MBA Dock

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by ZipZap, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    Came across this item:

    MBA Dock

    Only downside I can see (other than the price) is that it cannot power the MBA...not sure why that was not included.
  2. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    It's a shame about the power. Probably an Apple patent infringement issue.
  3. alecgold macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2007
    yes, that is why there are no aftermarket chargers or external batteries. Apple won't allow them.

    BTW, I plan to use the new thunderbolt display as my "dock".
  4. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    That is one expensive dock...
  5. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    True, but you get a free 27" Cinema Display with it! :D

    It's interesting that the Thunderbolt display is the same price as the 27" Cinema Display. Trouble is I need any display to also work with DVI as I swap between my Macbook Air and my work laptop.
  6. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    I wish Apple had something like the dock that's on the new display -- but without the display. Just a dock, please! :)
  7. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    It adds firewire to MBA.
  8. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    Along with gigabit Ethernet.
  9. hefeglass macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2009
    just get the thunderbolt display..

    this makes absolutely no sense to me!

    if you are docking your laptop, than you are using an external display..

    for the 999, you get a great display and a docking station that uses thunderbolt and powers your air...and its awesome
  10. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    Nine Hundred and Ninety Nine Dollars. For a monitor. Oh, and a dock, too. :)

  11. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Have a look at the prices on competing 27" 2560x1440 IPS panel displays. IPS is expensive. Competing Dell and NEC panels are both around the $1000 mark on Newegg.

    Yes, it's pricey, but for the spec's the Thunderbolt display is actually competitive. The trouble is not a lot of people really truly *need* the specs a 27" IPS display panel provides.
  12. richpjr macrumors 68030


    May 9, 2006
    $250 and it doesn't power the MBA? No thanks - that's a quarter of the new Thunderbolt display.
  13. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    Good point!
  14. Gator Bob macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2011
    A Thunderbolt dock with a superior display for Photoshop -- mine is on order. Too bad Apple did not include an external GPU like the one in the Sony Vaio Z2's external dock.
  15. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    Those of us that already own an expensive/quality monitor would LOVE to have just the dock part. Anyone think it'll happen??
  16. L0s7man macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2009
    Look up ViDock Thunderbolt. Proper dock with external GPU of your choice via Thunderbolt. Coming in some months.

    The problem is that *NO ONE* seems to have access to Thunderbolt chips. There are bazillion hardware manufacturers who want to cash-in on making Thunderbolt products and no one seems to be able to get the damn chips/specs from Intel. It's stupid. Apple flopped real bad here.

    Where are Thunderbolt external hard-drives (imagine Vertex3 SSD via Thunderbolt at full speed... wow), USB3 adapter, some really cool docking solutions, etc, etc...
  17. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    Once they are released, you can bet your sweet patootie the first orders will come from red China.

    Then wait six months and watch for the knockoffs to be sold on flea-bay!
  18. DarwinOSX macrumors 65816

    Nov 3, 2009
    Do some research. Totally price competitive and in fact cheaper than many other 27' of this quality and resolution plus TBB and ethernet ports which no other monitors have..

    Now if you are comparing it to cheap TN panels from Wal-Mart then that would be different.


    How are IBM issues Apples fault? How do you know they can't get product from IBM?
  19. L0s7man macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2009
    IBM? Huh?

    If you dig around a bit you'll find that manufacturers say they're waiting for stuff from Intel and until they get it they can't do anything. Atlona or ViDock guys say so.

    You'd imagine it'll be like "hey, let's make TB product!" then call Intel, get chips/specs and off you go. But it seems a lot of manufacturers *haven't even started* on TB products because they can't get anything.

    Even the bloody TB cable from Apple was only made available in June. TB has awesome potential but at the moment is the most useless thing ever!

    This is all really weird... if there was not a single TB product I'd sort of understand... Delays or whatnot. But there is the RAID from Promise. How come one company can get something out of the door an no one else can? It's a race after all... All the Macbook Airs out there could use a whole lot TB expansions. Not to mention all those MBPs which had good for nothing TB for a while now. It's a lot of people you can sell your stuff to and whoever gets their stuff out of the door first wins.
  20. johnadams2007 macrumors member


    Jul 25, 2011
    for those of us who may already own an excellent display (dell u3011 for me), the $999 is really hard to justify =[

    luckily i own a 2010 mba and don't have to worry myself with this dilemma. lol
  21. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    I never said (or even implied) that it wasn't competitively priced. I implied that 999 dollars is a lot to spend on a monitor. Period. And to me, it is. I don't need to do any research to tell me that! :)
  22. Typswif2fingers macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2010
    Dubai, UAE
    I had a thing about knockoffs earlier (when I was young :) ) when for example jeans used to be made in 3rd world countries so you would get Diesel, Levi's etc. jeans for the fraction of a price... and the Levi's made in USA were 20x more expensive, but original... ah yes, the knockoffs would have a pocket sawn upside down or whatever... :)

    Now days however, I am struggling with the concept... If a certain 3rd world manufacturer (lit. made by hands :) ) makes Diesel jeans or Levi's (none of which are made in the USA any more), or whatever else... and those are sold for what we pay in official stores, and then the same manufacturer makes "knockoffs" and sells them by "less traditional ways"... What exactly is the difference?

    In my industry, the QA/QC people are having real difficulties with the problem of "certified knockoffs"... I.e. we buy things that seem to be legit (paying the full price), only for these to be shown to be off spec...

    Not arguing, just trying to point that it is becoming very hard to stick to "original manufacture" when all seems to be made in the same shop.

    /end rant.
  23. joneill55 macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2007

    Yearning for my Duo 240/280 days. Loved that platform.

    When my Gen I iMac Aluminum DT dies, hello Thunderbolt display as my dock!
  24. RobQuads macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2010
    Exactly - I along with a large number of people don't need a really high quality monitor for any of the work I do on the air. At home I have a nice $200 Dell 20" monitor that is more than enough for what i want to do. So an extra $1000 for a dock is a lot of money.

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