As far as Kickstarter projects go, this one has definitely piqued our interests. Unlike the “cheap, lightweight afterthoughts” that comprise the vast majority of most iPhone docks, the Elevation Dock looks like it has the potential to be one of the highest quality docks we’ve ever seen.
For starters, each dock is machined from solid aluminium (the same stuff that goes into the making of commercial airplanes), so you know it’ll last. It also boasts a truly high quality finish, made possible since each dock is individually machined from solid billets of aluminium and not through molding or casting. Furthermore, the docks are “hand buffed, glass bead blasted, electro-chemically micropolished, hard anodized and sealed” to give them a lasting shine. The result? A finish an iMac or MacBook could be proud of.
But more important than longevity is design, and a lot of thought has gone into designing the Elevation Dock. The creators of the Elevator Dock know that you’re likely to use your dock with a wide variety of different cases and accessories, and it sucks to have to take an iPhone or iPad out of its protective case just to dock it. After all, that’s the whole point of a dock: you just slap your iPhone into one to charge and sync it. So unlike other docks, this one just works. It works whether your iPhone is protected by a case or not. You don’t even need to push it in or pull it out: the low friction connection and sturdy build of the dock mean that docking and undocking is as easy as put down and pick up.
You can check out more details concerning the Elevator Dock over at the official Kickstarter page. To get one, all you need to do is pledge a $59 minimum… quite the bargain considering the fact that when they go to retail, they’ll cose $90 each. We think this one’s a real winner.