Why you can trust ZDNET : ZDNET independently tests and researches products to bring you our best recommendations and advice. When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission. Our process

'ZDNET Recommends': What exactly does it mean?

ZDNET's recommendations are based on many hours of testing, research, and comparison shopping. We gather data from the best available sources, including vendor and retailer listings as well as other relevant and independent reviews sites. And we pore over customer reviews to find out what matters to real people who already own and use the products and services we’re assessing.

When you click through from our site to a retailer and buy a product or service, we may earn affiliate commissions. This helps support our work, but does not affect what we cover or how, and it does not affect the price you pay. Neither ZDNET nor the author are compensated for these independent reviews. Indeed, we follow strict guidelines that ensure our editorial content is never influenced by advertisers.

ZDNET's editorial team writes on behalf of you, our reader. Our goal is to deliver the most accurate information and the most knowledgeable advice possible in order to help you make smarter buying decisions on tech gear and a wide array of products and services. Our editors thoroughly review and fact-check every article to ensure that our content meets the highest standards. If we have made an error or published misleading information, we will correct or clarify the article. If you see inaccuracies in our content, please report the mistake via this form.


Kensington StudioCaddy is a one-stop charging station for Apple devices

The latest Apple accessory from Kensington tidies up your desk by giving you a place for your MacBook, iPad, AirPods, and iPhone.
Written by Jason Cipriani, Contributing Writer on

If your desk is anything like mine, it's a mess of wireless charging stations, charging cables, and a stand to hold my laptop. Kenginston's latest product, the $179 StudioCaddy, is designed to help you organize all of your gear while also keeping your iPhone and AirPods charged. 

The StudioCaddy comes in two parts that magnetically attach to each other. The front section is where you'll find two Qi charging pads. On the right side, there's a stand for your phone, with an indicator light just below it. To the left of the stand, there's a small divot that's roughly the same size as an AirPods case, again with an indicator light below it. 

The charging stand for your phone can put out up to 10W, depending on the type of phone that's placed on it. The AirPods wireless charging pad is capable of 5W wireless charging. 

There's a barrel connector with an accompanying wall adapter that plugs into the Qi-charging station on the left side of its housing. On the opposite side, you'll find a USB-C port and a USB-A port. The USB-C connection puts out 20W of power, while the USB-A port comes in at 12W. 

The second piece of the StudioCaddy can be used on its own or placed behind the wireless charging section. The stand section of the StudioCaddy has space to hold any iPad model in the front, allowing you to prop it up in either orientation and use it to watch a movie, or with a Bluetooth keyboard to write out some emails. Behind the iPad stand is another section where you can place your MacBook in a closed position.

You can still access your laptop's ports to, for instance, connect it to an external monitor and use it in clamshell mode.

You can order the StudioCaddy from Kensington, will deliveries starting right away. You can also order it from Amazon.

Kensington sent me a StudioCaddy a few days ago for an early look, and I've fully switched away from the myriad of cables, wireless charging pads, and an extra MacBook stand on my desk. It looks great while organizing all of my Apple gear -- although one could easily use this stand with any PC and Android combination. 

Editorial standards