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Practical Accell Air USB-C and HDMI docking station works on both laptops and select Android smartphones for $99 USD

Practical Accell Air USB-C and HDMI docking station works on both laptops and select Android smartphones (Source: Accell)
Practical Accell Air USB-C and HDMI docking station works on both laptops and select Android smartphones (Source: Accell)
The pocket-sized dock is compatible with MacOS, ChromeOS, Windows, and Android and it includes a one-year manufacturer warranty.
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Docking stations are a dime a dozen with tons to choose from. Trying to get by without one is becoming more difficult these days as more and more Ultrabooks are shipping with fewer ports. If you can choose only one, however, then the Accell Air USB-C 4K Driver-Less dock might be worth a look.

The Accell dock integrates three USB-A 3.1 Gen. 2 ports at 10 Gbps each, one USB-C port with 87 W Power Delivery passthrough, and two HDMI ports capable of 1080p or 4K in a travel-friendly form factor requiring no dedicated AC adapter power source. Perhaps its biggest draw is that it supports MacOS, ChromeOS, Windows 10, and even Android devices to be more versatile than most other docking stations. Android users must first install the "Accell Driver-Less" app from the Google Play store in order for the dock to be recognized.

Limitations of the Accell Air include no compatibility with iPhone or iPad devices and questionable compatibility with laptops that only have USB-C Gen. 1 ports. If your laptop doesn't support DisplayPort over USB-C or Power Delivery, then all the features of the Accell dock may not work. Additionally, only a few Android devices are guaranteed to work with the dock including the Google Pixel series, Samsung Galaxy S8 and newer, Amazon Fire HD 10 2019 and a couple more. The lack of an integrated SD card reader is also a bummer since many laptops and smartphones lack the ability to read SD cards.

The Accell Air USB-C 4K docking station will be available by the end of December for $99 while the USB4 40 Gbps cable is now in stock for $29 USD.

(Source: Accell)
(Source: Accell)

FREMONT, Calif. – Nov. 10, 2020 – Accell, a provider of innovative power products and enhanced connectivity solutions, today announced the company will be releasing two new products to its extensive product lines, the USB4 40Gbps Type-C Cable (P/N: U244C-002B-2) and the Accell Air USB-C 4K Driver-Less Dock (P/N: U240B-002K).  The USB4 40Gbps Type-C Cable is currently available with an MSRP of $29.99.  The Accell Air USB-C 4K Driver-Less Dock will be available at the end of November, with an MSRP of $99.99. 

USB4 is the latest universal cable that delivers a consistent ultra-fast set of specifications for connecting your daily devices, including computers, displays and mobile devices.  As one of the first USB-IF certified USB4 40Gbps cable providers, Accell’s new USB4 cable delivers 40Gbps speeds of data, video and power over a single USB Type-C connection.  It is fully backward compatible with USB 3.2, USB 2.0 and Thunderbolt 3 and is equipped with the following features: 

      Supports up to single 8K resolution or dual 4K displays at 60Hz

      Two-lane operation using existing USB Type-C cables

      Double the bandwidth to extend USB Type-C performance

      USB4 hosts can optimally scale allocations for display data flow 

The Accell Air USB-C 4K Driver-Less Dock is a sleek pocket-size dock that provides three USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type A ports for up to a 10Gbps data transfer rate, two HDMI ports for easy screen sharing and mirroring, and a USB-C port for 87W power delivery.  It is compact and ideal for mobile devices during presentations or mobile gaming on larger screens.  The Air Dock features the following: 

      Supports 4K Ultra HD, providing more pixels for sharper and engaging pictures

      Dual Display support, in which an optional driver can be installed from the user interface for extended screen viewing

      Compatible with MS Windows, MacBooks, Chromebooks and Android devices 

For more information about Accell’s USB4 40Gbps Type-C Cable, please visit www.accellww.<wbr />com/products/usb4-40gbp-cable.<wbr />  Additional information about the Accell Air USB-C 4K Driver-Less Dock can be found by visiting www.accellww.<wbr />com/products/accell-air-usb-c-<wbr />docking-station. 

 

About ACCELL Corporation

Built on a customer-centric and technologically advanced foundation, Accell is focused on providing user friendly designs, quality products and bringing value to its customers.  The company’s product lines span various categories, including innovative IT products, Accell Power products, enhanced connectivity solutions, and the AxFAST EVSE Electric Vehicle Charger family of products. Partnering with our customers, Accell recently launched the USB-C to HDMI 2.0 Adapter that is CEC enabled for the Google Hangouts Meet Kit. 

Based in the heart of Silicon Valley, with a large group of dedicated scientists, design engineers, and experienced sales and marketing professionals, as well as a dedicated US-based Support team, Accell is quickly becoming a world leader in delivering high-quality and affordable connectivity and power products. 

For more information, please visit www.accellww.com<wbr />. 

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Allen Ngo, 2020-12- 2 (Update: 2020-12- 2)