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December 5th, 2023 19:25

m15 R4, 240W AC adapter, docking station?

Alienware m15 R4

Alienware m15 R4

Hello,

I'm looking for docking station for my Alienware m15R4. I have troubles finding any dock station officialy compatible with m15R4. I'm also confused about the exact specs i need. My power cord has 240W and i havent seen any docking station wtih such value.
Is there anyone who could recommend something? Or give some tips on how to look for proper docking station for my model :) 

Thanks alot!


Specs:
- NVIDIA(R) GeForce RTX(TM) 3080 8GB

- Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-10980HK
- Power Cord 240W


USB Ports:

- Two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports

- One USB 3.2 Gen 1 port with PowerShare

- One Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) port with Power Delivery

 

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December 5th, 2023 19:30

Though docking stations aren't officially supported by Dell for Alienware systems, you can still use one, but with one exception:  you must use the original power adapter at all times.  No docking station of any type will be able to power your system -- it needs 240W, which can only be supplied by the original adapter.

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December 5th, 2023 19:49

Thank you for your answer!

Just to make sure if i understood it correctly. I can use docking station in terms of having my externals keyboard/monitors etc. plugged in and connect it via thunderbolt i guess? However my power cord will still have to be plugged directly into laptop not docking station?

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December 5th, 2023 20:36

That's correct.  The power situation might change in 2024 with the advent of Thunderbolt 5, which is supposed to support 240W power delivery -- but that'll be a new generation of systems.  

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