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Dell USB-C Mobile Adapter – DA310 $99.99

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brunes wrote: Took me 5 seconds, literally.

https://www.amazon.ca/CableCreation-Mul ... 08FWMWGTD/

EDIT: here is another one that also has USB 3.2 as well, also under $50.

https://www.amazon.ca/Techwolf-USB-Hub- ... B087YXMR1B
So a $55 one that has 5Gbps.

Or a no name “Techwolf” brand that costs $70 with no reviews.

Hopefully you spent more than 5 seconds thinking about the results rather than just throwing out links.

$70 for a no name brand or a $100 Dell with firmware updates and better support.
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Spinner wrote: So a $55 one that has 5Gbps.

Or a no name “Techwolf” brand that costs $70 with no reviews.

Hopefully you spent more than 5 seconds thinking about the results rather than just throwing out links.

$70 for a no name brand or a $100 Dell with firmware updates and better support.
The odds that Dell is ever going to patch firmware on a dongle are basically zero. And what the hell support do you need on an HDMI dongle? It works or it doesn't. Who is calling support ever? The Dell one is the same overseas junk as any other, youre paying for the brand, nothing more.
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I spent a bit of time finding the cheapest USB-C dongle with 4K60Hz HDMI and I think it cost about $35 a couple months ago. It does indeed do the job but some lack of shielding caused my 2.4Ghz wifi connection to drop, I switched to 5Ghz so no big deal but the cheapos are definitely not without problems. I think I am also quite limited on USB speeds as the HDMI connection maxes out the linkage pretty well.
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brunes wrote: The odds that Dell is ever going to patch firmware on a dongle are basically zero. And what the hell support do you need on an HDMI dongle? It works or it doesn't. Who is calling support ever? The Dell one is the same overseas junk as any other, youre paying for the brand, nothing more.
It's obvious you've never used hubs/docks in any serious way. There are all sorts of sleep/wake and detection issues given there are millions of USB and display devices. You have issues with EMI as the poster above mentioned.

Dell issued in a firmware update in June 2021. They offer a 3-year warranty on the hub.
https://www.dell.com/support/home/en-ca ... erid=ddmd6

If you look at the teardown of this Dell hub, you can see it uses quality components and controllers. For example, not all docks can emulate Apple and Samsung fast charging protocols.

This Dell hub is made by BizLink and Luxshare. One of those companies is well known for high quality docks. The other company helped design and manufacture AirPods.

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Guys I don't understand why some of you guys are taking this so personally. I'm just here for suggested alternatives to the Dell usb c hub or to see why this might be a good deal but my goodness.
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junggoo wrote: Guys I don't understand why some of you guys are taking this so personally. I'm just here for suggested alternatives to the Dell usb c hub or to see why this might be a good deal but my goodness.
We're ragey at the people who came in here comparing this to a $200+ Thunderbolt docking station. In other words, the 5 clowns who down voted.
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Let's keep the comments positive. Everyone has good input here.

Yes, there are cheaper alternatives but they all vary in quality and options. The Dell one has VGA, HDMI and DisplayPort ports, which is a bit unusual and possibly useful to some. There's no micro card reader though.

I bought an Aukey hub about 8 months ago but it does not handle the HDMI output very well to a large monitor. It has lag and occasional flicker.
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brunes wrote: The odds that Dell is ever going to patch firmware on a dongle are basically zero. And what the hell support do you need on an HDMI dongle? It works or it doesn't. Who is calling support ever? The Dell one is the same overseas junk as any other, youre paying for the brand, nothing more.
My Dell dock had numerous firmware updates. I was surprised.
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a tech question. does the video output on these devices use cpu power or gpu to achieve 4k 60hz? i have an old 3rd gen intel desktop with on board graphics. Can I get a pci-e to usb-c card and connect to this dell to make the computer support 4k/60?
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milkshake321 wrote: a tech question. does the video output on these devices use cpu power or gpu to achieve 4k 60hz? i have an old 3rd gen intel desktop with on board graphics. Can I get a pci-e to usb-c card and connect to this dell to make the computer support 4k/60?
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The DA310 is only compatible with the USB-C port on the PC, i.e. Thunderbolt port or USB-C (DisplayPort Alt Mode) port.

4K resolution at 60 Hz is supported on PCs that supports DisplayPort 1.3 or above (HBR3) with a monitor that is capable of 4K resolution at 60 Hz. On PCs that support below DisplayPort 1.3, the maximum resolution supported is 4K at 30 Hz
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Am I thinking right that for an M1 MacBook this DA310 will not let me extend to two external monitors ie. connect Monitor 1 and charger to this hub, and then connect Monitor 2 to another port on the Mac
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Is the retractable cable removable? I'd hate for that thing to go and not be covered. It's a bit of a unique design which has it's pros/cons. Doesn't seem to have any perkopolis discount. I'll pass since my old Toshiba Dynadock is still kicking.
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tinytingrin wrote: Am I thinking right that for an M1 MacBook this DA310 will not let me extend to two external monitors ie. connect Monitor 1 and charger to this hub, and then connect Monitor 2 to another port on the Mac
I am thinking the only way to do this is a Universal USB 3.0 dock that uses DisplayLink drivers
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junggoo wrote: Guys I don't understand why some of you guys are taking this so personally. I'm just here for suggested alternatives to the Dell usb c hub or to see why this might be a good deal but my goodness.
This hub handles more data and power than most consumer routers. Yet, some people seem to think a $50 hub is no different than a $100 one.

You wouldn't buy the cheapest router on Amazon.ca with no firmware updates or warranty. Not sure why some people do it with hubs. It's ridiculous.
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tinytingrin wrote: Am I thinking right that for an M1 MacBook this DA310 will not let me extend to two external monitors ie. connect Monitor 1 and charger to this hub, and then connect Monitor 2 to another port on the Mac
tinytingrin wrote: I am thinking the only way to do this is a Universal USB 3.0 dock that uses DisplayLink drivers
DisplayLink-compatible docking station or USB adapter is needed to use two or more external displays with your M1 MacBook.

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This thread is awesome. Haha. Shout out to OP. Again - to reiterate - great product. A true RFD @ $100?! No. But still a great value for the price. Better than the $130.

Best MOBILE adapter. Hands down. Lots of scenarios this has saved deals and impressed clients.

But I will go as far as saying that this isn't for everyone. Outlandish?! Perhaps. Haha. But dope, regardless.

Cheers.
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Spinner wrote: You wouldn't buy the cheapest router on Amazon.ca with no firmware updates or warranty. Not sure why some people do it with hubs. It's ridiculous.
Uh oh. Did I just destroy my computer, I used a $20~$25 hub on it once this week. It seemed to work fine.

The average uneducated peasant (like me) doesn't know much better. :(
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Nice but not a nice price to use with my Chromecast. Wish the C pass through hubs would go down in price but they are stubbornly high priced...

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