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Zemno intros notebook dock tailored to MacBook Pros

updated 01:05 pm EST, Fri November 27, 2009

Zemno intros dock with ModBay technology

Earlier this week, Mac and PC peripheral maker Zemno introduced what it calls the first portable docking station that supports the internal connection of hard drives, batteries and peripherals. The DeskBook Pro Docking Station uses the company's ModBay technology that lets users plug in either of the three types of devices. Each ModBay contains either a hard drive, a battery or other peripheral; the dock has two of these.

Otherwise, the DeskBook Pro adds seven USB ports, three FireWire 800 ports, one FireWire 400 Port, one DVI output, one Ethernet Port, one eSATA data connection and one eSATA power connection. Stereo audio input/output and a memory card reader round out its set.

DeskBook Pro is compatible with any Mac or PC notebook up to 15 inches with FireWire and USB capabilities, though its design is made to match the curved aluminum profile of current-generation MacBook Pros. The DeskBook Pro can now be ordered with deliveries due for January 10th. Its extra features bring the price to $500.









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  1. thebiggfrogg

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    Joined: Jul 2007

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    Goopoozaz!

    Zoinks and jinkies!

  1. danviento

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    Joined: Dec 2005

    +1

    MORE INFO, PLZ?

    After much diving into the company website, to use the port duplicity it looks like you'll have to plug in both a FW800 and USB connection, and then power the device with its separate power connection.

    They don't show any actual cables, or any other type of connection, running from the device to the computer in their photos, so I can't even tell if cables are included.

    Frankly, if you have to connect 3 data cables and and you computer's powercable every time you connect the dock, it's not really a dock, but more of an uber-hub. Anyone remember those docks for powerbooks that just required you to set your computer down and pull a lever and all of your ports got plugged in? Short of the special proprietary docks that dells used to have with their bottom-side outlet connection, that's more what an actual dock should be like, especially for someone who uses their machine as a desktop at home like myself.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    +1

    Not a dock

    Last I checked, a dock isn't about portability, it's about docking your computer so you don't have to plug a bunch of stuff into your computer.

    This is nothing but a large external hub/hard drive.

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