Kickstarter Review: iVANKY Docking Station for MacBook Pro

I am always on the lookout for the ideal docking station for my MacBook Pro. I just upgraded from the 15-inch to the 16-inch MacBook Pro and decided it would be a good time to go all out and have two 4K monitors as well. That might have required two different docking stations as it's rare to find one that supports two 4K screens at the same time, but the folks at iVANKY came through with their iVANKY Docking Station (starting at $119). It's on Kickstarter, so the price will go up, but it's still quite attractive and it is a real product, as iVANKY sent me a review unit to try.

I liked the iVANKY's compact footprint. It's about the size of two or three iPhones stacked on top of each other, with enough heft to stay put. The power brick is practically bigger than the unit itself, and delivers 96 watts of power, which will keep your MacBook charged as well as your USB-C (18 watts of Power Delivery) and USB-A gear. Despite the small size, it has a whopping 12 ports. This includes four USB-A ports, two USB-C ports, a gigabit Ethernet port, both microSD and regular SD card slots, and even a 3.5mm audio headset jack.

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Of course the big attraction is the Dual 4K 60Hz video support (HDMI + mini DisplayPort). In order to drive all of those devices, it only works on MacBook Pros because it requires two side-by-side USB-C slots. Also, that second video port uses mini DisplayPort not HDMI. I originally tried a mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter I had and it did not work. When I bought a new mini DisplayPort to full-size DisplayPort cable, it worked great. So while HDMI is more prevalent, you should consider using this with a DisplayPort-capable monitor, at least as your second monitor.

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Pros

  • Compact footprint
  • Solid and hefty to stay put
  • Dual 4K 60Hz video support (HDMI + mini DisplayPort)
  • Reasonably priced (via Kickstarter)
  • Lots of additional ports

Cons

  • Requires two side-by-side USB-C slots
  • Second video port uses mini DisplayPort

Final Verdict

The iVANKY Docking Station from iVANKY has to the power and ports to drive a lot of accessories.

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Author Details

Todd Bernhard

Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.