Fast Look: Kensington SD7000 Floor Professional Docking Station

Earlier this 12 months, Kensington introduced its new docking station, designed particularly for Microsoft Floor Professional. The SD7000 turns the Floor Professional right into a miniature model of the Floor Studio and presents some distinctive options.

In case you have a look at the design, it's clear the place Kensington is impressed from. The 2 chrome-plated arms on the aspect are a transparent allusion to the Floor Studio, and with the grey base, Kensington has completely matched the aesthetics of Microsoft's all-in-one PC. As with the Floor Studio, the show may be set from an upright vertical place to be used as a desktop or rotated down to be used with the stylus. This can be a very intelligent method to make sure that the Floor Professional doesn’t lose its performance when linked to a variety of desktop peripherals.

There’s a magnetic attachment level on the left aspect the place the pen is docked when not in use, and on the proper aspect is a Floor Join connector used to attach the Floor Professional to the dock , As a result of this accent comes from Kensington, machine safety can be vital, and you’ll add an non-obligatory safety cable that locks the Floor Professional into the dock after which the dock to the desk.

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Because the Floor Join port is used, it’s after all additionally charging in addition to information and video over a connection. The SD7000 extends Floor Professional connectivity with 4 USB-A ports and a USB-C port. Because the Floor Professional USB-C doesn’t help natively, the ports are all Gen1 speeds as much as 5 Gbps, however the Kind C port can ship 5 V @ 3A for 15 watts of energy for connected equipment.

Kensington SD7000 Floor Professional Docking Station

SD7000

Supported fashions
Microsoft Floor Professional four
Microsoft Floor Professional 5 (2017)
Microsoft Floor Professional 6

show
HDMI and DisplayPort
As much as 3840 x 2160 x 2 at 30 Hz
As much as 3840 x 2160 x 1 at 60 Hz

USB
four x USB three.zero Kind-A (5 V / zero.9 A)
1 x USB three.1 Gen1 Kind-C (5V / 3A)

Ethernet
10/100/1000 Mbps

Lock
Non-obligatory locking module (Okay62918WW)

Audio
three.5mm headphone jack

road value
399 USD

For video, the SD7000 presents each an HDMI connection and a DisplayPort connection. This enables connection of as much as two exterior displays with a most decision of UHD 3840×2160. Please notice, nevertheless, that the Floor Join port can be enough for a single UHD decision at 60 Hz refresh solely. When two UHD shows are linked, they should be executed with an undesirable replace of 30 Hz. Nonetheless, this can be a limitation of the Floor Professional and never Kensington.

There may be, after all, a Gigabit Ethernet and a three.5mm audio jack to finish the connectivity.

The SD7000 is for Floor Professional four, 5 or 6. Inserting the Floor Professional within the dock will not be very troublesome. Merely pull out the Floor Join connector on the proper aspect, slide the pill into the dock, and firmly press the Floor Join connector.

General, the SD7000 works as anticipated and works similar to the Microsoft docking station, however with extra connectivity and, after all, the joint, so the pill works higher as a second desktop show. Though the dock is manufactured from plastic, so doesn’t match the floor end of the Floor Professional magnesium alloy, even when it suits completely with the colour.

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When the show is docked and the show is raised to its most top, one drawback is that the show can’t be rotated to a full vertical. As an alternative, the show sits at about 70 ° when the arms run into the fence. Nonetheless, it's not a giant deal, because the advert continues to be a bit decrease than any desktop advert, so the angle helps with viewing. It's simply an aesthetic factor. As well as, the movable arms will not be stiff sufficient to carry the show anyplace. It’s really meant just for the up or down place. In the event that they made you stiffer, it could be troublesome to maneuver when you wished to tilt it.

Paradoxically, regardless of a lot larger connectivity than the Microsoft Floor Dock or Floor Professional itself, the SD7000 doesn’t have front-panel ports, which might be handy in lots of conditions. It will even be nice to see an SD card reader on the entrance or sides when a second technology hits the market. By imitating the Floor Studio design, they’ve additionally encountered the identical issues that entrance ports are blocked or contacted when the show is lowered. Due to this fact, it’s comprehensible why they’re absent, however they’d nonetheless be helpful. Fortuitously, you possibly can nonetheless entry the Floor Professional's USB port to rapidly join a USB drive or comparable.

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One closing query is that, for apparent causes, the dock can’t be used when the Kind Cowl is linked to the Floor Professional. The draw back right here is that saving the kind protection is now required, whereas the Microsoft Dock permits it to stay connected as a result of it’s only a cable for the exterior docking connections.

The SD7000 has a road value of $ 399, which is much more costly than an already pricy Floor Professional, however due to the higher usability within the dock and good connectivity, that is prone to curiosity many individuals making the Floor Professional a light-weight desktop wish to develop.

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