Really cool gadget! DeskBookPro expansion base!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by PracticalMac, Oct 20, 2010.

  1. PracticalMac macrumors 68030

    PracticalMac

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    http://www.zemno.com/home.aspx :cool:
    (did not see posted before)

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    Plug in FW800 and USB2 and get a fully duplicate set of ports, and more (full set of flash card readers!)!

    Been waiting for this to happen for years!

    I would rather put it under a monitor or other items then under my hot MBP, but it really would clean up my desk. :D

    **PS: before a rant thread about eSATA being slower then FW800, keep in mind that:
    1. You CAN connect eSTAT to a Mac now (one of only 2 or 3 devices on market that can)
    2. The mechanical limitations of HDD (not SSD) are the bottle neck for eSATA/SATA. FW800 is almost as fast as eSATA.
     
  2. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030

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    Agreed, very cool. One thing I dislike about using my MBP at my desk is the octopus of cables I've got running into it. This would streamline that immensely.

    **HOLY CRAP EDIT**

    That sucker is priced at $600!!!!

    http://www.zemno.com/cart/cart.aspx
     
  3. PracticalMac thread starter macrumors 68030

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    The Dock Station
    http://www.bookendzdocks.com/Curren...Station_for_13_Unibody_Apple_Macbook_Pro.html
    is $250, and that is more a simple port replicator.

    Yes, $600 is steep, but if it saves you a lot of time and ware, then its worth every penny.

    OH, the cost of a repairing a broken port may be a lot more then that base (abuse the base, not the MB)

    More a port replicator.
    http://www.bookendzdocks.com/Curren...Station_for_13_Unibody_Apple_Macbook_Pro.html

    And it looks awkward.

    Oh, the tread is different forum, did not see...
     
  4. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    It's a nice idea and all but they put alot of electronics in it some of which we may not need, not for the cost.

    However these guys seem to have a good design talents, so i'd expect them to be one of the first to implement an expansion base that incorporates LightPeak and DisplayPort daisy chaining.
     
  5. PracticalMac thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I think the box is more a collection of off-the-shelf components. The card reader is probably the exact same thing you can get stand alone or in a bay, just put in this box.

    LP and DP is a long way from happening, yet.

    USB to DVI is not new, been around for a while:http://sewelldirect.com/USB-to-DVI-External-Video-Card-High-Resolution.asp
    (not sure of quality, but works)

    Connecting 2 cables versus 10+ is worth it IMHO. MPB only have 2 USB and 1 FW port, and want to minimize ware on those connectors, cause replacing the motherboard will be very expensive.
     

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