The LandingZone Dock is the all in one dock for the MacBook Pro.
I’m an Apple fan and much prefer Macs over PCs. That being said, there is one thing I really like about many PC laptops – the ability to use a dock. Docks can be an invaluable part of a workflow. Instead of having to work on a smaller 13-inch screen from a laptop, docks make it possible to connect to a larger screen and have a two screen set-up. In addition to that, docks help to manage cables and reduce clutter on desktops. This is one thing that I’ve really wanted to use with a MacBook for many years. Thanks to LandingZone, now I can.
LandingZone is the name of a unique set of docking stations for Apple devices developed by infiniWing, Inc. Announced at CES in 2014, the LandingZone Dock was built for the MacBook Pros with Retina Display. The docks allow you to use dual monitors, connect to a Gigabit Ethernet and lock your computer by simply connecting your laptop to the dock.
In addition to making it possible to easily connect to a secondary display and securely lock your computer, the Dock makes it possible for you to have access to three USB 3.0, two USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, a Headphone port, a MagSafe 2 holder, a native HDMI pass-through, and a Mini DisplayPort that can be used with Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 devices.
One very cool feature that I sort of glossed over was the option of a locking solution. Every LandingZone docking station comes equipped with a locking option that is compatible with most Kensington keyed laptop docks. This is great option to have especially if you work in an environment where your laptop is easily available to others.
When I received the LandingZone dock, I was so surprised at how lightweight it is. It’s built from some heavy duty plastic, which means that while its not very heavy, it is incredibly durable. The other pleasant surprise I had with this very cool device was how it opens. The dock has a loop handle that flips the dock open. This handle makes it possible to open the dock with one hand.
Once you have the laptop in place, you only need to push the wings, or sides, inward to lock the MacBook Pro in the dock. The handle is good for opening the dock, but it’s not recommended for closing the laptop in it. This is a bit more involved than a standard PC dock that you only have to place your computer on, but once your computer is locked in, this is a much more stylish way to go in my opinion.
The LandingZone Dock is built for traveling, too. There is a small plastic locking wedge that keeps the handle from opening when in transit inside its owner’s bag or even just when carrying it. It works very well and was a very nice touch to the total package.
The LandingZone Dock is a great addition to any MacBook Pro users arsenal. The product is very well designed and I couldn’t be happier with what it brings to my workflow. With Apple starting to produce laptops with the USB-C as its only connector, docks like this will become essential for all users to be able to connect to essential accessories. The dock retails for $199.
For more information, visit http://www.landingzone.net/products/for-the-macbook-pro/.