ATEN USB-C Multiport Dock with 60W power passthrough UH3234
4.6Overall Score
Name: ATEN USB-C Multiport Dock with 60W power passthrough UH3234
Price (RRP): $199
Manufacturer: ATEN

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.

ATEN USB-C Multiport Dock UH3234

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Price: Approx. $199 from ATEN dealers or online

Ports – Exceed

  • USB-C (in on rear) with PD 2.0 5,9,12,20/3A 60W power passthrough – it is only used for charging
  • USB-C host connector (OUT on left side) to laptop supports Alt DP mode 1.2 – cable is short!
  • 1 x USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps) port with 5V/1.5A (7.5W) BC 1.2 (more here) but fine for iPhone charging and more)
  • 2 x USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps) with 5V/.5A rating (total power draw on 3 USB-A not to exceed 5V/2A 10W) – more for mouse/keyboard
  • Micro SD or SD slot up to 128GB
  • 3.5mm combo audio
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • HDMI 1.4
  • DisplayPort 1.2
  • VGA Port
ATEN USB-C Multiport Dock  ports

Power supply – Pass, but it is really only 45W passthrough

It draws 5V/3A (15W) from your passthrough power source – if any less it may affect functionality. It appears not to work with Qualcomm QC chargers unless they also support PD 2.0.

But while it will passthrough 60W, in reality, it only provides a maximum of 45W to the computer so you may need to power the laptop independently if it needs more.

Sorry – we were not game to test with an 80W USB-C charger in case it or the charger blew up!

Build – Exceed

Aluminium – it is solid. 280 x 750 x 145mm x 320g. It sits under the back of a laptop and has non-slip feet to keep it in place. And the 5° angle is just perfect.

ATEN USB-C Multiport Dock

Dual monitors – Pass at 30Hz

First Mac does not support Dual Monitor MST (Multi-Stream Transport), so dual monitors are for Windows only – a shame as it’s a perfect Mac companion.

It supports 2 x [email protected] via DisplayPort, HDMI or VGA. It is plug and go as Windows supports this.

Single monitors – Pass

We tested 1 x [email protected] or less. It supports 1920×[email protected] You can push it to 2560 x 1080 at 60Hz, but it depends on the monitor and cable quality.

iPad – Failable

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.