For example, I have a Windows 10, Samsung Galaxy TabPro S tablet. It has an amazing 12”, 2160 x 1440, OLED touch screen, heaps of power with an Intel Core M3, and an all-day battery. But it only has one USB-C port for data and charging, and that makes expansion very limited.
I bought the $149 Samsung Multiport Adapter to get over this – it has a single HDMI (4K), and a full-size USB 3.0 port as well as pass through charging – a good mobility solution.
But this article is about using any USB-C device – macOS, Chrome OS, or Windows 10 as notebook replacement with the ability to plug in multiple monitors, USB devices, Thunderbolt 3 compatibility, and charging – all at the same time. Enter the Kensington SD46000P and it is perfect in every way.
- The single USB-C cable (supplied) connects from the computer to the dock. It provides simultaneous charging up to 60W, 4K video data transfer speeds, and full plug and play compatibility;
- 1 x USB-C 3.1 Host port with 60W charging (to connect to the computing device);
- 1 x USB-C 3.1 (5Gbps) Thunderbolt compatible;
- HDMI and DisplayPort for either a single 4K @ 60Hz or two HD monitors at 30Hz;
- Gigabit Ethernet port;
- 1 x USB-A 3.1 full-size with 2.1A fast charging;
- 2 x USB-A 3.1 full-size with 1A charging;
- 3.5mm audio out and 3.5mm microphone in;
- 95 x 217 x 26mm x 300g;
- One 20V/4.5A power brick that is almost as big as the dock;
- Three-year warranty;
- Power LED shows when switched on;
- Kensington lock compatible; and
- Firmware upgradable for future updates.
The device is plug and play apart from Ethernet drivers for Mac (downloadable) and it works almost instantly.
I set the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S up with the dock connected to two HD monitors, an external keyboard and mouse, a WD portable hard disk, Ethernet connection and a USB-C Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge for data/charge. It instantly recognised all devices and I was working on the tablet as if it was a desktop.
Samsung TabPro S uses a fast charger that will charge the battery fully from zero in about three hours. The Dock supports USB power delivery standards and using its power supply it took a little under four hours.
Cost and models
The SD4600P costs $349.95. It is the one to buy.
Model SD4500 does not do pass through charging and costs $319.95. Unless your computing device has separate charging — not via USB-C — then go for the SD4600P.
There is also a portable model AD1500 at $129.95 that supports one HDMI (4K) or VGA (HD), a single USB-3 port and is Thunderbolt Compatible. This relies on the computer for power e.g. no pass-through charge.