Do you have a MacBook Air and wish you had more ports? Well now you can have more ports, including an Ethernet port with the LandingZone 2.0 PRO docking station, and here is our review.
LandingZone PRO is an attractive and simple to use secure docking station for the MacBook Air. You can return from traveling with your computer and simply snap it into the LandingZone on your desk and enjoy the benefits of a complete desktop workstation.
Your lightweight MacBook Air just got a whole lot more powerful with this stylish docking stations. Turn your MacBook Air into a fully functional desktop system. No need to plug in cables each time you connect. Leave your cables plugged in. This full PRO version brings you, a powered 4-port USB hub and Ethernet, plus a Security Slot. This device works with the 13-inch and 11-inch MacBook Air models released in mid-1212 (Model A1465 and A1466)
Who are LandingZone?
From their website:
LandingZone is a small Silicon Valley company with big ideas. They develop unique accessories for Apple users. LandingZone is a slim and sleek docking and locking solution developed for the MacBook Air to dock in a simple, yet elegant way.
Specifications and Features
• Sleek & lightweight
• Single step docking & undocking
• Makes your MacBook Air lockable
• Brings Ethernet functionality to your desktop
• Use with MacBook Air’s lid opened or closed
• Connect a monitor, hard drive, printer, smart phone, tablet, etc.
• Use at home, office, or while you travel
This device works with the 13-inch and 11-inch MacBook Air models released 2010 until mid-2012 (Model A1465 and A1466)
Security Slot : Now you can lock your valuable MacBook Air with any standard Kensington Laptop Lock (sold separately).
USB 3.0 Hub with 4 ports : Built-in powered USB Hub with 4 USB ports that you can use to connect printers, storage devices, drawing tablet, iPhone, iPad, etc.
High-speed charging : Supports high-speed charging of iPhone, iPad and iPod on the left-side wing port.
Gigabit Ethernet port : Brings full Ethernet functionality to the MacBook Air!
Mini DisplayPort : Connect an external monitor. Also works with Apple Thunderbolt Display model # A1407.
MagSafe 2 Power Pass-through : Pass-through port allows you to use your MacBook Air’s original power supply.
Power Adapter : Powers the USB Hub so you can connect multiple gadgets or devices that require a powered USB connection, such as printers or certain USB hard drives.
Status Indicator Light : Shows you if your MacBook Air is running without having to open the lid.
Travel Clip : Keeps the Landing Zone’s Lever closed for easy travel.
What’s in the Box?
The box, which is extremely well packaged, contains the docking station, manuals, and a power plug with three options pin connectors for use depending on where in the world you are.
A Closer Look
Using the LandingZone 2.0 PRO
After removing the travel clip, fitting your MacBook Air into the docking station is fairly simply. You place your Air into it, line up the edges and then push the handle back into place.
If you want to use your Air’s power supply you need to slot that into place on the docking station before you fit the Air.
And when the Air is docked you have access to all the ports.
When powered up, there is a light that illuminates to show that power is getting through – remember that you need power in order for the various ports to function.
I can’t tell you the number of times I needed an extra port or two when using my MacBook Air, especially when I am away at events, such as CES. The LandingZone 2.0 PRO docking station solves all of those problems in a simple and lightweight package.
I first saw LandingZone 2.0 PRO at CES this year, and I remember saying to them at the time that I had to have one, and I am so glad I managed to get my hands on one as its great.
Using it is as simple as fitting your Air into it and plugging it in. There is even a small travel clip that is used to hold it all in place when moving around, and that was a very smart move.
When docked, the Air is actually at a very comfortable angle for typing, and I found myself able to type for longer periods of time without my hands becoming tired. It also aids with ventilation, and anyone who has ever used an Air knows it can get pretty hot!
And when you register it on LandingZone’s website, you also get a free app called unDock which adds a simple but critical piece of functionality to your Mac—an “Eject All” shortcut, which is very useful and again saves time and effort.
The retail price of the LandingZone 2.0 Pro docking station is $199.99 and you can buy it from the LandingZone website or from Amazon below (they stock both the 13” and the 11” versions).
All in all this is a great piece of kit and a must have addition for anyone who owns a MacBook Air. Having additional ports, including a Gigabit Ethernet port really enhances the Air and as mentioned earlier, the typing angle really helps for a more comfortable usage experience.
You can learn more from the Landing Zone website.