Magnetic Charging Dock DK39 For Xperia™ Z2 Tablet review

I have mentioned elsewhere what I perceive to be the fragility of the port covers on the excellent Sony Experia Z2 tablet.  Consequently I was keen to get hold of the Sony charging dock that utilises the specialised dock connector; that doesn’t require any delicate covers to be opened.

Sony Xperia Z2 tablet on DK39 Magnetic Charging Dock
Sony Xperia Z2 tablet on DK39 Magnetic Charging Dock

So when the dock (Magnetic Charging Dock DK39) became available (it wasn’t available at the tablet’s launch) I was straight in.  Getting hold of it in Europe was a pain (I was living in a country not served by the Sony online shop and they wouldn’t ship from the UK) but eventually I got one sent over from London.

It is shown at the time of writing at £39.99 in the Sony online shop.  To say I was underwhelmed is an understatement.  The dock is neat and the magnetic alignment works well but for the thick end of £40 I expected a pretty substantial piece of kit.  It didn’t even come with a cable, let alone a power supply.  Yes, I know, read the specifications.

Forty quid's worth of plastic from Sony
Forty quid’s worth of plastic from Sony

The dock works very well, but forty quid for two pieces of plastic and a little socketry that needs my micro-USB cable and charger is having a laugh.

Verdict:  Neat and functional, but at this price a rip-off.