Let’s be honest, there’s nothing fancy, nor exciting about chargers. In fact, they only serve one real purpose – to provide more power to your mobile devices, whether it be a laptop, a phone, or an external hard drive. As unexciting as chargers may be, startup company Seesaw aims to take those single-purpose tools to the next level by making them more useful and versatile for the common traveler.
In a nutshell, the DockCase is a project set up on Kickstarter that transforms your traditional USB-C Apple MacBook Pro charger and turns it into a fully-functioning dock. Instead of having to carry around mounds of dongles while traveling, imagine only having a high-tech sleeve for your charger that enables you to plug in all your peripherals, hassle-free.
The DockCase was recently reviewed by filmmaker Armando Ferreira, who had the privilege to be a beta tester and play around with a prototype version of the device. In theory, the accessory is perfect for video editors on-the-go since all the ports you need to connect to drives and cameras are more or less built into the dock itself. Now, let’s take a closer look.
Setting up the DockCase is rather straightforward. Inside of the DockCase you’ll find a male USB-C port. All you have to do is align your MacBook Pro charger to the port and slip the charger inside the DockCase. Afterward, you’ll need to plug in the charger to a power outlet, then connect the DockCase to your laptop with a USB-C cable.
All versions of the DockCase come with two USB3.0 Type-A ports and a USB Type-A port with Quick Charge 3 technology. You also have the option of purchasing a slightly more expensive model (such as a DockCase made for the 15-inch MacBook Pro) which will include an HDMI 2.0 port for use with an external monitor.
As great the DockCase might be on paper, it’s hard to determine its actual reliability. While testing the product, Ferreira encountered moments where the DockCase wouldn’t function normally. To troubleshoot it, he had to carefully move and adjust the position of the DockCase until it was up and running again.
It is worth noting, however, that when the Ferreira got the DockCase to work, it performed as it should: the ports were providing enough power, transfer speeds were decent, and any devices plugged in where charged as expected.
For such a compact device, the DockCase looks to be an attractive peripheral for content creators and video editors who are constantly on the move as well as for those who don’t want to deal with the chaos of carrying dongles all the time.
While the innovative product seems to promise convenience, only time will tell how reliable it will actually be when the final design is released to consumers. Hopefully, it would be more reliable and bug-free. If you want to learn more or back the project, head over to Dockcase’s official Kickstarter page here.