Kickstarter Success Story LandingZone is a Sleek Docking Station for the MacBook Air [Macworld / iWorld 2012]

Kickstarter Success Story LandingZone is a Sleek Docking Station for the MacBook Air [Macworld / iWorld 2012]
SAN FRANCISCO, MACWORLD / IWORLD 2012 — I’ve been looking for a docking station for my 11-inch MacBook Air ever since I picked it up a few months back. Not only has there not been anything that has caught my eye, but there haven’t been many available to even look at.

But there’s a Kickstarter-backed docking station that is on display here at Macworld/iWorld that is on my radar: LandingZone.

LandingZone is a sharp-looking docking station that is feature-laden and portable. It has 4 USB ports, an ethernet port and a Kensington lock slot — something the current Air lacks on its own. The sleek design lets you add functionality to your MacBook Air without it getting in your way.

The company behind LandingZone, infiniWing, used the popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter to assist in bringing the product to life, eclipsing its goal of $50,000 by over 60 percent. The LandingZone isn’t readily available yet, but the team at infiniWing hope to have it available for its backers within the next two months and bring it to market shortly thereafter.

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  • Brian Doerr

    I’m waiting for v2 which is supposed to have thunderbolt.  That will be the real deal!

  • prof_peabody

    I don’t get why anyone would buy this when they could just get the Apple docking Station (Cinema Display), with more ports and a built in best-of-class monitor.  

    Whatever this thing costs, you still have to add the cost of the monitor to it and it will likely come out more expensive than the Apple solution.  You also won’t have a monitor of the quality that Apple makes.  

  • Don Pope

    Because the Apple Cinema Display costs about $1000 and a decent 24″ inch monitor can be had for less than $200. Add this for maybe $150 and you’re still ahead $650. Not everyone can afford a Cinema Display or needs one.

  • prof_peabody

    A 24″ monitor can be had for less than $200, but to call it a “decent” monitor is to stretch reality almost to the breaking point.  A monitor is the most important part of any computer.  If you are buying a $200 dollar one you are being short-sighted (and soon to become more short-sighted from staring at the stupid thing). 

    This thing will be more than $150 almost certainly, and a “decent” monitor is going to run you closer to $600.  The combination will be maybe $200 short of the thousand you’d pay for the Cinema display, but the Cinemas display is a better dock, has more ports and more variety of connections, is thunderbolt enabled and a far better display than even the “decent” $600 one. 

    If you can afford the MacBook Air, you can surely afford the monitor.

  • Don Pope

    Most people would also like to drive a BMW, but a Honda is more practical. A $200 monitor is quite sufficient for most people’s needs.

  • Mark Hickman

    Already got a great monitor, don’t need another. 

  • Mike Rathjen

    The ACD has virtually no ergonomic adjustments, doesn’t offer a matte option, has only one video input, and uses the same panel as other monitors that cost less and don’t have all those problems.

    The Thunderbolt ACD has all those problems with the added insult of being the only monitor in the world that won’t work on the Mac Pro.

  • Mike Rathjen

    That’s an unreasonable comparison. “Most people” don’t need anything beyond a $50 Acer.

  • Mike Rathjen

    Apple is working on a power that carries both power and data. Assuming that data is Thunderbolt, we will finally be able to dock MacBooks with single connection for everything.

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