Fonesalesman, having already brought us cool wireless charging devices such as the QiStone+, have unveiled their first tech-furniture hybrid creation under their FurniQi brand. The FurniQi side table, which was funded using Indiegogo, is capable of wirelessly charging your smartphone or tablet whilst also looking great in the bedroom, as a coffee table in your front room, or wherever you see fit. It will retail for around $139 (£92), and should start shipping around March 2016. We managed to get our hands on one, so let’s see if the tech-furniture hybrid is any good.
The table arrives very much in true Ikea style, with the user having to put it together. There’s a total of three parts; the top, and the two leg sections. This makes the building process extremely simple. All that’s required is for you to slot the legs in to the table top and secure them in place using the screws provided.
And voila… the FurniQi side table is built.
The table is made from Mao Zhu Bamboo, giving it a very distinct look. It’s also an extremely versatile and sustainable material.
The wireless charger, situated on the underside of the table, is pre-installed, so all you have to do is plug the included USB cable in to a nearby USB port and it’s ready to go.
With the table being of bamboo construction, FurniQi have included both a wood (brown) coloured USB cable and also a black cable. It’s entirely up to you which one you use, I went with the brown cable just to keep the cable somewhat hidden.
Sections to run the cable through have been cutout on the underside of the table, meaning that there’s no need for cables to be dangling down from the table when you’re using the wireless charging functionality; a small, but welcomed, feature.
There’s not a great deal of testing to be done, to be honest. It’s a table. It’s fairly self explanatory how it works.
The wireless charging feature is also incredibly simple to setup. Simply hook the USB cable up to the table, and plug it in. Once you’ve done this, all you need to do is place your device on the circular cutout and it should begin charging.
Not all phones have wireless charging capabilities though. If you’re the owner of an iPhone 5 and up, Samsung Galaxy Alpha, S5, S4, Note 4, Note 3 or LG G4 you’ll need to purchase an iQi receiver (between £15 and £23, from Fonesaleman, depending on your device). It simply plugs in to the charging port of your device, and sits in place on the rear of your phone. The receiver should work through most phone cases.
It’s unfortunate that you’re limited to charging your device on one section of the table, but most people will probably only have the need to charge one device at a time so this shouldn’t affect too many people.
The modern and light design of the FurniQi side table means that it fits in to almost any environment. It’s not so big that you’ll have to rearrange the room that it’s located in, but it’s also not too small that you can’t fit anything on it. There’s more than enough room for your phone, a few books, a drink coaster, or even a small laptop.