Kensington UH1440P in review: mobile docking station for two monitors

The mobile USB docking station from Kensington takes two monitors on a leash.
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UH1440P Mobile USB-C dual video docking station – luckily the name doesn’t say it all. Because the Kensington mobile docking station (RRP: 129.99 euros) is anything but complicated: it does not require a driver, but works via plug-and-play: simply plug the USB-C connector, which is permanently wired to the high-quality aluminum housing, into the laptop and there are numerous expansion options for optional.

Two monitors, laptop charges via USB-C

The most important option is the connection of up to two screens. There are also a number of slots for DisplayPort (DP), HDMI and the older VGA format to choose from. To the right is a USB-C port that supports 85 watts pass-through. Suitable laptops can be charged with it, so that a handy USB-C power adapter in your luggage is sufficient. On the left, an Ethernet socket provides the Internet connection.

On the other long side are three USB-A ports, a jack plug for headphones and two slots for memory cards.

The features at a glance:

  • DisplayPort 1.2++
  • HDMI 1.4
  • VGA
  • 3 x USB-A 3 Gen1 ports (5Gbps with 1 x 5V/1.5A and 2 x 5V/1.9A)
  • USB-C (for power pass-through only, up to 85W)
  • SD/Micro SD 3.0 card reader
  • Gigabit-Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbit/s
  • 3,5-mm-Audiobuchse
  • Abmessungen (L x B x T): 137 x 75 x 17 mm
  • Weight: 198 grams
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The Ethernet port is on the far left, followed by DisplayPort, HDMI and VGA, and the end is USB-C pass-through for powering the laptop.
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Kensington Dock rear
Three USB-A ports provide space for a mouse, keyboard, etc. Headphones can be connected to the jack plug. Photographers will be happy about two memory card slots.
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Ready to use in a flash

In our practical test, the Kensington dock worked as promised: plug it in and it works. Mouse and keyboard were up and running in no time, as were a monitor or two. Important: If you want to use two monitors, you have to connect one via DisplayPort (DP). The second can then be integrated either via HDMI or VGA.

With two monitors up to 1080p

The resolution depends on the number of screens. With our QHD monitor in the home office alone, the dock delivered 2,560 x 1,440 pixels (up to 4K @ 30Hz are possible). However, an additional Full HD monitor connected via HDMI only had a very rough 1280×800 pixels in this constellation.

Two Full HD screens connected via DP and HDMI each achieved 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and thus the maximum possible (1080p @ 60Hz).

4K @ 60Hz is possible under macOS, but you cannot expand the image with two monitors, you can only use the mirroring mode.

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Conclusion: for modern work

The Kensington UH1440P is a useful accessory for people who work on the move. The compact and high-quality docking station connects the laptop with existing peripherals in just a few simple steps, allowing you to work comfortably at different locations. The case made of brushed aluminum is of high quality and didn’t get overly warm in the test.


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