The Brydge ProDock is a newly announced vertical stand for recent MacBooks. It holds the notebook vertically, off the desk, and adds 11 ports. That includes three Thunderbolt 4/USB-C ports.
As a bonus, the stand’s base includes an MagSafe wireless charging mat to power up an iPhone.
Brydge ProDock takes your MacBook vertical
MacBook stands come in a wide variety of shapes. Many of the these prop up the keyboard and screen, but some take a very different route: they hold the notebook vertically with the clamshell closed. Slide the Mac into the sleeve and it becomes the heart of a desktop setup.
Brydge has been in the vertical dock business for years. It calls the latest model, “the world’s first all-in-one MacBook stand & Thunderbolt 4 docking station.”
On the back of the ProDock are a trio of Thunderbolt 4 ports. Recent Macs support this standard, which offers data transfers at up to 40Gbps.
The desktop dock also has three USB-A ports (USB 3.2 Gen 2), a USB-C port (USB 3.2 Gen 1), a 1Gbps Ethernet port, a 3.5mm audio-out port and an SD card reader. If all that wasn’t enough, place an iPhone on the front base of the stand and it’ll wirelessly charge.
Vertical stands keep the MacBook closed and Mac with a hidden a screen isn’t much use. The ProDock can handle a pair of 4K displays.
It is compatible with the 16-inch and 14-inch MacBook Pro 2021 and the MacBook Air 2022. The product ships with three docking sleeves, one for each model.
Brydge is now taking preorders for the ProDock on its website. The price is $399.99. Shipping will begin in the fall.
If the company name is familiar, it built a reputation on very making high-end iPad keyboards, including the Brydge Max+.