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Which Dock Is Best for You?

January 26, 17 - Posted in: Tech Talk
Which Dock Is Best for You?

With all the docking station choices from Targus, it's sometimes hard to choose the right one. Ultimately it depends on the application, what you want to do with your universal docking station based workstation, but there are a few things to consider.

Please keep in mind, the host doesn't necessarily determine the dock recommendation because all of Targus Universal Docking Stations (UDS) are just that - universal. They can be used with virtually any platform with a USB connection. Because of this, the best UDS for a host laptop/PC/MacBook/Linux PC/Chromebook/2:1/etc. depends on what peripherals will be connected to the dock, to in turn be utilized by the host - especially in regard to graphics monitors. Knowing the application or at least what monitor(s) will be connected helps narrow it down.

If a host has a USB Type-C with graphics, i.e. Thunderbolt or DP (DisplayPort) Alt. Mode and USB Type-C Power requirements, it generally makes sense to utilize a dock with a USB Type-C DisplayPort Alternate Mode with Power Delivery like the Targus DOCK410USZ. If using an older MacBook with Thunderbolt 2 the DOCK210USZ can be considered. But for most applications a USB 3.0 Targus UDS is more than adequate, even with USB Type-C hosts. If the user will be traveling to make off-site presentations, consider the DOCK110USZ (USB Type-A) or DOCK411 (USB Type-C). If the legacy host requires 19VDC "barrel" power, the DOCK171 and DOCK177 are great choices, and the DOCK177 has higher-end dual 4K 60hz 24 bpp color graphics support, it also is a great fit for dual monitors with DisplayPort or HDMI. The new DOCK171 and DOCK177 can be converted to USB Type-C with power delivery using the ACA44.

The older ACP71 and ACP77 can be used at 2K with the ACA41 for USB Type-C PD. Don't need power, check out the DOCK160 for dual 4K. If you're looking for basic connectivity for a couple of external monitors, then the entry-level DOCK120USZ is fine. For a simple PC to TV connection, many find the ACP78 a great choice especially for its built-in Gigabit Ethernet and HDMI ports.The filter options at aides in UDS selection or click on the following chart to compare models.

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In summary, ask yourself three questions:

1) Do I need DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-D or VGA cable connections to my monitor(s)

2) What resolution(s) do my monitors support? 1080P? 4K?

3) What is my host platform connection? A PC with USB3.0? A MacBook with Thunderbolt 2? A USB Type-C connection? Or, to make it easier, ccontact your Targus representative, reseller, or post a question to this blog for more assistance.

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