When Valve announced its steam bridge, he also revealed that he will also produce a Steam Deck Dock which will include an Ethernet port and an HDMI port. Think of it like the Nintendo Switch dock, only better. However, due to various issues, Valve has confirmed that this dock has been delayed. This is where the JSAUX docking station for Steam Deck HB0603 comes into play.
Before we go any further, I should point out that this review is for the Steam Deck Enhanced Docking Station (HB0603). JSAUX sells two different docking stations, this one and the Docking Station for Steam Deck HB0602. They offer the same features, except the upgraded dock includes 3 USB 3.0 ports, and that’s it.
First of all, this is not an official docking station, but don’t worry as long as the docking station provides the required power. I originally used a USB-C hub, and went through several because they didn’t deliver the power specs they promised. The JSAUX Docking Station for Steam Deck provides up to 100W of power. As long as you have the original Steam Deck charger or a sufficiently powerful charger, you can charge the dock and Steam Deck without issue.
The dock is sturdy and is made of aluminum, with a satin finish. I wish I had more colors, but that’s what you get. I also wish I hadn’t had the name JSAUX plastered on the front of the docking station. The cord is thick and I don’t see any problem with bending it, and the angled USB-C connector is solid.
Docking the Steam Deck is easy. You lay it in the cradle, which has padding on the back and bottom so it doesn’t scratch the device. Then you take the included USB-C cable and insert it into the Steam Deck, and that’s it. On the back of the dock is an HDMI port supporting 4K output at 60Hz, three USB ports, and a USB-C port for charging. The three USB ports can be used to connect a keyboard, mouse, gamepads and USB drives.
The Ethernet port is a boon as downloading games to the Steam Deck with built-in Wi-Fi is a slow process. The 1000GB ethernet port allows the Steam Deck to download games faster than Wi-Fi. While that might be minor, I love seeing downloads go from a painful few MB/s to GB/s. Yes, I like big numbers, and I can’t lie.
JSAUX claims that the dock also provides sharper visuals and a smoother experience connected to a 4K TV. Which it does, assuming you’ve enabled desktop mode on the Steam Deck or modified your games to run at a higher resolution in the game properties. Testing this on multiple games, and it makes them sharper.
I’ve had this dock for a week, which has completely changed the way I use my Steam Deck. Usually, I took Steam Deck out of the house with me. But now that I have the JSAUX dock, I’ve used the Steam Deck a lot more. Like in my living room when I want to play PC games. When I leave home now, the dock also comes with the Steam Deck, and I use a controller.
What’s great are the extra ports, especially when you have a game that supports multiple players. As part of the testing, I connected multiple controllers to the USB ports and one via Bluetooth and fired up a four-player TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge session, which was glorious. Yes, it has quite the potential to turn the Steam Deck into a party machine.
The experience with the JSAUX docking station for Steam Deck has been positive. However, I did notice some slowdown when using an 8K HDMI cable. Input lag was immediately noticeable, making gaming impossible. It wasn’t until I swapped this cable with another 4K HDMI cable that the input lag went away. I don’t blame the docking station, but wanted to point it out. Update: JSAUX has reported that some HDMI cables will not work with its docking station.
The big question is whether the JSAUX Dock for Steam Deck is worth it, and to me it is. It provides additional USB ports, an HDMI connection, an Ethernet port and a place to rest the Steam Deck. However, if you already have a USB-C hub with the proper power input and a stand to install the Steam Deck, then maybe not so much. Just keep in mind that you will lose access to the visual sharpness capability offered by the dock.
If you own a Steam Deck and don’t want to wait for the official Steam Deck Dock from Valve, this worthwhile alternative.
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The JSAUX Docking Station for the Steam Deck is solid hardware for anyone with a Steam Deck. If you’re looking for something to hold the Steam Deck in place while beaming to your screen and accessing multiple USB 3.0 ports, look no further.
- Lots of USB 3.0 ports
- [email protected] HDMI output
- Proper diet
- Not compatible with all 8K HDMI cables