The COVID-19 pandemic has forced millions of people to adapt to work-from-home business models. While that’s been an easy transition for some, others have had to get creative—especially with their computing hardware. Although it’s been nearly a year since the pandemic started, Razer is now offering consumers a way to amplify their gaming setup for productivity.
The company recently launched two new docks, complete with its signature RGB lighting, that are perfect for converting a gaming laptop (or any laptop) into a powerful workstation.
The docks are similar to other models on the market, albeit with Razer’s flashy touches. They boast an array of ports and connectivity options, making them a solid all-around choice for those in search of new hardware.
Thunderbolt 4 Dock Chroma
It’s worth noting that Razer’s new docks aren’t the company’s first foray into the world of productivity hardware. It also released a keyboard and mouse that are designed to fit into a home office setup.
That being said, many people (myself included) already use Razer’s regular gaming accessories for work purposes. Its new docks blend the visual attractiveness of Chroma RBG lighting with the performance needed from an office product.
First is the Thunderbolt 4 Dock Chroma. Anyone that’s used a desktop dock before will be very familiar with what this one has to offer. The 10-port hub includes four Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports, an Ethernet port, three USB-A ports, a standard SD card reader, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a power connector for laptop charging.
The dock boasts 40 Gbps data transfer speeds. This means it can support dual 4K displays at 60Hz or a single 8K display at 30Hz. Although most consumers aren’t there yet, this is nice since it future-proofs the dock.
Those who need more computing power can even route an external GPU through it for better performance.
In terms of build quality, the new Thunderbolt 4 Dock Chroma looks like most of Razer’s laptops with a matte black aluminum finish. This allows it to remain relatively non-descript. However, it also supports Razer’s iconic Chroma RGB lighting around its base if you want to spice things up.
Laptop Stand Chroma V2
Razer’s other dock features a design that is dedicated to laptops. The Laptop Stand Chroma V2 cradles your device, raising it to a more ergonomic angle for working at a desk. It allows users to attach a second display as well as all the other accessories they might need.
The dock features fewer ports than the Thunderbolt 4 Dock Chroma with just four in total. It has two USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, and an HDMI 2.0 connection.
Like its more powerful cousin, the Laptop Stand Chroma V2 also features a matte black aluminum finish and supports Chroma RGB lighting.
It’s worth noting that both docks are compatible with Windows 10 laptops as well as Macs—including the new M1 models. Sadly, Razer Synapse doesn’t work with Macs, making the accessories a bit less attractive for Apple users.
Even so, both of Razer’s new docks are generally a good choice for those that want to make their current hardware a bit more work-friendly.