HydraDock

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by tgwaste, Apr 17, 2015.

  1. tgwaste macrumors 6502a

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  2. dexterbell macrumors 6502a

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    So you buy a beautiful, light and thin laptop only to carry around a giant power strip looking adapter? That will look ridiculous hanging off the end of a MacBook.
     
  3. tgwaste thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I would imagine most people would use it like I'm going to, as a desktop dock. hence the word 'dock' in the name.
     
  4. dexterbell macrumors 6502a

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    Why would you buy a thin, light and ultraportable laptop to park it on a desk with a dock? Defeats the whole purpose of the MacBook and makes no sense but whatever makes you happy.
     
  5. tgwaste thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Not gonna feed the troll.
     
  6. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68000

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  7. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    you will get it in a little over a year at best.
     
  8. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    I think I'll pass on this one. Not impressed with the limitations of the video ports. Besides, pretty soon there are going to be so many other docks available. I'll wait until I see one that really catches my eye. That's the good thing about USB-C, it's an open standard.
     
  9. leman macrumors 604

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    Too big, to ugly, don't like it. Also, the video ports limitation is puzzling.
     
  10. David58117 macrumors 65816

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    Agree with the others - this is big and ugly, and the market will very likely soon be flooded with better ones shortly..
     
  11. legioxi macrumors 6502a

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    The only dock I see being worthwhile is something like a dock built into the power brick with a cable going to mains for power and 1 USB-C going to the macbook with the brick/dock hidden behind the desk.

    Basically the same AC adapter it comes with, but with some USB ports on it.
     
  12. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    The potential for these things, heh. Someone's going to figure out how to include a SuperDrive eventually.

    Something you can leave at home for when you need it.
     
  13. French River macrumors member

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    I saw this and like it, too. I'll probably hold off and see what else appears on the market before buying anything, but I like the fact that docking stations for the rMB will have just one connection to the computer -- much simpler than docking stations for computers with multiple ports. And I already prop up the back edge of my current MBA when it's on my desk.
     
  14. applesith macrumors 68030

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    If they actually make it, it's gonna take forever. #TypicalTechKickstarter
     
  15. runforlife macrumors newbie

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    I placed an order, as it seems like it has what I'm hoping for on ports, and I will use it at home when at a desk. As to whether or not I think it will be funded and made in a reasonable timeframe.... Not positive on that. I am however feeling more confident than I was yesterday when it was at 8k in funding, as it's now at $21,366 as of writing and has 28 days to go.

    If anyone is thinking of ordering one, place an order so we can all get one!
     
  16. artivideo.nl macrumors 6502

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    I think it looks great. It is not for on the go just for at home to use the single i/o port the rMB has


     
  17. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    You...don't have a place you get your work done when at home? :confused:
     
  18. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    I'd be a bit wary of a developer attempting to manufacture docks for various connection standards when they don't seem to know very much about them:

    They apparently don't know the difference between DP 1.2 and 1.3.
    Just something to consider...
     
  19. runforlife macrumors newbie

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    I've already pledged, but I'm very curious about this. I sent them a question to clarify, as 4k is supported on DisplayPort 1.2, and 5k on 1.3, so I'm hoping it was a mistake what they posted as an answer, and not a true limitation on their dock.
     
  20. dexterbell macrumors 6502a

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    I have a desk at home and a 27 inch iMac on it. The whole appeal of the MacBook is how thin, light and portable it is. Why would you buy an underpowered laptop to sit on a desk? You obviously aren't worried about size and weight, why not get a MBP?
     
  21. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    If I can have one machine with that simply expands into my desktop setup (clamshell mode) and still be portable for when I'm on the go...why wouldn't I want that? :confused:
     
  22. cfedu macrumors 65816

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    Don't you know, you are using it wrong!!!
     
  23. ZipZap macrumors 601

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    I am trying to reason this out as well. This is not a desktop computer. Its an iPad with a keyboard.

    The dock is cool but would you really use it. Pay more for it when its finally available.

    Also, how in the world are the going to that build by the end of June? Unless they are already in production or starting soon? The Kickstarter does not even end for 28 more days.

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    Put thunderbolt in it so it can dock with a rMB and rMBP. They its actually GREAT!
     
  24. saifrc macrumors member

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    Last week, people were hating on the MacBook for being so stripped-down, and many of us were defending its design as a series of worthwhile trade-offs. Now, someone has introduced an accessory--which is totally optional--and people are reverse-hating on it?

    The HydraDock does not take anything away from the MacBook. The MacBook is still a gorgeous, ultra-ultraportable machine, which truly doesn't "need" more ports for many people's use cases. (I'm eagerly looking forward to receiving my own, in a few weeks...)

    However, some people would like the *option* to have more ports when they're at a desk. In many ways, a dock like this is perfect, because it allows you to have the elegance of only one port on your machine, while still retaining the ability to connect multiple devices and an external display when at a desk...and leave them there when you're not.

    My work laptop is a Lenovo ThinkPad X230. I love its 12.5" size, which I've decided is perfect for me. I appreciate that it's smaller and lighter than my coworkers' laptops when we travel for business, when walking downtown, etc. But, at my desk, I have it in a dock. I have an external (Apple) keyboard, a Logitech mouse, two external displays, my iPhone dock, and various other device cables for charging and data transfer. I appreciate that I can leave that all behind when I'm on the train, when I'm at home, when I'm traveling, when I'm out and about. It's about options!

    I wish I could close up most of the ports on my ThinkPad, because I honestly rarely use them--they just fill up with lint and dust most of the time. As a result, I never saw the single USB-C port on the MacBook as a serious liability. But it was also because I knew someone would make something like the HydraDock.

    I don't think the makers of the DynaDock intended for people to take it with them everywhere. It's just for that one place where you find yourself working most often, whether it's a desk at your office, home office, dorm room, etc.

    And please, people: can we all recognize that laptops are inherently ergonomic nightmares? No health expert would recommend laptop posture as the optimal way to position your body for extended periods of time. Some people will say, "But I feel fine/I'm doing it right/I've never had problems." That may be correct for you, and for right now, but give it time. If you work 8 hours a day on a laptop, and you don't compensate by assuming good posture, doing stretches, and taking breaks, you're going to see long-term problems. Devices like this just make sense: you don't sacrifice portability, but you have the option of convenience/expandability/good health when you want it.

    TL;DR: Like some people were saying of the MacBook itself...this product isn't for you, and you don't have to buy it!
     
  25. runforlife macrumors newbie

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    Ok, posted the question, and the responded right away. Here is their response:

    DisplayPort Alternate Mode v1.2 for USB 3.2 only supports 2560x1440, not 4K. You need DisplayPort Alt Mode v1.3 to go to 4K.

    Hope this helps.

    Kristin
    KickShark Team
     

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