*** This post is part of the Donald Dock project development.
*** Please check the master topic for an overview of the project
Purpose : resume the project and refine the final specs
Duration : 14.03.2019 – 22.03.2019
This post was expected to be released a year ago, however, due to some issues, it ended up being posted today. I feel very sad and sorry for the long wait, but we are finally here: Project: Donald Dock (DD) is resumed!
Although the project is heavily delayed, it’s very exciting to see from our survey results that people are still very interested in a docking station product in 2019. Additionally, during the delay, some new developments bring good news for DD:
- Thunderbolt 3 technology now is free-of-charge: no expensive Intel-Tax
- More and more laptops/2-in-one now support Thunderbolt 3 (except, you know)
- USB 4 is on the way (That doesn’t necessarily mean Donald Dock can already use it, but the industry trend is positive)
And in this post, we will:
- Recap Project: Donald Dock
- Summarize the voting result of Step 4.3, and propose the specs
- Ask for your ideas on the proposed specs and some other matters
What is Donald Dock?
If this is the first time you’ve heard about Donald Dock, it’s highly recommend to first check the master topic to get a better understanding of the project.
We started the project with the following purpose:
Donald Dock is a product that provides more ports to V and other notebooks to work better with peripherals.
And from the voting result of Step 3.1:
It should be a “middle weight” type dock. Most of the time it stays on your desktop, and by simply plugging in one cable, you immediately connect to all peripherals.
Based on Step 4.2:
A wide range of ports and powerful performance are its essential competence in the market.
Proposed specs for Donald Dock
Below are the proposed specs for Donald Dock based on the many responses we got in Step 4.3:
|Port No.||Ports Type||Technology/description|
|1||USB-C||Thunderbolt 3, USB PowerDelivery (up to 60w), connected to the host|
|2||USB-C||Thunderbolt 3 (supports DP Alt Mode), for daisy chain device, monitor, or other USB device|
|3||USB-C||USB 3.1/3.2, with power delivery (up to 18w)|
|4||USB-A||USB 3.1, with power delivery (up to 10w)|
|9||SD card port||UHS-I/UHS-II|
|10||3.5mm audio jack||Audio out/in combined|
|12||DC-IN||About 120W power|
|13||(optional) DisplayPort||DP 1.4|
|14||(optional) MicroSD card port||UHS-I/UHS-II|
|15||(optional) m.2. port for SSD|
|16||(optional) Wireless charging||Qi, 7.5w - 10w|
- Port 1 should be placed on the side in front of the user for easy connection
- DD supports both Windows and MacOS
The above suggestions are based on the voting result, except for the charging port (connector 12): 58% people choose to integrate the charger inside the dock housing, but this is an uncommon implementation in the supply chain, and it may also generate heating problems for the dock. This may affect performance and service life, so we chose to separate the charger to make it easier for us to find a supplier and to avoid heat inside the dock.
Share your ideas!
We would like to hear more from you to refine the final specs, features and requirements together. With this information we will contact our suppliers and bring Donald Dock to you as a real product!
1. Do these proposed specs still make sense today?
(If you think it needs changes or updates, please reply in this topic.)
- Absolutely yes, no need to make many changes
- It makes sense, but need some updates
- No, we need to re-design it
2. If the proposed Donald Dock fits your needs (and assuming it’s as good looking as the V), how much would you pay for it?
- Maximum 150 USD
- Maximum 200 USD
- Maximum 250 USD
- Maximum 300 USD
- Maximum 400 USD
- No limit, I am rich!
3. Would you like to use the Donald Dock stand-alone or as a supporting base for your notebook/laptop/tablet?
- Stand alone
- As a supporting base