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MacBook Port Replicators / Docksing stations?
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Jun 26, 2006, 08:13 AM
 
Originally Posted by masugu
Thanks slug slug... I've long wondered how Apple thinks it will be taken seriously in the biz world without a Port Replicator / docking solution. Guess I will not hold my breath!!!
What is so important about port replicators for business?
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Jun 26, 2006, 11:36 AM
 
Very few people actually use port replicators. For those people who do - its essential. But its a very small number. I personally would pay for one.
     
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Jun 26, 2006, 03:15 PM
 
OK...I hope this is OK to ask here...

Anyone know of any good solutions - given the Mini-DVI adapter and all the side-mounted cords? Was prompted to ask after getting some help getting my BlacBook to work with my Dell Monitor...
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Jun 26, 2006, 04:28 PM
 
These folks say it's coming, but they don't give a timeline. But they're the only company I've heard of that makes any Apple-compatible port replicators.
     
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Jun 26, 2006, 05:06 PM
 
Thanks slug slug... I've long wondered how Apple thinks it will be taken seriously in the biz world without a Port Replicator / docking solution. Guess I will not hold my breath!!!
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Jul 20, 2006, 06:16 AM
 
yeah we need port replicators! it'd be nice just to have a connector at the end and the macbook could just slide on effortlessly
     
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Jul 21, 2006, 06:34 PM
 
While it would be a cool thing to addon it would uglify the bottom of my MacBook and it would bring up the price.
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Jul 21, 2006, 06:40 PM
 
Originally Posted by hadocon
What is so important about port replicators for business?
Mobile professionals / "Hallway warriors" going from meeting to meeting need to undock and dock quickly. Plugging in cables everytime you return to your desk and then futzing with getting your laptop to display on your monitor is unnaceptable.

Apple needs to address this or its laptops will be limited to geeks like us and not the Dell-wielding automatons of corporate America!!!
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Jul 22, 2006, 12:28 AM
 
[QUOTE]
Originally Posted by Dillon-K
While it would be a cool thing to addon it would uglify the bottom of my MacBook and it would bring up the price.
There are many notebook computers that have a port on the bottom that closes up when not in use, it wouldn't "uglify" the bottom at all.

Besides, I think the iSight in the bezel is ugly, but that doesn't stop it from being useful.

And it wouldn't cost anything to implement because it's a very cheap thing to do.
     
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Jul 22, 2006, 01:11 AM
 
That is a good point about the iSight... I don't know, maybe it's something we can look forward to hearing about at Macworld '07....
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Jul 22, 2006, 11:45 AM
 
Originally Posted by SkaGoat
And it wouldn't cost anything to implement because it's a very cheap thing to do.
That seems like a bit of a stretch, unless there's some industry standard I'm unaware of. Seems to me that port replicators are inelegant in an un-Apple-ish way (sorta like the word "un-Apple-ish"), both in terms of looks and user-friendliness. On the other hand, a dock connector (again, barring some obscure standard) would require Apple to spend the engineering resources to create the specs for routing all the requisite buses onto one connector and figure out how to fit it all onto the logic board; and then that's one extra custom part to have manufactured.

I still think it might be worth it for them. But I doubt it's cheap in the way, say, adding some extra USB ports would be.
     
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Jul 22, 2006, 12:07 PM
 
Originally Posted by masugu
Mobile professionals / "Hallway warriors" going from meeting to meeting need to undock and dock quickly. Plugging in cables everytime you return to your desk and then futzing with getting your laptop to display on your monitor is unnaceptable.

Apple needs to address this or its laptops will be limited to geeks like us and not the Dell-wielding automatons of corporate America!!!
I know exactly what you mean. Why, I'd pay hundreds of dollars to avoid the hassle of having to plug in the power, display, and ethernet cables. It must take all of 10 seconds, and time is money after all.



By the way, Mac's don't require their owners to futz.
     
