February 4, 2023

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Wouldn't life be more fun if charging bricks looked like mini Macintosh computers?

Wouldn’t life be more fun if charging bricks looked like mini Macintosh computers?

Accessories maker Shargeek has launched Indiegogo to fund a 35W USB-C charger in the form of an Apple Macintosh mini PC. page Retro 35 crowdfunding campaign Too careful not to mention the classic Apple computer name, but he did draw some pretty obvious inspiration, from the beige color scheme to the drive’s placement. The device is eventually set to retail for $49, with Indiegogo “Early Bird” pricing from $25.

As an increasing number of phone manufacturers have discontinued charging bricks with their devices, aftermarket chargers are becoming more and more popular. Oftentimes, these stones offer additional ports or faster charging speeds than their first-party counterparts, but it’s fun to see Shargeek going in a different direction and focusing on looks rather than specs.

Retro 35 along with a range of charging devices.
Photo: Shargeek

retro vibes.
Photo: Shargeek

However, all of Shargeek’s photos of the Retro 35 show it plugged into power strips that lay flat on desks to ensure they’re in the right way. But I bet most chargers spend their time plugged into a wall socket, which will force the charger to be placed sideways. It would still look very nice like this, but it’s a lot less aesthetic than the promotional Shargeek photos.

In terms of specs, this is a 35W USB-C charger, which means it provides enough power for smartphones, tablets, or low-power laptops like the M1 MacBook Air. It supports a range of charging protocols including PPS, PD3.0, and QC3.0, and its screen is designed to light up in different colors depending on how fast your device is charging. Yellow means “normal charging,” blue “fast charging,” and green means “super charging,” although the exact speeds these colors correspond to are not mentioned.

The Retro 35 comes with prongs for US sockets by default, but there are adapters that make it work with UK, Australian, and EU sockets.

Apple’s original Macintosh was a design icon, and it continues to inspire accessories to this day. Two years ago we saw Elago progress Apple Watch Macintosh Shape Charging Dockwhich charged the Apple Watch while reproducing its screen as a “screen” for a miniature version of the 1980s computer.

This is clearly a crowdfunding campaign, so all the usual caveats apply. But this isn’t Shargeek’s first crack at selling charging accessories, having previously released a file storm 2 And Storm 2 Slim power banks. This means that supporting the new project is not a complete shot in the dark. Otherwise, Shargeek hopes to ship the new Retro 35 charger in July after the crowdfunding campaign closed.

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