Where might I find or commission a pre-made or custom-order a rather fully featured port-expansion hub or dock-like accessory designed to nest neatly underneath a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID like the one I plan to order soon? Specifically, I'm looking for a device with a complement of ports and media slots similar, but not identical, to that found on Sonnet's Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock, but which interfaces with the aforementioned laptop using Thunderbolt 3 rather than its predecessor. Here are the kinds of connectors and slots I would like to have on such a device:

  • FireWire 400
  • FireWire 800
  • Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt 1 and 2
  • USB 3.1 Gen. 2 Type C/Thunderbolt 3 passthrough
  • USB 3.1 Gen. 2 Type A
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • SDSC/-HC/-XC card reader
  • A slot-loading optical drive capable of reading and writing to and from the following formats (basically, the same list of formats as the Sonnet dock I mentioned earlier:)
    • Bluray Disc (variants:
      • single- and double-layer BD-R
      • triple- and quadruple-layer BD-R XL
      • single- and double-layer BD-RE
      • triple- and quadruple-layer BD-RE XL
      • BD-ROM)
    • DVD (variants:
      • DVD-RAM
      • single- and double-layer DVD±R
      • DVD±RW
      • DVD-ROM)
    • CD (variants:
      • CD-R
      • CD-RW
      • CD-ROM)

The optical drive should support booting from discs as well, as one would probably expect. In addition, I wouldn't mind also having access to the following additional functionality in such a device:

  • An internal battery bank for battery lifetime extension
  • Space for additional solid-state storage

Does anybody know what kind of place might supply or custom-build such a product to or for me?

  • Would it be possible for you to edit your question into a more simplified form? Such as: I am looking for X device, with A,B,C,D,E requirements....in a list or bullet list format? Also please include your budget. The way this is now, it is almost impossible to read and includes information that is not needed. – NZKshatriya Feb 22 '17 at 3:29
  • Also, this might be a suitable question for the Askdifferent stack, which is Apple-centric. – NZKshatriya Feb 22 '17 at 3:31
  • @NZKshatriya on your first comment: Sorry, I'll work on fixing that tomorrow (I'm going to bed soon-ish.) – RandomDSdevel Feb 23 '17 at 1:41
  • @NZKshatriya on your second comment: True, but I tend to see more software- and OS-related stuff on there when I visit, so I thought this StackOverflow might turn out to be more appropriate (I'm probably just not looking hard enough, though, TBH/LOL…) – RandomDSdevel Feb 23 '17 at 1:44
  • @NZKshatriya: Sorry for the delay in editing this post to make it read more smoothly; got waylaid with some other stuff. I fully intend to come back to this, though, so don't worry! – RandomDSdevel Feb 25 '17 at 1:51

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