Equip your mobile workforce for success with StarTech.com

March 14th, 2024

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New Zealand's remote work statistics, as highlighted by Massey University research, show a clear trend: hybrid work is here to stay.  According to Jarrod Harr, a researcher at Massey University, the number of professionals embracing hybrid work arrangements has grown significantly, jumping from 28.4% in June 2023 to 41.7% by December 2023.  Harr further notes that most workers find themselves more productive and innovative under these hybrid models.

This seamless shift between home and office environments has led to a surge in demand for reliable tools like multiport adapters and docking stations.  Business leaders are recognising the need for dependable solutions from established brands like StarTech.com to empower their teams in today's dynamic work landscape.

Equip your employees for peak productivity anywhere with the right tools. Multiport adapters provide effortless connectivity in boardrooms, hotel rooms, temporary workspaces, you name it. Combined with a USB-C (or Thunderbolt 3/4) laptop, a multiport adapter offers a compact and durable solution for always having the right video connection on hand.

Equip your mobile workforce for success

Equipping your hybrid team for success requires solutions that meet their diverse needs. StarTech.com offers two exceptional multiport adapters, each with its own strengths:

StarTech DKT31CSDHPD3 USB-C Multiport Adapter – unmatched connectivity for power users

Empower your team’s workflow with the StarTech.com DKT31CSDHPD3 USB-C Multiport Adapter, turning their laptops into dynamic workstations on the move. Featuring DP 1.4 support for 4K 60Hz HDMI (HDR) output, this adapter streamlines connectivity for your team’s devices. With a single connection to a laptop’s USB-C or Thunderbolt 3/4 port, the DKT31CSDHPD3 multiport adaptor offers comprehensive connectivity, including 4K HDMI video output, dual USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A (10Gbps) ports, an SD card reader, and a Gigabit Ethernet port.

With support for USB PD 3.0 (up to 100W), the USB Type-C multiport adapter lets you power and charge your laptop and peripherals when connected to a USB-C power adapter. PD 3.0 features a Fast Role Swap to prevent USB data disruption when you switch power sources (USB-C power adapter to bus power).

StarTech.com DKT30CHCPD Multiport Adapter – Portable powerhouse for on-the-go

The portable USB-C DKT30CHCPD multiport adapter is a great alternative to the DKT31CSDHPD3 multiport adapter. Despite its smaller size, the DKT30CHCPD multiport adapter remains reliable. It offers essential ports for on-the-go connectivity and optimises your team’s productivity.

Transform laptops into dynamic workstations with 4K video output, Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports, and efficient Power Delivery 3.0 charging. Seamlessly connect to UHD 4K HDMI monitors for presentations and ultrawide displays for versatility. With one USB0C and one USB-A port, connect devices effortlessly, including fast-charging capabilities for mobile devices. Enjoy reliable laptop charging and peripheral power with up to 100W support and Fast Role Swap technology. This multiport adaptor also features a built-in wrap-around cable for portability.

Multiport adapters offer reliable performance

StarTech.com multiport adapters are designed to be used bus-powered or with power delivery pass-through, allowing full flexibility for quick meetings or longer connectivity periods at your workstation. The power delivery pass-through allows the OEM laptop charger to be plugged into a multiport adapter and pass through the adapter into the laptop for charging while only using one port.

StarTech.com multiport adapters are engineered to optimally reserve the power needed for the multiport adapter to prevent overdraw, dropouts, and video flickering when bus-powered or through USB Power Delivery. These devices are a terrific way to ensure your users have the connectivity flexibility they need to present, transfer, and collaborate on the go, no matter where they travel.

Docking Stations: The Ultimate Workstation Solution

While multiport adapters excel in portability, docking stations offer a more comprehensive solution for a fixed workspace.  Think of a docking station as a central hub, allowing users to connect multiple peripherals easily.  This streamlines workflow and maximises productivity by simplifying connections for devices like monitors, keyboards, and external drives.

The main difference between multiport adapters and docking stations is their size and functionality.  Multiport adapters are compact and connect to a single port on your laptop, providing essential connections like USB, HDMI, and Ethernet.  On the other hand, docking stations are larger and typically sit on your desk.  They boast a wider range of ports, charging capabilities, and even support for multiple monitors.

StarTech.com DK30A2DH Docking Station - Dual-4K Power

For users who require additional screen space beyond their laptop and single monitor, a docking station like the StarTech.com DK30A2DH is a game-changer.  This docking station goes beyond a multiport adapter by supporting dual 4K 60Hz displays, doubling your screen real estate with stunning Ultra HD resolution.

The DK30A2DH achieves this through a single USB connection, simplifying setup and ensuring compatibility with various devices.  It seamlessly connects to laptops with USB-C, Thunderbolt 3, or USB-A ports and operates flawlessly on Windows, macOS, Chrome OS, and Ubuntu systems.

Beyond the impressive visuals, the DK30A2DH boasts a comprehensive selection of ports, transforming your laptop into a true workstation.  Connect essential peripherals like external drives, keyboards, and even wired internet with ease thanks to the six USB 3.0 ports and Gigabit Ethernet jack.  Separate 3.5mm audio and microphone jacks provide additional flexibility for headsets or speaker setups.  While the dock itself doesn't support USB-C Power Delivery for charging your laptop, the overall functionality creates a seamless workstation experience with a single cable connection.

Choosing the right solution

The best choice depends entirely on your team's daily routine.  For those who prioritise portability and need to stay connected on the go, a multiport adapter offers a lightweight and essential set of connections.  This keeps them productive, whether at a client site, a coffee shop, or anywhere their workday takes them.

On the other hand, if your team spends significant time in a dedicated workspace, a docking station provides a more comprehensive solution. Think of it as a central hub that allows users to easily connect all their essential peripherals, such as monitors, keyboards, and external drives. This streamlined setup maximises productivity by simplifying connections and creating a true workstation experience.

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