Ugreen USB-C Multifunction Docking Station (13-in-1) Impressions

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Computer peripheral manufacturer Ugreen is back with a new product to fill in the port-shaped hole in your tech life: the USB-C Multifunction Docking Station (13-in1). Indeed, with portable gaming PCs like the Steam Deck and AYANEO getting popular and even smaller like with the Anbernic Win600, the number of ports are also getting reduced. But the elusiveness of ports also holds true for new laptops as they get thinner and more compact. As such, an extension to provide access to ports such as for a microSD or ethernet cable can come in handy. The Ugreen USB-C Multifunction Docking Station (13-in-1) aims to cater for such needs.

However, it’s good to know from the outset that this port-expanding accessory comes at a steep cost; $330 to be exact, according to the official Ugreen store page. At that price, you’ll find the following items out of the box:

  • Ugreen USB-C Multifunction Docking Station (13-in-1)
  • USB-C cable
  • Instruction manuals
  • Driver mini-disc
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While the device packs a steep price tag, the cost is reflected on the product’s quality. Ugreen adopted an aluminium shell for the outer body of its 13-in-1 Multifunction Docking Station that gives it a sleek and premium look that blends well with laptops bearing a similar finish. There are also rubber feet on the underside of the device to help keep it in place while on your desk. Adding to the minimalist appeal are the discreetly marked ports with respective symbols; and when it’s plugged in, a small indicator light indicates that it’s powered on when the power button is pressed.

Despite the efforts to make the accessory aesthetically low profile, this docking station still looks chunky at ~5 x 2 x 2.2 inches. It is particularly chunky considering that the device comes from the same company that made the sleek and highly portable 6-in-1 USB-C Hub. While the Multifunction Docking Station is also portable, it isn’t particularly light at 0.353 ounces. As such it is more of an accessory for your home office rather than an on-the-go tool.

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In addition, the chunkiness might relate to the functionality of this accessory, as the USB-C Multifunction Docking Station (13-in-1) from Ugreen did not hold back on this front. As its name suggests, it sports an array of 13 ports ranging from a headphone jack to HDMI inlets. A full list of the included ports are listed below:

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The location of the ports is also fitting. On the front are those that you’d likely want to have access to for quick and temporary use: headphone jack, USB stick, phone charging through the USB-C port and SD cards. The rear ports are those you’d use more permanently such as for a mouse, connecting an ethernet cable or external displays. About displays, as the dock bears 2 HDMI ports and a DisplayPort, it can allow you to significantly expand the number of screens on your setup with resolutions up to [email protected] (subject to compatible devices).

Even if the device itself will occupy one of your laptop’s own USB ports, the docking station makes up for it by the extra USB ports it packs. With those ports supporting speeds up to 10 Gbps, they will be more than appropriate for regular use. However, given the premium price, it would be welcome to have all USB ports being of 10 Gbps type (one USB-A and one USB-C of this type is featured in the docking station while the other two USB-A have a max speed of 5 Mbps).

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While it has some downsides, the Ugreen USB-C Multifunction Docking Station (13-in-1) offers the convenience of multiple ports on a single, well built accessory. It is a pricey accessory but if you’re on the market for such an accessory, this docking station might be worth looking into for its convenience and overall build quality.

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I hope that the industry is going to go the exact opposite way of this sort of thing.
i.e. going full wireless for everything, rather than paying hundreds of dollars for... cables, ports, switches, etc.

My workstation/laptop is currently connected with 2 cables:
- external monitor connected via USB-C : this could be replaced by some wireless display technology, but I guess it's not totally mature or mainstream yet
- power cable (USB-C as well): there could be some sort of wireless charger

I have loads of devices: bluetooth mouse, bluetooth keyboard, bluetooth speaker & headphones, wifi-printer... all wireless. My desk is super neat now and I love it.

The more wireless we get, the less plastic/cable waste we produce. Less potential broken analog parts. Less adapter crap. Go full wireless!
 

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Such a high spec product. There's also a dock like this with an Orico brand that costs $200 but the ugreen one takes the cake in terms of future proofing.
 

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So that's $100 in parts and ports (if I'm being generous), and the other $230 is for the metal casing? For cramming all the excess wires into a soda can so it looks more neat?
 
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I have UGREEN's 65w USB-C charger and it's excellent. :)

I'm not sure about this product, I personally wouldn't buy it.
 

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I've got a (QGeeM?) usb-c hub: HDMI, 3.5mm audio, 2 USB-A, 2 USB-C (1 PD: so only 1 cable goes to my laptop!) and cardreader from amazon for like €15...
Imho: to bulky, to much money, but there might be a niche for it.
 

