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Targus Universal USB 3.0 Dual Cinema 4K2K 60Hz 24 bpp DOCK160USZ Release

On December 8, Targus® and DisplayLink® announced the upcoming release of the DisplayLink DL-6950 based DOCK160USZ. See the announcement here and the DOCK160USZ product page here. 

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The DOCK160USZ functions very similarly to other Targus USB 3.0-based docks, but the performance is much higher on Mac OS-X and Windows PC than any other USB 3.0 dock on the market. Given the host’s graphics can support it, it is possible to get up to 4096×2160 at 60Hz with 24 bpp color on each of two DisplayPort (DP) ports and 50Hz on the HDMI ports. 

New versions of the Targus MAC Address Clone, WiFi AutoSwitch, Ghost Device Removal, and Display Configuration utilities to support the DOCK160USZ are under validation test for release on targus.com.

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4K2K monitors can be connected on either one or both HDMI 2.0 ports, one or both DisplayPort 1.2++ ports, or one each DP and HDMI (in opposite output sets). It is also important to use good cables, ideally those that came with your monitors. Be sure to use HDMI 2.0 cables for high-resolution monitor applications on HDMI monitors.

The DOCK160USZ requires the latest DisplayLink version 8.0M3 (Device Manager Targus USB3 DV4K DOCK driver 8.0.903.0) version of the software for Windows, which isn’t yet posted on targus.com, but is available on Windows Update for Plug-N-Play today.  For Mac OS-X please use the version 3.0 Beta. The DOCK160USZ worked on Thee DocKtor’s Chromebook with Chrome OS version 55  (Chromebook OEM implementations vary), Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS, and Android 6.0.1; with varying degrees of high resolution graphics support.

The DOCK160USZ includes a 45W AC adapter (to power the dock) and a 1m USB A/M to USB µB/M cable for connecting between the host and the dock.

Like other Targus USB 3.0 Universal Docking Stations, it is possible to use the DOCK160USZ with USB Type-C implementations containing USB 3.0 support. As stated in other blogs , USB Type-C continues to be a bit confusing. To connect the DOCK160USZ to a USB Type-C port that contains USB 3.0, use a Targus ACC923USX or ACC925USX adapter cable. Note the DOCK160USZ USB 3.0 “UP” connection to the host does not supply power even when connected via a USB Type-C port.

The DOCK160USZ also comes with five USB 3.0 ports. Of the four USB 3.0 Type-A ports, the port on the right side is BC1.2 Power Delivery compliant for fast charging. The USB Type-C port on the left side is the remaining USB 3.0 port but does not contain any USB Type-C Power Delivery capabilities. This USB Type-C port is for USB 3.0 device data only (i.e., a flash drive).

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In addition to dual 4K2K monitor support, the DOCK160USZ comes with a standard industry lock slot (K) , a blue LED power indicator, a RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet jack (supporting Wake-On-Lan), and a 3.5mm combination stereo audio output/input jack. The DL-6950 chipset inside supports 6-channel audio on the HDMI2.0 and DP1.2++ ports, but this has not been verified yet. The 173mm x 95mm x 40mm wedge shape enables “zero desk space” implementations and the non-slip top surface supports propping up the rear of a host for better air circulation and cooling, as well as improving the viewing angle and ergonomics of most applications. 

The DOCK160USZ is CE, FCC, ICES, AU, KC pre-scan, RoHS, REACH, Prop65 certified, and complies with ErP Lot 26, Network Standby with WOL @ 2W. The operating temperature is 0 to 40 degrees C and storage is -20 to 60 degrees C.  And it is TAA compliant.

The DOCK160USZ is indeed the highest performing USB dock on the market, and with a 3-year limited warranty, can be used to future-proof higher-end workstation implementations. Also, DisplayLink’s adaptive video compression algorithm often outperforms native graphics solutions including USB Type-C graphics. Be sure to contact your Targus representative for more information, or post your comments and questions here.

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11 replies

  1. I am co-founder of a AI startup in San Francisco (https://skive.it) I love to buy this but it is not available to purchase yet! Please let me know when the product is available for purchase. Will it be available to buy via Amazon too?

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  2. Thanks. I ordered last Wednesday and it arrived today on Christmas eve. It works perfectly! Didn’t even have to install anything on my laptop (Windows). I was a bit surprised that the docking station is pretty small compared to the number of devices it is powering!

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  3. Anyone tried these with Ubuntu yet?

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  4. Hi, when will this item be available in the UK please?

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  5. All sites in the US appear to be out of stock. Has the product been pulled from the market? Anyone know what’s up?

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