Wireless chargers have become a basic tech commodity, just like charging cables. You can even get one for less than S$10 – caveat emptor. There are also premium models: the Google Pixel Stand retails at S$119, while Belkin has a range from $50 onwards, based on the charging current. I generally don’t like to review commodity tech products because they are so basic, there is nothing much to review. So when Synced By District sent over the Sum DIAL for my review, I was wondering what there is to talk about.
Well, like all hands-on review, I quickly appreciate the product.
Picture speaks a thousand words. Enjoy my unboxing video before you read on.
I like how the box joints are angled at the sides to mimic the slanted cut of the charger.
The package comes with the Sum DIAL wireless charger, nylon-braided 2-meter USB-C cable, and user manual.
Built like a solid piece of aluminium, the weighted body and silicone base keeps the Sum DIAL secure on the flat surface – sticks even better on glass surfaces. The proprietary silicon-rubber composite surface grips the device in place so there is no worry of it slipping of at an angle.
The idea behind the infinite rotation system seemed frivolous, but after using, it feels reasonably practical. For most other wireless chargers, you might need some effort to adjust the plate at an angle through a tiltable stand with fixed tiers. My current one from Samsung only has 2 positions, and it’s quite difficult to switch between flat mode and stand mode.
The rotation system means I can rotate quietly and without fuss, at any desired angle from 0 to 29 degrees. I would prefer to tilt even higher – like the Samsung wireless charger – but I think the Sum DIAL is designed to be placed within arm’s length at your desk while working, so the angle is actually just right.
There is also no glaring LED, only a tiny one near the USB-C plug, which makes sense because I don’t really need any lights to tell me if my device is charging, because the device itself would already have an indicator.
The Sum DIAL delivers a maximum current of 10W and works with any devices that is compatible with Qi wireless charging protocol. That includes iPhones, Samsung, Google Pixel, OnePlus, Sony Xperia, to name a few. It also charges Apple AirPods.
What I really like about the Sum DIAL is the stability. It sits securely on surfaces and holds to the phones or any device without slipping. It also has a small footprint so it does not occupy a large area. When unused, the cylindrical look blends with the home decor.
The Sum DIAL is just a wireless charger, but the design is well-thought and practical. Retailing at S$115, it matches the premium quality of your smartphone and would make an excellent gift for your special techie friend. Available exclusively at Synced by District.
- Premium feel aluminium body and secure silicone-rubber surface to hold devices without slipping
- Sturdy design can support any device, even tablet
- Average charging current of 10W