Kanex is one of those little companies that you never know what they are going to release next, but no matter what it is it will be pretty perfect at filling the niche it was intended for. Their latest – the simpleDock – is a simple and elegant 3-in-1 docking station meant for portable systems which make use of USB 3.0 ports but lacks enough of them to be satisfactory.
To use this zinc alloy and rubber clad dock, all you need is plug in a micro-USB 3.0 cable from the unit to your portable computer. By doing this, your Macbook Air or Ultrabook with its paltry few I/O ports will suddenly have a trio of additional USB 3.0 ports as well as a precious Gigabit Ethernet port. Such abilities are par for the course for any rudimentary docking station, except this one adds in a third ability: charging. By including a dedicated 10W charging port and integrated shelf, the simpleDock can do double duty as a speedy charger for smartphones and tablets alike.
Add in an integrated cable management channels in the underside and the simpleDock works as good as it looks. Thankfully it does not cost as much as it looks and this horizontally-oriented docking station will only set you back $119 with free shipping direct from the manufacturer.