In mid 2012, although having gone through several years of Windows, including 3.11, ME, 98 and up to the current Windows 8.1, I decided to go back to my real roots and get a MacBook Air 11”. I found it to be the next technical love of my life. After reacquainting myself to it, I found it going everywhere with me. I did however find one down fall (or many if you count the ports it lacked). It has one thunderbolt port, 2 USB 2.0 ports and the usual audio jack. That is it. In comparison, my Windows 8.1 all-in-one has 6 USB 2.0 ports, separate head phone and mic jacks, a cat5 port and an HDMI output port.
With the “Time Machine” 64gig flash drive taking up one USB port, that leaves one more port that can charge my iPhone or plug in my 1TB external drive, or plug in another USB device or…You get the picture. I could have bought a multi-port USB hub, but it would have had to have external power or it would not work.
Fast forward to the end of 2013 and entree The Landing Zone 1.0 Pro docking system. This ingenious dock has solved all of my problems by including;
- Security Slot for Kensington Compatible locks
- USB 2.0 Hub with 4 ports with Power Adapter so you can connect multiple gadgets or devices that require a powered USB connection.
- High-speed charging for iOS devices
- 10/100 Base-T Ethernet port
- Mini DisplayPort for external monitors
- MagSafe® Power Pass-through
- 2 Status Indicator Lights that show Macbook Air is running and a second LED light that shows the charging status of your Macbook Air.
This will be the shortest testing of any of my products. It was so simple. First, I plugged in the MagSafe powersupply. Then, I lined up the two USB connectors and thunderbolt connector on the dock with the ports on the MacBook Air and then closed the lever. I then plugged in all my USB devices, which included the externally powered USB Hub, the Time Machine USB flash drive, a MyPassport 1TB (500 gig partition for Mac and 500 gig partition for Windows) and an iPhone charger.
It was flawless when I got it and still is. One caveat though; you need to follow proper procedures when undocking it though. That means properly ejecting any external drives so you do not damage them. iPhone chargers, external monitors as well as any hot swappable devices will remain the same.
They are available at many retail outlets as well as Amazon.com. Also, they are available for all MacBook Air and Pro models.