Review: ALTI Wireless Charging Desk Mat, a desk upgrade you never knew you needed

Sometimes, gadgets come along and make life easier. We’re obsessed with improving our desk experience, and the ALTI Wireless Charging Desk Mat has really shown us that it’s the little details that matter.

Why a Desk Mat?

The easiest way to upgrade your desk experience is with a desk mat, and not all desk mats are equal. I’ve tried “standard” ones from Omnidesk and Everdesk, and even the affordable printed versions available everywhere on Shopee. Journey‘s mat is by far the most innovative; it comes in two pieces — a double-sided mat and a slim wireless charging mat that snaps on magnetically to the main mat.

Above: unboxing the alti wireless charging desk mat.

Above: (left) My usual desk set-up with a simple desk mat / (right) with the alti wireless charging desk mat.

The Charging Pad

The charging mat is compatible with any smartphone and earphone case that can charge wirelessly (including iPhones with MagSafe, Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and the new Galaxy Z Flip5, OPPO Find X6 Pro and Xiaomi 13 Ultra). For iPhones in particular, there’s a in-built MagSafe so the phone just snaps onto the mat and begins charging immediately. I love that the phone is right next to me as I type and work, plus it’s at a good spot and angle that allows me to easily glance at the phone’s screen when notifications pop up.

Above: The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay ex and iphone 14 pro max on the alti wireless charging desk mat.

Above: (left) charging the samsung galaxy z flip5 /
(right) the charging pad can be separated from the main desk mat.

Other Details

Interestingly, I get a different typing experience on my Mac keyboard when it’s placed on this Desk Mat. The keys feel cushioned and nicer to type on; almost mechanical, even though the keys are flat.

Above: i keep my kid’s spelling lists here so they never get lost.

Other tricks that this mat can do: The main mat is made of two pieces of fabric that hide documents neatly inside. This is an incredible way to keep the desk neat and free of paper, and important documents close by. And want a different look? You can flip it over! The felted side will give your desk an instantly cosier feel.

I never knew that I needed a charging desk mat until this came along, and it’s a purchase you won’t regret making. Bonus — it makes a great gift for your dad or boss at work.

ALTI Wireless Charging Desk Mat, $179, available in 4 colours for regular (Black, light grey, dark brown and navy blue), and 2 colours for slim (black and light grey). Buy at JOURNEYOFFICIAL.COM.