Plugable’s pocket-sized docking station can drive two 4K displays


Computer docking stations are useful gadgets, but many are very bulky. Hubs, however, are smaller but not as useful. Now computer accessories company Plugable has squared that circle with a compact docking station that’s ideal for the home and office, but small enough to take on the road.

The Plugable USBC-6950PDZ is a dual USB-C HDMI docking station that looks like a hub. However, it has all the functionality of a dock and is ideal for hybrid workers and travelers who need an office anywhere with their laptop.

The new pocket-sized dock is built around the DisplayLink chipset, meaning it can drive dual 4K HDMI ports at a 60Hz refresh rate, even on computers that might otherwise only use one monitor. Can support such as Apple’s M1 and M2 PowerBook.

Other features include a single cable connection, USB-A, ports for SD cards, Gigabit Ethernet, and an additional USB-C port to replace the host port on the computer. The docking station cable is conveniently packaged, ready to be stowed in a backpack or bag.

Many dual-display docking stations require an additional, bulky power source, but the Pluggable USBC-6950PDZ has none. The dock can draw its power directly from the host computer or perform pass-through charging using the host computer’s power supply.

Pass-through charging allows users to connect a computer power supply to the dock before connecting to the host computer. This setup supplies power to the laptop and any peripherals connected to it. The dock accepts power adapters up to 100W. The dock works with Windows 10 or later and macOS 11 or later.

Decision: When space is at a premium, such as a hand luggage, this small docking station is the perfect travel companion. The USBC-6950PDZ boosts the usability of any USB-C laptop while powering two 4K displays without breaking a sweat. It has all the ports you need for life on the go and even includes an integrated cable.

Prices and availability: The pluggable USBC-6950PDZ docking station is now available on Amazon for $129.00, with a $20 limited coupon from Black Friday through Cyber ​​Monday.

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