The world of Mac peripherals has numerous full and utter rubbish in it, so it’s a breath of aluminum-scented air to see the new USB-C slim dock from Satechi. The dock is precisely the identical dimension as Apple’s wi-fi keyboard, so when it’s not in use, your alphanumerics have a modern metallic hammock for some relaxation and recuperation. Extra importantly, the dock slides neatly on high of the 24-inch iMac’s foot, including a slew of easy-to-reach options and performance with out ruining the dastardly beauty of your silver-and-glass design masterpiece.
It makes a lot sense that as quickly as I noticed it, I sighed in a not totally safe-for-work means. Don’t get me flawed, I applaud Apple for its shapely computer systems, however the firm has lengthy been leaning fairly deep into form-over-function territory. The variety of occasions I’ve been swearing to must crawl behind my pc to plug in a peripheral for a couple of minutes, then by accident yank the flawed USB cable out of the again of it after I’m accomplished… It’s a beautiful design and a horrible person expertise.
Satechi, then, swoops in with a product that simply… works. It’s Completely designed for 2021 iMac (24-inch) fashions, and provides further knowledge space for storing and extends the quantity (and reachability) of the USB ports, all by a single USB-C cable operating to the again of your trusty work-steed.
The dock packs a USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 knowledge port (with switch speeds as much as 10 Gbps). It additionally has a USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 knowledge (with as much as 10 Gbps), and a few slower USB-A 2.0 ports. There’s additionally microSD and SD card reader slots; good for a grumpy-ass journalist or photographer making an attempt to get some work accomplished.
One other neat trick the USB-C dock has up its sleeve is a tool-free NVMe SATA NGFF enclosure. That’s numerous alphabet soup, however in a nutshell, it means you may set up a small stable state harddrive to increase the storage obtainable in your pc, all at 10 Gbps speeds.
The dock prices $150, however the firm is operating an early-bird particular that knocks $30 off the value should you order now. Deliveries begin now-ish. If I didn’t have a dumb Home windows field as my work pc, my finger can be twitching over the “add to cart” button proper now.