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Byte-dock to launch MacBook Pro dock with Thunderbolt

updated 11:40 pm EDT, Tue May 17, 2011

New dock with support all ports, MBPs 2010 and up

Byte-dock has announced a docking solution for Thunderbolt-equipped MacBook Pros, the self-named Byte-dock for MacBook Pro. Working with all sizes of MacBook Pros from 2010 and newer, the dock allows users to attach a closed notebook -- docking with an open notebook is not possible -- and replicate all the ports for a desktop setup with external monitors, keyboards and the like. It supports Thunderbolt, including a Thunderbolt to HDMI cable, USB 2.0, Ethernet, FireWire 800 and audio in/out cables. It does not require a power adapter, leaving space for using the standard MacBook Pro power cable.

The dock has three USB ports, a FireWire 800 connection and an Ethernet port. Available photos show a DVI-out port, which will be replaced in shipping models with a Thunderbolt port. The dock will cost about $240 and is expected to ship in Fall 2011. [via Pocket-Lint.com.











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  1. revco

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Designed by engineers

    That thing is U G L Y. Nice idea though. Also a pity they had to put their company name so big and in white on the side of that thing.

  1. facebook_Noah

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    Joined: May 2011

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    Just replicating

    It sounds like it's just replicating the Thunderbolt, not really utilizing it. What everyone wants is a dock or device that connects via only power and Thunderbolt, and transmits USB (3.0!) and audio and video through that alone.

  1. nitram_again

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    No power required

    Of course it doesn't require power - it's just a giant right angle adapter for the existing ports.

  1. facebook_Clarence

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    Ugly

    Why would I park my McBook Pro in that hideous Klingon contraption? At least get the colors right.

    - Sent from my Android device.

  1. falconneil

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Overpriced and ugly

    $240? Are you kidding me? IIt's very similar to the Hengedock and that costs around $69. And other readers are correct: the thing is butt-ugly. It needs a redesign and a drastic rethink of the price.

  1. Bytedock

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Responce to feedback

    Thanks for your feedback on the Byte-dock. We would like to answer some of the points raised by your comments on here starting from the top.

    The name is now colour coordinated with the dock, and recessed instead of printed. The images supplied with this press release where images of an old prototype dock which has changed. The DVI connector has been replaced with a Thunderbolt port.

    As for the colour, we are currently running a facebook poll to decide on what to go with. Please feel free to input your suggestion here. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Byte-dock/182261765126341

    As for the price of the Byte-dock. We feel that it has been priced correctly for the current market place. There are other docks available which are cheaper and some which are more expensive. What you need to remember is that with the Byte-dock you get everything in that price. That is delivery and cables plus the added benefit of not having to construct the unit yourself.

    Hope this answer some of the points raised.

    Kind Regards

    The Byte-dock Team

  1. facebook_Jason

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    Joined: Sep 2011

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    dont purchase

    I have just received mine, the quality is appalling, i sent emails to the company and they ignored them, so I posted my concerns onto their facbook page, and they deleted them, please avoid, for £140 odd it is amazingly poor quality.

    Eventually when i got a response from the company they sent me The returns policy, nothing about poor quality, it works, but is really rubbish quality

  1. facebook_Jason

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    Joined: Sep 2011

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    dont purchase

    I have just received mine, the quality is appalling, i sent emails to the company and they ignored them, so I posted my concerns onto their facbook page, and they deleted them, please avoid, for £140 odd it is amazingly poor quality.

    Eventually when i got a response from the company they sent me The returns policy, nothing about poor quality, it works, but is really rubbish quality

  1. facebook_Greaham

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    Do Purchase

    I got mine through there priority purchase scheme and love this product. So much I have bought another one.

    Jason I should really ask one question of you as you seem to be bad mouthing the Byte-dock guys everywhere, have you sent yours back for a full refund yet? You say that they pointed you to there returns policy have you used it yet?

    I have owned a Hengedock which is the only docking station I can compare to this as it is on end, and while the henge was good I personally think the Byte-dock is better. Ok so it is a little expensive, however it is new to the market and I tell you what Jason I bet you could not have put together a henge and it not wobble or the port not align properly.

    You seem to have a real bee in your bonnet about this by the childish way you have spammed every message board I have seen about this product.

    Give this new company a break and use their returns so they can give you your money back if it is not up to your standards.

    As for you comment on facebook that you posted here. I saw that before the Byte-dock team took it down, if you have an issue with someone or there product do you really think that is the right way to complain about it, I understand why they took it down because rather than talk to them about the issue you have just spammed every possible place know to man.

    In conclusion I LOVE MY BYTE-DOCK and I will help these guys out against negative people like Jason below.

    Thanks

    Gadgetman

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