If you have the Steam Deck, you know that just like the Nintendo Switch, you can place it on a stand and connect it to a monitor or TV . Valve sells its own official Dock for the Steam Deck, but it’s also interesting that you know that there are third-party products that are also compatible with the handheld console.
What to use to connect my Steam Deck to a screen?
Connecting the Steam Deck to a big screen has all sorts of benefits. On a television, Valve’s console can perform exactly the same as a home console like a PlayStation. And, if you connect it to a monitor , you can use it as if it were a gaming computer. For this task, the official Valve Dock is great, but if you want to experiment, here are some of the alternatives that you can find on the market:
Anker 575 Docking Station
In the absence of brands making specific products for the Valve console, there are many dongles on the market for laptops that are fully compatible with the Steam Deck . They don’t have the official dock layout, but they work fine.
The Anker 575 Docking Station is a premium quality product that is capable of delivering 85W power to the console via a USB Type-C charging cable. It features HDMI 2.0 output as well as DisplayPort. It also has three USB-A ports, an Ethernet port, an SD/microSD slot, and a headphone jack. Its only weak point is that it is not an extremely compact product.
j5create USB C Docking Station
This product was originally designed as a plugin for laptops, but works fine with the Steam Deck. It is capable of delivering 100 watts with a USB-C cable and has an HDMI output. Inside it allows you to organize all kinds of cables, and also has a headphone jack, SD card slot and three USB 3.0 ports .
UGreen USB-C Multiport Adapter
This model has all the ports you need to take your Steam Deck to another level. Its only drawback is that it only supports HDMI 2.0 , so you will be limited to a video output in 4K resolution at 60 Hz. This is because the device does not have DisplayPort connectivity , but this does not mean that we are facing a bad alternative to the original dock.
The strong point of this dongle is that it is capable of supplying a current of up to 100 watts . Additionally, there are 3 USB-A ports that you can use to connect all your peripherals. These ports can also be used to add storage devices, something very useful in case you fill up the internal storage of the console or your microSD card.
This product also has an RJ-45 Ethernet port, headphone jack and a mythical VGA port that we do not recommend you use to output your Steam Deck unless strictly necessary. The size of this device is quite compact , so you can carry it in your backpack and connect your Steam Deck to any TV or monitor of a friend or family member when you leave the house with the laptop. In addition, it is also very affordable.