Now one must say the new Apple MacBook Retina is marvelous. Its slim, its light, its stylish, its trendy and its powerful too. But anybody considering to buy the new Apple MacBook pauses when confronted by the single USB-C port. The very idea of carrying a stylish light weight laptop falls flat when you come to know that you will be needing compatibility cables to plug other accessories to your laptop. Moreover the fact that you wont be able to connect more than one device is kinda turn off.
The InfiniteUSB project is already a very popular solution to this problem. It’s not a dock, but an open chain of USB ports that basically offers you an unlimited number of open slots. With InfiniteUSB, you’ll be able to connect as many USB devices you want, whether it’s for charging batteries or transferring files.
However, HydraDock brings the world’s first full-featured multi-port desktop dock for the new Apple MacBook’s unique USB-C port. With the help of HydraDock you can plug anything into that USB-C port on the new Apple MacBook.
HydraDock is designed in partnership with world renowned Apple concept artist Martin Hajek, It is named after the multi-headed mythological serpent, and expands the single USB-C port on the MacBook into an array of eleven useful ports, including:
- 1 — 3.5mm stereo headphone port
- 1 — Gigabit Ethernet port
- 1 — SDXC card slot
- 1 — Mini DisplayPort (up to 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, w/HDCP)
- 1 — HDMI (up to 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, w/HDCP)
- 4 — USB 3.0 ports
- 2 — USB-C ports (data only, no video)
The HydraDock has a 12.5-inch (320mm) cable with a male USB-C plug extending from one end that connects to the USB-C port on a MacBook. The other end has a female USB-C jack where the MacBook’s power adapter is plugged — powering both the HydraDock and the MacBook. Advanced USB 3.1 Power Delivery Specification circuitry in the HydraDock manages the power in and out of the dock, to each of the ports, and to the MacBook.
HydraDock also has some more unique features that may come handy at times :
- HydraDock USB-C to iPhone charge-sync cablewhich will help to connect your iPhone to the new Macbook.
- HydraDock USB-C to 12V lighter plug MacBook car charger which will help in charging your MacBook in your car.
Price of HydraDock –
The retail price for the HydraDock will be $169. However Early Bird backers on Kickstarter can save $40 and get a unit for only $129, including USA shipping.