Building the Ultimate MacBook Pro

– Hey guys, this is Austin, and today we are building the ultimate 13-inch MacBook Pro And huge shout-out to LastPass for sponsoring this video

So you might be wondering why we're using the 13-inch Macbook as opposed to a 15-inch when we're trying to build the ultimate laptop, but a lot of it actually comes down to this So this is a LineDock, and inside, what we're finding here is not only the additional battery, but additional storage, additional ports, that's all meant for the 13-inch So this guy started out as an Indiegogo, and it's just starting to ship, but inside what we're going to find is something that actually looks a lot like a Macbook So the idea here is to give you a bunch of the functionality that you would normally expect on, for example, older Macbooks, with, you know, more than four ports So there are gonna be a ton of ports that are gonna be added, including USB-C, we've got two USB 3

0 on the side, SD card reader There's also on the other side we've got HDMI, a mini DisplayPort, a third USB 3, as well as one more USB type C So it's basically the same size as a Macbook, so I sort of stack it on top What I've got here is a little bit of a sandwich Actually, how does this connect

Oh, what Oh, (laughs) for a second, I thought they forgot to put anything else in the box I think they're taking a subtle hint at the lack of dongles needed with this particular product There's also an available USB-C magnetic module So if we open this guy up, what we're going to find is, well, what looks like a USB adapter, but the whole thing is going to be magnetic

Now, supposedly this is going to support full USB-C capability, so stuff like data transfer, video and everything like that But I've had some questionable luck with these in the past So maybe I'll try one of the ports on the side Oh, okay, maybe the back port just doesn't work So we immediately get charging, and we also have a 256 gig SSD

Okay So, there are different versions of the Linedock available, say for example if you don't want so much storage, but the idea here is that if you've sort of got this giant dock thing that goes with the Macbook, you're going to be getting battery, extra ports, SSD, the whole sorta package While this looks a little bit goofy right now, inside what we're getting is not only that SSD, which is optional, you can go all the way up to a one terabyte SSD, or not even opt for one in the first place, but on top of that all these, LineDocks have 25,000 mAh power batteries inside So it's going to be able to charge at a full 100 watts, more than enough for any Macbook, and in theory it could give you basically double the battery life Now the LineDock is going to essentially double the thickness of our Macbook

And as we all know, thicker is better when it comes to building the ultimate stupid – I mean – ultimate Macbook Not stupid I meant ultimate So that's where some protection for our Macbook comes in One of the only real issues I've noticed with the LineDock is that since it's not actually connected to the Macbook besides with a cable, it actually doesn't really matter what you actually do to it, just as long as you have it connected via USB-C

So, that's where this comes in A very important keyboard protector, that also very helpfully reminds you of all the wonderful keyboard shortcuts that I totally don't know at all But of course, protection is incredibly important You never know when a sudden gust of wind could blow your Macbook out a window, and you need to make sure it survives Well that's where this comes in

This giant case that, supposedly helps Is that really how it's supposed to go on, it just looks so weird Oh, I needed to click it, until it did that noise Now it looks much better Okay, that looks a little more like it

If I pull it up- hey, there we go! We got some real protection for our ultimate Macbook Excellent Now, all you need is some protection for your digital life Thanks to LastPass No, I didn't just include a case so I could get a great segue over to protecting your digital life with LastPass

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There's free and paid versions, but regardless, protect yourself online, and download LastPass now Of course, when it comes to building the ultimate Macbook, a single display is not going to be enough So that's where the LG 5K Ultrafine comes in So with a single Thunderbolt 3 cable, we're gonna be able to not only get that full 5k video signal, but we're also going to be getting three USB-C ports on the monitor, and we're going to be getting an 87 watt charge from the monitor into the Macbook Which is helpful, especially when we have the LineDock, which can also charge the Macbook, so we should be good on power

Now this is starting to look a little bit ridiculous, however, it is by no means ultimate just yet Which is where this comes in A laptop vertical dock for two laptops So with this, we can drop the Macbook as well as the LineDock at the same time Next up, we have a keyboard

This is going to be the Das Keyboard Ultimate, which not only is going to be able to take advantage of some of the USB ports on the LineDock, but is also going to give us a fully mechanical keyboard that is meant to be used on Mac We also have the Logitech MX Master 2S So this guy's going to be using Bluetooth, and now, we're getting a little bit closer However even this is still not going to be anywhere near enough ports for the Ultimate Macbook Which is where the CalDigit TS3 Plus comes in

This is going to be a Thunderbolt 3 dock, which is going to give us extra functionality and, well, to be totally honest, even more ports that we're probably not going to actually use Alright, that's actually not going to be too crazy So what we're getting with this is not only a bunch more USB ports, we're also going to be getting a second Thunderbolt 3 port so we can daisy chain with the monitor, but we're also going to be getting some other stuff that even the LineDock doesn't include, such as ethernet, another SD card reader, if we wanna do two at the same time Look I just wanted this dock and I figured it'd be cool Don't judge me

I just thought it would be really ridiculous So we're gonna plug in the Thunderbolt 3 cable from the computer, it's going to go into the dock, and then we're gonna plug the Thunderbolt 3 cable from the monitor also into the dock, and then actually what we can do is we can plug the LineDock into the USB type C cable, on the dock Oh hey wait, okay hang on Okay that looks good So if I close the Macbook up, we should have everything on one display

There we go And then, I set it right here, have my mouse, have my keyboard So you guys might have caught a little video I did recently trying to game on a Mac And doing so, I bought this external GPU from GIGABYTE, which is actually going to be really tiny, and yet does connect over Thunderbolt 3 So, if I get a couple more cables going here (laughs)

So, with our final Thunderbolt 3 cable, which will be plugged directly into the Macbook, we're going to have a full Radeon RX 580 Now, when you clicked on this video, I promised you the ultimate Macbook What I've actually delivered is a really, really bad idea And so it is time to fully test the ultimate 13-inch Macbook Pro Now to get the ultimate performance because, of course, this is the ultimate set-up, we also have a secondary display, this time a 1080p 144 hertz panel, which is going to be plugged directly into the GPU

'Cause you know of course the last thing we want is some kind of performance bottleneck It all technically works Nothing has crashed, nothing has stopped working Yet So, Fortnite decided to not work on us, and instead of reinstalling the entire game and trying again, next we have: Rocket League

Which I will have you know, works completely perfectly on the ultimate Macbook with no issues at all Basically Now, we're playing 1080p high, which shouldn't be a really big surprise, with that RX 580 we have plenty of horsepower, even considering that we are running a dual-core CPU And at the same time, even though it doesn't really matter, we also have a 5K monitor And like

actually how many ports do we have? Nine, ten, eleven, twelve USB-A ports Three, four, five, six, seven USB-C ports, one additional Thunderbolt port plus two more that are free on the Macbook, two HDMI ports, we have a DisplayPort, we have a mini DisplayPort, and then we also have three more DisplayPorts on our GPU, ethernet, optical audio, headphone jack, and we have a 25,000 mAh battery, and a 256 gig SSD, and a full RX 580 external GPU Oh and I forgot to mention, there are also three extra USB-C ports on the back of the Thunderbolt display, for a grand total of ten

So hopefully you guys found building the ultimate Macbook Pro to be very informative, very useful with your own Macbook building projects- what, is it just me who does this?

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