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I hope that the industry is going to go the exact opposite way of this sort of thing.
i.e. going full wireless for everything, rather than paying hundreds of dollars for... cables, ports, switches, etc.

My workstation/laptop is currently connected with 2 cables:
- external monitor connected via USB-C : this could be replaced by some wireless display technology, but I guess it's not totally mature or mainstream yet
- power cable (USB-C as well): there could be some sort of wireless charger

I have loads of devices: bluetooth mouse, bluetooth keyboard, bluetooth speaker & headphones, wifi-printer... all wireless. My desk is super neat now and I love it.

The more wireless we get, the less plastic/cable waste we produce. Less potential broken analog parts. Less adapter crap. Go full wireless!
They have some wireless hdmi options already but it's a bit iffy and rated with mixed results for around $150

Wireless HDMI Transmitter and Receiver,Wireless HDMI Extender Kit,Plug and Play,131ft Full HD 1080P Extender Converter Adapter Streaming Video Audio from Laptop,PC,Phone to Monitor, Projector, HDTV https://a.co/d/es46P8a

I wouldn't mind cables if they didn't just fall freely or had extra thickness you could actually manage them, cables just thrown around can be fire hazardous but the issue is we're stuck having to pay more for the benefit of safety while cheap crap is produced at well a lower cheap crap standard. You get what you pay for I guess but it's just sad the ones that can't afford these devices have to rely on cheap unsafe quality from China.

My point is as all wireless is a dream to be the costs and stability may not really make it worth it in the long run unless you're open to throwing $200+ on future cable connectivity which I doubt many would be. Unless some standard comes along where wireless tech is affordable across the bore.
 

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Might pick it up. Needed something for my steam deck

Edit: nvm! 329 lol!
Apparently the price tag is due to the docking chip used for the [email protected] feature (while most docks only support [email protected] resolution). A more cost-effective version for the Steam Deck could be the $23 6-in-1 USB-C hub from the same company mentioned in this article.

$330 you would think it had a few TB storage built in for that price, but no.. nothing to justify it at all.

Doubling as an external storage or even a power bank would definitely have made this stand out
 
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I hope that the industry is going to go the exact opposite way of this sort of thing.
i.e. going full wireless for everything, rather than paying hundreds of dollars for... cables, ports, switches, etc.

My workstation/laptop is currently connected with 2 cables:
- external monitor connected via USB-C : this could be replaced by some wireless display technology, but I guess it's not totally mature or mainstream yet
- power cable (USB-C as well): there could be some sort of wireless charger

I have loads of devices: bluetooth mouse, bluetooth keyboard, bluetooth speaker & headphones, wifi-printer... all wireless. My desk is super neat now and I love it.

The more wireless we get, the less plastic/cable waste we produce. Less potential broken analog parts. Less adapter crap. Go full wireless!
You're right. Electrical wires are evil. We need more batteries filling our landfills!
 
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I hope that the industry is going to go the exact opposite way of this sort of thing.
i.e. going full wireless for everything, rather than paying hundreds of dollars for... cables, ports, switches, etc.

My workstation/laptop is currently connected with 2 cables:
- external monitor connected via USB-C : this could be replaced by some wireless display technology, but I guess it's not totally mature or mainstream yet
- power cable (USB-C as well): there could be some sort of wireless charger

I have loads of devices: bluetooth mouse, bluetooth keyboard, bluetooth speaker & headphones, wifi-printer... all wireless. My desk is super neat now and I love it.

The more wireless we get, the less plastic/cable waste we produce. Less potential broken analog parts. Less adapter crap. Go full wireless!
What about batteries? The worst kind of waste. ;)

Edit: Ah @jaybobrox was first.
 

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I hope that the industry is going to go the exact opposite way of this sort of thing.
i.e. going full wireless for everything, rather than paying hundreds of dollars for... cables, ports, switches, etc.

My workstation/laptop is currently connected with 2 cables:
- external monitor connected via USB-C : this could be replaced by some wireless display technology, but I guess it's not totally mature or mainstream yet
- power cable (USB-C as well): there could be some sort of wireless charger

I have loads of devices: bluetooth mouse, bluetooth keyboard, bluetooth speaker & headphones, wifi-printer... all wireless. My desk is super neat now and I love it.

The more wireless we get, the less plastic/cable waste we produce. Less potential broken analog parts. Less adapter crap. Go full wireless!
Plastic/cables are more energy efficient than wireless and those cableless devices use li-ion or alkaline batteries, far worst than cables.
I love cables, there are just too many connectors, let's hope USB-C will fix it.
 
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