Kensington StudioDock REVIEW | MacSources

MacSources
6 min readSep 21, 2021

More than a charging dock, StudioDock is a true workstation for the iPad.

When I started working from home exclusively last fall, I found myself reaching for my iPad more and more. It has become an essential part of my workday because I can easily take notes or make some scribbles in various programs. This cuts down on the need for me to have physical files in my home office, which is great because frankly, I don’t have the space for them. I have an iPad Pro (11-inch, 2018) and it works great with Kensington’s StudioDock to provide a full-service workstation-based with the iPad. It’s a beast and while it’s a lofty investment for a dock (~$400), it really expands what the iPad — especially the iPad with M1 chips — can do.

DETAILS

The Kensington StudioDock is an award-winning product (CES 2021 Innovations Award Honoree, recipient of 8 CES best-of awards). It was designed to provide a docking solution for the iPad that increased the functionality and usability of the iPad. It is compatible with both 12.9 and 11-inch models (two different sizes are available) of iPad with a USB-C charging port (2018 or later; not compatible with the 2021 iPad Pro 12.9"). The dock is powered by a 20V DC power cable/adapter and provides rapid charging that is compatible with Apple’s charging ecosystem. The iPad charges at 37.5W (through USB-C), the Qi wireless iPhone pad charges up to 7.5W and the AirPod charging pad charges up to 5W. The dock features a single HDMI port that supports 4K HDMI 2.0 video. There is a single SD card reader (UHS-II SD 4.0), four USB ports (1 USB-C port that supports 5V/3A & 9V/2A charging, and 3 USB 3.0 ports), one 3.5mm audio jack, and a Gigabit Ethernet jack.

KEY FEATURES

  • Best For: Creative professionals who want to get the most from their 2018/2020 iPad Pro
  • Connection Technology: USB-C Alt Mode
  • Power Delivery: Yes, docking and charging via USB-C at 37.5W rapid-charging for iPad Pro
  • Compatibility: iPad Pro 12.9″ (2018/2020) running iPadOS 13.5+. *Not compatible with the 2021 iPad Pro 12.9″.
  • # of Monitors Supported: 1
  • Video Ports: 1 x HDMI 2.0

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