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This USB-C docking station is the perfect partner for your new MacBook

USB-C docking station

Taiwanese manufacturer GWT has come up with the industry's first USB 3.1 Type C docking station, one that connects to the host computer with only one cable.

The market for the DUD10B0 though is fairly limited as there's exactly one laptop and it is not even a Windows notebook. Many criticised Apple for cutting down the number of ports on the new MacBook to just one, a lonely USB 3.1 Type C connector.

But just as the first MacBook Air was the precursor to the wave of Ultrabooks that ultimately brought the demise of the optical drive and Ethernet connectors on most laptops, Apple's latest laptop is likely to pave the way for USB-C laptops, like the recently released ChromeBook Pixel 2, which is not compatible with the DUD10B0.

This, combined with the rising popularity of laptops as replacements for their desktop counterparts and the BYOD (bring your own device) phenomenon, explains why many vendors are unveiling docking station.

The DUD10B0 come with an impressive array of connectors. A USB 3.1 Gen 1 connector that can provide up to 36W of power, four USB ports, two USB type C ports, Display Port, HDMI, VGA, Gigabit Ethernet and a couple of audio ports.

GWT hasn't confirmed when the device would be launched in Europe and what would be the price.

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.