Kensington SD5600T Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C Dual 4K Hybrid Dock REVIEW | MacSources

MacSources
4 min readDec 9, 2021

Powerful easy to use docking station provides many options for connecting devices.

Over the past few years, I’ve worked with many different docking stations. My main computer is a MacBook Pro and so I need a docking station to make it work with external devices. I’ve been working from home for about 18 months and so I need a dedicated workstation for that purpose. My workstation consists of my laptop, an ultra-wide monitor, a wireless keyboard and mouse, speakers, and a webcam. Because my MacBook Pro (2016 model) works off Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, I have utilized a dock in order to connect to those different devices. I recently found that the docking station I was using was malfunctioning and I was within about 30 minutes of an important meeting starting. Fortunately, I had the Kensington SD5600T docking station available to install.

DETAILS

This docking station is designed to work for ‘hot-desking’ and is universally compatible with Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C laptops running Windows or macOS. It is also compatible with Thunderbolt 4 laptops, but only with TB3 functionality. With that level of connectivity, data can be transferred at a rate of up to 40Gbps for compatible laptops using the 0.8m Thunderbolt 3 cable that is provided. The dock has the potential to connect two 4K @ 60Hz monitors through two DisplayPort ports. The dock also provides up to 100W of power delivery to laptops (as long as power delivery is supported on the laptop). This type of power delivery is ideal for laptops that have higher power requirements like newer MacBook Pros.

The SD5600T is a 15-port docking station. It includes one front USB-C Gen2 port (up to 10Gbps with 5V/1.5A charging), six USB-A ports (1 front Gen2@10Gbps front with 5V/1.5A charging, 5 rear Gen1@5Gbps, 5V/0.9A), one Gigabit Ethernet port, and one audio combo jack. The docking station has multiple mounting options including horizontal or vertical placements and there are built-in SD and Micro SD card readers on the front of the dock.

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