Landing Zone Dock 15 review
June 2015 – Following the Showstopper SF event that preceded WWDC, we met with and had a chance to try out the Landing Zone docking station for the MacBook Pro with Retina display. For many AV professionals finding a docking station that meets the requirement of security, multiscreen support and high speed storage is a challenge. Many of the solutions on the market address some but not all of these criteria. The Docking Station Bundle for the 13” and 15” MacBook Pro meet this challenge.
The first order is ease of use, the docking station is sturdy, and when connected to the peripherals on the desktop it stays in place waiting for the MacBook Pro. The laptop is connected to the docking station with a sturdy lever on the back that retracts and inserts connectors into the side mounted sockets of the MacBook Pro.
For security the docking station, has a standard Kensington locking slot, so it is compatible with most IT networks. For connectivity, the device has a Gigabit Ethernet port, its own power and 3 USB3.0 ports as well as 2 USB 2.0 ports. For multimedia development work, the docking station has BOTH an HDMI 2.0 port that will support up to 4K displays if the MacBook Pro can drive 4K, and a Mini-DP port connector that can be operated simultaneously. On the audio side, it has a reflector plug of the audio connector on the MacBook Pro so up to 7.1 sound can be supported by the connector. The Docking station has its own power source to be able to drive the peripherals, including charging from the USB 3.0 ports.
The slim profile of the docking station keeps the Thunderbolt, SDXC, USB 3.0 and Audio connection of the MacBook Pro still available in addition to the ports on the docking station. The dock has a special “hold in place” channel to allow the MagSafe 2 Power connector to be used with the laptop.
The unit is currently available for the units that sport a Retina Display directly from Landing Zone and from select retailers. The product is good professional level product, that carries a professional level price. The main features being the locking security slot and the support for dual monitors and high speed DAS access through the USB 3.0 interfaces.