Generally, a desk mat is not a technological product. It’s something that complements your keyboard and mouse at your workstation. Most are just fancy pieces of fabric sewn together. Journey’s Alti Wireless Charging Desk Mat flips the script and adds a magnetically attached charger for your phone and headphones.
At its heart, the Alti Desk Mat tries to do three things: protect the desk surface, keep loose papers out of sight, and combine your charging needs in one place. At first glance and with my first use, it managed to do all of these things as promised. I was pleasantly surprised.
Even better was this product’s ability to be so versatile. Journey has managed to walk a fine line with Alti’s size so it can work on a small desk or a larger one. The mat is reversible so you can charge your phone from either side. The magnetic charger also doesn’t need to be attached if you don’t want it.
- Loader can be oriented left or right
- Reversible for felt or vegan leather on top
- Two charging points
- The felt on the bottom can slip occasionally
- No wired charging port
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What is the Alti desk mat?
I started using a vegan leather desk mat full time when I got a new desk. I didn’t want my keyboard to slip and scratch the surface. But even beyond protecting gadgets that fall on my desk, having a mat can add a touch of style. Journey’s Alti Wireless Charging Desk Mat immediately caught my eye because not only can it ward off scratches, but it adds a built-in charging station.
There are two charging points on the removable side panel: one at the top for AirPods and one in the middle that can deliver speeds of up to 15 watts. Only one side of the mat is magnetic if you want to keep the two pieces connected together. The mat can be flipped to position the magnetic side on the left or right.
The space between the vegan leather and felt surfaces can be used to hide loose papers. The mat is available in black or light gray and measures 14.56 inches by 30.7 inches and is 4 millimeters thick.
Using the Alti desk mat
The most interesting part of the Alti desk mat is its technological integration. Sure, the felt side was plush and offered a little cushion under my wrists when typing. I also liked the look and feel of the vegan leather side. But the removable charging panel is a nifty way to keep your workspace clutter-free.
This desk mat was exactly how I was already using my office space. I had put my phone on a wireless charger and didn’t use any cables. If you use your phone differently during the day, this mat won’t be as useful.
For example, if you have your phone on a stand and use it for FaceTime calls, the flat charger won’t be practical. If you already have a wired cable routed for speeds over 20 watts, again the Alti won’t really meet your needs.
While it might have been a good idea to add a USB-C output port to turn the side panel into a docking station, it isn’t. I think adding something else to this product would have complicated it more than necessary. A big reason I liked using it on my workstation is its clean and minimal look.
Should you buy the Journey Alti Wireless Charging Desk Mat?
This desk mat, even with its included wireless charger, will either seem like a steal for its price or a little crazy. Ultimately, it’s a sheet of vegan leather with an equal-sized piece of felt paired with a simple charger. It’s a bit of a luxury item at its core.
But if you’ve ever purchased a desk mat, you’ll find out pretty quickly that most are quite expensive or don’t last very long. Based on its quality and functionality, Alti Wireless Charging Desk Mat by Journey is a unique product. It won’t solve your organizational problems if you don’t use your devices the way it wants, but if you do, you’ll love it.
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