Docking station takes the headache out of connection to a MacBook Pro.
With the new MacBook Pro, the only problem I have run into is making sure I have what I need to be connected to it since it only uses USB-C for connectivity. USB-C docking stations are a great solution to that problem by making a center for all devices to be connected to. When it comes to what I like to connect to my MacBook Pro on a daily basis I’m pretty minimal. However, there are those times where I need multiple devices connected and the Compact USB-C Docking Station with PD Pass-Thru has a port for everything I personally would need.
Unboxing: The IOGEAR Compact USB-C Docking Station with PD Pass-Thru has 11 ports included on it. So, even though it’s ‘compact’ it is large enough that I wouldn’t bother using this other than on my desk. It has a long enough USB-C cord to where it will sit back behind my MacBook Pro out of the way. I do like the way the ports are grouped/arranged around the sides of this docking station. There are 3-3.0 USB ports with a quick charge port for fast charging phones and a 3.5mm audio port in the first group. The second group on the opposite side has SD/MMC, TF/Micro SD. Then on the back side the Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, Mini display, and VGA port. An important thing to point out is that for Mac the IOGEAR is only able to display 1 1080P HD monitor play. Only Windows machines have the ability to have a dual monitor set up with this device. I also want to point out that this docking station supports power delivery pass-thru up to 60W. This means that for most MacBook users out there, you will be able to charge your laptop while connected to this dock. If you have the 15-inch MacBook Pro that requires 87W of power, the dock will provide power, but will not charge the battery.
Testing: I had success using all the ports however when I had the majority of devices plugged in I noticed that the docking station itself seemed to run pretty hot. That said, it doesn’t consistently stay running hot. Many of the access ports I won’t use on a daily basis or keep running for extended periods of time. This docking station basically has everything I would need and more to turn my MacBook Pro into a desktop by simply serving as a station to connect everything to it. I had success using all ports without any issues with connectivity. I was pleased with the speed that the quick charge port was able to charge my iPhone 7 Plus.
Overall: For me, this is all I would need on my desk to keep me able to connect all my devices to the new MacBook Pro. Since I don’t need the feature of a dual monitor set up, the fact that it is only able to run dual monitors for Windows doesn’t affect me. It’s a very nice and easy to set up to where it makes for a great USB-C accessory.
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