j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389)

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j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) retails for S$199 on Hachi Tech.

j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - Box Front
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – Box Front
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - Box Back
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – Box Back
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - Box Open
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – Box Open
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - Box
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – Box
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - Instructions
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – Instructions
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - Box Contents
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – Box Contents

This is the first time I came across a modular dock. Five kits are included in the packaging that you can swap around. Each kit measures (W x H x D) 34 x 13 x 21 (mm) and weighs 11g.

  • USB-C to VGA (Up To 1920 x 1080 at 60 Hz)
  • USB-C to HDMI (Up To 4K at 60 Hz)
  • USB-C to Mini DisplayPort: (Up To 4K at 60 Hz)
  • USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB-C to SD Card And microSD Card Reader (Up to 2 TB)
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - With 5 Kits
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – With 5 Kits

After storing the kits in the carrying case, you will not be able to see the label of the kit as it will be underneath it. I think that is a poor user experience. Also, I will not be using the carrying case as it is rather bulky. I wish j5create includes a carrying pouch instead.

j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - Carrying Case
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – Carrying Case
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - Main Body - Top
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – Main Body – Top
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - Main Body - Bottom
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – Main Body – Bottom

The main body itself has five ports. It measures (W x H x D) 34 x 13 x 98 (mm) and weighs 48g.

  • 1x HDMI (Up To 4K at 30 Hz)
  • 2x USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps) Ports
  • 1x USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps) Port
  • 1x USB-C Power Delivery (PD) 3.0 Charging Port (Located At The Side)
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - Main Body - Front
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – Main Body – Front
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - Main Body - Back
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – Main Body – Back
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - Main Body - Side
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – Main Body – Side

The kit is attached to the main body via magnets, so not much effort is needed to swap it around.

j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - Magnetic Connector
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – Magnetic Connector
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - VGA Kit
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – VGA Kit
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - Gigabit Ethernet Kit
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – Gigabit Ethernet Kit
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - Mini DisplayPort Kit
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – Mini DisplayPort Kit
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - HDMI Kit
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – HDMI Kit
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - SD Card And microSD Kit
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – SD Card And microSD Kit

There are four ways you can use this modular dock.

  • Attach the kit to the top of the main body (default)
  • Plug the kit to the USB-C port of the main body
  • Attach the kit to the top of the main body and plug another kit to the USB-C port of the main body
  • Plug the kit directly to your laptop without using the main body
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - With Kit - Top
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – With Kit – Top
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - With Kit - Bottom
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – With Kit – Bottom
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - With Kit - Front
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – With Kit – Front
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - With Kit - Back
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – With Kit – Back
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - With Kit - Side
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – With Kit – Side
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - With Kit - Side
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – With Kit – Side
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - With Kit
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – With Kit
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - Kit At The Bottom- Top
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – Kit At The Bottom- Top
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - Kit At The Bottom- Front
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – Kit At The Bottom- Front
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - Double Head - Top
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – Double Head – Top
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - Double Head - Front
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – Double Head – Front
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - Double Head - Side
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – Double Head – Side

One thing I like about this modular design is that you can use each kit separately by plugging the USB-C connector on the kit directly to your laptop.

j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) - With MacBook Pro 15 Inch
j5create UltraDrive Kit USB-C Multi-Display Modular Dock (JCD389) – With MacBook Pro 15 Inch

JCD389 allows you to connect to three monitors, provided your laptop’s graphics card can support it.

Unlike the j5create USB-C Triple Display Docking Station (JCD543), this modular dock uses two USB-C ports to power three monitors and hence it doesn’t need USB Alternate Mode. This means that you do not need to install any drivers.

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