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Logitech announced the release of Logi Dock Flex, an innovative USB-C docking station aiming to address the challenges associated with hot desking, at $699.
The device resembles Amazon Echo Show smart display and features an 8-inch touchscreen that allows users to reserve rooms and monitor desk availability through popular platforms such as Zoom Workspace, Microsoft Teams or Logitech’s own desk booking software.
Despite the unconventional addition of a built-in display, Logitech has managed to incorporate numerous ports to cater for the standard office setups. Positioned below the screen on the front, there are two USB-C ports and one USB-A port. On the rear side, users will find two additional USB-A ports, a USB-C port, a gigabit Ethernet port, and a Kingston lock slot.
The Logi Dock Flex can support dual 4K monitors, utilising HDMI and DisplayPort connections. It also provides 100W of charge to any connected laptop through its dedicated USB-C connection.
This new docking station serves as the successor to Logitech’s original Logi Dock, a cube-shaped docking station equipped with a built-in speakerphone.
“We took a multidimensional approach to building Logi Dock Flex that not only solves desk booking and management issues but promotes social collaboration and gives IT and workplace managers data on how the tech and space are being used,” Scott Wharton, general manager of Logitech B2B, told The Verge.
Priced at $699, the Logi Dock Flex is positioned in the higher-end range of docking stations. However, if you don’t need a built-in display, you can opt for several cheaper options like CalDigit’s TS4.
One more reason why users may not like Logi Dock Flex is the lack of Thunderbolt support which is present in many cheaper models. However, the company has included a free version of Logitech’s desk booking software.
The Logi Dock Flex is scheduled to be released in fall 2023, although the exact date has not been disclosed. The Logitech desk booking software is currently available, and its premium features, included in the priced offering, will run as a free beta until July 1st, 2024.