Razer’s New Laptop Docks Look Like Killer Remote Work Tools
If you want to turn your gaming laptop into a desktop, Razer’s latest docking accessories are enough to add some shine to an otherwise subdued desk setup using the company’s signature Chroma RGB lighting. Razer has two new docks that the company claims are compatible with most notebooks – including Apple’s new MacBook Pro with M1 drive.
The Thunderbolt 4 Dock Chroma works similarly to other Thunderbolt desktop docks on the market. Like its peers, Razer’s offering offers more connectivity options – the company said this dock will add a 10-port hub to your desk setup – in a matte black aluminum chassis that is a hallmark of Razer’s notebook designs.
Given that most people work, study, and play from home while the pandemic is still raging, the Thunderbolt 4 Dock Chroma might be a good investment to get more performance and functionality out of your notebook. The 10 ports include four Thunderbolt 4 over USB-C ports (three downstream and one upstream), an Ethernet jack, three USB-A ports, an SD card reader, and a 3.5mm -Audio jack. A separate barrel-shaped power connection provides up to 90 watts of power to charge your notebook.
With a data transfer rate of 40 Gbit / s, you can connect two 4K monitors with 60 Hz via the ports or expand your desk setup with a full 8K display with 30 Hz. Power users can also take advantage of Thunderbolt 4 connectivity to add an eGPU like the Razer Core v2 for extra graphics performance when docked at their desk.
Not only does the Chroma v2 laptop stand raise your laptop to an ergonomic level, it also adds a four port hub and uses the same matte black aluminum design. This swaps the Thunderbolt 4 ports from the Thunderbolt dock for two USB-C ports, one of which is used to connect to a USB-C laptop and the other to connect to a 100 W power adapter – two USB A connectors and an HDMI 2.0 connector. According to Razer, the Laptop Stand Chroma v2 also supports a dual display setup if you want to connect your laptop to external displays.
The stand weighs 1.3 pounds and measures 8.4 x 19.5 x 2.9 inches on your desk, while the Thunderbolt 4 Dock Chroma weighs 0.75 pounds. Razer claimed that both docks would work with Windows 10 PCs with Thunderbolt 4 ports, Mac systems with M1 processors, or older Mac systems with Thunderbolt 3 ports running MacOS 11.1 Big Sur or later. Both docking accessories support Razer’s Chroma RGB lighting – although Razer Synapse won’t work on Mac computers – so you get a very cohesive look when you’re also a gamer on a Razer Blade laptop. The Thunderbolt 4 dock is $ 329, while the laptop stand is cheaper at $ 149. Both products can be pre-ordered through the Razer website.