Line Dock

Por­ta­ble ports, power, and SSD in one

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Alan Stonebridge

$299 From line­dock, line­ Fea­tures 20,000mAh bat­tery, 9 USB, video and SD ports, SSD Here’s a USB–C dock with a dif­fer­ence. Well, two: a builtin bat­tery and (op­tion­ally) an SSD. Where many ri­val docks are desk­top–bound, or so por­ta­ble they don‘t have room for fancy ex­tras, this one is es­pe­cially sized to sit un­der a 13–inch Mac­Book Pro — that form is re­ally a bonus in that it pack­ages sev­eral things in one neat en­clo­sure in your bag.

The dock gives you three USB–C ports (one con­nects to your Mac), three USB–A (with 5Gbps band­width and the abil­ity to fast–charge other de­vices), Mini Dis­playPort, HDMI 2.0, and an SD card reader. Ei­ther video out­put can drive a 4K dis­play at a com­fort­ably smooth 60Hz.

Line Dock’s de­sign is neat, but there’s a cost be­yond the price tag: adding al­most ex­actly the weight of a 12–inch Mac­Book to your bag. A large part of that is down to the bat­tery, but also the thick metal body.

Adding a 256GB SSD bumps the cost up by a com­pet­i­tive $100, but 1TB for $450 is a lot; you can get a 1TB Sam­sung T5, for ex­am­ple, for $250. Our review unit had a 256GB SSD, but trans­fer rates were just okay — peak­ing at 250MB/sec.

the bot­tom line. A con­ve­nient de­sign, but think hard about its weight and the op­tional 1TB.

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