If you just so happen to have $120 (Amazon) lying around for a dock, then Element Case’s Vapor Dock might be for you. Available in black and silver, this CNC machined block of aluminum docks your iPhone quite nicely, and is compatible with Element Case’s other products, such as the Vapor R8 Pro. Is it absolutely worth the absurd price? Continue reading to find out.
The packaging, while simple, is easy to work with, so those who are very anxious to get the product out of the box and running will enjoy what Element Case has done.
Included with your purchase:
The Vapor Dock itself
An integrated 30-pin USB cable
2 back inserts
A tool for unscrewing the 30-pin USB cable
An other-products Element Case booklet
2 Element Case stickers
The Vapor Dock
Starting with the build-quality, it’s pretty top-notch. As mentioned above, the Vapor Dock has been CNC machined from a large chunk of aluminum. Because of this, the actual dock is quite heavy, but this is good, because it won’t move around your surface too much.
On the front of the Vapor Dock, you’ll find holes that are cutout where your microphone and speaker are on your iPhone. No, there isn’t an actual speaker. Instead, the audio from your iPhone’s speaker is simply amplified through the cutout. While that feature works, it sort of muffles up the audio quality quite a bit, so long periods of music listening might be a bit annoying.
The cutout for your iPhone is huge, and will accommodate most iPhones even in their cases. For me, I tested this with Element Case’s Vapor R8 Pro, as well as a SwitchEasy Eclipse, and both fit into the dock just fine. Because the cutout is so large, you’ll want to use one of the 2 back inserts to keep the iPhone from moving back and forth too much within the dock, as it can potentially damage your 30-pin dock connector.
Included with the Vapor Dock, as mentioned in the list above, includes a regular white 30-pin USB cable. These can be swapped out, for example, for longer cables, different colored cables, etc. Simply use the included tool to unscrew the 2 screws that keep the 30-pin connector in place, take the old cable out, put the new one in, and screw everything back together.
Right behind the dock cutout is a small ultrasuede-lined area for you to place, for example, the other back insert, or the screwdriver. This part seems a bit useless, although it doesn’t matter when your iPhone is actually docked, because the phone will be blocking that portion from view.
Overall, this is a pretty decent and simple product that works fine. While pricey, it’s craftsmanship and high-quality materials results in a rather premium product. While I personally don’t understand why anybody would ever want to purchase this product, it will most likely satisfy those who do buy it.