How to Turn Your Tablet Into Your Computer
Chris Webster | January 31, 2023
Your tablet is better on a dock. And, depending on what phone you’re carrying around, that might be better on a dock, too.
We get it, both of those things, tablets, and phones exist to be portable. At least, that used to be the case. But now your mobile device is nearly (if not more) powerful than your laptop. And, while its portability is impressive, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t add an HDMI screen, a couple of USB 3.0 ports, SD expansion, 100W pass-through charging, and a trusty audio jack when you’re working at a desk.
The Little Screen Becomes the Big Screen
The Plugable USB-C Docking Station with Tablet or Phone Stand (UDS-7IN1) adds functionality to your Windows tablet, M1 or M2 iPad, and Samsung Galaxy devices that support Samsung DeX. Let’s start with your screen, perhaps the most impressive point to pontificate on when discussing one’s tablet. But when it comes time to get actual work done, the pinch and zoom will only get you so far.
Simply connect your mobile device to the UDS-7IN1 with the included USB-C cord for access to a 4K 30Hz capable HDMI port. It’s like going from fun-sized to full-sized. Note: Samsung DeX can support 1600x900, 1920x1080, and 2560x1440 resolutions only.
Connections Can Happen Anywhere
Your content is looking real sharp on that big screen, but a bigger screen is just the start. What if you could add a real keyboard? And a real mouse? Then you’d be ready to get some real work done.
The UDS-7IN1 combines the functionality of a docking station with the convenience of a tablet/phone stand. As a docking station, you get exactly what you need to go from mobile to desktop. In addition to the 4K HDMI port, power up with 100W pass-through charging (up to 91W output), add a mouse and keyboard (or whatever you need) to the two USB 3.0 (5Gbps) ports, expand with SD and MicroSD ports, and tune out with the audio jack.
As a stand, you get solid aluminum construction that manages to be incredibly durable and still light enough to carry with you. But don’t let its potential for portability fool you, the UDS-7IN1 still has just enough heft to hoist your 12.9” iPad Pro. And the feeling of quality continues through to the henges, too. With enough tension to stay put when you tap away at the screen, you might be surprised by the satisfying slide you experience when adjusting the stand for the perfect angle. And if you do decide to take it with you, the UDS-7IN1 folds flat enough to fit in your bag.
The Plugable USB-C Docking Station with Tablet or Phone Stand works wonderfully with tablets running Windows 10+, like the Microsoft Surface Pro 9. It also pairs perfectly with iPads running iPadOS 16 or newer—iPadOS16.1 or newer, by the way, is also required if you plan on using Stage Manager to extend your laptop screen to the iPad. The UDS-7IN1 even supports Samsung DeX devices, so folks can finally find a place to dock their phones.
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