It was just a few weeks ago when I showed you the Kanex DualRole, a portable USB3 adapter that adds Gigabit Ethernet plus 3 USB 3 ports. Well today Kanex has taken that concept one step further with the simpleDock MacBook Docking Station! This is exactly what people like me have been looking for – an inexpensive way to take a MacBook from one site to another and simply plug in one connection to have an entire workstation online.
Here’s how you can take advantage of this device.
- Plug the simpleDock into your gigabit network with a Cat6 ethernet cable. (Don’t forget to install the driver on your MacBook.)
- Get this $65 USB 3 video adapter and plug a monitor into your simpleDock.
- Add this set of USB speakers on either side of your monitor and plug into the hub.
- Plug in any other USB devices you normally have to keep unplugging. Maybe a portable drive? Or wired keyboard and mouse?
- Plug in a nice short charging cable (USB Micro, Mini, or Apple Lightning) to the charging port and feed it through for your phone.
- Connect the hub to your computer!
Duplicate this exact setup at both your home and office and now you can take your computer back and forth quickly and efficiently.
We’ve got a simpleDock on the way, and when it arrives I’ll update you with a full product review.
Kanex simpleDock Photos
The Kanex Press Release
Kanex Launches simpleDock: a 3-in-1 Docking Station for MacBook
Features USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet and Smartphone Charging
BREA, CA – October 22, 2013 – Kanex®, a leader of innovative connectivity solutions for homes and businesses worldwide, today announced the availability of Kanex simpleDock: a 3-in-1 docking station for MacBook.
“simpleDock is just that – simple,” said Kelvin Yan, president of Kanex. “It has the essential ports you need to expand and dock your MacBook quickly and easily – it’s even got a simple price point.” simpleDock gives users the convenience to easily connect everyday peripherals to their MacBook with just one cable. It’s easy to setup a workstation at the home or office.
simpleDock’s hot-swappable USB 3.0 ports allow super-speed data transfer of up to 5 Gbps and are backward compatible with USB 2.0. It turns one USB port into three, so that with one USB connection you’ll have access to your favorite devices, such as a printer, external drive and memory card reader.
The Gigabit Ethernet adds a Gigabit Ethernet port to your MacBook Air or Ultrabook. Ideal when you need a fast, secure and smooth Internet connection for sharing and accessing files at data transfer rates of up to 1 Gbps.
simpleDock provides an added convenience by including a dedicated 5V, 2.1A USB power port to charge their mobile devices. Users can place their smartphones on the dock for charging and syncing while connected to the host system. Easily view messages right next to your workspace.
simpleDock’s unique, horizontal design takes up minimal space on your desk. It can charge your smartphone or serve as a desk valet. The zinc alloy material matches perfectly with your MacBook and provides a solid desktop docking station. The hidden cable management tunnel design provide users with an organized working environment by keeping cables hidden and organized.
Pricing and Availability:
Kanex simpleDock is available for purchase on the Kanex website at www.kanexlive.com/simpledock. MSRP $119.00