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Jul 22, 2006, 12:28 PM
 
Originally Posted by chabig
I know exactly what you mean. Why, I'd pay hundreds of dollars to avoid the hassle of having to plug in the power, display, and ethernet cables. It must take all of 10 seconds, and time is money after all.



By the way, Mac's don't require their owners to futz.
No futzing??? Guess you have not owned many Macs.

Umm...Mac Users - myself included - do / have paid more for our beloved platform.Maybe you aren't aware of much history. Since Macs are the ultimate in design and Apple more often than not is one step ahead of the curve, my point is that surely somethign as pedestrian as an elegant docking station would be academic.

In case you have not heard, 10 seconds is an eternity in computerland and for people in business. Do you work? Try having to do this excercise 5 times a day. back at you.
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Jul 22, 2006, 02:11 PM
 
Right now I'm using an iCurve laptop stand from Griffin Technology, along with a 5-port USB hub, a 7-port USB hub, and a 5-port Firewire hub, plus the Mini-DVI adapter for my monitor. I have a spare A/C adapter for travel so I don't have to unplug my home charger either. It's a small pain to plug everything in, but it works - when I get home, I plug in the A/C, Firewire, 2 USB, and headphone cable and I'm ready to rock and roll.

Yeah, I'd buy a dock.
     
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Jul 22, 2006, 02:12 PM
 
Here is a complete list of the Macs that I've owned:

128K Mac
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Mac SE
Mac SE/30
Mac IIsi
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PowerMac 6100 (x2)
PowerMac 7600
iMac G3
eMac
iBook G3 (600MHz)
iBook G3 (700MHz)
iBook G3 (900MHz)
Powerbook G4 (867MHz)
Powerbook G4 (1GHz)
Powerbook G4 (1.33GHz)
Powerbook G4 (1.5GHz)

Still, I don't know why you think the Mac requires futzing to get the display to work with an external monitor. I've never had to do that.

As for plugging and unplugging, I do that at work and it just doesn't bother me. To each his own.

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Jul 22, 2006, 02:14 PM
 
I'd also buy one for school... every morning and evening it would come in handy.
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Jul 22, 2006, 02:17 PM
 
Originally Posted by chabig
As for plugging and unplugging, I do that at work and it just doesn't bother me. To each his own.
Same here. Plug in in the morning, plug out in the evening.

It does bother me; it's non Apple-like in the sense that it's a pain and just not elegant. And I'm always wondering if I won't yank out an plug breaking the port or something.

Apple could do it really nice. With a master port on the bottom, hidden behind a latch that only opens when you slide it onto the docking station. All they have to do is put the port there. They could leave the actual station to third-party companies. I'd really like it.
     
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Jul 22, 2006, 03:02 PM
 
Thanks Simon...you are often a voice of reason on these boards. Apple by its very nature *should* have an elegant docking solution for design / biz professionals going to a gazillion meetings a day Vs. having to deal with 4+ cables each and every time you want to hook to your monitor / power supply / keybd / mouse.

My other compalaint about Apple - which I LOVE as a company, iCon et al - is their keyboards and mice leave a lot to be desired.

I am just against any futzing - but the Mac certainly has less futzing than a PC.
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Jul 23, 2006, 05:19 AM
 
Originally Posted by masugu
Thanks Simon...you are often a voice of reason on these boards.
Thank you.

And although this isn't the MBP forum, I want to add that ever since Apple went from Ti to Al, the PR/DS thing has become even more of an issue. You have ports on both sides of the Book making it even more of a hassle to connect a lot of peripherals. Cables sticking out on both sides, taking up a lot of desk space, etc.

I really like the hinge design Apple is using now and I think in general it's fine to have ports on the sides, but when you want to use a Book as a desktop replacement and hook it up to a lot of peripherals, you really need something like a PR/DS. And don't even get me started on the ridiculous location of the lock slot on the 15" Al PB and MBP. Have you ever tried connecting a USB device or cable to the right side port when the lock was *gasp* already inserted?
     
   
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