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Piles of Ports and 100 Watt Power Delivery – Review Geek

  • 8/10

    • 1 – Absolutely Hot Garbage
    • 2 – Sorta Lukewarm Garbage
    • 3 – Strong Flawed Design
    • 4 – Some Pros, Lots of Disadvantages
    • 5 – Acceptably Imperfect
    • 6 – Good enough to buy on sale
    • 7 – Good but not the best in class
    • 8 – Fantastic with some footnotes
    • 9 – Close and take my money
    • ] 19 – Absolute design Nirvana

  • Price: $ 1


    Here's what we like

    • Gates aplenty
    • Support for dual monitors over USB-C
    • 100 watt power supply

    And what we don't

    • All ports are at the back, which can be awkward
    • 3.5mm jack on the side is ugly

    Having a device to control them all is an increasingly realistic dream, especially if it is a portable computer connected to a compatible docking station that IOGEAR GUD3C05. This is our grip after taking it through steps.

    The only device lifestyle has been a dream for me for years – just a laptop that I can let in and work from a stationary setting whenever I want, but something that is super easy to take and take with me too. That dream is very easy to realize today, as there are tons of large portable dolls floating around out there. I recently got a chance to check out such a doll, the not so good name GUD3C05 from IOGEAR. They only call the "USB-C Docking Station with Power Delivery 3.0", which doesn't really roll off the tongue (and is honestly very vague).

    Details: A lot of ports and PD to boat

    A good bridge is only worth what it can do for you, which means that the more it can do, the more useful it becomes. The IOGEAR USB-C dock is packed with all the useful things you want on your USB-C equipped notebook, especially at a price of $ 180 (it's currently on Amazon for $ 155).

    Here are all ports:

    • Ethernet
    • SD Card Slot
    • MicroSD Card Slot
    • USB C Power Supply (100 Watts)
    • VGA
    • HDMI
    • Mini DisplayPort
    • 3x USB-A ports
    • 1x USB-C port
    • 3.5mm audio jack [19659000] This dock has more ports than any other IOGEAR dock before it, it covers almost all bases out there, all with a small USB-C port. With the included video port you can run:

      • VGA: 1080p
      • HDMI: 4K
      • Mini DisplayPort: 4K
      • HDMI + Mini DisplayPort: 1080p

      IOGEAR claims that the latter option only works Windows machines , but I'm currently staring at a Pixelbook docked in two 24-inch 1080p screens and it works flawlessly. Yes, a Chromebook shoots (technically) three screens right now: the internal panel and two external devices that use only IOGEAR docking.

        Docking station USB-C connector [IOGEARDockingStation
      Cameron Summerson

      doll is decent. It's not the least I've seen, but it's not supposed to be either. This is not a dock designed to be thrown into the bag and used as a USB hub or SD card reader. It's supposed to stay on the desk with all your junk attached to it.

      That being said, the non-removable USB-C connector has a cable and jackgarage at the bottom of the clean storage unit. It's a nice touch. The dock itself is wedge shaped so it is designed to put your laptop on top.

        IOGEAR Docking Station Cable Garage
      Cameron Summerson

      The only thing worth mentioning here is that, like most other docking stations, this one does not come with its own power source. It supports up to 100 watts of power supply, but you must use your USB-C power for your laptop.

      Using the Dock: Most Solid (with a couple of small problems)

      The great thing about modern laptop dolls that they are very easy to use – for the most part, they are just plug-and-play. This one is no different.

        IOGEAR Docking Station in Action with Google Pixelbook
      Cameron Summerson

      It's been my experience, anyway. There were some intricacies that made the dual monitors play well with my Pixelbook, but I blame it entirely on the fact that I keep it on the developer channel so it's buggy. When I got it all started, it worked like a master.

      There are really only two problems I have with this doll, a rather small and a lot more annoying. The smaller problem that the 3.5 mm audio connector is on the side instead of the back, so that the cable protrudes, just looks neat. I get why they did it anyway;

        IOGEAR Docking Station 3.5 mm jack
      Cameron Summerson

      Which leads me to my biggest problem with this doll: all the gates are at the back, which really only makes them painful to come to. If you have a laptop loaded in the way the dock is intended to be used, you need to move it to access the view of the ports around the back. If you are constantly in need of connecting SD cards or USB devices, it is just really awkward and annoying.

      Otherwise this is a good little bridge. During my time with this I have been very pleased with it and have no real complaints about the functionality outside the smaller niggle mentioned above.

      If you are looking for a good compact small dock for your laptop, the IOGEAR GUD3C05 is a great choice.

      Here's what we like

      • Gates aplenty
      • Support for dual monitors over USB-C
      • 100 watt power supply

      And what we don't

      • All ports are at the back, which can be difficult
      • 3.5 mm jack on the side is ugly

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