Now here’s a treat to those of you who normally use a Windows laptop for your work but fancy having a multi-monitor setup in your home office or workplace. Plugable designs some excellent extension peripherals in the form of sophisticated docking stations that can turn a tiny USB-C port on a PC into a gateway for lots of extra connections to get more from a laptop.
The UD-3900PDZ docking station uses the same DisplayLink technology found on Plugable’s popular UD-3900 device and has advanced USB-C technologies like Alternate Mode and Power Delivery. It’s horizontal form factor means it can sit neatly on a desk or tucked away under a monitor stand. The docking station can connect up to three HDMI display ports, six USB 3.0 devices, as well as providing 60W of power to charge a laptop, and it does it all through just one USB-C cable.
By tapping into innovative features only available with USB-C, like Alternate Modes and Power Delivery, the UD-3900PDZ allows certain non-USB data and protocols, like native video, to be sent through a USB-C cable, while also enabling Windows users to safely power and charge their laptops.
The new docking station is ideal for anyone who wants to extend and optimize their workspace with extra screen real estate. The three HDMI display ports can run at resolutions up to 4K 30Hz on the first HDMI display, and 1,920 x 1,200 on the second and third screens. The UD-3900PDZ also has six additional USB 3.0 5Gbps ports for connecting peripherals like printers, external hard drives, wireless keyboards or mice. In fact it’s is fine for anything that uses USB-A. Plugable has also included a Gigabit Ethernet port for tapping into a corporate network as well as a combination 3.5mm TRS jack for connecting a headset when making video calls.
The horizontal, design of the UD-3900PDZ makes a refreshing change from the more usual vertical tower design of many docking stations. At the rear there’s a streamlined port layout that should help cut down on cable clutter while still offering a multitude of connection possibilities. The docking station works with Windows 10 PCs that have compatible USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 ports and there’s a USB-C cable included to get things going.
Pricing and availability: The UD- 3900PDZ Triple HDMI Display Horizontal Docking Station, with 60W Power Delivery, is available now and costs $149 with a $10 off launch coupon. It will be available through Amazon, Newegg, and Walmart.
More info: www.plugable,com
- 12-in-1 expansion: – With a compatible USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 Windows tablet, laptop, or 2-in-1, the docking station can charge a device, connect up to 3 HDMI monitors, add Gigabit Ethernet, 3.5mm TRRS headset jack, and provides six USB 3.0 ports.
- Triple monitor display: 3 HDMI video outputs including 1x HDMI output capable of 4K 30Hz, 2x HDMI outputs capable of 1,080p 60Hz using DisplayLink USB Graphics Technology.
- USB-C features: Supports USB-C DP for one external display, and USB-C Power Delivery to charge the connected system. Support for these features is determined by laptop manufacturer.
- Compatibility: Compatible with USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 Windows systems, Dell XPS, Lenovo Thinkpad, HP Spectre x360, other systems which support USB-C DP Alt Mode and Power Delivery. No HDCP support. Linux, Chrome OS, and macOS not supported.
- Warranty: 24 months.