If, like me, you have a multitude of devices that you use on a daily basis then charging them whilst maintaining a certain level of tidiness will likely be a problem. Over the past year I have tried numerous solutions from large power stations to individual docks per device (which costs a small fortune) and as yet I’ve yet to find a tidy and cost-effective method so when I saw the Quirky Converge Universal USB Docking Station on Mobile Fun I thought it would be very interesting to try this as a solution to my problem.
The Quirky Converge offered the ability to charge 4 devices simultaneously using 4 x 500 mA USB ports located to the rear of the docking station which seemed like more than enough and it even had a tray below the main unit to hide away the charging cables (helping me with my OCD).
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The Quirky Converge Universal USB Docking Station at the time of posting this review will set you back £39.95 from MobileFun.co.uk
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- Quirky Converge Universal USB Docking Station
- 1 x MicroUSB Charge Only Cable
- 1 x MiniUSB Charge Only Cable
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- MATERIALS: Plastic
- DIMENSIONS: 310mm W x 100mm H x 130mm D
- CHARGING PORTS: 4
- POWER PER PORT: 500 mA
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- 4 USB Charging Ports
- Cable Tray
- Build Quality
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- Inability to Change Angle
- Almost Useless Soft TPE Grips
- Main Power Socket Location
- Cable Tray
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As far as docking stations go, the Quirky Converge Universal USB Docking Station is on its way to being perfect however there are several areas that let the product down and should be considered in any future models by the design teams.
I’ve had this product for some time now and in honesty forgot to review it so lets rewind to when I actually got it…
It was Summer 2013, the weather in the UK was simply amazing and temperatures were at a record high. I sat out in my back garden watching Andy Murray in the Wimbledon Tennis Final on my Galaxy Tab 2 and that’s when I found the first downside of the product. The tablet was fast loosing power so I thought, get the docking station out, plug it in and I can watch the tennis whilst the tablet is being charged however this was not to be as the viewing angle of the device when docked was next to useless. I would rather it allowed for tilt making the viewing position a lot easier.
In both my bad and good points for the product I mentioned the cable tray, this is simply because although it’s great that you can hide the cables out-of-the-way, if they are standard size cables, they simply get messy underneath and often bulge out. The two charging (power only) cables that come with it are much better for keeping things neat and tidy.
Another downside to the product is the physical location of the main power port. Located at the rear of the dock, placing it against a wall neatly is impossible. I’m not saying there is an ideal position however given that it takes up a lot of desk real estate, you really need it to be tidy and not in the middle of your desk.
Despite the fact that there are some negatives surrounding the dock, there are a lot of positives too. As far as charging devices goes, it’s great to have a single place that I can sit up to 4 phones on or mix the space with tablets and phones which can all charge at the same time.
Has it solved my problem? I would love to say yes as it’s a great product however it hasn’t for me it took up more space than I wanted it to and didn’t help greatly with my messy cables issue unless I spent money on shorter charge cables.
Would I recommend it? Absolutely! Though it doesn’t help me, I’m a fussy guy and for many this would be the ideal docking station.