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Plugable Upgrades its USB-C Triple Display Docking Station

Plugable has upgraded one of its top docking stations with streamlined display connections and a major power boost. 

The UD-ULTCDL now adds three additional displays, five additional USB ports, and more, allowing users to transform their workspace with a single product. It’s available now on Amazon for US$249 with a $20 off coupon.

The original UD-ULTCDL launched six years ago with a variety of display options, including a DVI port with a VGA adapter, but as technology evolves HDMI continues to remain the most commonly used video port. This new version of the docking station features three HDMI ports (1x HDMI 1.4 – Alt Mode, 2x HDMI 1.3 – DisplayLink) that support 1080p@60Hz.

The UD-ULTCDL now offers 100W charging capability (96W certified), enough to charge almost any laptop. The advanced chipset also communicates with the laptop to find the perfect charge level and avoids over-charging, according to the folks at Plugable. 

In addition to 100W charging to the host laptop, this docking station also features a front-facing USB-C port for 5Gbps data transfer and 20W charging to accommodate charging phones or other accessories. In addition to the front-facing USB-C port, the 13-in-1 docking station also includes four USB 3.0 ports, an SD Card Reader, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and separate audio in and audio out ports.

By utilizing DisplayLink Technology, the UD-ULTCDL allows nearly all USB-C laptops to benefit from three additional displays, even M1 or M2-powered MacBooks. The docking station is designed to work well with Windows 11, Windows 10, and macOS 11+ systems with Thunderbolt 4 / 3, USB4, and USB-C. MacOS devices require users to download the DisplayLink Manager application for full functionality, but Windows devices will update the driver automatically with standard Windows updates.

Dennis Sellers
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