Review: Symbus Docking Station from Moshi

There are a number of docks out there for Apple's new USB-C/Thunderbolt-3 devices but they tend to be either bulky and expensive or small and portable but incomplete. The Symbus ($124.95) from Moshi is a good alternative that fits nicely in the middle.

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The Symbus is a compact docking station for USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 laptops and includes an ntegrated USB-C cable, It's a bit on the short side at about two feet; but if you plan to keep it close to your MacBook, that should be fine. The device itself is only about the size of a deck of cards, yet it has several ports, specifically an HDMI port for up to 4K video, a gigabit Ethernet pot, a power port for the included power cable which offers up to 50 watts of power for charging your MacBook via USB-C.

There are also two USB-A ports, including a fast-charging port. Moshi also offers a free app to undock the hard drives and flash drives that might be plugged in via those USB ports, which is a nice touch. The device itself, like all Moshi products, is well designed with a primarily aluminum exterior and a rubber base to help the station stay put.

Pros

  • Compact docking station for USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 laptops
  • Integrated USB-C cable
  • About the size of a deck of cards
  • Up to 50 watts of power for charging
  • HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet 2 USB-A ports
  • Nice materials (aluminum and rubber)

Cons

  • USB-C cable is about two feet long

Final Verdict

If you have made the move to USB-C, as I have, and need to be able to quickly dock and undock from a monitor, Ethernet, and USB devices, the Symbus from Moshi is a compact and affordable way to go. 

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