Kensington's new USB 3.0 docking station can turn your laptop into a desktop

Kensington wants Windows 10 laptop owners to have a better way to connect their device to larger desktop screens. The Kensington SD3600 Universal USB 3.0 Docking Station, revealed as part of CES 2016, is designed so that laptop owners can be more productive while working at their desktop office set up.

Here's a look at the docking station's features:

  • Dual HD Video Output - With an HDMI port and a DVI port, users can expand their workspace and increase productivity by adding two external screens. The HDMI connects directly while the DVI port can be connected directly or through the included DVI-to-VGA adapter.
  • Zero Footprint Mounting - The dock can be mounted to the back of a 75mm or 100mm VESA-compatible external monitor (mounting plate sold separately), allowing users to keep their desktop less cluttered.
  • Extend or Mirror Modes - Extend mode allows users to drag an open application to an external monitor so users can work across multiple screens, while Mirror mode allows users to replicate the content on their computer display to an external screen. 
  • 2 Front USB 3.0 Ports– Enable data transfer at up to 5Gbps with the fast and powerful ports positioned on the front of the dock, which is ideal for devices such as smartphones, tablets or external hard drives.
  • 4 Rear USB 2.0 Ports– Positioned at the rear of the dock, users can can keep all their peripheral productivity accessories such as a keyboard, mouse or printer to help keep cables or wireless receivers hidden from view.
  • Dislay Settings Software - Allows users to easily switch display modes, change the master monitor, or adjust the alignment and position of their screens. Kensington's corporate install support provides for mass installation via the Microsoft® server.
  • Gigabit Ethernet Port - Provides a reliable wired connection to a network or the Internet

The Kensington SD3600 Universal USB 3.0 Docking Station will be priced at $139.99, and an optional VESA Mounting Plate, which allows the dock to be attached to the back of a monitor, will also go on sale for $19.99. No release dates for the products were announced.

Source: Kensington

John Callaham