It’s hard to believe that I’ve been living without a LandingZone Pro docking station for years… My life used to be one of misery. I’d carry my MacBook Air into the office, set it over beside a monitor, plug in a power cable, plug in a Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter and monitor cable, plug in one or more USB cables, plug in a USB to ethernet cable… BUT NO MORE! With the LandingZone Pro, I whip my MacBook air out of the bag, slap it on the dock, and squeeze a little lever to connect everything at once! HALLELUJAH!
All About LandingZone Pro MacBook Air Docking Station
Ok, I don’t want to make it sound like life with the LandingZone Pro is all chocolate and roses. Because, well… lets see. I still have to go get my own coffee. No one is giving me massages while I work. And despite my many hours of whining, we still do not have an Icee machine in the office!
But when it comes to actually using the LandingZone Pro, its perfect. I’d like to meet the person who designed this product, and kiss them on the mouth. I just hope it was a woman…
The action on the mechanism to engage the dock is silk smooth, and as long as you have the MacBook in the right position, all the plugs on either side just slide right together with no effort.
They even built in an ingenious little holder that clamps the magsafe connector in just the right spot so that when you squeeze the dock together, it powers right up!
The LandingZone Pro also comes with a power adapter, presumably to provide additional power to the USB ports on the device. Speaking of ports, this little dock has a Thunderbolt Display port, three USB 3.0 ports, a gigabit ethernet port, and one USB 3.0 port on the side that provides “high speed” charging.
Since the unit does have integrated ethernet, you need to install the driver to make it work.
If you pair up the LandingZone Pro with an Apple Thunderbolt Display, you can connect additional Thunderbolt devices to it, such as a hard drive, and it will pass through to the computer.
I should also mention that they make a LandingZone Pro for the MacBook as well. And that model adds more ports. A couple of USB 2.0 ports, audio out, plus an extra HDMI adapter. So you can actually use it to have a 3 monitor setup! That dock is enough to make me wish I had a regular MacBook instead of an Air!
LandingZone Pro Receives the Editor’s Choice Award
There isn’t a whole lot more to say. If you use a MacBook Air, BUY ONE! The only decision is which one. There are essentially three versions. For the first gen MacBook Air, a LandingZone Pro version 1 runs $139. For the latest model Air, it runs $179 (because of Thunderbolt support I’m sure), and then there is the Lite version at $49, which is designed for only power and two USB devices.
We’re giving the LandingZone Pro a Geek Beat Editor’s Choice award, because it’s one of the coolest accessories ever made for the MacBook Air. Get one for work, and one for home, and simplify your life of moving back and forth.