DART by FINsix review
When my family travels, we bring a lot of tech: phones, smartwatch, tablet, Chromebook. And traveling means charging cables. All the devices except the Chromebook plug into USB, so we’re left with additional, annoying cables to carry around. The solution? DART by FINsix, which aims to solve this problem by being both a universal laptop charger and a USB charger. The packaging claims that it’s “the world’s smallest laptop charger,” and I would have to agree. Let’s take a closer look at DART, and see what it can do.
The DART reminds me of one of those lipstick sized external batteries you would use to give an extra battery boost to your phone during the day. It’s 2.75” long and 1.1” wide, and has a six-inch detachable cable which can be reversed. It does that so the USB charger can be closer to the wall, or closer to your laptop — your choice.
The DART works on 100-240VAC, so it should work anywhere in the world. But, I haven’t had the chance to test this for myself.
Included with the DART are nine interchangeable power tips. FINsix claims that these power tips will work on over 95% of the laptops on the market. In the event that a tip does not work on your laptop, you can contact FINsix and they’ll send you a tip for your laptop. I was able to plug the DART into my Acer Chromebook C720 right away. I also have an Acer CB3 Chromebook, which uses the same power tip. We also have two ASUS Chromeboxes in the house and it worked just fine on them. Not sure if your device will work with the DART? FINsix has a list of compatible devices on their website for your reference. A bonus feature is that all the tips and the cable fit nicely in the included carry bag.
Here are some more details on the DART:
- Input: 100 – 240VAC; 50-60Hz, 1.5A
- Output Voltage: 18V – 21VDC
- Output Power: 65W
- USB Output Voltage: 5.0V, 2.1A
- Size: 2.75” long x 1.1” wide
- Weight: 85 grams
You’re probably thinking that there are other “universal laptop chargers” out there. Sure, I’ve seen some in the electronics section of the local big box store, but the chargers are big and bulky — just like the charger supplied with the laptop. There may be other “small, pocket size” travel chargers on the market, but as far as I know, DART is the first one to support all devices, including Chromebooks. Development of DART was started by FINsix in 2013 by MIT grad students.
DART is available from FINsix for $99.99 and comes in gunmetal, blue, magenta, orange, and silver. While $99 is no small price, I think it’s a worthwhile investment. It’s targeted for those who travel a lot and especially those who have multiple devices. Business travelers who have to carry their work and personal laptops could certainly benefit from this product. $99 is also right on par with other products that try to achieve the same purpose.
As for USB-C laptop users, the USB-C version of the DART will be available January 2017 for $99.99. Existing DART owners can buy the DART-C cable from FINsix for $34.99.Buy from FINsix Buy from Amazon