It's getting a proper adapter jungle out there. Prospective buyers (most probably newly Macbook Pro owners), more and more models to choose from – from simple, small versions that sits directly in front of the computer, the small giant puppets that do best to put on the desktop – and remain there .
One of the best all round dolls we tested is undoubtedly Hyperdrive, which you can read more about this, but it lacks the Ethernet. Those who need (or just like) wired Internet need to look further, and then this doll from Macline not a stupid choice.
Here we find the most we need in portväg: Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader, a USB-C port that supports the charging and HDMI that can handle up to 4k.
One of the closest competitors are undoubtedly Satechis Aluminum Multi-port adapter, which also has Ethernet, but this model is slightly cheaper. Macline-doll does not have quite the same sleek design, but it has at least the same type of enhanced contact Satechis models often do have.
Test: Mousepad aluminum matches the Mac – it's that good
For the around 200 crowns we save on buying this model is we miss out on a miniSD card reader, an extra uSB port and, we think, slightly better design compared to Satechi Multi-port. Moreover, we can not see this model sold in anything other than silver (anodized colorless aluminum), so those who want a doll in pink gold may well choose a Satechi model.
Otherwise there is not much to complain about. Macline doll gets the job done without protest, without being worryingly hot, and without loose and have slow ports that we noticed on some models. The transfer goes reasonably quickly through the two USB 3.0 ports. On average, we move our more than 3 GB test file in 2 minutes and 22 seconds, which is in line with both the Hyperdrive and Satechi model.
Something strange port location
we find that the USB-C port for the charge is a bit oddly placed next to the other ports, but this is not the only one. You can use the dock "upside down" because usb c is reversible, but then also harbors the USB ports on the "wrong" side.
We may draw laddsladden little strange on the desktop (see picture), but it may be a minor detail. Do you have a Macbook Pro still may be a good idea to download from any of the existing ports on your computer then the dock can not charge the 15-incher at full speed – just like most dolls, unfortunately.
Macline dock strangles charge at 60 watts. There are more than Satechi-competitor (49 watts) but less than Hyperdrive (100 watts). 60 watts works well up to 13-inch Macbook Pro, but to simultaneously charge and power a 15-incher can lead to problems when the larger model in more extreme cases may require up to 85 watts.
Loading a 15-inch Macbook Pro by 58 percent to fully take over an hour when we test. Perfectly acceptable, but then we do not no more advanced than writing this article while. As long as we do not do anything too processor munching it should work fine. But – as almost always – the best performance we get when we are charging using your computer's own ports.