When it comes to the ultimate computer setup, we often want more features but less clutter. We need more pixels, more screens, more peripherals (look at you, USB webcam that suddenly became essential), and more ways to power all of this technology. At the same time, we’re striving for cleaner setups and fewer cables, as many laptops are ditching ports in favor of slimmer designs. Like any dock, the Dell Dual Charge Dock (HD22Q) announced Thursday adds a fair amount more ports, but its wireless charging pad brings an extra feature.
According to Dell, the upcoming product is the first laptop docking station with Qi wireless charging (which works with supporting smartphones and wireless earbuds), which can also support two 4K monitors at the same time. When less is more, the dock provides extra desk space for a wireless charging station.
According to Dell press material, the Qi charging is carried out via a “slightly angled fabric stand”. You can charge your phone at up to 12W both horizontally and vertically, which is close to Qi’s 15W maximum charging speed.
Dual 4K support comes from the HDMI 2.1 port (a first in a Dell dock) and DisplayPort 1.4. The former supports 4K HDR up to 144Hz, while the latter handles 4K up to 120Hz. However, if you’re using two 4K monitors at the same time, each will be capped at 60Hz.
If your laptop supports USB-C charging, the dock’s non-detachable USB-C cable charges it at up to 90W. Again, that’s not far from the current 100W maximum, but keep in mind that the USB-C will soon support 240W charging.
The Dual Charge Dock also supports Dell’s ExpressCharge feature, which Dell says can charge supported Dell laptops to 80 percent in about an hour and to 100 percent in about two hours (give or take 10 percent to those time frames due to system tolerance). ). However, Dell found that this feature causes dual monitor configurations to use clone mode, meaning both monitors display the same content, resolution, etc. Dell also said that ExpressCharge can reduce battery life.
In addition to charging the laptop, the dock has four USB-A ports. That includes two on the right side of the dock charging devices up to 4.5W, while the one USB-C on the left charges up to 15W. The dock also has an Ethernet port on its back.
Dell didn’t provide measurements for the upcoming dock, but said the device is 40 percent smaller than that WD19S of the company 130W USB-C dock that is 8.1 x 3.5 x 1.1 inches.
The Dual Charge Dock will cost $460 when it comes out on May 12th. For comparison, Dell’s WD19S is $359 at the time of writing, and that Thunderbolt 4 Dock (WD22TB4) Dell, also announced Thursday, will cost $470 when released in Q2 2022.
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