Tuesday, 31 May 2022 23:41

The Alogic DX3 universal docking station brings power and vision to your working day

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Hybrid work has emerged out of the pandemic as the predominant way of work for many businesses and professionals. This means you need a good docking station to ensure quality accessories and charging wherever you are, and Alogic’s DX3 universal dock truly delivers; bristling with power and style and connectivity.

Puny, lesser, docking stations should look out! The Alogic DX3 is a solid unit that will keep your laptop charged and help you see everything you need with its 100W power delivery and support for triple 4K displays.

Imagine it for yourself - plug your MacBook or Surface Tablet or Dell XPS or Dynabook or whatever you might drive into the docking station, then work away on your full-size keyboard, ergonomic mouse, and, delightfully, your three huge monitors.

Or, you could sit hunched over your 13" display. I know what I'd prefer, and that's why a docking station is a must. In fact, multiple docking stations - one at home, one in the office, and even one in your luggage or the car.

Docking stations aren't a new concept, of course, but if you're like me you've been frustrated with lesser docking stations. I’ve had docks that couldn’t give sufficient power to my laptop and after a heavy day of online meetings I’ve ended up with my power in the red. I’ve experienced docks that provided multiple video outputs but could only drive one at a time. I’ve experienced docks that didn’t even have a power plug of their own and while they provided the convenience of accessories, they drained my battery. Or, other docks limit you to only USB-A or USB-C devices as if they were matter and anti-matter and could never meet.

By contrast, Alogic's dock is a meaty, beefy dock for power users who need to work on demanding applications and who need a frictionless, trouble-free experience where the dock is an asset and not a hindrance.

It doesn't even matter what laptop you use; almost all computers that charge via USB-C have a maximum charge speed of 60W, but the 15” MacBook Pro can charge up to 87W, and the 2019 16” and 2021 14” MacBook Pros can charge up to 96W. In fact, not only are you covered by the Alogic DX3’s 100W charging, it is the most powerful dock iTWire has tested and easily handles the highest-end laptops available.

Rear ports include gigabit ethernet, 3x DisplayPort video output, 2x USB-A 3.1 ports, and a laptop charging port for up to 100W. Front ports include USB-A 3.1 and USB-C, both with fast charging for your phone or other gadgets, as well as an SD and microSD card slot and a 3.5mm headphone/microphone jack. The dock is powered by a DC jack which plugs into the rear.

iTWire found the DX3 a pleasure to use. In fact, it was completely out of the way. It’s the perfect single-cable solution for road warriors, hybrid workers, and anybody who wants to maximise their productivity and maintain the health of their eyes. Once it’s cabled to your monitors and other accessories you merely plug and unplug one cable to get to work or to pack up. We could type and talk and program and write and game and watch movies and play music and read documentation all day long. The dock drove my 27” monitors giving me screen real estate way beyond my diminutive laptop’s ordinary capabilities. I had all the power and functionality of a desktop system but with the portability of a laptop when I needed to walk away. And, by day end, my laptop was fully charged.

The Alogic Prime DX3 dock, SKU DUPRDX3-WW, is available from $444 and comes with a two-year warranty. It has a robust design and a smooth metal finish. It can sit on your desk or be VESA mounted.

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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