A dock for every connection you could need.
When you make the switch from a machine that has all kinds of ports on it to one that only comes equipped with USB-C ports, it’s quite a change. It’s jarring in fact. You suddenly find yourself making strange adjustments for using devices you’ve used for years. Fortunately, accessory companies like LMP have designed products like their USB-C Compact Dock 4K for situations just like this.
The LMP USB-C Compact Dock is designed to use two of the USB-C ports on the side of a MacBook Pro. It features 8 ports and a power delivery option, too. This remarkable little dock provides a 4K video signal with a 60 Hz refresh rate through a Mini Display Port. The dock does have dual 4K monitor support as well as an ultra-compact design. One of the more unique features of the dock is the gigabit Ethernet connection and dual USB-C connection for full functionality. It’s Thunderbolt 3 compatible and made out of aluminum for the best possible heat dissipation.
- Output Ports
- 1x Mini-DP
- 1x HDMI
- 1x Gigabit Ethernet (up to 1000 Mbps)
- 2x USB 3.0 (with 1x 1.5A power output)
- 1x SD card reader
- 1x MicroSD card reader
- 1x USB-C (Power Delivery and data transfer)
- Resolutions of HDMI port: Mini-DP (up to 4K@60 Hz), HDMI (up to 4K@30 Hz)
- Maximum Power Delivery: 55W
While I like the general design of the compact dock, I did find some basic issues with it. First, I found that it heated up quite a lot. It didn’t seem to matter what function I was utilizing with the dock, it would heat up. According to the manufacturer, some heat collection is normal (up to 118º F) but I was a little put off by how much it seemed to heat up. The first test I ran on it I only had the dock connected to my MacBook Pro and my monitor through HDMI. Within about 15 minutes the temperature of the dock raised to 99º and after 20 more minutes, it was 109º. I didn’t have anything connected for power delivery.
The next time I used the dock, I plugged in my charging cable/adapter for power delivery and it still warmed up. Finally, I just left the dock plugged into the computer with nothing connected. The dock got incredibly hot no matter what function or lack of function I was using. Even though the manufacturer states that heat — as long as it’s not above 118º — won’t affect the function or components of the device, it still caused some concern for me.
Aside from the heat issues, the dock did as it was made to do. I like that it includes a Mini Display Port as well as an HDMI connection. The dock fits well with the MacBook Pro and sits nearly flush with the side of the laptop. It’s got a nice design but does create a heat issue. For functionality, it’s a very capable multi-port dock. It’s easy to transport and looks great.