| November 24, 2021
| Topic: Hardware
USB 4 and Thunderbolt and DisplayPort, oh my! Let’s talk docking stations and hubs
Regardless of the laptop or smartphone you use, at the end of the day (often literally), it needs to be charged. Once, the simple plug or power brick was little beyond a utilitarian appendage. However, the proliferation of alternative charging methods, such as USB-C’s PD standard and Qi, have unleashed a host of creative options, particularly when more than one needs the juice.
USB-C PD Products
The USB Power Delivery standard is well on its way to becoming a nearly universal charging option. Today, it can power devices requiring 100 watts — and it’s preparing to handle much more. But even with many chargers offering a combination of USB-C PD and USB-A connectors, few go the extra mile.