Kensington releases its USB 3.0 dock with 4K monitor support to new market

by on August 18, 2015

Stephan Jukic – August 18, 2015

PC and technology accessory maker Kensington is releasing its powerful USB 3.0 docking station for connecting to external 4K ultra HD displays on the Australian market. The Kensington SD4000 is already available on the U.S market and sells on for just over $174 dollars.

USB 3.0 docking stations are becoming an increasingly common tool for PC users as more of them move away from desktop machines to laptops and the Kensington SD4000 Universal USB Docking Station is built to fit a potential niche in this trend.

According to the manufacturers themselves, the docking device offer support for:

  • 4K Ultra HD connectivity for a single 4K monitor: This will give your PC the screen space, resolution and clarity of UHD 4K at 3840 x 2160 pixels since the device comes with its own GPU.
  • HDMI or DisplayPort options for 4K: Both of these ports are available in the docking station and built into it. They can be accessed through a small sliding panel that’s designed to protect any connection ports which aren’t in use.
  • 2K for Dual Monitors: This is another feature of the Kensington Dock, which is designed for users who aren’t quite ready to deal with 4K resolution and designed to support a dual-monitor setup with 1920 X 1200/2048 X 1152 resolutions.
  • USB 3.0 Ports plus a 2.1A charging Port. These are in place to expand the productivity of your PC or laptop by allowing peripheral devices to connect to any one of three USB 3.0 ports built into the Kensington Dock, as speeds of up to 5Gbps, or 10 times faster than the data transfer speed limit for USB 2.0 ports. Furthermore, one of the USB 3.0 ports is a downstream version which allows for fast charging of tablets and smartphones.
  • A Gigabit Ethernet Port: one final addition to the Kensington SD4000 dock, which facilitates ultra-high speed wired broadband connectivity between your computer (connected to the USB Dock) and a ultra-broadband internet connection you might have access to.
The Kensington SD4000 4K USB docking station is useful for connecting laptops to secondary 4K monitors

The Kensington SD4000 4K USB docking station is useful for connecting laptops to secondary 4K monitors

To be clear, the Kensington SD4000 USB 3.0 Dock does not facilitate 4K resolution connectivity via its USB 3.0 ports. This is obviously not possible. Instead, it offers a wide range of connectivity options which include DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI (no clarification on whether it’s HDMI 2.0 or HDMI 1.4), both of which are capable of transmitting video in 4K resolution from a PC to a monitor. Or from other external media devices.

The SD4000 is compatible with any operating system and will work on any device with a USB 3.0 port.

According to Sam Goldstein, marketing and business development manager at Kensington Australia, “The SD4000 provides an opportunity to take advantage of the expected growth in demand for 4K monitors, with more than 32 million units expected to be sold by 2020”.

As far as we can tell, this device is initially going to be available for the Australian market as of August 24th, with no word yet on wider availability.

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