In terms of the final word laptop setup, we frequently need extra options however much less litter. We’d like extra pixels, extra screens, extra peripherals ( you, USB webcam that all of a sudden turned crucial), and extra methods to energy all that tech. On the identical time, we search cleaner setups and fewer cables as many laptops reduce ports in favor of slimmer designs. Like every dock, the Dell Twin Cost Dock (HD22Q) introduced Thursday neatly provides extra ports, however its wi-fi charging pad brings an added characteristic.
Dell mentioned the upcoming product is the primary laptop computer docking station with Qi wi-fi charging (which works with supporting smartphones and wi-fi earbuds) that may additionally assist two 4K displays concurrently. If much less is extra, the dock is a manner to supply further desk area for a wi-fi charging station.
Qi charging happens by a “barely angled cloth stand,” in line with Dell’s press supplies. You possibly can cost your telephone each horizontally and vertically at as much as 12 W, which is near Qi’s most charging pace of 15 W.
Twin 4K assist comes from the HDMI 2.1 port (a primary in a Dell dock) and DisplayPort 1.4. The previous helps 4K HDR at as much as 144 Hz, whereas the latter handles 4K at as much as 120 Hz. Nonetheless, if you happen to use two 4K displays concurrently, every will likely be restricted to 60 Hz.
In case your laptop computer helps USB-C charging, the dock’s non-removable USB-C cable will cost it at as much as 90 W. Once more, that is not removed from the present most of 100 W, however take into account that the USB-C will soon support 240 W charging.
The Twin Cost Dock additionally helps Dell’s ExpressCharge characteristic, which Dell mentioned can cost supported Dell laptops to 80 p.c in about one hour and to one hundred pc in about two hours (give or take 10 p.c to these time frames, attributable to system tolerance). Nonetheless, Dell famous this characteristic makes dual-monitor setups use clone mode, i.e., each displays show the identical content material, decision, and so forth. Dell additionally mentioned ExpressCharge can scale back the battery’s life span.
Along with laptop computer charging, the dock has 4 USB-A ports. That features two on the dock’s proper aspect that cost gadgets at as much as 4.5 W, whereas the one USB-C on the left aspect expenses at as much as 15 W. The dock additionally has an Ethernet port on its bottom.
Dell did not present measurements for its upcoming dock however mentioned the gadget is 40 p.c smaller than the company’s WD19S 130 W USB-C dock, which is 8.1 x 3.5 x 1.1 inches.
The Twin Cost Dock will likely be $460 when it comes out on Might 12. For comparability, Dell’s WD19S is $359 as of writing, and the Thunderbolt 4 Dock (WD22TB4) Dell that was additionally introduced Thursday will likely be $470 when it is launched within the second quarter of 2022.
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