Docking Station for HP Spectre X360 Convert 15--bl112dx Product # Z4Z38UA

Looking for a recommended docking station for my HP Spectre X360 Convert 15-bl112dx Product Z4Z38UA. I know it has lots of discussion over this. I searched for my specific model number and nothing came up in the topics. Since I am not tech savvy, I assumed it could possibly be something very very specific to the exact model number down to the “bl112dx” part.

I haven’t tried anything yet, but I would like to hook up 2 monitors, external hard drive, headphones and wireless keyboard and mouse, connect cell phone and a couple thumb drives ALL to the dock while still charging my laptop.

What’s out there???

Hi there. I have an HP 360x, and I am on my second Plugable (the first one died after 16 months) and my second one is dying as we speak (20 months old).
I am using this item - Plugable USB-C 4K Triple Display Docking Station with Charging Support for Specific Windows USB C and Thunderbolt 3 Systems (1x HDMI and 2X DisplayPort++ Outputs, 5X USB Ports, 60W USB PD)
PLEASE NOTE: These units (the plugable units that I have used) DO NOT stop charging your computer once it is plugged into the docking station. YOU WILL overcharge your battery! YOU WILL have to get a new battery! The computer MUST BE UNPLUGGED OVERNIGHT, which will give the laptop time to drain the internal battery.
Review: the docking station works well and does its’ job. You MAY need an additional powered USB hub if you require it, but this unit has been working for me for the last 20 months. Each station has its specific connections, and your requirements will dictate which unit to purchase.
Heed my warning on the charging. Good luck.

Hi @njsdavis,

Thanks for posting!

Looking at the manual for this specific HP computer, it appears to have a USB-C port that supports both video and charging, so I would expect our USB-C docks to compatible.

You might want to consider our Plugable UD-ULTCDL docking station: https://plugable.com/products/ud-ultcdl/

This dock supports up to three displays via two HDMI ports and one DVI port. The dock provides additional USB ports, Ethernet, and audio, while keeping the host computer charged with up to 60W of power. Please find more details on the product page above and let me know if you have any questions.

I do want to be transparent however and let you know that while we have seen most newer models of HP Spectre x360 15" laptops be compatible with this dock, we have seen varied compatibility. With older models, we’ve had some customers have report success, but others have reported the dock to not function.

We do offer a 30-day no-hassle return policy fulfilled by Amazon (FBA) in case you might have any problems.

Thanks!

Mitchell

@Here_in_Florida, thanks for sharing your experience here.

Have you reached out to us at support@plugable.com for additional assistance? We provide a two-year warranty on our docks – we’d be glad to help resolve these kind of issues you might be seeing.

To address your charging concern – please note that all modern laptops, tablets, and smartphones have Li-ion charge controllers which allow the battery to intelligently pull power when needed and stop charging when the battery has reached its maximum capacity. “Overcharging” a laptop battery is not a concern.

That being said, it is true that for optimal battery health over the long term, it is most ideal to keep the battery at around 80% charge. I believe HP provides a method of accomplishing this through a Battery Health Manager setting in system BIOS, but it doesn’t appear to exist for all HP computers.

Thank you!

Mitchell

Mitchell, your are incorrect. This happened to myself, as well as my IT tech. Both of us use HP 360’s and both had the battery expand, lift the trackpad, and resulted in a new battery install.
Next time, I shall document it with pictures, and send you the bill for the replacement battery.

@Here_in_Florida, apologies if my statement came across as minimizing your experience. What I am saying is that our dock (or any dock that provides power to the host, Plugable-branded or otherwise) don’t overcharge modern batteries. Please don’t take my word for it though – there are plenty of sources online which speak to this in more detail than I can provide.

However, battery swelling is definitely something that can occur in certain egregious scenarios (it’s happened to me personally with a Lenovo laptop that had a official battery recall), and seems to be a commonly reported issue among these HP models:

  1. https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/Spectre-13-quot-Battery-Swelling/td-p/7284602
  2. https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/HP-Spectre-X360-15inch-Battery-Swelling/td-p/6825796
  3. https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/HP-Spectre-x360-15-battery-swollen-pushed-out-bottom-of/td-p/7255182
  4. https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/Battery-Swelling-on-HP-Spectre/td-p/7196590
  5. https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/Battery-Swollen-on-x360-13u005tu/td-p/6991813

Mitchell