Kensington rolls out new Universal Thunderbolt 4 docking station

Kensington Universal Thunderbolt 4 Docking Station


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Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show, Kensington’s latest dock delivers a Thunderbolt 4 connection in an ergonomic riser designed for the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and select iPads.

Alongside an official launch of three portable and desktop docking stations, Kensington announced the upcoming “Universal Thunderbolt 4 Docking Station”. A MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or iPad can be plugged into the dock and displayed at an ergonomic angle, as well as getting a Thunderbolt port.

“For more than 40 years, Kensington has focused on bringing innovative products to market that make computers and mobile devices easier, safer and more secure to use,” said Louie Yao, Director of Global Product Management at Kensington. “This latest expansion of our portfolio of connectivity solutions reflects our vision to continue to deliver best-in-class products that enable users to expand and maximize the capabilities of their computing devices.”

No pricing has been announced yet, but this new Thunderbolt 4 docking station will be available from Q2 2023.

It incorporates a single Thunderbolt 4 port into the dock, “allowing users to instantly connect USB and Thunderbolt accessories, external displays, audio devices and multi-gigabit Ethernet.”

The ergonomic design means that MacBooks are positioned “at the ideal height to reduce eye strain.” Similarly, the riser positions tablets at a 20-degree angle for sketching, which is ideal for creative projects.

There’s also a notch at the front, which means users can “stand a tablet (including the case) upright in reading mode, use a laptop in closed lid mode … or stand a mobile phone upright.

Kensington’s CES lineup

Kensington also used CES to promote three newer docking stations, the MD120U4 USB4 Mobile Dock, SD5780T Thunderbolt 4 Dock, SD1700P Mobile Dock with Qi Charging.

MD120U4 USB4 mobile dock

Kensington MD120U4

Kensington MD120U4

Described as “one of the first mobile USB4 docking stations”, the MD120U4 offers:

  • Dual 4K 120Hz display support
  • Up to 40 Gbps upstream speed
  • Up to 100W power flow
  • Two HDMI 2.1 ports for up to 8K, 60Hz on a single display
  • 2.5 Gbps Ethernet port
  • Two USB-A 3.2 Gen2 ports
  • One USB-C 3.2 Gen2 port

SD5780T Thunderbolt 4 Desktop Docking Station

Kensington SD5780T

Kensington SD5780T

The SD5780T is aimed at professionals who need to use MacBooks as “complete, high-performance desktop workstations”:

  • Supports one 8K or up to two 4K displays
  • Connects mouse, keyboard and other USB devices with up to 40 Gbps
  • 96W power to charge laptops or other USB-C, USB4 devices
  • 2.5 Gbps Ethernet port
  • includes 1m Thunderbolt 4 passive cable

The SD5780T Thunderbolt 4 Desktop Docking Station retails for $399.99 from Kensington.

SD1700P USB-C Dual 4K portable dock with Qi charging

Another recent dock aimed at mobile users, the SD1700P also includes an integrated Qi charger for the iPhone.

  • Qi charging up to 10W
  • Up to two 4K 60Hz displays via two HDMI 2.0 ports
  • 1 Gbps Ethernet port
  • Two USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 ports
  • One USB-C 3.2 Gen2 port supporting up to 100W for pass-through charging

The SD1700P USB-C Dual 4K Portable Dock w/Qi Charging was first revealed in December 2023, although Kensington has not announced a price or release date at this time.

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