12 Days of Technology, Day 5: Plugable Dual Display Universal Docking Station

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December 5, 2021

Integris welcomes you to day five of our “12 Days of Technology.” That’s seven more days of tech-inspired holiday gift ideas, culminating in a “choose your own” giveaway on December 15th for one lucky winner and five runner-ups!

To enter, share and comment on our accompanying LinkedIn 12 Days of Technology posts. And stay tuned through December 15th.

Sing along if you know it: O tidings of connectivity and joy, connectivity and joy, O tidings of connectivity and joy. ‘Tis the season to outsource the shopping (and slightly edited Nat King Cole song) to Integris.

What it is: Plugable Dual Display Universal Docking Station

The Plugable UD-3900 Dual Display Universal Docking Station (a mouthful, we know) is the ultimate connective device to upgrade and expand your laptop’s functionality instantly.

We all love our laptops, but the affection intensifies when you add two large monitors.  Everyone wants larger screens and options to integrate various devices, peripherals, and accessories.  The Plugable ups the ante to eleven ports of connectivity. Here’s a quick summary of what you can do:

  • Add up to two additional displays with one HDMI 1.3 port and one DVI port.
  • Add a thumb drive, external SSD, and more with two USB 3.0 ports.
  • Add a keyboard, mouse, and printer with four USB 2.0 ports.
  • Listen to music with one 3.5mm Headphone/Speaker Jack.
  • Connect a microphone with one 3.5mm Microphone Jack.
  • Experience fast and reliable network speeds with a Gigabit Ethernet connection.

And it’s not limited to laptops. A single USB cable will also integrate up to eleven accessories to your Windows tablet or desktop.

Plugable includes the latest drivers and firmware for compatibility with Windows 10 and earlier. For instance, Windows 8.1, 8, and 7 drivers can be automatically installed via a Windows Update (with an existing Internet connection) or downloaded from plugable.com/drivers.

Plugable also plays well with MacOS 10.14 and up. Note: M1 MacBooks (the new releases) require an additional adapter.

Plugable Dual Display Universal Docking Station

 

How much it costs: Starting at $99.00

The Plugable Dual Display Universal Docking Station (USB 3.0) is available for $99.00 at Newegg, Walmart, and B&H Photo.

 

Who to buy it for: The co-worker with too many devices

Other grateful recipients fit a wide range of profiles and demographics:

  • Power users of email, web applications, Microsoft office, and more.
  • Users in cramped environments who need a small device to save desk space
  • Laptop owners who want additional life from their hardware and don’t have the budget to buy a new machine
  • People who… may have permanently damaged a USB port by unwittingly sticking a 1/4 jack into it. D’oh!

 

Before we go, we’d like to leave you with three caveats: Plugable is not recommended for gamers, it will not charge a host PC, and be sure to read the tech specs on the website for additional compatibility guidelines.

For seven more curated holiday gifts ideas, tune in tomorrow!

For full eligibility, details, & entry/prize restrictions, see the official rules.

Jed is a Solution Advisor at Integris who has specialized in MSP solution development, sales, and marketing communications since 2003.

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