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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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Nice band. Worked well. Need to be sure to watch the video on using the tool to adjust the band.

never receive my purchase

I contacted the store but they never replayed to me i don't recommend to buy here!

Sadie, the elder, says .....

Not only is this iWatch such a practical means of holding my watch while charging, it’s a hoot - looks like my original Mac. I love it.

The case doesn’t totally align but it does it’s job. The part that stinks is that it attracts lint and dust because it’s silicone.

Great tidy solution

You know what happens, all your devices need a charger. 2 iPhones, an Apple Watch, iPad and more. My old solution was fast charger with 4 USB outlets plugged in to an outlet in the kitchen. Worked, but not pretty.

Let me start by saying this charger looks great. I got rid of all the other cables and keep this out in the kitchen. Much tidier! Phones charge quickly. Apple watch does too but you to be careful that it goes on right. Also, I have a metal band on mine so I have to close it before I put it on the stand or else it would rest on the screen of the phone below it.