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Awesome stand gives Apple Watch the retro Game Boy look [Review]

Every Apple Watch deserves a good charging stand. The W5 from Elago takes you back in time with a one-of-a-kind design that resembles an iconic handheld gaming console.

Made from high-quality silicone, it’s simple, sturdy and surprisingly affordable. It’s also compatible with every Apple Watch ever made. Here’s why we think the Elago W5 charging stand is a great way to spend $19.

Awesome Apple Watch accessories don’t have to be expensive. Elago has proven that with its unique collection of stands and cases that cost next to nothing. The W5 is a perfect example of this (which helps explain why it is such a big seller in the Cult of Mac Store).

Elago W5 review

The W5 is unlike any Apple Watch stand I ever used before, so I snapped one up as soon as Elago started selling its products through the Cult of Mac Store. Its charming design, inspired by Nintendo’s hugely successful Game Boy, immediately evokes memories of retro gaming. Plus, the attention to detail is outstanding.

Elago W5 charging stand looks just like a real Game Boy
It’s just like a real Game Boy.
Photo: Adel Neal/Cult of Mac

The W5 has Game Boy-style buttons and features in all the right places, including a faux speaker grille on its front and a battery door on its back. First, insert your Apple Watch magnetic charging cable into the Elago stand. Then, your Apple Watch becomes the Game Boy’s screen when you slide it inside the stand for charging. It’s just a shame it can’t run Super Mario Bros. and other classic Nintendo titles.

The W5 is made from premium silicone, so it’s virtually unbreakable. And it protects your Apple Watch while it’s charging. It doesn’t matter how many times you happen to knock it over in the middle of the night; both stand and Watch will be just fine. This also means you can take the W5 with you when you travel and you don’t need to worry about it getting bent out of shape in the bottom of your bag or suitcase.

A steal at just $19

Elago W5 makes a great gift for any Apple Watch owner
W5 makes a great gift for any Apple Watch owner.
Photo: Adel Neal/Cult of Mac

At less than $20, the W5 offers terrific value for your money. It offers everything you need from an Apple Watch stand in a cute, compact package that is ideal for any gamer. You can order yours today in a number of color options (black, red, blue and light gray).

Price: $19

Buy from: Cult of Mac Store

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Rilee & Lo Apple Watch Band, Black

I love this watch band, it's super comfortable and it fits perfectly.

Very Good Quality Leather Watch Band

The Monowear Classic is a very good quality watch band that gives your Apple Watch a great look for more formal or dress up occasions. My preference is to have a leather band without colored stitching and with a black stainless steel clasp. This band fits that criteria and provides a secure, classic method of attaching to my wrist.

Function101 Button Remote For Apple TV

I wish I could say something about this item but I have not received it. Pity about the money I spent!

Good morning, Thank you for your review. I have checked the process of your order, and the last update from USPS on September 18, states your package is delayed but still on its way, if this doesn’t change by next week please get back in touch by emailing me at adel@cultofmac.com
Many thanks, Adel.

Good second remote

Apple TV will only connect to one Apple remote, I found out after paying $60 for a second one. This remote worked out of the box and I have had no trouble. It allows my wife to have a remote as well.

Good product, but doesn't work as smoothly with every streaming app on Apple TV

It works fine, no problem connecting it to my Apple TV, so there is nothing wrong with the product. I just find myself and my partner still mostly using the apple remote. Maybe just out of habit. it is easier to rewind or fast forward with it on most apps, not on YouTube, but Netflix or appleTV+