The mini dock provides 8 ports in one easy-travel device.
Since the new MacBook Pro with TouchBar was launched I have been on a mission to find the perfect USB-C desktop dock and portable dock for all my connectivity needs. I found what I feel to be the best desktop option with the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock. Out of all desktop docks that I’ve tried, it’s been the best for my needs and for what most pros would need.
With that said I’ve still been on the hunt for an excellent travel dock for my MacBook Pro. I need something that while at a hotel I have everything in one handy small device. The problem with this search is thus far I’ve found some great options but they end up lacking one or two essential features I need, like an integrated SD card reader. I know I can use an SD Card adapter for Micro SD cards but that takes away from my goal of having one simple solution for all my needs in one device. Swiss-based technology company, LMP hasn’t really been on my radar yet, but luckily for me, Jon, a friend and writer here at MacSources, pointed me in the direction of the USB-C Mini Dock with 8-Ports.
The LMP USB-C Mini Dock ships in a simple branded package that clearly shows the name of the product on the front and basic details of it on the back. There is a nicely defined diagram on the back of the packaging that outlines all of the features of the dock. And let me say this, LMP certainly packed a lot into this tiny device. As mentioned, there are 8 ports in total on the device including:
- USB-C (power delivery only; no data transfer)
- Gigabit Ethernet
- USB 3.0 (3)
- microSD card reader
- SD card reader
It has a built-in USB-C cable that measures about 6 inches in length. If I had one criticism of this device, it would be the length of the cable. Even though I know it’s supposed to be portable and therefore has a shorter cable for convenience sake, I would love it if the dock shipped with a cable extension.
There is also a manual included in the package with the dock, but honestly, you don’t need a lot of the information since the dock is plug ‘n’ play. I did find the compatibility charts on the inside of the manual interesting. They show what devices are going to work best in passive (no power supply connected) and active (with power supply) modes. Now, I want to point out here that the Mini Dock supports power delivery passthrough through the USB-C port, but a power supply is not included. It’s suggested that you use your computer’s charger.
The LMP dock is just what I’ve been looking for when it comes to a one-stop portable solution for travel. It’s Space Gray so it matches my beautiful MacBook Pro with TouchBar. I love that an Ethernet port is included since the new MacBook Pro’s have no ports other than USB-C included in its hardware. It’s great for when I stay in hotels and WiFi is not included. I love having three USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port for connecting to monitors or TVs. As great as those features are, I think my favorite is the inclusion of a full-size SD card slot AND a Micro SD card slot which is perfect for me when needing to pull video from my GoPro.
As an added bonus, the LMP Mini Dock ensures that my suitcase will weigh less since the dock is so light weight. I think anyone who is looking for a travel dock for their MacBook, MacBook Pro, or other USB-C compatible computer, should check out the LMP USB-C Mini Dock.