USB-C docking – what just one connector can do for you

Wouldn’t it be cool if field staff members or people who work partly from home, partly in the office could place their laptop on their office desk, connect it to the monitor with just one cable and be ready to work? Can’t be done? Oh, yes, it can – with a USB-C docking monitor from Philips.

Users just need to connect the USB-C port of their laptop with the one on the monitor and they can:

  1. View the screen content on a bigger display (DisplayPort Alternate Mode)
  2. Charge their notebook with 5 A 100 W (Power Delivery 2.0)
  3. Transfer data at a speed of 1.25 GB/s (USB 3.1 Gen 2)
  4. Connect to the Internet (via Ethernet)
  5. Use all the peripherals connected to the monitor’s USB hub: mouse, keyboard, external hard drive, fax, printer, etc.

You can choose from a wide range of Philips monitors with USB-C docking. Meaning, you can connect your USB-C capable laptop to the Philips monitor with a single USB-C cable and the monitor will power and charge your laptop. Also, you can plug all your peripherals – mouse, keyboard, external hard disk, etc. – into the monitor’s USB hub. Some of the monitors feature an RJ45 (Ethernet) socket, so the USB-C connection lets you connect to the local network or even go online – with a generally much higher data throughput and an extra level of security. And, above all, you can either mirror your laptop’s screen onto the larger monitor screen (both displays show the same content) or extend the notebook screen (each display shows different content). All this with just the one cable.

And USB-C cables as such have a great advantage over cables from previous USB incarnations: you cannot plug it in the wrong way round as the connector has an all-round symmetrical design so it always fits. Moreover, the connectors are the same on both ends of the cable, so it doesn’t matter which end you plug into which device.

Some of our USB-C docking monitors are also equipped with a Windows Hello webcam. This allows you to login to the Windows operating system through facial recognition. But the best thing about it: it pops up from the display frame when needed and tucks away when not, so there is no chance of invading the user’s privacy or of stealing a company’s information through the watchful eye of a camera.

If you are in the market for a new display, a Philips monitor with USB-C docking might be a really smart choice.

These Philips displays feature USB-C docking: 272B7QUPBEB, 241B7QUPBEB, 349P7FUBEB, 328P6AUBREB, 499P9H, 329P9H and 328P6VUBREB,

USB has been part of the computer world for over 20 years. Everybody owning a computer or mobile device has some sort of USB connector and/or peripheral on their desks or in their pockets or bags. Mice, keyboards, external hard drives, printers, scanners are all connected to PCs using USB. Most mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets and laptops are charged via a USB cable. From its first incarnation in 1996, USB has come a long way to what it is now. Just imagine the transfer rate of USB 1.0: in the so-called Low Speed mode it was a mere 187.5 KILOBYTE per second, the Full Speed managed at least 1.5 MB/s. Compare this to the whopping 1.25 GB (10Gbit)/s transfer speed USB 3.1 allows!

Here is a list of USB-C Power Delivery chargeable laptops, courtesy of Wikipedia:

And here one with devices capable of video output over USB-C, also Wikipedia:

Include this Philips monitors USB-C YouTube video in the article:


Please note that your connected hardware must fully support the USB 3.1 standard to benefit from its high technical specifications. A hard disk with a USB 2.0 interface, for example, can only transfer data with the maximum USB 2.0 transfer rate of 60 MB (480 Mbit)/s, even when connected to a USB 3.1 port.