Out of the field, the Sabrent 6-Port Docking Station would not really feel like an inexpensive piece of package. But right here it comes, trundling onto the Steam Deck equipment scene at an audaciously low $30. That is a darn sight cheaper than any Steam Deck Dock I’ve examined, and whereas the competitors at this worth is skinny, there is no denying its superiority as a sterling selection of finances Steam Deck dock.
With USB 3.0 throughout—three Kind-As and an added Kind-C besides—the Sabrent dock has the higher hand towards the unique $40/£35 Jsaux Steam Deck Dock with its (frankly superfluous in 2023) USB 2.0 connections. The Sabrent even manages to match the $50 upgraded Jsaux Dock’s connections. And though it forgoes the ethernet port (who’s enjoying aggressive on-line video games on the Deck anyway?), you do get the unbelievable addition of a USB Kind-C 3.0 for charging peripherals or additional storage—one thing we might been dreaming of for the reason that docks began dropping.
Connectivity: 3x USB 3.0 Kind-A, 1x USB Kind-C PD3.0, 1x USB 3.0 Kind-C
Materials: Textured plastic
Options: Rubber grips and toes, Energy Supply
The Sabrent’s HDMI 2.0 connection does imply you are restricted to 4K @60Hz, so in the event you ever determine to splash out on an 8K TV, you will not have the ability to take advantage of it with this dock. Although in the event you can afford an 8K TV, you’ll be able to most likely afford to get the $90/£79 official Steam Deck dock with DisplayPort 1.4 port. Although what number of 8K TVs sport DP? Anyway, the Steam Deck is not precisely going to bench at 4K, not to mention 8K, so except you propose to make use of it as a film participant, it might be value tempering your expectations just a little. It is a $30 dock for crying out loud; certainly, 4K is spectacular sufficient.
As I stated earlier, it would not look or really feel like an inexpensive dock. It is plain black with a textured plastic end, although it would not sound hole once you faucet it as some do. It will not be created from milled aluminum just like the Jsaux designs, however a minimum of it would not have any unusual tribal markings making it look low-cost. It is as sturdy because it must be for one thing that may simply sit beside your TV for the foreseeable.
The Deck additionally sits up at angle within the Sabrent Dock; it would not lay again so far as the competitors, so the cable would not really feel prefer it’s pushing towards the port a lot—one much less factor to fret about. There’s additionally sufficient headroom on the again in order to not block the vents, and with the USB Kind-A ports on the aspect, there’s just a little extra leeway for these with quick controller cables.
My major concern is that that is one more dock that leaves little room for a tough case. I suppose it is anticipated throughout the board, and it does imply there’s little wiggle room if you wish to dock sans case. Nonetheless, having to take the case off each time I need to dock the Deck is fairly annoying.
When it comes all the way down to it, this can be a sturdy, well-built dock. It would not undergo from the dearth of USB Kind-C that the competitors does, and it options up-to-date sufficient connections to suggest, particularly at that worth level. No, you will not get an ethernet connection, however for me, that is a good commerce for a spare USB Kind-C port. Primarily, there isn’t any competitors on the low worth of $30.