After a gentle stream of profitable product launches and Kickstarter campaigns, Peak Design is again with a brand new one – Cell by Peak Design. The startup that created a wealthy ecosystem of images and packing gear is tackling cell units subsequent, and has units a intelligent interconnect system that appears to have anticipated Apple’s new MagSafe magnetic cellphone accent scheme – however that’s designed for all smartphones and cell units.
Much like Peak Design’s Seize, Anchor and mounting plate system, Cell by Peak Design affords a method to join smartphones to all types of equipment, together with tripods, automotive mounts, charging stands, bike handlebars and rather more. The system is entered round what Peak calls its “SlimLink” connector, which is a intelligent combo magnetic and bodily mounting receiver that you would be able to connect to your cellphone both with devoted instances, or a common sticky-backed accent. SlimLink then works with each soft-lock and hard-lock equipment, which use both magnets alone (delicate) or magnets mixed with bodily catchments (laborious) for various levels of secure reference to a line of mounts.
Peak Design is launching on Kickstarter with a crowdfunding marketing campaign, however the product is already designed and produced to a excessive stage of high quality. It despatched out media samples of a variety of merchandise within the Cell lineup, together with a SlimLink common cellphone mount, a handlebar mount, the folding tripod, two magnetic/stick-backed common mounting pads, and an in-car dashboard mount.
I’ve been utilizing these for the previous couple of weeks and have discovered them to be extremely versatile and handy. Peak additionally provided an iPhone 11 Professional case, however since I’m utilizing an iPhone 11 Professional Max, I simply affixed the 3M-backed common plate on to my cellphone utilizing the included sizing and alignment information. The attachment is extremely safe, and doesn’t add very a lot thickness to your cellphone in any respect (it mainly offers simply sufficient clearance that the iPhone 11 Professional’s digicam bump barely clears desk surfaces).
The magnetic connection between it and the ‘soft-lock’ mounts is powerful sufficient that I’m by no means fearful about them coming unfastened – I’ve used the final goal magnetic mounts on my fridge typically, and the cellphone hasn’t moved. The bike mount, with its further bodily prongs, is rock stable whereas really biking round, and the arm on the mount places the cellphone is a superb place for performing as a navigation machine whereas biking round, in each portrait and panorama orientations.
Peak has actually outdone itself with the design of this technique, however that’s perhaps most true on the subject of the tripod. The intelligent, three-legged folding design is tiny – smaller general footprint than a bank card, although a bit thicker – and it’s wonderful to have the ability to carry this in every single place in a pocket and have a secure platform for taking time-lapse pictures. You may regulate its stability utilizing the included Allen key, too.
The automotive mount has an adhesive backing for sticking to your dashboard, and suits within the recessed SlimLink slot on the cellphone mount/case with out bodily catching. It’s secure and safe in testing, and better of all, Peak has made the adjustable ball that allows you to orient your cellphone simply the correct amount of stiff that you would be able to transfer it however it doesn’t require any further tightening. My one criticism to this point with the common mount has been that it isn’t suitable with my Nomad Base Station Professional charger, although Peak says it’s testing the accent with wi-fi chargers and can advise as to compatibility in future. The Peak On a regular basis cellphone case, in the meantime, is suitable with many Qi chargers.
Peak says these designs are topic to alter, and naturally, MagSafe was a shock to the corporate simply because it was to the remainder of the world. Peak nonetheless plans to create iPhone 12 instances for the vary, and says that every one of its soft-locking equipment will even work with each Apple MagSafe telephones, in addition to MagSafe instances. Apple MagSafe equipment, just like the pockets, will even likewise connect to MagSafe telephones.
This might’ve been a kind of moments the place Apple pronounces one thing that renders a competing product out of date earlier than it even will get to market, however Peak’s Cell system design really makes them complimentary – and offers very related advantages to telephones and units that in any other case would’ve have been capable of benefit from what MagSafe affords.
The Kickstarter marketing campaign launches as we speak, and Peak believes will probably be capable of ship the Cell system instances and equipment beginning in Spring 2021.