Review: Compact USB-C Dock Does a Lot in a Little Footprint

I had already recommended the UD-CAM USB-C dock from Plugable, in part because it was so compact, so I wasn't sure what the advantage of the UD-CUBE ($79.95) would be until Plugable sent me a review unit. As small as the original model was, about the size of an Apple TV, this new model is even smaller. It's about the size of wedding ring jewelry box.

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Despite the remarkably compact footprint, it still squeezes in three USB-A ports, including one USB 3.0 port, plus an HDMI port, and a wired Gigabit Ethernet port. Around the base of the unit is attractive blue accent lighting and the bottom has a rubbery non-slip grip.

There are some gaps, however, compared to the UD-CAM mode. It only delivers 15 watts so it cannot reliably charge a laptop. You will want to use your laptop's original USB-C charging cable and adapter on a separate USB-C port. There's also no audio port, although audio is delivered over HDMI.

Pros

  • Remarkably compact footprint
  • 3 USB-A ports including one USB 3.0
  • HDMI port
  • Wired Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Attractive blue accent lighting

Cons

  • Only 15 watts, so cannot reliably charge a laptop
  • No audio port

Final Verdict

If you want lots of expandability in a small footprint, check out the Cube from Plugable. Just bring your original charger along as well.

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An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.