The ATEN USB-C Multiport Dock with 60W power pass-through is a great dock for those with USB-C devices (MacBook, iPad, Windows, Android and Chrome) that want something semi-permanent that sits under your laptop on the desk.
It won’t break the bank either. The ATEN USB-C Multiport Dock is $199 – about half the cost of a Thunderbolt dock, so if your needs are a little less demanding then this is what you want.
Le’ts put the ATEN USB-C Multiport Dock through its paces.
It supports one external monitor and one
keyboard. Caveat – the typical 12W charger USB-A to Lightning charger must be
at least 30W to work correctly. It appears to support USB-A devices like flash
drives. Support is dependent on iPadOS.
Chromebook – Pass
It is fully functional for Intel-based
Chromebooks but again test before you commit.
Android – Failable
Depending on your smartphone or tablet, this may accept one external
HDMI monitor, keyboard and USB devices supported by Android. Test first.
We tested with late-model Samsung Galaxy S10, Note10 and Tab
S6 but these are optimised for DeX and did not work.
Port speeds – Pass
Given that port, one is a USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 is 5Gbps full-duplex
we did not notice any speed reduction in using external USB-A SATA 6 (6Gbps half-duplex)
or USB-C devices.
We also gained a full gigabit Ethernet connection.
GadgetGuy’s take – ATEN USB-C Multiport Dock does what is says
It is perfect for most 13” Windows laptops (dual screen support)
or 13” MacBooks (single screen support) as a relatively lower-cost way to add
lots of ports. And you can use it with Thunderbolt 3 devices as well.
It is more reliable than a cheap dongle – better quality build
for starters, but the fact that it is a desktop device means less pulling
cables in and out.
Remember this is not a Thunderbolt 3 device like ATEN’s UH7230 Multiport 85W dock but that costs $359 and needs Thunderbolt 3 to function.
We are rating it as a USB-C dock for single/dual screen operation in a desktop format it does everything it promises.