Asus and DisplayLink on Wednesday announced the launch of a new USB 3.0 version of the Asus HZ-1 Docking Station. Powered by DisplayLink's SuperSpeed DL-3900 silicon, the gadget integrates graphics, Gigabit Ethernet and audio into one sleek package that saves space on your desktop.
Although Asus didn't supply actual specs, the docking station features DVI, HDMI and VGA ports on the front panel. There's also a Gigabit Ethernet connection, 2.1 audio headphone and microphone jacks, and two USB 3.0 ports – there's also an additional USB 3.0 port on the left and right side of the gadget, one of which is used to connect to a USB 3.0-capable desktop or laptop.
Based on appearance alone, the USB 3.0 is nearly identical to the USB 2.0 HZ-1 Docking Station currently offered on the Asus website. The older version obviously doesn't feature USB 3.0 connectivity, but it also lacks an HDMI port -- the LAN port also only supports 10/100 Ethernet. Overall the gadget is slanted so that users can prop up their laptop while all the ports are facing towards the back.
"By incorporating SuperSpeed graphics technology from DisplayLink, Asus delivers a truly universal docking station catering for everyone, from business users requiring intense multitasking to multimedia-savvy home users. The new USB 3.0 HZ-1 Docking Station expands any notebook, allowing hot-desking, flexibility and the convenience that mobile users need," Asus said on Wednesday.
The new Asus USB 3.0 HZ-1 Docking Station is available worldwide with an MSRP of $179.99. For more information, visit www.asus.com.