A new docking station was recently introduced by world-renowned technology company Microsoft. It is called Microsoft Audio Dock and is intended to be a docking station, loudspeaker, and hands-free device at the same time.
Versatile equipment – the multitasking talent can do all of that
On the back of the Microsoft Audio Dock are four connectors and a power connector. It has an HDMI 2.0 port, two USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 ports, one of which supports DisplayPort Alt Mode and thus the connection of a second monitor, and a USB-A connector. The station can be connected to the computer using an integrated USB-C cable and thus charge laptops and tablets with up to 60 watts.
Integrated speakers and microphones
In addition, the audio dock is equipped with built-in speakers that can play sound in a frequency range of 70 Hz to 20 kHz. The volume can be adjusted with buttons on the top of the device. Another button is used to operate the two built-in microphones, which can be muted at any time. Possible ambient noise should be suppressed automatically in order to optimally emphasize the voice in video chats or calls. These can be done easily as the station is compatible with online meeting apps, mainly Microsoft Teams.
Designs and accessories
The device measures 167.6mm x 80.2mm x 81mm and weighs 650 grams. It is matte black in color, and the integrated USB cable is one meter long. In addition to the Microsoft Audio Dock, the scope of delivery also includes a power adapter and a power cord, a quick start guide, and safety and guarantee documents.
The Microsoft Presenter Plus turns out to be a practical accessory, a remote control with which you can also join meetings in teams remotely. It can be optimally used for presentations, and it is also possible to (virtually) raise your hand in teams, i.e., to point out.
Currently, the Microsoft Audio Dock has a suggested retail price of $ 249.99. This isn’t exactly cheap for a docking station, but you can easily accept the price for this configuration. Especially if you buy the remote control, the investment can definitely be worthwhile, especially if you work in the home office and often use Microsoft Teams and PowerPoint presentations.