C2G’s new docking kits help turn a laptop into a desktop

C2G’s new docking station kits strive to simplify your work-from-home networking.
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Many folks are working from home a lot, but setting up a proper computer workstation frustrates them. C2G wants to help make it easy with a bunch of new docking kits ready-made to solve connectivity woes, especially if you want your laptop to be more like a desktop computer.

C2G has rolled out four USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 docking station kits that bundle all the cables you need to get connected quickly. They provide a single connection point to your laptop from the kit’s hub. The hub connects via the provided cables to everything else, like a mouse, a keyboard, displays, storage devices and chargers.

The selling point here is simply that c2G has provided the cables necessary to cover various levels of complexity, so you don’t have to puzzle things out and buy a lot of separate items.

“It couldn’t be easier,” to use the kits, the company said in its press release, and that’s really the point.

Choose from four docking station kits

C2G offers four docking station kits that it said cover any laptop on the market and computer setups of any complexity. Accordingly, the kits vary widely in terms of what’s included and how much they cost.

C2G54476 USB-C 3-in-1 Mini Dock Kit for Chromebooks and other USB-C enabled laptops

Ports:

  • 1 x 4K HDMI: Connect to an HDMI display supporting resolutions up to 4K (3840 x 2160) at 30Hz.
  • 1 x USB-A: Connect a keyboard/mouse combo, charge a phone or connect a storage device supporting SuperSpeed USB 5Gbps data transfers.
  • 1 x USB-C Data and PD: Transfer data up to 5Gbps from a storage device and power a laptop or tablet with up to 60W power delivery.

Included:

  • 6-foot high-speed HDMI cable

C2G54479 USB-C 6-in-1 Mini Dock Kit for USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 enabled laptops

Ports:

  • 1 x 4K HDMI
  • 2 x USB-A
  • 1 x USB-C Data and PD
  • 1 x USB-C: Transfer data up to 5Gbps from a storage device.
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet: Delivers reliable internet connectivity with speeds up to 1000Mbps.

Included:

  • 6-foot high-speed HDMI cable

C2G54477 USB-C 7-in-1 Dual Display Dock Kit for USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 enabled laptops

  • Supports dual display resolutions up to 1920 x 1080 at 60Hz.
  • Multi-Stream Transport (MST) feature allows three different display configurations on multiple monitors.

Ports:

  • 1 x 4K HDMI
  • 1 x 4K DisplayPort: Connect to an HDMI display supporting resolutions up to 4K (3840 x 2160) at 30Hz
  • 1 x VGA: Connect to a VGA display
  • 2 x USB-A
  • 1 x USB-C: Transfer data up to 10Gbps from a storage device.
  • 1 x USB-C Power Delivery: Power a laptop or tablet with up to 100W of power delivery.

Included:

  • 6-foot high-speed HDMI cable
  • 6-foot DisplayPort-to-HDMI cable
  • 3.3-foot USB-C male-to-male cable
  • 60W USB-C power supply

The C2G54478 Thunderbolt 3 10-in-1 Dual 4K Display Dock Kit for Thunderbolt 3 enabled MacBooks and laptops

  • Supports dual display resolutions up to 4K (3840 x 2160) at 60Hz.

Ports:

  • 1 x 4K HDMI
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 3 Video and Data: Connect to an HDMI display supporting resolutions up to 4K (3840 x 2160) at 30Hz, or transfer data up to 40Gbps from a storage device.
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 3 Power and Data: Transfer data up to 40Gbps from a storage device and power a laptop with up to 60W power delivery.
  • 4 x USB-A
  • 1 x USB-A with BC 1.2: Connect a storage device supporting SuperSpeed USB 5Gbps data transfers, while support for BC 1.2 provides enhanced mobile device charging.
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1 x Combo Audio Jack: Connect headphones, speakers, and headphone/microphone sets for audio output and input.
  • 1 x SD 3.0 Card Reader: Supports SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards up to 128Gb.

Included:

  • 6-foot high-speed HDMI cable
  • 6-foot USB-C-to-HDMI adapter cable
  • 1.5-foot Thunderbolt 3 male-to-male cable
  • 135W power supply

Prices: C2G54476, $84.99; C2G54479, $97.99; C2G54477, $225.99; C2G54478, $399.99.

Where to buy: various retailers and C2G