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Will CES 2017 bring the Mac accessories Apple can’t be bothered to make?

Will CES 2017 bring the Mac accessories Apple can’t be bothered to make?

CES 2017 is almost upon us, and while the annual Consumer Electronics Show will be dominated by vast televisions and, increasingly, car tech, it's the smaller gadgets I'm most looking forward to. If there's one thing 2016 has taught us, it's that we shouldn't get too attached to our favorite celebrities; if there's a second thing, though, it's that the brave new dongle world we live in is surprisingly poorly populated. Yes, Apple, I'm looking at you.

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Lenovo ThinkPad USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 docks unveiled

Lenovo ThinkPad USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 docks unveiled

Serious work requires a serious workspace, and what better way to set up that workspace than Lenovo's new ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C docks? The Thunderbolt 3 Dock is, obviously, powered by Intel Thunderbolt 3 tech, and it offers an extensive array of connectivity options. The USB-C dock is largely similar, featuring a USB-C port as well as USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 options. The USB-C Dock launches first next month for $199.99 USD, while the Thunderbolt 3 Dock launches in February for $279.99 USD.

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Dual UHD 4K USB Docking Station adds two 4K screens to your laptop

Dual UHD 4K USB Docking Station adds two 4K screens to your laptop

Targus and DisplayLink have teamed up for a new USB 3.0 docking station for laptop and desktop users that will support dual 4k monitors. The docking station is the Targus Universal USB 3.0 DV4K Docking Station (DOCK160USZ) and it will support up to 4096x2160 resolution via DisplayPort or HDMI.

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OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock returns MacBook Pro ports Apple removed

OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock returns MacBook Pro ports Apple removed

The long-awaited MacBook Pro refresh turned out to also be the perhaps the most controversial. Apple giveth, and Apple taketh away. While it added the novelty of a Touch Bar, at least for the higher-end model, it practically stripped the MacBook of every other port other than Thunderbolt 3/USB-C. Even worse for the entry-level model that only has two such ports. For those with port anxiety, OWC is offering a fix in the form of its Thunderbolt 3 Dock that offers 13, yes read that, 13, ports just for the price of one port on your MacBook Pro.

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A simple fix for the new MacBook Pro’s big problem

A simple fix for the new MacBook Pro’s big problem

Courage is a double-edged sword, and while consumers may have taken the death of the iPhone 7 headphone jack in their stride, professionals aren't being so generous with the new MacBook Pro. Apple's decision to ditch almost all the legacy ports on its flagship notebook was done in the name of ushering in widespread adoption of Thunderbolt 3 and enabling a thinner machine. However, while Thunderbolt 3 may undoubtedly be a better connector than the bevy of sockets along the edge of the old MacBook Pro, the Cupertino firm's decision to go slim has frustrated many who have legacy devices to plug in, and who were hoping for a more significant power upgrade.

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Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds more ports to MacBook Pro

Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds more ports to MacBook Pro

Apple device announcements always means new accessory announcements as well, and for the new MacBook Pro, that practically boils down to one thing: Thunderbolt 3 accessories. Well, and USB-C accessories too, by extension. Joining the fray, accessory maker Belkin has unveiled its Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD, taking advantage of the four Thunderbolt 3 ports on the new MacBook Pro, offering a “true” single-cable solution and answering the biggest problem in laptops: not having enough ports to connect everything.

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Toshiba WiGig Dock supports multiple displays and lots of connectivity

Toshiba WiGig Dock supports multiple displays and lots of connectivity

Toshiba client Solutions Division has unveiled a new product today that is aimed at helping notebook users to work better when in the office at their desk. The device is called the Toshiba WiGig dock and it delivers high-speed wireless docking using IEEE 802.11ad standards for connectivity. The dock can support wireless data transfer rates of up to 4.62Gbps and is able to connect up to seven different peripherals.

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New OWC Drive Dock connects bare drives over USB 3.1 Gen 1

New OWC Drive Dock connects bare drives over USB 3.1 Gen 1

Hard drive and accessories maker OWC has announced an updated version of its Drive Dock, a docking station that allows users to connect up to two bare drives to their Mac or Windows PC. The new model takes advantage of USB 3.1 Gen 1 connectivity, allowing read speeds up to 434 MB/s and write speeds up to 406 MB/s.

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iPhone Lightning Dock allows music playback while you charge

iPhone Lightning Dock allows music playback while you charge

With the launch of the new iPhone 7 yesterday there are also some new accessories for folks to play with. We have spent time hands-on with the new AirPods wireless headphones and there is also a new iPhone Lightning dock for you to check out. The new Lightning dock has some features that iPhone users who like music will appreciate. The dock is available in five metallic finishes.

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IOGEAR USB-C Docking Station trades one USB-C port for ten

IOGEAR USB-C Docking Station trades one USB-C port for ten

Laptops are, mostly, designed to be portable, even when they can weigh a ton. But there will come a time, or times, when you’ll wish you had more than just your single screen, keyboard, and touchpad on your desk. Sure, you can plug in all types of cables and peripherals, but that can be unwieldy quite quickly. And when you have a sole USB-C port like the new MacBook, you’re practically out of luck. Not unless you have this new IOGEAR USB-C Docking Station that will make you forget your laptop isn’t a desktop workstation.

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Dospara DG-STKLC PC Stick Docking Station adds connectivity to PC sticks

Dospara DG-STKLC PC Stick Docking Station adds connectivity to PC sticks

The idea behind tiny stick computers is very cool, the PC is small enough that you can carry it with you wherever you go and you can connect it directly to an HDMI port to turn any monitor into a PC. The drawback to that small size is that there isn't a lot of space for ports and connectivity options. A Japanese company called Dospara has a new docking station made just for stick computers that will expand your connectivity options.

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Forget MateBook, Huawei made the perfect MacBook gadget

Forget MateBook, Huawei made the perfect MacBook gadget

The world is full of mysteries, but the question simmering among many is why Apple is still yet to produce a USB-C dock for the Retina MacBook. The port-light ultraportable has demonstrated its commitment to the USB-C spirit with two generations resolutely sticking to the idea that a single port is sufficient, but salvation for those with a handful of things to connect comes from a perhaps unlikely source.

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