You might finally untangle yourself from the cables that entwine your bedside like climbing weeds with the new Comet nightstand. Then again, maybe this glowing white cylinder is more frat-boy techie design than you’d like on display. The company aims to start shipping the Comet in January. Early adopters can get one for $500 now, but prices double come 2021. Weigh the pros and cons for yourself.
• Charge all your Qi-enabled devices on one surface, sans unsightly cables.
• Control locks, blinds and lighting from the nightstand if your home is already a connected one.
• Built-in Bluetooth speakers and lighting can be programmed to match circadian rhythms.
• Storage for books, blankets and bubbly.
• The nifty spin-open lid is easy to operate in the dark.
• Older devices are still going to need charging cables.
• The table’s built-in apps are compatible only with Android systems, so if you’re an Apple fan, this is just a not-very-smart table with a fancy lid.
• It looks more like a giant Google Wi-Fi router than a chic furnishing.
• Do you really need to drink in bed?
• A reading lamp or vase on the surface won’t last long if you try to spin open that top.
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