Kensington White Paper On USB-C Docks Addressing Benefits, Problems & More
Kensington®, a worldwide leader of desktop computing and mobility solutions for IT, business and home office professionals and The Professionals’ Choice for 35 years, has released a white paper that addresses the advantages, pitfalls and nuances of USB-C technology as well as what IT management should consider when deploying USB-C™ docking stations to end users in their organizations.
The wave of new products featuring USB-C ports will continue to grow as USB Type-C becomes the new standard in connectivity. With just one cable, the ports can perform multiple functions, from charging devices to transferring data at high speeds, syncing photos and music, and outputting 4K video.
However, as outlined in USB-C Docks: The New USB-C Standard and How to Select a Matching Docking Station, not all USB-C devices are created equal. When planning to integrate USB-C docks within their organizations, IT administrators should be aware of the problems they might encounter if the wrong setup is chosen. Speed, power delivery, video and inconsistent performance are factors that can impact whether the USB-C dock will work across all devices or fail to deliver key functionality.
In addition, there are several areas that should be carefully considered when procuring a USB-C dock so that the investment is best suited to current and future needs. IT professionals must have a deep understanding of the future potential of new technology because the market is capable of changing in an instant. If a product isn’t capable of lasting a long time, then money and other resources are wasted.
Compatibility, for example, is one factor that should be considered. Universal compatibility across PC brands and operating systems will help get the most out of the USB-C docking station by future-proofing. Computers receive upgrades rather than getting locked into a system due to required software. Ideally, the dock should work seamlessly with Chrome OS, Windows and Mac OS X operating systems.
Another key consideration is the working environment for individuals. The needs of someone using a USB-C dock solely at the desktop are far different from those of a road warrior who sets up at different locations. Distinguishing between these working environments aids in choosing the best dock model. The office worker won’t mind a slightly heavier and larger dock, especially if there is added functionality involved. The travel-heavy users however, will want a dock as small and light as possible, and just the bare basics to get by when out in the field.
While USB-C is a relatively new standard, it is critical to start thinking about how USB-C docking stations will deliver the best value over time. If installed to fit the organization’s needs, both short term and long term, they can significantly enhance productivity. Failure to assess the considerations outlined in the white paper, could lead to a less than adequate docking station setup that is costly and hinders productivity.