On one hand, it's just a laptop docking station. On the other, it's probably the most useful laptop docking station this side of Toshiba's dynadock V
's simply titled Notebook USB Audio Station was just released, bringing a universal (Mac and PC) design that actually goes above and beyond the call to a product segment that's typically a snoozefest. As you've likely noticed by now, the tilt here is accomplished by propping your machine up on a pair of 8-watt speakers, giving you an elevated view as well as an improved level of audio quality (we're assuming, anyway). There's also a three-port powered USB hub for keeping those peripherals juiced, and the sub-$60 price point makes it even easier to consider seriously. As of now, though, you'll only find it at the company's website and inside your local Apple store.
SMK ANNOUNCES THE NEW NOTEBOOK USB AUDIO STATION
The Ultimate Notebook Base Station for Apple MacBook Laptops,
As Well As Dell, HP, Sony and Other Windows-Based Laptop PCs
Camarillo, California, June 3rd, 2010 ---- SMK-Link Electronics Corporation, a subsidiary of SMK Electronics,
the largest manufacturer of OEM remote controls in the world, today announced the availability of the new
Notebook USB Audio Station. Utilizing a minimal foot-print design, the new Notebook USB Audio Station elevates
the Apple® MacBook® or PC laptop screen, positioning it ergonomically at eye-level for effortless desktop use.
The new USB Audio Station also features a seamlessly integrated stereo audio amplification system, plus a 3-port
powered USB hub--making it an ideal base station for all Apple MacBook laptops, as well as Dell®, HP®, Sony®
and other Microsoft® Windows®-based PC laptops.
''Laptop and notebook computers have become both desktop replacements and entertainment centers. SMK's
new Notebook USB Audio Station is a 'must have' desktop accessory for these new uses,'' said John Blair, General
Manager of Branded Products for SMK-Link. ''Priced under $60 and available at Apple retail stores, the Notebook
USB Audio Station is a quick, easy and effective desktop base station. Raising the laptop screen to a 26-degree
tilt angle at eye level, it creates an ergonomically-correct computing position------reducing eye strain and eliminating
the neck pain or back fatigue associated with prolonged laptop use.
''The NoteBook USB Audio Station is also an audio amplification system,'' continued Mr. Blair, ''delivering 8 watts
of clear stereo sound from its pair of seamlessly integrated audio speakers. Finally, the Notebook USB Audio
Station contains a 3-port powered USB hub for use with all USB 1.0 or USB 2.0 peripherals. Used in combination
with a wireless keyboard/mouse combination, such as Apple's Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse or SMK's
VersaPoint® Wireless Desktop Suite, the Notebook USB Audio Station is an ideal laptop base station--seamlessly
positioning the MacBook or PC laptop screen for extended desktop use at home, in the dorm, or at the office.''
Notebook USB Audio Station ---
- Key Media Points
• Designed for use with Apple MacBook, MacBook Air® and MacBook Pro® laptops
• Designed for use with Dell, HP, Sony and all other Windows-based laptop PCs
• Ergonomically positions the laptop screen at eye level for extended desktop computing
• Delivers 8 watts of clear stereo sound amplification from integrated speakers
• Provides a 3-port USB powered hub for use with USB 1.0 and USB 2.0 peripherals
• Available at Apple retail stores, and the SMK Link website (http://www.smklink.com)
• Suggested retail price: US $59.99
About SMK-Link Electronics
SMK-Link, headquartered in Camarillo, California, designs and manufactures remote controls and other advanced
Bluetooth peripherals. SMK-Link is a subsidiary of SMK Corporation. SMK Corporation, established in 1925 with
its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, is the largest OEM manufacturer of remote control units in the world.