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Griffin Simplifi Dock for iPod and iPhone (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Charge/sync hub for dock connector iPod models and, through its built-in USB ports, iPod shuffle (1G and 2G)
- Reads and writes the most popular digital media cards, including Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, SD, xD, and CF (CompactFlash)
- Two-port powered USB hub, using included AC adapter
- A simple, versatile way to de-clutter your desktop
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|Item Dimensions||5.25 x 7 x 2 in||7.2 x 2 x 5.2 in||2.56 x 6.85 x 2.56 in||8.5 x 4.01 x 4 in|
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De-clutter the top of your desk and simplify your digital life with Simplifi--one compact unit that handles your iPod, USB connections, and all kinds of media cards. Simplifi charges dock-rechargeable iPod models as they sync with your computer through the included USB mini cable. Use Simplifi's USB ports to plug in keyboards, printers, cameras, flash drives, scanners, and external hard keyboards--anything USB 2.0-compatible. Simplifi ships with an AC adapter for those USB devices that need a powered port.
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Enter the Simplifi which, while not doing anything earth-shattering, adds a few pluses to the arguably-required dock for your iPod or iPhone: a two-port USB hub and a camera card reader, capable of handling the most common types (Compact Flash, SD (including SDHD), xD, and Memory Stick/Memory Stick Pro).
A warning if you use Memory Stick Pro (the little card); it will read the small cards but you need to use the adapter (that makes it sized to the original cards). You can put that little card all the way in there, and it'll read it, but it's too small to be able to pull back out. (Yeah, I did it. To get the MSP out, I just kind of stuck the adapter on it and pulled it back out. Boneheaded move as I knew it was too small for the port.)
The finish is nice and the build seems good. The unit is a bit heavy, unlike some USB hubs, which always (and, to me, inexplicably) always try to be the lightest object on the market (which aids in their flipping over, leaning, falling off the back of your desk, etc.).
Included is an AC adapter (which gives it some extra juice should you have the unit a little too far down the chain or connected to an unpowered hub) and a very short USB cable. Maybe that's just me; the USB cable is a mini USB to regular USB plug, and about a foot long. I figured this was no problem as I had plenty of longer cables on hand, but whenever I used one of them (and I tried several) my iPhone would eventually bounce off as "unrecognized", scaring the bejeebus out of me. Going back to Griffin's included USB cable solved the problem. (FWIW, a quick response from Griffin tells me that an extension cable, and not a replacement, would be a better solution). I got around the issue by making it the "first stop" off my MacBook Pro's left USB port, and hooking my other hub downstream of it. (FWIW, hooking it up to the hub via the included cable wasn't an option as the hub is pretty far removed from where I wanted the dock to be.)
It's a little on the pricey side; nearly as much as Apple's own Universal Dock. Still, it's go the added card reader, though some may consider that unnecessary fluff. I like it for the weight and the fact it's not a dead end (i.e., it's a hub); the card reader capability is lagniappe. After a few weeks of daily use, I'd recommend it.
- USB2 hub (has two "free" ports when in use)
- Card reader for most popular camera cards (see above)
- iPod/iPhone dock*
- A little pricey [**NOTE - Review is of the original release, which was much higher than Amazon's currently-noted price **]
- Included USB cable is short**
*Note that I confirmed with Griffin that, though their site and literature is not yet updated, the Simplifi works with docking iPods and iPhones (including the 3G; confirmed this with Griffin via email)
**Again, per my review, you have to use the USB cable it came with; trying to use an aftermarket miniUSB to USB male will cause drop-outs. I emailed Griffin about this and they recommended using a USB extension cable with the included cable rather than using an altogether different cable (in fact, they offered to send me one).
The included well adapters for various Apple products, iphone, ipod etc are itemized but not accurately labeled. With the well insert that allows my 3gs to nest, it will not let the phone drop all the way onto the 30pin stud thus not allowing a connection when the phone is wearing its essential protective condom. I suspect I can find a well that will seat it more deeply while wearing the silicone sheath. but Im not enthusiastic about further experimentation as the only reason to use the dock would be for connecting to itunes and that is done more quickly and simply with an ordinary Apple 30pin cable.
The usb port, SD card port and compact flash card port all seem to work reliably and mount effectively on insertion.
If anyone can point out how better to use this semi useful dock, Id be happy to try it and then change my rating.
As is, the dock is rather pointless.
The main issue I have with this is that it actually rattles. I'm not sure how the plastic inner workings are attached to the metal frame exterior, but it's not a snug fit. you can see where the docking cradle does not match exactly to the hole in the top of the metal frame and there are slight inconsistent spaces between the plastic and the metal. Not horrible, but not exacting quality standards either. The rattling makes me wonder if that is normal or if something has come loose on the inside that will eventually cause the unit to malfunction. I'm not about to try to take it apart, the rattling only happens when it is bumped or moved, so since it normally just sits on the desk I'm not overly concerned.
The bottom of the unit features a nice big rubber base that I'm sure would function best on a smooth surface like glass. It is meant to keep the metal frame from scratching the desk top and also to help keep it stationary, which it does quite well on my desk.
For the price it's a nice unit, it connects and it recognized immediately by my Mac and does what I expect it to do. We'll see how long it lasts, I'm sure it will last at least as long as I have my phone to dock it on to.