Belkin Light­ning Au­dio + Charge Rock­Star

COM­PLI­CATED NAME, SIM­PLE AC­CES­SORY.

TechLife Australia - - WELCOME - [ CHRIS­TIAN HALL ]

AP­PLE HAS AL­WAYS thought dif­fer­ently, and the ar­gu­ments over the lack of a 3.5mm head­phone jack still rage on. We think most peo­ple will have for­got­ten about that clumsy old port be­fore too long, but we ac­cept the dif­fi­cul­ties pre­sented by hav­ing just one port for charg­ing and au­dio out­put.

Up steps Belkin with one so­lu­tion to that co­nun­drum. It looks just like an of­fi­cial Ap­ple ca­ble, which is nice, but it’s also a lit­tle in­el­e­gant by that very de­sign. Light­ning ports are tiny, yet this white block is 3.5cm wide to fit in two Light­ning ports side by side hor­i­zon­tally. Some­thing a lit­tle less Ap­ple-like might have yielded a more ef­fi­cient, bet­ter-look­ing de­sign, as it does look pretty odd plugged into your slen­der iPhone. Func­tion­ally, it ad­dresses the charge/play is­sue well enough, though if it’s a 3.5mm set of head­phones you want to plug in, you’ll need the Light­ning-to3.5mm adapter plugged in in­stead. It’s also very Ap­ple-priced at $60.

All in all, it’s not a cheap or par­tic­u­larly at­trac­tive op­tion for charg­ing and lis­ten­ing to your iPhone or iPad, but it does what it aims to do.

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