In the last years, an external docking station for graphics cards has become popular. The reason for this is because of Thunderbolt 3, which is finally enabling enough bandwidth capacity to actually make use of them. Asus has been in the front with their XG Station-series. Last year, they made a read and black gaming version. However, at CES 2018, the new Station Pro is much more discrete and looks more professional.
The Asus XG Station Pro has been designed with the help of InWin. InWin is famous for good-looking cases and I feel that they have brought back Asus’s designers to more normal levels so no “cool, super gaming design” for the XG Station Pro.
The included external PSU can handle 330W and there are also two 120mm fans on the side. The docking station can handle graphics cards that take up 2.5 PCI slots. An example of this is Asus’s own GTX 1080 Ti Strix. There is also a USB-C port that can be used for charging phones so that’s nice, I guess. The connection to the computer is a Thunderbolt 3 port, thus you will need proper Thunderbolt 3 combability on the computer.
Using a solution like this means that you can play games on your ultrathin, portable laptop that doesn’t have much to offer on the GPU-side by itself. Using a docking station, you can connect an external monitor (or use the laptop monitor) to play games at high resolutions and good FPS while still have a small and light laptop with you on the go.
I have always been a fan of Asus’s product but their design on gaming products is not to my taste. This new XG Station Pro is something that I feel I could purchase to play some games on my work laptop. I just wished it had more USB ports, so it could function more like a real docking station where I could plug in a keyboard, mouse, and ethernet as well. It will be available this month for a price of $329.