StarTech debuts dual display USB-C multi-port adapters/mini-docks

StarTech.com has introduced two dual display USB-C multi-port adapters/mini docks that offer support for Power Delivery 3.0 and dual 4K displays: the DK30C2HAGPD ($169.99) and DK30C2DAGPD ($155.99).

The adapters allow users to connect to dual monitors, ethernet and extra USB Type-A ports without having to sacrifice desk real estate for for a big dock. They support HDMI or DisplayPort. 

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Both also include DisplayPort Alt Mode switch. This switch allows users to choose between higher display resolutions or faster USB speeds. According to Carey Cline, senior product manager at StarTech, this ensures that, depending on the user’s specific needs, they can get the most out of their device’s performance when using the adapter. 

You can choose dual 4K30 (or single 4K60) resolution with USB 2.0 port speeds if applications require better display resolutions with more basic USB devices connected (such as keyboard and mouse). Users can y switch to the faster USB 3.0 and downgrade display resolution to dual 1080p (or single 4K30) when more focus on transfer speed is required (such as external hard drive).

The incorporation of Power Delivery 3.0 (PD 3.0) in the adapters is also a critical component of the enhanced user experience, says Cline. These multi-port adapters can be powered from the laptop, or with support for up to 100W PD, can power any attached peripherals and charge your laptop (up to 85W) when connected to a USB-C power adapter, which is available with many USB-C laptops. 

A key feature of PD 3.0 is Fast Role Swap which prevents USB data disruption when switching power sources. Users can unplug the power adapter and switch to bus power without worrying that their workflow and data transfer will be interrupted.