Sleek, Space-Saving, and Expensive – Review Geek





Rating:
8/10
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  • 1 – Absolute hot waste
  • 2 – A kind of lukewarm waste
  • 3 – Severely flawed design
  • 4 – Some advantages, many disadvantages
  • 5 – Acceptably imperfect
  • 6 – Good enough to buy on sale
  • 7 – Great, but not best in class
  • 8 – Fantastic, with some footnotes
  • 9 – Shut up and take my money
  • 10 – Absolute Design Nirvana

Price: $119

one Satechi in one charger, with iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch
Satechi

The old adage that “three is a crowd” is especially true when those three devices each need a charger and cable. Satechi’s Trio Wireless Charger organizes your iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods in one compact place and with just one cord and power supply.

Here’s what we like

  • Know where your devices are when charging
  • Organizes your desk or nightstand
  • Reduces the need for multiple wall outlets and cables

And what we don’t do

  • A little expensive
  • Requires devices to have wireless charging capability
  • Some phones may slip out of the charging area

Two chargers too many

Many of us have multiple Apple products. And each of these products must be recharged regularly. If you’re like me, you have charging cables and magnetic chargers all over your house or office. And, if you’re exceptionally organized, you have all those cables and chargers in one place, taking up valuable counter or nightstand space and requiring an extra place to plug three chargers into a two-outlet wall outlet.

The Satechi 3-in-1 Trio that I’ve been testing for several weeks does an impressive job of keeping my devices charged and ready to go. But the most important benefit of the Trio is also the most obvious: it eliminates clutter and reduces the number of cords between multiple devices to a single cable between the charging station and the wall outlet. It also makes it easy to find your phone, watch, and true wireless headphones in the morning. No more “where did I leave it?” problems (assuming you remember to put them all on the Trio.)

A three-in-one charger, next to a pair of goggles.

The Trio consists of a 4.53 x 8.66 x 0.51 inch flat pad, a USB-C to USB-C cable, and a 24-watt PD-compatible wall power supply. You can lift an Apple Watch’s charger so that the watch can operate in Night Stand mode.

Keep in mind that wireless charging is usually a bit slower than wired charging, which can be a consideration if you often need to quickly top up a depleted battery. Of course, you’ll want to make sure your devices are compatible with wireless charging. At this point, most modern iPhones and Android phones are, but some aren’t. The time it will take to charge your device is entirely dependent on how much power the device has left when you place it in the cradle and how many watts the charger can deliver.

Great, but not perfect

Again, not all iPhone models are supported. they must be able to charge wirelessly. These include iPhone 13 Pro Max/13 Pro/13, iPhone 12 Pro Max/12 Pro/12/12 mini, iPhone 11 Pro Max/11 Pro/11 and iPhone XS Max/XS /XR/X/ and 8 Plus. Other Qi-enabled smartphones such as Samsung’s S10+/S10/S9+/S9/S8+ and S8 are also supported as long as they do not exceed 7.5 watts.

If you use it with a case, the magnetic feature, which lightly holds your phone in place and protects it from shocks, may not work if the case does not support the MagSafe protocol. This doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t charge your phone, just that a slight jostling might move the phone enough that it won’t work. My iPhone is in a nice leather case from Mujjo and has occasionally slipped out of the charging position without me noticing.

Image of charging platform without devices
Although the Trio is compact, it has room for your watch, AirPods and phone. Satechi

In addition to space for your phone, AirPods Pro/AirPods Gen 3/2 and Apple Watch Series 7/6/SE/5/4/3/2/1 also have their own slots on the charger. Each pad is capable of delivering a different amount of power, allowing the Trio to charge up to three devices simultaneously: an Apple Watch (2.5W), AirPods with Wireless Charging Case (5W) and a Qi-enabled iPhone (up to 7.5W). W). The included 24 watt power supply is more than up to the task. Unfortunately, if Apple doesn’t manufacture your smartwatch, it probably won’t work with the Trio.

Hanging the Trio is a no-brainer. The package includes a 40-inch USB-C cable and a 24-watt PD power supply. Plug the cable into the Trio on one end and the power supply on the other, insert the power supply into an AC outlet and you’re good to go. The Trio has three small LEDs on the front of the cradle that light up when the device is correctly positioned on the charging cradle.

Is this for you?

Before making a purchasing decision, there are several things to consider. The first and most obvious is whether you have enough devices to fit on the Trio to justify the price. If you only have a smartphone with wireless charging capability, many single phone charging steps and pads will do for $20 or less. And, if you have a phone capable of wireless charging and an Apple Watch but don’t have or ever plan to buy Apple AirPods, there are wireless charging stations for two devices that take up less space on the desk or nightstand and a smaller bite out of your wallet. Likewise, using the chargers you already own is more economical, although less practical for those on a very tight budget.

But if you’re looking to cut down on the clutter, have all three wireless charging-enabled devices, and appreciate a quality product, the Satechi Trio, while a bit pricey, is a great approach to keeping your devices charged and ready to use. .

Here’s what we like

  • Know where your devices are when charging
  • Organizes your desk or nightstand
  • Reduces the need for multiple wall outlets and cables

And what we don’t do

  • A little expensive
  • Requires devices to have wireless charging capability
  • Some phones may slip out of the charging area





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