j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543)

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j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station retails for S$199 on Hachi.tech.

As the product name implies, the JCD543 is a USB-C docking station that supports up to three monitors alongside with other ports.

j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) - Box Front
j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) – Box Front
j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) - Box Back
j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) – Box Back
j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) - Box Side
j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) – Box Side
j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) - Box
j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) – Box
j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) - Box Contents
j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) – Box Contents

The design is elongated because it comes with 13 ports. It measures (W x H x D) 82.5 x 23.4 x 350 (mm) and weighs 300g.

j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) - Top
j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) – Top

The USB-C cable can be neatly hidden beneath the cover while not being used.

j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) - Top - Cover Open
j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) – Top – Cover Open

Triple display support is made possible by USB Alternate Mode or Alt Mode in short. Alt Mode is a functional extension of USB-C that enables the USB connection to carry non-USB signals. This is exceptionally useful for display signals. You will need to install drivers on your computer for Alt Mode to work correctly.

You can read more on linustechtips: Guide to Display Cables / Adapters (v2).

j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) - Warning To Install Driver First
j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) – Warning To Install Driver First

It comes with a 45cm long USB-C cable.

j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) - USB-C Out
j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) – USB-C Out
j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) - USB-C End
j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) – USB-C End

Cable gutters are on both sides of the dock for the cable to pass through, allowing the cable cover to be closed while in use.

j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) - Cable Passthrough
j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) – Cable Passthrough
j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) - Bottom
j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) – Bottom
j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) - Front
j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) – Front

The list of the ports are as follows:

  • 1x USB-C Power Delivery (PD) 3.0 Port (For Charging Only)
  • 1x Gigabit Ethernet Port
  • 1x SD Card Slot
  • 1x microSD Card Slot
  • 1x USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps) Port
  • 3x USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps) Ports
  • 2x HDMI Port (Up To 4K at 30 Hz)
  • 1x DisplayPort (Up To 4K at 30 Hz)
  • 1x VGA Port (Up To 1920 x 1080 at 60 Hz)
  • 1x 3.5mm Audio/Microphone Port
j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) - Back
j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) – Back

JCD543 is bus-powered, which means it draws its power from the USB connection and doesn’t require an external power source. However, it is always recommended to plug in a power source. In this case, JCD543 is powered by USB-C Power Delivery (PD), which supports up to 100W.

j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) - Ports - Right
j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) – Ports – Right

The graphics card on your laptop needs to be able to support three monitors and hence Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV). If you have noticed, there are four video ports, two HDMI ports, one DisplayPort, and one VGA port. However, you can only use three of them. Either HDMI port or DisplayPort and HDMI port and VGA port. The HDMI ports and DisplayPort supports 4K (3840 × 2160) resolution at 30 Hz while the VGA port support Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution at 60 Hz.

j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) - Ports - Left
j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) – Ports – Left
j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543)
j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543)
j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) - Connected MacBook Pro 15 Inch
j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543) – Connected MacBook Pro 15 Inch

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