CES 2018 – Kingston has unveiled its latest USB-C docking station for notebooks, called Nucleum. This hub provides multiple ports for connecting up to 7 devices at once. In addition, it can deliver up to 60 watts of power over its USB-C cable.
For an in-depth look at USB-C, or Type-C, take a look at our feature article.
It’s important to note the Nucleum isn’t a Thunderbolt 3 (TB3) hub, although it certainly could be connected to a TB3 port. Thunderbolt is a high-speed connection that runs over a USB cable. The Nucleum instead supports USB 3.1. It doesn’t provide as much throughput as TB3, but it has enough to drive a single 4K monitor.
The Nucleum has the following ports:
- USB-C (power input)
- USB-C (data)
- HDMI v1.4 (supports 4K content)
- Two USB-A
- Secure Digital (SD) card reader
- MicroSD card reader
The Nucleum is compact for a hub at just 5 by 1.8 by 0.6 inches. The total weight is just 3.2 ounces. Thanks to all of its inbuilt ports, a device like this can mitigate or eliminate the need for dongles. We’re especially impressed that it includes both standard and micro-sized SD card readers. Many of the notebooks we test no longer include card readers. This is especially true if you have an ultra-thin notebook like the MacBook Pro. (That notebook has only USB-C ports, as a matter of fact.)
Bear in mind that not all USB-C ports are created equal. It’s not uncommon for a notebook to have a USB-C port with just USB 3.0 speeds. USB 3.1 speeds are considerably faster. If you’re not sure what your notebook has, ask in our forums!
Pricing & Availability
The Nucleum is available in the United States now for $79.99. Kingston said it will become available in the UK and select countries in the Asia-Pacific region later in Q1.