Kensington StudioDock review: catering to iPad Pro-centric creatives | AppleInsider

Kensington StudioDock review: catering to iPad Pro-centric creatives | AppleInsider Ipad

An ipad-only workstation

A few of us at AppleInsider rely on iPads as our daily drivers. This means that we’ve cycled through a variety of different tools to get the job done. We’ve used USB-C hubs, docks, stands, cases, external input devices, and more. The ability to combine so many devices, so many chargers, and so many cables into one device is incredibly tempting.

There are several nice features that Kensington built-in. For example, rotating to portrait can be helpful for writing, editing code, or other tasks. When you do this with your Apple Watch on the charging puck, it rests against a slight lip, keeping it in place.

The iPad is, after all, a mobile-first device — but the StudioDock is intended for a desk. So it doesn’t get lifted, those lock ports come in handy.

All too many USB-C hubs skimp on the card reader’s speed and include slow UHS-I card readers. UHS-II has a max speed of 312MB/s — three times that of UHS-I. If you’ve ever imported a large batch of RAW images using a slow reader, you know how tedious and annoying it can be.

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There are a few aspects of StudioDock that give us pause. For example, how long will this last? A standard USB-C hub and a stand can last for many years, but StudioDock will only remain relevant as long as Apple keeps the iPad size relatively consistent. There’s no obvious way to adapt a different size device.

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Luckily, many pros will hold onto their iPads for years, and companies tend to hold on even longer, so it isn’t presently clear how much of an issue this will be.

We’d like to see a few changes on a second-gen version, including a MagSafe charger rather than the half-as-slow Qi charger and more USB-C ports rather than USB-A. Otherwise, the onus is on Apple to do more with iPadOS, such as improved external monitor support.

But those quibbles aside, Kensington has done a remarkable job in creating a pro-level accessory. It feels like it belongs and does what we need it to do — be it connecting SSDs, equipping a mic, or relying on an external monitor.

Pros

  • All-in-one design
  • Aluminum and fabric exude premium build quality
  • Tablet can roatee and tilt
  • Lots of convenient ports
  • Easy to dock and remove iPad
  • Fast charges iPad Pro
  • Can power all of your Apple gear
  • Perfect for Bluetooth keyboard and mouse
  • Can work as an easle
  • Ultra-fast UHS-II card reader
  • Good port placement

Cons

  • Gets very expensive
  • Apple Watch charger not included
  • Power cable is very bulky
  • Needs more type-C ports

Studiodock design

StudioDock sets out to solve multiple issues while increasing the iPad Pro’s functionality by a massive degree.

Just with StudioDock, you’re able to replace a USB-C hub, two Qi charging pads, an Apple Watch charger, an SD card reader, a charger, and an iPad Pro stand. That’s a lot to fit into one device, and as such, StudioDock isn’t a small addition to your desk.

Depending on if you pick up the 11-inch or 12.9-inch model, this has a presence on your desk. Your iPad Pro magnetically attaches to the top, which has an angled edge to the top-left where the camera sits, and a USB-C connector on the right to power your iPad Pro.

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Your iPad Pro will get up 37.5W of power when connected, significantly more than the 18W charger Apple includes in the box. It sits horizontal but also can rotate to portrait mode at any time.

The iPad mount sits on the StudioDock and can tilt up and down — even enough to face backward to a certain degree. This can be great for collaboration as you can rotate the screen around for others to see, though it doesn’t go quite far enough if the other person is sitting.

Kensington made the StudioDock primarily of aluminum, including most of the base. The finish exudes off a pleasant, premium feel in line with Apple’s offerings. The shape of the dock even matches Apple’s own Pro Display XDR stand to a degree — though not as fancy.

On the front of the device are two Qi charging pads that are under a piece of heathered grey fabric with silicone edges. On the left pad is a ring that denotes it is used for smaller devices, such as your AirPods or AirPods Pro. That pad can achieve up to 5W of power and the pad on the right goes up to 7.5W for your iPhone.

Studiodock превращает ipad в полноценный настольный компьютер

Находка для владельцев iPad Pro и iPad Air.

Хотите сделать свой айпад немного лучше? Обратите внимание на новинку от Kensington. Компания представила док-станцию StudioDock.

StudioDock предназначена для iPad Pro или iPad Air с портом USB-C. С ее помощью планшет становится маленьким iMac. Достаточно поместить гаджет на подставку с магнитным креплением.

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Kensington StudioDock

Режим – ландшафтный либо портретный – выбирается пользователем. StudioDock позволяет подключать любые аксессуары. Интерфейсов для этого достаточно: USB Type-A, USB Type-C, разъем для наушников, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 2.0 и кардридер.

Мышь и клавиатуру можно подсоединить по Bluetooth. Сказанное повысит удобство работы с iPad как с ПК.

Kensington StudioDock

Также StudioDock имеет коврик для беспроводной зарядки. Заявлена поддержка стандарта Qi. Годится для AirPods, iPhone и Apple Watch.

К сожалению, Kensington скрывает цену и дату выхода. Надеемся, что она не будет тянуть с релизом.

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