A dock for the man who has everything but needs a place to plug it all in

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Here’s what I use on a fairly daily basis: external hard drive, iPhone, iPad(s), gaming mouse, flash drive full of media and DSLR camera.

Man or woman, I’m willing to bet you’ve got a similar load of peripherals that you use with your MacBook Pro or Air. With the MacBook’s two USB 3.0 ports, there’s never enough to go around when I want to plug in more than, say, two devices at once. Sure there’s two Thunderbolt ports, too, but I’m just not that fancy.

Enter the Kanex simpleDock, a clever little brick of a device that turns one of the MacBook’s USB ports into three, and adds a shiny charging USB port to boot. Heck, there’s even a gigabit Ethernet port on the back, in case you need to connect to a (shudder) wired network.

Now when I belly up to my standing desk to type at my MacBook, I just plug one USB cable into my MacBook Pro. Everything else is already connected; I’ve got my gaming mouse, high-capacity flash drive full of converted DVDs, and my backup hard drive all ready to go. There’s a Lightning cable connected to the charging port on the back of the simpleDock, as well, letting me plug in my iPhone 5 and set it in the nonslip rubberized compartment on top of the dock to get it out of the way while charging.

I don’t take the dock with me when on the go — it’s pretty heavy. At home, however, the brushed aluminum sides and dedicated iPhone spot make this laptop feel much more like a desktop, and that ain’t a bad thing.

You can get the Kanex simpleDock for $119.95 at the Kanex website.

About the author

Rob LeFebvreAnchorage, Alaska-based freelance writer and editor Rob LeFebvre is Cult of Mac's Culture Editor. He has contributed to various tech, gaming and iOS sites, including 148Apps, VentureBeat, and Paste Magazine. Feel free to find Rob on Twitter @roblef

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