DockCase Smart Hub is an 8-in-1 multifunction USB-C dock with HDMI 2.0, up to 10Gbps USB ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and a feature that makes it unique: an information display.
At first, a color display on a USB-C hub/dock may feel like a gimmick, but the information displayed may help you troubleshoot issues with USB & Ethernet speeds, video modes up to 4Kp60 HDR, power usage, and more…
- Display – 1.54-inch color HD screen
- Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4Kp60 with HDR10, 2/4 lane switchable, 4Kp30 to 4Kp60 upscaling
- Networking – Gigabit Ethernet
- Input – USB 3.2 Gen 2 up to 10 Gbps supporting up to 100W
- 2x USB 3.2 (10 Gbps) Type-A ports
- 2x USB 2.0 ports
- 1x USB 3.2 (10 Gbps) USB-C port
- Misc – Adjustable cooling fan, button for mode selection.
- Power Input – Up to 100W via USB-C with power delivery (PD) support, 24V CC protection
- Dimensions – 150 x 50 x 16.3 mm
- Weight – 180 grams
DockCase says its Smart Hub runs the upgradable DockOS “operating system” to handle the user interface and the mode of the dock. The best is probably to watch the video below to see what it is capable of.
The video shows a firmware update for “HDMI PS186”, meaning the Smart Hub should be based on Parade PS186 DisplayPort 1.4a to HDMI 2.0b protocol converter plus another USB-C chip. DockCase Smart Hub is not their first dock with a display as the company’s “Visual Dock” 7-in-1 and 9-in-1 USB-C docks were previously offered.
The new model offers an external button instead of a pinhole but mode configuration, supports up to 4Kp60 HDR10, a USB-C data port, a cooling fan, power monitoring, customizable data, and future expansion (or bug fixes) as the firmware is upgradable. It loses the SD card and microSD card slots found in the previous models.
DockCase Smart Hub is now offered on Kickstarter with rewards starting at $89 with the USB-C Dock and a USB-C to USB-C cable. Earlier “Visual Dock” models are also available for $59 and more. Sadly, the device is only available in a limited number of countries, and shipping appears to be free to Taiwan and China, and from $4 (US) to $27 (Brazil) depending on the destination country. The plan is to ship the rewards in January 2022.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.