Apple has gradually improved its iPad Pro. It supports monitors, USB-C and even offers the possibility to use a mouse with the tablet. All these improvements have led to a growing need for a docking solution when trying to use the iPad Pro as a desktop-like PC. MagicDock has been released on Kickstarter and seems to be one of the better iPad Pro docks we've seen so far.
Surprisingly, it resembles Kingston's Surface Dock and is based at least on the hinge design for Microsoft's Surface Studio. In both cases, MagicDock has some minor improvements over what is available on the surface side. You can plug in an iPad Pro thanks to magnets and it can even be rotated so you can use it in portrait orientation. All charging is via the USB-C port of the iPad Pro, which acts as the primary connection while the tablet is plugged into the dock.
As expected from a dock, there are ports on the back for connecting accessories or a monitor. There is an HDMI port, a single USB-C port, a standard USB 3.0 port, and even a 3.5mm audio jack for headphones or speakers. The MagicDock is compatible with the iPad Pro models 1
The dock is made of anodized aluminum and looks relatively sturdy in the Kickstarter video, but as with anything from Kickstarter, you can only see the true quality after completing the project. However, the creator of the dock, Steve Warren, has considered most aspects of a modern docking solution. There is even a microfiber cover on which you can attach your iPad Pro to protect the back of the device.
MagicDock exceeded its Kickstarter funding goal in 24 hours, but there are still some places left where you can buy an 11-inch model for $ 99 or the 12.9-inch version for $ 109. As with Kickstarter, it may happen that it never arrives in its final form or looks completely different. So be forewarned before securing it with your cash.