The convenience of being able to charge a device without having to hunt down a power cord is certainly appealing. But convenience isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you gaze upon Strut's new LaunchPort iPad charging system.

The triple-chromed steel base secures your iPad through a set of neodymium magnets, ensuring it's always properly aligned for inductive charging. But the LaunchPort system only works when your iPad is trapped inside a clunky looking case available in four hideous finishes—walnut burl, carbon fiber, sparkling pink, and even a leopard print option. When it's available it will cost a ridiculous $1,250, so who would opt for this when they could just buy a second backup iPad they can leave charging instead? [Strut via Chip Chick]


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