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Versatile Connectivity for a Diverse Range of Laptops
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The Minisopuru 13-in-1 Docking Station is ideal for both modern USB-C laptops and legacy USB-A laptops.
This versatile selection ensures you can plug in keyboards, mice, phones, and other accessories with ease. Whether your laptop has the latest ports or the tried-and-true USB-A, this docking station has you covered.
LED Power Indicator
Indicates power status
2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1
5 Gbps Data Transfer
1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 1
5 Gbps Data Transfer
Combo Audio Jack
2x USB-A 2.0
Data Transfer & 7.5W Charge
The front ports are designed for versatility and easy access to commonly used connections.
With this mix of high-speed data and dedicated charging ports up front, you can plug in all your everyday USB peripherals and mobile devices within quick reach.
Standard security slot
The left side of the docking station features a Kensington lock slot for security. This allows users to connect a Kensington lock and cable to secure the docking station in place and deter theft.
HDMI or DisplayPort
4K@60Hz (Use one at a time)
Gigabit (10/100/1000 Mbps)
USB-C (Upstream/Host Port)
Connects to your computer
USB-C PD Charging
Max 100W (No data/video input)
36W (Must be connected for the dock to operate)
The back ports are for displays, host connection, wired internet, and power.
And something quite unusual from typical docking stations that I don’t really like.
The Minisopuru Docking Station has an unusual power delivery design that requires two connections:
It’s an unconventional dual-power brick setup that may be a deal-breaker for some users.
Just to be clear, this dual power design means you need to connect both the docking station’s own power brick and your laptop’s charger for a fully functional setup:
Some people may find having to connect two power cables redundant and cumbersome.
The rationale may be maintaining a compact 36W power brick size for the docking station itself and offering a better price.
Also, we must not forget that not everybody has a laptop that can be charged with USB-C. For people using a classic barrel laptop charger, this is not an issue.
But the trade-off is the inconvenience of hooking up two power sources instead of just one.
Some scenarios where the dual power design isn’t really a compromise or a deal-breaker:
In general, the dual power delivery seems more reasonable for semi-permanent desk setups where cable management is easier.
For users who need a highly portable docking station that can be packed up and moved frequently, this design is likely unacceptable.
The Minisopuru 13-in-1 package contains:
I appreciate the emphasis on their documentation. Since the dock has a few non-intuitive features, it’s understandable why they want to make sure you know how it works.
The Minisopuru 13-in-1 docking station is compatible with multiple operating systems thanks to DisplayLink.
However, it is not plug-and-play and requires DisplayLink installed and running to be installed for full functionality.
I have tested it on macOS, Windows, and Android so far. I’ll try it out on Ubuntu and another Linux distro soon and update the article. I want to see what happens on a non-Ubuntu Linux distro.
It works with the following (everything except Chrome OS requires DisplayLink):
It seems that while this docking station supports Ubuntu, it does not guarantee support for all Linux/Unix variants. You can check the DisplayLink compatibility page for a full list of compatible devices and platforms.
The Minisopuru docking station is also available with EU, US, and UK adapters.
What’s more, if your laptop doesn’t come with a USB-C port, you can use a USB-A with a USB-A to USB-C adapter, the dock still manages to support multiple displays, which was perfect for my Zenbook.
We’ll cover this below in the Displays & Graphics section.
One of the most compelling features of the Minisopuru 13-in-1 docking station is that it supports 3 displays, making it a great solution for MacBook users, who are limited to up to 2 displays.
When connecting the docking station’s host USB-C port, you can set up three distinct displays:
This configuration can get you 3x with a resolution of up to 4K@60Hz.
It’s worth noting that for the third display port, you have to choose between HDMI & DP, as they cannot run concurrently.
As mentioned in the previous section, you can get up to 2 displays from a USB-A port. To clarify:
However, when using a USB-A connection, the HDMI (Display 1) and the USB-C PD functionalities are disabled. Ensure your setup corresponds to your connectivity to make the most out of the Minisopuru 13-in-1 Docking Station.
I was pleasantly surprised by this because people (myself included) also have capable older laptops, and some don’t have USB-C ports. This makes the Minisopuru dock quite versatile and seems to cater to people who are not ready to upgrade from their trusty older laptops.
The 2020 MacBook Air M1 may have issues streaming HDCP-protected content like Netflix and YouTube to dual 4K monitors using DisplayLink technology.
