Targus has introduced what it claims is the world’s first universal docking station capable of simultaneously supporting up to four HD monitors and other peripherals and accessories via a single USB-C port.
The USB-C Universal Quad Video HD Docking Station, introduced at CES 2019, is powered by a Dual DisplayLink DL-3950 chip, allowing it to offer four HDMI ports. The connections can support up to four 1080p displays at 60 Hz or two 2K displays at 50 Hz.
In addition to extensive video connectivity, the dock offers additional connection options. It features four USB 3.0 accessory ports, one of which supports fast charging for compatible smartphones and tablets, a single headphone jack for audio output, and a gigabit Ethernet port for a physical network connection.
A USB-C port designed for use with a host computer’s USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 port is located on the device’s rear, while a secondary USB-C port for accessories provides up to 15 Watts of power. In addition to the ports, the rear of the device features a locking slot, a power connection point, and an on/off switch.
The unit’s dimensions are 3.46 inches by 8.15 inches, with a thickness of 1.69 inches. It weighs 1.5 pounds. In addition to a rubberized base that prevents desk scratches and dock movement, a VESA mounting bracket can be used to conceal the dock on the back of a monitor.
Where to buy
The Targus USB-C Universal Quad HD Docking Station is now available from Targus or Amazon.com for $274.99. Because DisplayLink drivers are only fully functional on Mojave and not High Sierra, the hardware is only compatible with Apple’s most recent operating system.
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