device very well and it did not have trouble keeping the device in place.
Display visibility of the device while attached to the dock was one of the best we have reviewed. It gives users very accurate and adjustable angle adjustments that in turn provides superb viewing angles in almost any vehicle or location.
Priced at $99.00, the Air Dock 2.0 is definitely a hefty price compared to rival car docks. However, the ability to charge devices wirelessly and attaching the device on the dock without any clips or clamps definitely makes the price tag justifiable.