Users may see black screens or videos that won’t play.
I tried it with my ZenBook, and Netflix was working fine. I’ll test this out with a MacBook Air M1 soon and update this section.
Setting up the Minisopuru 13-in-1 docking station is not plug & play. Unlike some other docks, this one requires the installation of DisplayLink. Minisopuru does mention this quite clearly.
You can download DisplayLink from their website, and you can also find it in the 512MB USB that came with the docking station. Ideally, download it from the website to make sure you get the latest version.
As soon as DisplayLink is installed, the monitors connect instantly, demonstrating its efficiency.
Note: Upon restarting the Mac, you’ll have to start the DisplayLink manager for the monitors to reconnect. This is because DisplayLink may not start at startup.
While the settings indicate support for 4K@120Hz, I couldn’t push my monitor beyond 60Hz. Moreover, HDR didn’t work on both resolutions, which could be a letdown for those seeking optimal display settings.
The setup process might be a tad confusing for those who aren’t tech-savvy or enthusiasts.
On Windows, the experience was slightly more straightforward because DisplayLink started on startup. With DisplayLink installed, and after a restart, the docking station ran smoothly.
I did encounter a minor warning about a USB device recognition error, but it didn’t affect the functionality at all.
The audio was just fine, and there were no issues.
This is great for me since my ASUS ZenBook doesn’t have Thunderbolt, so it won’t work as well with other docks, and I have a few older laptops that don’t have USB-C.
The Minisopuru doesn’t make any noise.
It’s just warm and fluctuates between 35-40°C (95-104°F), but not more than that, in my experience.
The dock itself is made out of grey metal anodized aluminum with cooling fins and slots on the sides.
The front and back are from matte black plastics that fit very well inside the casing. One thing to note is that the text and symbols are printed on the back side of these two plastic inserts, so they won’t fade out over time.
On the bottom, we find two silicone rubber feet to ensure stability on a desk.
Overall, the design is sleek and of high quality and would go along well with any modern Macbook or laptop.
With dimensions of 3.15 x 6.61 x 1.06 inches and a weight of 520 grams, it should take little space in the workspace. Overall, its design exudes a high-quality feel, complementing modern laptops and MacBooks seamlessly.
Unlike some other models, the Minisopuru 13-in-1 does not offer any mounting options. Luckily, it’s not very big, as mentioned earlier, so it won’t take up much space.
In terms of networking capabilities, the Minisopuru 13-in-1 appears to be more basic.
There’s no mention of advanced features such as MAC passthrough or wake-on-LAN, which might be relevant for users with specific networking needs.
That, along with the fact that it’s not beginner-friendly, is likely a deal breaker for IT.
Minisopuru is a relatively new brand that specializes in laptop docking stations and other expansion accessories. It was established at the end of 2021, and they started selling products in 2022.
In my experience, they are very involved with their products and customers. They provide extensive support materials like documentation, video tutorials, and FAQs on their website and in their product descriptions on retailer websites.
I appreciate their transparent and proactive approach to addressing common issues people have, like display or charging problems. For example, they have detailed troubleshooting tips for getting DisplayLink to work properly with MacBook Pros. It’s clear Minisopuru wants users to have a smooth, hassle-free experience.
Their impressive degree of support increases my trust in them as a company. I think their hands-on customer service approach will help Minisopuru continue growing their business in the future.
Overall, this brand has made a positive impression on me.
The community is likely growing but not established yet. Minisopuru is still relatively new (1-2 years, I think), and they’re moving fast, sending out products for review and growing a community. That’s reassuring because you can find reviews and ask others about their experiences if you encounter certain problems.
The community just hasn’t reached maturity, I’d say, but I think it’s on its way there.
The Minisopuru 13-in-1 docking station provides good value at its price point.
I was initially skeptical, but the dock impressed me with its versatility for laptops with just USB-C ports or USB-A ports.
It delivers solid performance while transforming a single USB-C connection into a wide range of ports and capabilities. For a 13-in-1 docking hub, Minisopuru’s pricing is reasonable.
Because it does not offer Thunderbolt ports, it costs about half of what a similar dock with Thunderbolt 4 would cost.
If you need to expand your laptop’s connectivity on a budget, the Minisopuru dock is a worthwhile choice that is fairly priced.
Minisopuru ensures that users have a risk-free experience with their 30-day money-back guarantee and 1 year warranty.