A few weeks back, Twelve South introduced the newest rendition of its popular iPhone dock, the HiRise 2 Deluxe. The focus this time around was on a heavy design that took up less room on your desk or nightstand. In fact, the latest model is 33% smaller than the previous generation. One area of focus was to expand its compatibility with third-party accessories like battery cases. Hit the jump to see how Twelve South’s latest accessory handles the new iPhone and more.
In the box
Twelve South really excels at including everything needed for its products. There’s no need to bring your own Lightning or microUSB cable. It’s all in the box. Even better, it ships with adjustable clips for different size cases that account for a variation in thickness and depth. We were supplied with the new white color which comes with matching cables to not detract from the design.
There is some assembly required on the HiRise 2 Deluxe. You’ll need to fish the appropriate cable through the covered cutout on the bottom and up phone’s resting place. Additionally, the adjustable support post needs to be screwed in place. The metal screw tightens to hold the secondary arm in place and can easily be moved if you elect to change your case or go naked.
As noted above, Twelve South wanted to address to areas on the new HiRise 2 Deluxe. First up, was the overall build. For docks in particular, there is a sense that a heavier product is of higher quality. You don’t want to feel like it will be easily knocked off your desk while in use. Twelve South has increased the overall weight with eyes on added support for larger products. While it may look silly, this dock is also a viable charging solution for products other than your smartphone. With more and more Lightning-enabled devices making their way to market (and a plethora using microUSB) the HiRise was designed to accommodate all shapes and sizes.
All that same line of thinking is a 33% smaller footprint versus the prior generation. On top of adding bulk, Twelve South cut down on the base width and depth. All of the added weight can be found in the vertical portion. Silver, Black and White colors are offered on the second generation in matte finish (sorry Jet Black fans). Twelve South has also ditched the sharp corners for a rounded base and stand takes us back to the original iPhone.
The HiRise 2 Deluxe is meant to compliment your device, not detract from it. Aside from a small color-matched logo beneath the charging point, there is very little to distract for your iPhone. That’s the entire point. If you’re someone who appreciates Apple design and likes to proudly display your device, this is the dock for you.
Twelve South makes some of our favorite Apple-friendly accessories. It’s newest dock continues that trend by serving its purpose without taking away from your device. HiRise 2 has sturdy feel is not easily moved, you can really feel the added weight on the new design. I’ve been using it next to my desk as a place to charge my iPhone 7 Plus or iPad Air 2 throughout the day. The ability to switch back and forth between devices makes this dock all the more valuable.
One aspect that I really appreciate about it is the adjustable back support system and Lightning cable. With cases coming in all different styles these days, the flexibility of HiRise 2 is a welcome sight. There are no concerns about buying a case that is too thick or has extra depth that the Lightning cable cannot reach. Twelve South’s latest creation is even an excellent companion for battery cases. The included microUSB cable fits right into your mophie case while the sliding support handles the extra bulk with ease.
In all areas of design and daily use, I can whole-heartedly recommend the HiRise 2 Deluxe. If there is any area that might make consumers shy away is the $59.99 price tag. That’s steeper than other options available from third-party accessory makers but it’s worth noting that you’re not getting nearly the build quality on those alternatives. This thing is a solid rock, and I don’t want my devices falling off so the I’m willing to shell out the extra cost.
When it comes to build quality, design and Apple-friendliness, the Twelve South HiRise 2 Deluxe wins out as one of the best options on the market today.