Today I am going to review a laptop docking system with my Macbook Pro from a company called Plugable which sells different graphic & various adaptor products. This docking system is smaller then my other Plugable dock but does the same purpose for keeping your usb connected devices and extra screens you would normally have connected to your laptop feeded though a simple usb plug but with 4K Support too The dock costs about $119.00 USD and comes with Free shipping so that’s all you will pay. So not bad for the price but how does it perform? That’s what this review intends to show you, so read on….
Price: $119.00 with Free Shipping If you have Amazon Prime
- Windows 10, 8.1, 7, drivers can be automatically installed by Windows Update (with an existing Internet connection) or can be downloaded from Plugable
- OSX but the software is in and always been in Beta
- Intel Core i5 or AMD Llano 2GHz or better CPU, 4GB+ RAM, and USB 3.0 connection recommended for productivity/web software at 4K. Single Intel HD 4000, AMD HD 7xxx, Nvidia 5xxM or better recommended for productivity and web software. Intel Core i7/AMD A10 2GHz+, 8GB RAM, and Intel HD 4000, AMD 8650, Nvidia 7xxM or better required for full-screen video playback. When using two 2K displays system requirements will be much lower
- Requires supported Intel / AMD / NVIDIA main GPU and WDDM compatible driver (most recent systems meet this requirement)
- Ethernet port requires full-duplex network infrastructure
- Updated USB 3.0 host controller drivers and graphics drivers suggested for best performance and compatibility
- Cannot be mixed with non-DisplayLink USB graphics adapters and drivers (e.g. MCT, j5, or SMSC)
- ARM-based versions of Windows (Surface RT) and Linux/Unix are not supported
- 2.4Ghz receivers for wireless keyboards and mice may experience degraded performance when connected directly to the dock. A short USB 2.0 extension cable is recommended for best performance (many wireless keyboards and mice include such a cable)
- Supports a single HDMI display up to 3840×2160@30Hz, or dual 1920×1200 displays @60Hz
- DVI dual-link connection and converstion to DisplayPort not supported
- 3840×2160 (4K) resolution only available with native HDMI monitor. 4K not supported when using HDMI-to-DVI adapter/cable or DVI monitor
- Does not support HDCP, and will not allow for playback of encrypted Bluray disks or copy-protected content
- Suggested for web/productivity software; not recommended for gaming
Power and Charging
- Does not provide power to attached host laptop or tablet; the host system will still require its power cable/charger
- Functions as a USB hub; Front USB ports support USB-IF battery charging specification 1.2, to allow fast charging of Apple, Samsung Galaxy devices, and many other devices complaint with BC1.2/1.1 charging
The UD-5900 docking station includes a VESA mounting bracket compatible with both 100mm and 75mm hole mount patterns (along with the necessary screws) to enable mounting the dock to the back of a compatible monitor to free up additional space on your desk. Please check your monitor manual to confirm if your monitor supports this functionality.
The docking station has an identifying mark on it which is the Plugable logo unlike the last dock which was followed by the words “USB 3.0 docking station” and “Display Link” product name My guess is that they thought they didn’t need this as on the product as it’s already on the box and were going for a simple design.
The Plugable UD-5900 comes with a UL certified 5V/4A (20W) power adapter (US AC Wall Outlet Plug, 100-240V 50/60Hz); a USB 3.0 Type-A male to Type-B male cable); a passive DVI-to-VGA port adapter; a quick-install guide; driver CD and a VESA mount with screws, Additional cables or adapters may be required for your setup.
This Dock is an upgrade from Plugable UD-3900 USB 3.0 Universal Docking Station I reviewed there is many features about this dock that are the same but in a more compact and aluminum dock. No matter if you have Windows tablet, laptop, or desktop you can connect many accessories you do lose a few usb ports from the upgrade but I think it’s still worth it as you can grab those back with a adapter if you need them and the best part I like about this and the UD-3900 I’ve always said about docks is its connected all via a single USB cable.
But something to consider as I always warn people if you are getting this to work with a Macbook like I did you might get some trouble if you always update your mac to the latest the OS even after all these years of reviewing the UD-3900 Displaylink who makes the software for these docks is still always behind in keeping the software up to date with no flaws so I do recommended to always check this site for the latest notes and downloads and install with caution so you don’t end up with the same problems other users report remember it’s not the dock that is faulty most of the time it’s the software or hardware (computer).
I used this product for a few months (still do) and I have to say I really like it if you don’t have your monitor on a pole setup you can put the dock behind it there were a few problems but they have fixed them with every new software update unless you are having trouble with the dock with your mac no need to update to the latest and greatest
So yes the dock is a bit expensive, but is it even worth it? I would say yes if you want to keep your Macbook free from unplugging a bunch of plugs or using sticky plug catchers and don’t want a BIG ugly dock showing on your desk
The final score averages out to be a 9 out of 10, but that takes into account everything, but as you can see below it the pros out do the cons by a long shot.
|+Simple to use
+solid and reliable
+able to unplug and go with your laptop
|-Some software issues might happen if you update your Mac OS|