Despite more than a few issues with the pre-order process and shipping, Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have found their way into the world, and now the company is ready to sell an upgraded version of its Pixel Stand for wireless charging on your desktop or side table. This new stand costs $ 79, just like the first generation model did when it was launched in 2018 with the Pixel 3.
Like the original, it automatically adjusts the phone’s user interface for docket use to drag photo frames or shortcuts up to your Nest Security cameras and can switch to Do Not Disturb mode at night.
This time, however, Google is trying to justify the relatively high price by offering faster charging. The new Pixel Stand can charge compatible phones with up to 23 watts, which happens to be the fastest speed you can get with the Pixel 6 Pro, while the Pixel 6 tops at around 21 watts. It’s a little disappointing when connected to a 30W charger, but it’s becoming more acceptable with the convenience of wireless.
How does it compare to the latest iPhone 13 models? The fastest charging available comes under the 27W-compatible iPhone 13 Pro Max when plugged into a compatible charger, though Apple’s MagSafe faster wireless charging tops at 15 watts and 12 watts on the iPhone 13 Mini.
As promised, the new Pixel Stand has a fan inside that Google says is quiet enough to keep things cool even when charging while taking a long video call, a 30W PD 3.0 USB-C power adapter, and it can charge non-Pixel Qi-certified devices up to 15W. The 30W charger and cable alone cost $ 35, but you do not get faster charging, whether you are connected or not.
Orders for the new 23W Pixel Stand in the Google Store are open now, with delivery dates predicted for early to mid-December.
If you like the design and software adjustments, but do not need the speed, the original Stand is available at Woot for $ 28.99. Although it’s a big discount over the original price, and it comes with an 18W power adapter in the box, it’s still $ 5 to $ 10 more than similar wireless chargers that can work as well as Belkin’s 10W stand for $ 24. 99 or Anker’s PowerWave Stand, which does not come with a power adapter, but is on sale for $ 19.49.