With ports at a premium on the latest ultraportable laptops, many of us will probably end up buying a multi-port dock or hub to get the ports that we need on our Windows PCs or Apple MacBooks. The 11-port Razer USB-C Dock fulfills this role, while looking stylish at the same time. Don't worry, there's no distracting Chroma RGB lighting. Instead, you get a well-built, all-metal package that looks like it can take some knocks on the road.
- Supports 85W charging via USB-C (100W PD In)
- 1x USB-C (10Gbps), 1x USB-C (85W PD), 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, 2x USB-A 2.0, 1x HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, SD card (UHS-I), microSD card, audio jack
- Supports up to 4K@60Hz, 1,440p@144Hz, 1080p@240Hz
Slim and rectangular, the Razer USB-C Dock looks like your typical multi-port dock. But while some cheaper ones are made of plastic, the Razer uses aluminium. Hence, it feels solid, and premium. But there's a downside: It appears to be as fingerprint-friendly as a Razer Blade gaming laptop. Unless you're wearing gloves, you'll be leaving all sort of smudges on the dock in no time. At 185g, it's about as heavy as a mid-sized smartphone. It will easily fit in a laptop bag or even your pocket. Cables are not included, though. The attached braided USB-C cable is 20cm long, which is adequate.
The Razer dock offers four USB-A ports, of which only two (marked in green) are the faster USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports. The other two use the slower USB 2.0 standard. There are also two USB-C ports. The one at the longer edge supports USB 3.2 (10Gbps), while the other USB-C port powers your device (up to 85W Power Delivery). If you're charging your device via the dock, it does get slightly warm. Else, it runs mostly cool while transferring files, or when it's connected to accessories like a monitor or mouse.
The dock's HDMI 2.0 port supports 4K 60Hz. This is a bit disappointing since some laptops, such as the Razer Blade 14, actually support HDMI 2.1, which can handle 4K 120Hz. The dock also has both SD and microSD card readers, though the SD card supports the slower UHS-I speed. Razer says the 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo port can do 7.1 surround sound, which is surprising, but is probably not necessary for most users. Rounding off this dock is the Gigabit Ethernet port, which is definitely handy for today's ultra-slim laptops that lack this feature.
At S$180, the Razer USB-C Dock is in the same ballpark as other multi-port docks from the likes of Anker, Belkin or Orico. You can find cheaper ones, but the Razer offers good build quality to justify its price. It's also portable enough, and offers all the essential ports you'll need for your portable devices. Get it now from the Razer Store.
Note: Review unit provided by Razer.
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