Belkin USB-C dock

An ex­pen­sive lit­tle friend for your MacBook.

APC Australia - - Contents - Harry Do­man­ski

The alu­minium fin­ish and ta­pered de­sign are un­de­ni­ably sleek, and thanks to its mod­er­ate size, it nei­ther dom­i­nates the desk nor gets car­ried away by the weight of the con­nected ca­bling.

The dock can sup­port two ex­ter­nal 4K dis­plays via one of its Thun­der­bolt 3 ports and the Dis­playPort, or al­ter­na­tively, a sin­gle ex­ter­nal 5K dis­play. You’ll find the stan­dard af­fair of ports — two su­per-speed USB-A 3.0s at the rear and one at the front, Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net con­nec­tion and two 3.5mm jacks for head­phones and mics.

The show-steal­ers come in the form of the two Thun­der­bolt 3 Type-C ports, one of which will at­tach to your MacBook and pro­vide it with up to 85W of power along with data trans­fer, and the other of which can be used for dis­plays, hard drives and other con­nec­tions, even al­low­ing you to daisy chain up to five de­vices.

If you in­tend on us­ing an ex­ter­nal hard drive, we’d rec­om­mend con­nect­ing it via the Thun­der­bolt 3 con­nec­tion, as it will get you close to the same speeds as plug­ging di­rectly into your com­puter (around 420MB/s us­ing a Sam­sung ex­ter­nal SSD), whereas the USB Type-A port suf­fered around 100MB/s drops in both write and read speeds in test­ing.

This is a very ex­pen­sive dock, but the $500 mark is pretty stan­dard for a Thun­der­bolt 3 dock with this kind of fea­ture­set. As such, be­fore buy­ing the Ex­press Dock HD, we’d make sure that you ac­tu­ally need ev­ery­thing it has to of­fer, as you can def­i­nitely get a more af­ford­able al­ter­na­tive that ditches the higher-end fea­tures.

Ver­dict

While ex­pen­sive, this MacBook USB- C friend sup­ports a lot of de­vice op­tions.

USB-C DOCK $530 | WWW.BELKIN.COM/AU

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