Say Hello To The M.2 Docking Station for Steam Deck
We’ve all grown accustomed to devices that do our bidding, run off batteries and are self contained to the point where you don’t need or care about any other tech when it comes to them. That seems especially true when it comes to handheld devices with screens — you expect to pick them up and use them and that’s it. And that’s true especially for gaming “consoles” that you can put in your hands, stare at the screen and go to town. So that brings us to the JSAUX M.2 Docking Station for Steam Deck, or we’ll call it the JSAUX Docking Station for brevity for now.
So what exactly can this Dock do? How about having a HDMI output for taking the video signal being given to it and sending it to a monitor. But not a plain Full HD one, but instead up to 4K @60 Hz (‘cause the HDMI is 2.0). Going into the Dock, try out the 3 USB- 30.0 ports, plus a USB-C one for charging. Finally add M.2 SSD supporting NV/Me SATA protocol (supporting 10bps) enclosure space and adding a 2 Terabyte solid state drive and wowee — pretty good stuff right?
Pair It With Steam
Now while the Dock is easily portable, it’s not battery powered, but relies on an AC cord to get things going. It also has a Gigabit Ethernet port, which again means it isn’t being used in a car or outside ‘cause the sun is shining. On the plus side that means it supports 100 watt maximum power delivery — as you’ll see in a moment as to the caveat below, that requires using the original charger which the device just about to be noted expects 45watts to be its upside total.
Now here’s that caveat — this docking station is designed to use with a Steam Deck. The Steam Deck is a handheld gaming console, you could say, but it’s really a mini PC because it has standard PC hardware inside and uses PC software to get it up an running when it comes to playing PC games.So what this dock does basically, besides all already noted, is create a means of avoiding having to get a regular hub and stand base for the Steam Deck — the Dock takes care of all that. In fact it should be obvious that this is true because the dock itself is seated against the Steam Deck in the picture on the front of the box. And yes that does the dock seem even smaller than it is, in comparison to the Steam Deck, so we might as well get the dimensions out of the way. This dock comes in at 0.01 x 2.64 x 1.1 inches, and it obviously has a docking mechanism especially designed to hold the Steam Deck. It’s small but mighty, you might say, and at the least it doesn’t eat up any real desk/surface area real estate that’s needed for other things. But it looks like adding a keyboard and mouse is a thing too.
Not A Useless Device At All
Now one might say — go ahead and say it — “Okay this is all great but what if I don’t have a steam deck, does that make this useless to me? That’s a hard no because the adapter is also geared to work with iPad and Android phones, because they have USB-C ports (iPhones, no way for the obvious reason of the Lightning port as of now). So all of the functionality that this provides to a steam deck can be had for the above mentioned iPad/Android phone, which is great news for those looking to expand on the capabilities of these devices.
JSAUX‘s M.2 Docking Station for Steam Deck is a mild grey so it doesn’t stand out (too bad) and the name certainly describes what it can and does do. For more details go to https://www.jsaux.com/products/m-2-docking-station-for-steam-deck-hb0604