From adapters to enclosures: your Christmas gift guide

20th November 2017
Alice Matthews


Christmas is coming, and with that in mind you might be wondering what to buy your techy friends (or to treat yourself). StarTech.com offers large selection of docking stations, card readers, adapters, audio-video cables, display port converters and drive enclosures to fulfil your geekiest dreams.

8-Port Gigabit Ethernet switch
The 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet switch is part of four new managed switches that are suitable for industrial applications. Each of the switches is wall-mountable and loaded with features, including intelligent Layer 2 management capabilities, giving users more flexibility and control while managing their networks. The rugged, compact design of the switches is suitable for harsh industrial environments and tight installation areas.

The IP30 rating ensures that the switches perform even under extreme temperatures and conditions. Useful for space-limited industrial environments, the connection ports on each of the switches are located on the front of the switch, which ensures quick and convenient access and makes it easy to connect and disconnect network devices as necessary.

Dual-monitor USB-C docking station
The dual monitor USB-C docking station is part of a new line of first-to-market USB-C docking stations announced in September. The new docking stations cater to creative and business professionals by providing quality graphics resolution and versatile solutions for a full workstation setup. Creative professionals, such as graphic designers and videographers can take advantage of what is supposedly the best quality graphics from the docking station’s output options of multiple 4K displays.

Business users will find the combination of only a single cable and power adapter to power and charging their laptop provides an efficient and clutter-free workstation setup. All three of the docking stations are compatible with Windows and Apple laptops equipped with a USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 port.

Thunderbolt 3 to dual HDMI adapter
StarTech.com’s dual display adapters are suitable for consumers, gamers, business professionals, and media creators who desire multiple displays with astonishing resolution, contrast, and colour depth to see photos, videos, games, applications, and text in detail. According to the company, these adapters provide astonishing resolutions for the most graphic demanding applications, all while maintaining a powerful and smooth video performance. The Thunderbolt 3 to HDMI adapter supports the latest generation Mac and Windows computers with Thunderbolt 3 technology.

Mini DisplayPort to HDMI 4K audio/video converter
The Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter enables users to connect a mDP-equipped Ultrabook, tablet or laptop computer. This little device is a suitable accessory for your Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 3, Surface 3, Surface Pro 2 or Surface Book. With support for Ultra HD (4K) the mDP to HDMI adapter ensures you can convert Mini DisplayPort to HDMI while maintaining a picture quality four times the resolution of high-definition 1,080p. A handy tool for photographers, this converter takes up less space than the Thunderbolt adapters and can be taken anywhere.

USB 3.1 dual 3.5” SATA (6Gbps) HDD enclosure
This new New dual-bay drive enclosure enables a high-performance USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) data storage solution with multiple RAID functions. Users can access, back up and manage files through their USB-C or USB-A equipped laptop. This dual-drive enclosure is a suitable data storage solution for small businesses or anyone looking to manage files efficiently and securely.

Creative and business professionals can easily access, back up and transfer their large files without relying on a network connection. An enthusiast building a personal data storage setup will appreciate this product’s multiple RAID modes and flexible connectivity.

2.5" SATA drive hot swap bay for 3.5" front bay - anti-vibration
StarTech’s recently released new mobile backplane combines the benefits of a portable drive enclosure and a fixed mobile backplane, making it easier to hot-swap drives between servers or desktop computers. This drive bay is easy to install, which is useful for system integrators, installers or builders who want to incorporate this product into their system build or solution.

This product is also suitable for industrial or enterprise storage applications such as data backup, recovery, and archiving, and especially useful for IT professionals who need to regularly replace or remove drives, such as in server rooms and data centres.

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