Westshore Craftworks iDockCover Review

Product Requirements:
Device:
All current iPod Models

Most people probably recognize the object in the picture below. If you don’t,
you really need to get out into the gadget world a bit more ;o)

Yes, it’s an iPod dock. Simple and functional, but let’s just admit it shall
we? It’s b-o-r-i-n-g.

What if your iPod dock could look like the one below? Pretty nifty huh? The
folks at Westshore Craftworks have
designed a new product called the iDockCover. No, it won’t make your iPod sync
or charge any better or faster. All it will do is make it look a heckuvalot
better.

The iDockCovers are not just some cheesy snap on covers for your dock, these
are hardwood, hand polished works of art. Available in all sorts of exotic
woods, these things are really eye catching. You can choose from such woods as
good old Oak, Walnut, and Maple. Or more exotic woods like Teak and Zebrawood.
They even have some faux stone iDockCovers available.

As for the shapes of the covers, they are available in oval, and 2 guitar
shapes.

Regardless as to which one you might choose for your iPod dock, the
iDockCovers really dress up your desktop and the  dock.

The covers are basically just a hollow shell that snaps over the Dock.

I was sent the Natural Flame Maple and a Tobacco Burst Guitar cover. Both
were super smooth and free of splinters or imperfections.

A felt dot stuck to either side of the cavity helps to keep the cover snapped
securely over the dock.

Once in place, it looks like the iPod dock was always meant to be encased in
wood.

As you can see below, there is plenty of room for the cable to connect to the
dock, and for the line out jack.

Check out the Tobacco Burst in the guitar shape.

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As long as you fully insert the dock into the cavity in the cover, the cutout
for the iPod will match up just fine. The iPod can then be easily inserted and
removed from the dock as usual.

Some of you might think that the iDockCover is a waste of good money. It’s
not like it actually does anything… To those people I would have
to say "Don’t be such a stick in the mud!". Seriously, I have a real love of
wood products. They help warm up an otherwise drab area. If you want to make
your desk a little more cozy, the iDockCover might be just the way to do it.
 

Price: $14.95 – $49.95

Pros:
Gorgeous hardwood cover
Easy to use

Cons:
Expensive for a product that is only for show

 

Product Information

Price:14.95
Manufacturer:Westshore Craftworks LLC
Pros:
  • Gorgeous hardwood cover
  • Easy to use
Cons:
  • Expensive for a product that is only for show
16 comments… add one
  • Julie February 22, 2005, 4:07 am

    Post your comments here on the iDockCover iPod Dock Covers Review.

    http://www.the-gadgeteer.com/westshore-craftworks-idockcover-review.html

    Just click the POST REPLY button on this page.

  • JohnKes February 22, 2005, 5:17 pm

    Pretty nice if you want to keep a wood motif for your desk top. They seem to be very organized – you can order the exact item pictured, since some of them have one-of-a-kind details:
    http://westshorecraftworks.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=20
    worth $39.95 in craftsmanship.

  • Judie February 22, 2005, 6:26 pm

    I really love custom stuff like this. I think it’s a neat product! 😀

  • Julie February 22, 2005, 7:57 pm

    I agree, it totally dresses up my new desk 🙂

  • strider_mt2k February 22, 2005, 11:09 pm

    Really nice!

    Someone was really on the ball here, well done!

  • Julie February 23, 2005, 2:09 am

    I know this is off topic, but do any of you out there have a wooden keyboard? I’ve often wondered if they are that great…

  • JohnKes February 23, 2005, 5:07 pm

    Not me. But I would have to give a thumbs up to my wireless keyboard. I have small kids who play near our computer area. It is so convenient to move it out of their way, in addition to being able to use it in the most comfortable position.

  • Meredyth February 24, 2005, 3:45 am

    Nice Review! I saw this site a few weeks ago and have been trying to justify the expense… 😉

  • Julie February 24, 2005, 1:05 pm

    Hello Meredyth!

    I must thank you because you are the one responsible for this review. When the folks at Westshort Craftworks asked if I would do a review of their product, they told it was due to a recommendation by you. 🙂

    Can you now recommend to Apple that I need to review the Shuffle or Mini or iPod Photo or Mac Mini? 😉

  • lgreenberg February 24, 2005, 4:21 pm

    Julie wrote:

    I know this is off topic, but do any of you out there have a wooden keyboard? I’ve often wondered if they are that great…

    This one’s beautiful:

    It’s also $2,500. 😉

    http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/peripherals/input/tanomi-wooden-keyboard-033497.php

  • Julie February 24, 2005, 4:40 pm

    That’s just crazy!!!!

  • MattCatt February 25, 2005, 2:05 pm

    I’m sorry to say so, but although this object appears to have a high quality finish, it is utterly ugly! One of the key features of the iPod is its cool and architectural design, and the two together, yuk!
    But hey, didn’t the ancient Greeks said: DE GUSTIBUS ET COLORIBUS NON DISPUTANDUM…

  • Julie February 25, 2005, 3:15 pm

    MattCatt:

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I really like the oval covers. The guitar shaped ones are not my thing though…

  • Meredyth March 2, 2005, 3:17 pm

    Julie wrote:

    Hello Meredyth!

    I must thank you because you are the one responsible for this review. When the folks at Westshort Craftworks asked if I would do a review of their product, they told it was due to a recommendation by you. 🙂

    Can you now recommend to Apple that I need to review the Shuffle or Mini or iPod Photo or Mac Mini? 😉

    So I decided to take the plunge and order one of the oval burlwood ones for my office. I’m hoping that it will be as lovely as in the pictures 😀

  • Julie March 2, 2005, 3:25 pm

    Let us know what you think of it after you receive it! 🙂

  • Meredyth March 8, 2005, 4:23 am

    Julie wrote:

    Let us know what you think of it after you receive it! 🙂

    My burled walnut oval 60 gig dock arrived on saturday. Wow, it is more beautiful than in the pictures:

    PS: ignore the dust, I didn’t have time to clean this week 😀

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