VisionTek VT4510 USB-C Docking Station
I seriously love the $299 VisionTek VT4510 Dual Display 4K USB 3.0 / USB-C Docking Station with 100W Power Delivery, despite its long name. The dock has quickly become my primary interface to evaluation laptops over the last several weeks. It isn’t moving anytime soon. I plug one USB-C cable into an evaluation laptop, and almost everything else just clicks in. Dual monitors fire up, the mouse comes alive, headphones connect, and my microphone emits its green ready light.
The VisionTek VT4510 is a 100W monster of a Power Delivery capable docking station. With this dock on my desk, every other USB-C docking station competes for use in mobile situations. For now, my desktop has a champion in the VT4510.
What we like
Let’s start with ports because, after all, ports define a docking station.
VisionTek VT4510 Ports
On the front
- 2 x USB 3.0 Ports
- 2 x USB-C 3.1 Gen1 Ports
- 1 x 3.5mm Audio Jack
- 1 x 3.5mm Microphone Jack
- Power Indicator Light – Blue LED When Powered On
On the back
- DC 20V/6.5A power supply port (and power switch)
- Gigabit Ethernet Port
- 2 x HDMI Ports
- 2 x DisplayPort Ports
- 2 x USB 3.0 Ports
- 1 x USB-C to System Port
That’s a lot of ports. The main USB-C port pumps up to 100W of power to the connected laptop or tablet, more than enough for rapid charge cycles and power-hungry configurations.
The VT4510 supports up to 8 accessories and peripherals via its primary USB-C interface. Display configurations include one or two HDMI monitors, one or two Display Port monitors, or a Display Port and HDMI combination. It also supports daisy-chaining on the Display Ports.
The audio jack may seem superfluous now, but as laptops move away from audio ports to a pure Bluetooth experience (as Apple has done with the iPad Pro), an audio port will be a welcomed addition for listening to high-quality audio or increasing audio device access for recording or video conferencing.
VisionTek VT4510 Enterprise features
- Wake on LAN
- MAC Address Pass-Through
- PXE Boot
The enterprise features help information technology manage connected devices and improve security. The Gigabit Ethernet port delivers the full bandwidth of corporate (or home) networks to connected devices.
The VisionTek VT4510 supports up to 2 external 4K displays via DisplayLink. I don’t task mine that heavily, as the three-monitor set-up includes two ViewSonic monitors, a VP27868a, and a TD1655—neither of which is 4K. The VT4510 supports all monitor modes, including Mac and Windows duplicate and extended. I keep the middle monitor, the ViewSonic VP27868a, flipped for vertical content editing. Once configured, cursors flow seamlessly across the displays as long as the OS cooperates.
On Windows, the dual displays worked without DisplayLink software, as Windows 11 was able to accommodate the directly connected monitors over the Display Port and HDMI interfaces. I did not attempt to connect monitors to any of the other ports.
The VT4510 powered everything I threw at it, from Macs and PC to Chromebooks. Unfortunately, some underpowered devices could not meet the demands of multiple monitors through no fault of the VT4510. On a Lenovo AMD Ryzen Chromebook, ChromeOS found the configuration too taxing, quickly pouring on the fan. It worked for a few minutes but then seemingly just gave before restarting. This happened multiple times on the Chromebook.
The box includes a 130W DC 20V/6.5 certified power adapter, 1-meter USB C-to-C and A-to-C cables, and manuals in English and French.
The cables are plenty long for most circumstances. The Vt4510 resides on the side of my desk, and the cable reaches laptops elevated by a Twelve South Curve stand with no issue, even with a right-side USB-C Thunderbolt port.
Given the cost of VT4510, VisionTek included a Kensington Lock slot to tether it down. Six rubber feet keep it from moving around on the surface.
VisionTek states their quality commitment on the box with a well-positioned notice of a 2-year warranty.
Environmentally, the packaging was good, employing mostly cardboard and paper, though I would like to see VisionTek replace the interior foam packing with an equivalent cardboard insert.
I have relegated all other evaluation USB-C docks to more mobile tasks, which was their design intention from the start. This dock defines the USB-C desktop dock experience: elegant, compact, and powerful.
What could be improved
I don’t think VisionTek could include more with current technology. The power, ports, and profile combination make it the ideal desktop docking station.
VisionTek VT4510: The Bottom Line
If you need a powerful desktop USB-C docking port that ready to meet most future connectivity needs, look no further. The VisionTek VT4510 will conquer post peripheral challenges pointed its way and do so with ports to spare.
VisonTek provided the VT4150 for review. Images courtesy of VisionTek.
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