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The machined aluminum ARQ might be the best modular nesting dock ever

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The machined aluminum ARQ might be the best modular nesting dock ever
The machined aluminum ARQ might be the best modular nesting dock ever
The machined aluminum ARQ might be the best modular nesting dock ever
The machined aluminum ARQ might be the best modular nesting dock ever
Looking to help fund something promising? Houston-based B&A Studio has launched a Kickstarter effort for its ARQ Modular Nesting Dock. Inspired by the convenience of modular furniture and Apple's soft spot for aluminum designs, the studio came up with an upright device dock that's engineered to sheer perfection. Really, it takes a borderline-unhealthy obsession with design and space to make a charging dock this impressive.


To start it off, the ARQ is machined from aircraft-grade aluminum, bead blasted, and anodized. Each unit includes an ARQ dock, a micro-USB cable, an ARQ key, and a pair of support pins. The dock takes a very small amount of space on your desk, and its modular design lets you arrange your devices by size and orientation. It might sound like an obsessive-compulsive thing to do, but the end result is neat and gorgeous - it's like putting your gadgets on a slick aluminum pedestal.


The ARQ doesn't discriminate between microUSB and Apple's Lighting connectors - the user simply threads the charging cable through the dock, and secures it in place with a bundled tool. This means the connector can be easily switched at any time, and its hight can be adjusted to accommodate smartphones in cases. And, because ARQ apparently loves cases, each dock has a pair of support pins that can be slotted into 10 horizontal adjustments and made to fit most case and device combinations out there. Also, the dock has no problem with the few devices that have a side-connector.


It takes a borderline-unhealthy obsession with design and space to make a charging dock this impressive

On the dock's bottom, there are nano-suction pads - that means a smooth, plastic-like surface that's packed with millions of small nano-suction cups, which create vacuum and keep the dock firmly anchored.


So, how much do you think the ARQ will cost? The answer is a surprisingly reasonable $20. Shipping within the US will be free, while international shipping will cost an additional $15 flat. If the Kickstarter campaign gets fully funded, the ARQ will start shipping in July. It will be made in Apolo Silver, Aurora Black, and Titan Red colors.


source: Kickstarter

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posted on 27 Mar 2014, 06:56

1. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


The problem with micro usb in this dock is that some devices when docked will be facing backward. But it has the best minimalistic design so far.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 07:03

2. platformwars (Posts: 65; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Wow.. Excellent design.. this is a must have IMO.. and very cheap as well.. a really useful accessory.. backed the project..

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 07:13

3. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 240; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


Good idea, but what about user with Apple 30-pin connector or micro-USB 3.0? :/

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 08:46 1

7. irbaaz (Posts: 19; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


Upgrade your device to i5 i5s or i5c dumbo.....

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 08:53 1

8. apple4never (Posts: 925; Member since: 08 May 2013)


no, no, no, you upgrade to an android, ok? thats an upgrade

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 09:23 1

9. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 240; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


Omg you don't realize that there still people happy with 4/4s Mr. Smarty pants..
P.S: And if you look at my profile, you will see that I have a Android phone..

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 07:46

4. apple4never (Posts: 925; Member since: 08 May 2013)


this would be much more handy if you could changer the connector type to open the market to more than just iphone users for them

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 08:02

5. alumoyo (Posts: 142; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)


Did you miss the Samsung Galaxy S3/S4 in the picture there??? And the part where it says "The ARQ doesn't discriminate between microUSB and Apple's Lighting connectors" or the other part where it says "Each unit includes an ARQ dock, a micro-USB cable, an ARQ key, and a pair of support pins".

Please read, or at lest look at the pictures commenting!

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 08:40 2

6. apple4never (Posts: 925; Member since: 08 May 2013)


lmao, im at work, i read the first paragraph and how it talked about apple and thought it was only for ipads, iphones and stuff

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 10:40

10. sicofante (Posts: 8; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Wow, great way to break your phone's microUSB connector. Whoever thinks this is great design doesn't understand "function over form".

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 13:01

11. RandomUsername (Posts: 370; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


Looks nice but I prefer a magnetic or wireless dock.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 16:07

12. downphoenix (Posts: 2269; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


That is pretty nice. i might have to back.

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