Stylish, functional products for modern workspaces.
Ever since I started working from home, my Jabra Evolve2 85 Bluetooth Headphones have had a permanent place on my desk. They ensure that I can not only hear people on the other end of a video chat but also talk to them using the flip-out boom mic. The only thing I don’t like is the fact that the headphones are permanently laying around my desk these days. I have a headphone stand, but it doesn’t quite match the decor I’m trying to achieve in my office area. So, when I started looking at more modern, natural-looking headphones stands, I found OAKYWOOD and their wooden headphone stands.
OAKYWOOD has two styles of headphone stands – one is just the stand while the other has a built-in wireless charger. The version I decided on was the 2-in-1 Headphone Stand with Wireless Charger. This stand is handcrafted using walnut or oak (my choice was walnut). The wireless charger is capable of 10W power delivery if used with a proper power adapter (not included). The headphone stand assembly is made from solid steel. The wood base is different for each product produced since no two pieces of wood are the same. A long, nylon braided Micro USB cable is included for the built-in charger. The stand’s dimensions are 5.1L x 5.1W x 12H inches.
The wireless charger is compatible with most phone cases (up to 4mm thick) and OAKYWOOD designs cases that complement the stand. Their Wooden Smartphone Case is made with real wood and is available in walnut or cherry. I chose the walnut version so that it would match the headphone stand. The case is built with a polycarbonate shell and is eco-friendly. It supports Qi wireless charging and is compatible with all of OAKYWOOD’s wireless chargers. The case is a bumper-style case so it’s main protective quality is as a shock protector.
The OAKYWOOD 2-in-1 Headphone Stand comes in a very nice retail box. The pictures of the product on the box are very true to what you find inside. There are several images of the stand on three of the sides of the box. The back of the box provides information about the wireless charging compatibility and the onetreeplanted.org initiative. There is also a note on one side that reads: “Join our sustainable mission! Buying this product you plant one new tree.” There is also a stamp on the top of the box that reads, “This product plants one tree.” While there is no information about this in the included user manual or on the website’s product page, I am assuming that the purchase of one headphone stand provides enough funds to plant a tree. There is more information provided on the OneTreePlanted website.
The headphone stand has a really nice weight to it. It’s not too heavy, which I fully expected it to be given that its base is solid wood. It is heavy enough to balance a set of headphones on it. I tried several different styles of over-ear headphones on this stand and they all seemed to work just fine on the stand. I really like the arm where the headphones’ headband rests. It’s flat with a very slight slant forward to keep the headphones stored well on the stand. There is a flip up on the end of the arm where to keep headphones from falling off the front.
The base where the wireless charger lives is flat and is just the right size for a smartphone. I charged my iPhone 12 Pro on it and was very happy with its performance. I charged my phone for approximately 30 minutes just to test the charging abilities of the wireless charger. The phone and the base were not hot at the end of that time. The phone gained 9% during that 30 minute time period and that ended up being a charging rate of 0.3% per minute. I’m sure that the phone would have charged faster if it didn’t have as much of a charge to its battery. When I started charging the phone it was at 84% so trickle charging came into play and I got a slower charging rate. Overall, I really like this headphone stand. I just wish it utilized USB-C as it’s charging cable connection rather than Micro USB.
The case is beautiful but does have some drawbacks. As a bumper case, it definitely feels solid. It was easy to install and I’ve not had any problems removing my phone either. The cutouts have good placement and the buttons are very tactile. You can feel the connection to the button on the phone beneath the case when you press the case buttons. The only thing I don’t like about this case is how slick it is. I believe that it is because the wood finish is polished.
OAKYWOOD makes some very nice products. The headphone stand provides multiple functions, which is great because it means that I can have one device on my desk when I used to have two. It also has a great design and gives back to the community through the onetreeplanted.org movement. I hope that future iterations feature more up-to-date technology (i.e. USB-C), but I didn’t find anything wrong with the way it charged my phone. The case is stylish and matches the stand nicely, but it is very slick, which concerns me when handling my phone. I don’t think anyone would be disappointed if they invested in OAKYWOOD’s headphone stands or cases.