Symbus Q Review: All-In-One Dock Gets Better with Qi-based Wireless Charging

I've already reviewed the Symbus USB-C dock from Moshi and it earned a place on my desk until now, when I got to try the successor, the Symbus Q ($164.95). It has all of the good stuff from the earlier model, namely Ethernet, HDMI, and two USB-A ports, but the Q model adds Qi wireless charging.

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In retrospect, it's a no-brainer. The Symbus dock is just the right size, a little bigger than a deck of playing cards, and it's already on your desk, so why not make it a Qi charger? Well, the folks at Moshi did that, but they also did it with style by using attractive fabric and rubber accents to avoid marring your iPhone's exterior. And it will accommodate a 5 mm thick case.

In addition to all of the above functionality, it also charges your USB-C based laptop. It's not cheap, but it includes so many things that you might have to pay for separately and looks great on your desk.

Pros

  • USB-C dock with Ethernet, HDMI, and USB-A
  • Adds Qi wireless charging
  • Attractive fabric and rubber accents
  • Charges laptop

Cons

  • Pricey

Final Verdict

The Symbus Q from Moshi is a great upgrade to an already great USB-C dock, thanks to Qi wireless charging.

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An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.