Laptops Are Great But...
Laptops are extremely convenient because of their portability — close the screen, pop it into a soft case or knapsack and away you go. Then wherever you end up it’s just a matter of pulling it out and setting it down to have all the computing power you need. Plus it’s got all your digital stuff inside as well as all the high tech of WiFi and Bluetooth and a hi-rez screen to look at (only that internal hard drive can’t really hold all your stuff, just as the attached LCD screen doesn’t give you the highest resolution or the biggest picture to look at). So maybe the only real problem comes when you need to add peripherals to the laptop, such as a hard drive capable of holding tons more than the internal drive can, or you want to use a really big monitor as opposed to the 13” (on average) the laptop has attached. Besides most laptops have gotten rid of a lot of those connections (ports) that you need for adding those peripherals anyway. So do you give up and surrender? Nope, what you do is make sure Kensington’s SD4100v USB 3.0 Dual 4K Docking Station is there to help out.
The Value of a Docking Station for a Laptop
The SD4100v isn’t so big and bulky that it can’t be taken with you, but for the most part it’s going to stay in one place. Because it’s a vertical slab on its own base and needs an external power supply to get AC from a wall outlet. And what it is can be described as an extension for the laptop — sort of a conduit between it and a lot of external devices and one that doesn’t tax the capabilities of the laptop but adds to it without creating a strain on its tech. And rather than the usual 3 foot included cable (meaning that you have to place the dock pretty close to the laptop, which isn’t always such a good thing), Kensington’s included cable is almost 10 feet long — that’s a lot of leeway as regards placement.
What The SD4100v Has
So the most obvious thing to do is look at what the SD4100v has going for it because that basically says what the laptop can now expect. To do that you go to the back where the main connection are to be found (well get to the lesser in the front too). Here you find the connection for going to the laptop and for plugging in the power adapter. There’s also a power button (most will just leave that on) as well as an Ethernet connection (1000/100/10) for a wired route to the router, allowing one to avoid the need for using WiFi (which rarely is as stable or has as strong a signal as a wired connection has). There’s 4 USB 3.1 Gen 1 high speed ports (all supporting 5V/0.9A) with up to 5Gbps data transfer speed and perhaps the most important for one’s eyes — at the top back are 2 DisplayPort 1.2 connections, with each able to drive a 4K monitor (giving you a choice of 1 or 2 to be used together with both able to deliver a resolution of 4096 x160 at 60Hz (not 30!).
Continued Value From A Docking Station
Now the front may be quite a bit less endowed but there is still 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 connections - with one supporting 5V/2.4A fast charging. The front is rounded out at the bottom by 2 3.5mm analog jacks, with 1 devoted to plugging into a microphone and the other for plugging in headphones.
You can use the Kensington SD4100v USB 3.0 Dual 4K Docking Station with a PC or a Mac or a Chrome — pretty much any modern laptop that can accept a USB 3.0 connection (not possible to do via firmware update or software, it has to be built-in). While it certainly i portable, most will find it makes the most sense to have it at home where they can have multiple monitors and external peripherals like hard drives available. It retails for under $180 and even includes docking software that could prove useful for operating systems (including the Mac which tends to be rare). So it’s fair to say that a docking station IS useful, and certain the SD4100v fulfills that role. Get more information by going to https://www.kensington.com/p/products/device-docking-connectivity-products/laptop-docks-usb-accessories/sd4100v-5gbps-usb-3.0-dual-4k-docking-station-dpdp-winmacchrome-3m-cable-included/