Plugable’s Pocket-Size Docking Station Can Drive Two 4K Screens

Computer docking stations are useful gadgets, but many are pretty bulky. Hubs, however, are small but not quite as useful. Now computer accessory company Plugable has squared that circle with a compact docking station ideal for 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 to set up an office anywhere with their laptop.

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

Other features include a single cable connection, ports for USB-A, SD cards, Gigabit ethernet, plus an extra USB-C port to replace the host port on the computer. The docking station’s cable wraps up easily, ready to put in a backpack or bag.

Many dual-display docking stations need an extra, bulky power source, but the Plugable USBC-6950PDZ doesn’t. The dock can take its power directly from the host computer or with pass-through charging using the host computer’s power supply.

With pass-through charging, users can connect the computer power supply to the dock before connecting to the host computer. This arrangement supplies power to the laptop and any peripherals connected. The dock can handle power adapters rated up to 100W. The dock works with Windows 10 or later and macOS 11 or later.

Verdict: This little docking station is the perfect travel companion if space is at a premium, such as a carry-on bag. The USBC-6950PDZ extends the usefulness of any USB-C laptop while driving two 4K displays, all without breaking into a sweat. It has all the ports necessary for life on the road and even includes an integral cable.

Pricing & Availability: The Plugable USBC-6950PDZ docking station is available now on Amazon for $129.00 with a limited $20 off coupon running from Black Friday to Cyber ​​Monday.

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