Kensington’s brilliant StudioDock adds USB-C hub to iPad desk stand


The Kensington StudioDock was named a CES 2021 Innovation Awards Honoree.
Kensington StudioDock could be the iPad productivity tool you’re looking for.
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CES 2021 bugThe Kensington StudioDock turns an iPad into a desktop. The tablet magnetically attaches to the stand, and then a USB-C connection brings access to a range of ports, including HDMI, Ethernet, USB-A, and more. Plus, there are wireless chargers for iPhone and AirPods built in.

The stand is impressive enough to be named a CES 2021 Innovation Awards Honoree.

Kensington calls it, “the ideal iPad docking station that expands more than your desktop options — it expands your creativity.“

Kensington StudioDock turns iPad into a full-featured desktop

StudioDock works with recent 12.9- and 11-inch iPad Pro models, as well as the 2020 iPad Air, all of which have a USB-C port. The stand can hold any of them in either portrait or landscape orientation.

Connect the stand to the iPad with a USB-C cable to access to an collection of ports. On the back are three USB-A ports, 4K HDMI 2.0 and Gigabit Ethernet. A USB-C port sits on the left side, while a 3.5mm audio jack and SD 4.0 card reader is on the right side. There are no drivers required to use any of these.

The iPhone and AirPods wireless chargers are on the front. An optional Apple Watch charger is planned for later in 2021.

Although Kensington unveiled the StudioDock for CES 2021, some important details remain unknown. That includes a price and a release date. Register to be notified on the Kensington web site.