Plugable Launches Its Smallest USB-C Docking Station

Posted on April 30, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Mac and macOS, Mobile, Windows 10 with 14 Comments

Plugable today launched The Cube, its smallest-ever USB-C docking station. It’s compatible with Mac and Windows PCs with Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C ports.

“The Cube is designed for laptop and Windows tablet users,” a Plugable representative told me. “Its small, minimalist design helps save valuable desk space and makes it great for professionals on-the-go. The sleek and lightweight design of The Cube makes it perfectly suited for travel, quick setup at conferences or easy connectivity in the meeting room.”

The Cube is just 2.5 x 2.3 x 1.4 inches small but it provides one HDMI port, one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, and Gigabit Ethernet. You can connect to a single 4K HDMI-based display, three USB devices, and a wired gigabit Ethernet connection through a single USB-C cable.

The HDMI port is powered by USB-C Alternate Mode (Alt Mode), which delivers native-level display performance up to the host system’s graphics capabilities, Plugable says.

Additionally, the Cube is self-powered, so it can function with or without its power brick. (The Cube won’t work on the go with MacBooks and other basic devices that only have a single USB-C port for both power and peripherals.)

The Cube is available now at Amazon, Walmart, Newegg, and eBay for $79.95.

You can learn more on the Plugable website. I’m hoping to review this product soon.

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