Finally my XPS 13 charged by a USB Type-C dock and connected to a 4k display at 60hz


From the moment I red about USB Type-C and the possibility to charge and dock my laptop with one cable I was eager to try this. My Dell XPS 13 has a thunderbolt 3 / USB Type-C dock and it is able to charge itself via this port. Dell offers a thunderbolt 3 dock, but there are many troubles with it and it is very expensive and it is not compatible with other systems.

So I decided to wait, until a company created a universal USB-C dock that would charge my XPS 13 but also would charge a mac book.


It is even rumored that the new mac pro’s will get USB-C charge ports.


Just last week I found out that CallDigit offers a USB-C dock, that would charge my XPS 13 and would connect to my Samsung 28 inch 4k monitor at 60hz via a display port 1.2.

I live in the Netherlands, so I ordered the dock at: http://eustore.caldigit.com/screen/product/f0d13a71-4b3d-4675-a958-ad06b752a046


I ordered the dock on a Monday evening an it was delivered to me on Thursday evening the same week.


I connected all my peripherals to the dock:

  • Samsung 28 inch 4k display u28e590
  • external USB 3.0 2TB HDD
  • external slimline DVD writer
  • senheizer headset
  • wired gigabit ethernet
  • Wireless Microsoft ergonomic keyboard and mouse


Then I plugged the dock into the power outlet.


Then followed the magic:

I took the USB-C cable from the the dock en plugged it into my Dell XPS 13. I booted the Dell XPS 13 and……… Yes, the dock powers my laptop and the Samsung monitor worked, but I noticed that the text was a little blurry, nothing extreme, but I noticed it, most of the time, this is caused by the fact that the Samsung monitor is not working at the native resolution (4k) but a lower resolution like quad hd (2560 x 1440) and this was the case.

After I received a new firmware update from calldigit, this problem was resolved and now my display works perfectly at 4k and 60hz!!!!!



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