Today Plugable is proud to announce the availability of the latest addition to our growing line of Thunderbolt™3 products, our flagship Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station with Host Charging (TBT3-UDV) for Apple Thunderbolt 3 and Dell Thunderbolt 3 Systems.
The second in our series of Thunderbolt 3 docking stations, when connected to a compatible macOS or Windows Thunderbolt 3 system the TBT3-UDV provides the ability to connect a single 4K display via its DisplayPort output (active DisplayPort to HDMI adapter included for HDMI displays) while also providing up to 60W of power to charge the host. This connection functions as a direct line to the host system’s internal graphics adapter and provides for the same level of performance as a direct connection.
The TBT3-UDV also provides a wired Intel gigabit Ethernet connection using an i210 chipset, a combination analog audio input/output jack (TRRS), five USB 3.0 Type-A ports, and one ‘downstream’ Thunderbolt 3 port that can be used to daisy chain up to five additional Thunderbolt 3 devices or provide for a 10Gbps network connection to another Thunderbolt 3 host using an additional Thunderbolt 3 cable (purchased separately).
The downstream Thunderbolt 3 port can alternatively be used to attach a second 4K display using a USB-C video adapter, such as our USBC-DP cable, USBC-HDMI adapter (purchased separately and if supported by the host, see below).
A few important notes:
All manufacturers can design their Thunderbolt 3 systems differently, and certain design decisions can affect compatibility with our dock and/or its ability to support two external displays. We have found that all Apple systems with Thunderbolt 3 and all Dell Windows Thunderbolt 3 systems work well with our dock and can support two displays, and we will be maintaining a compatibility list for other host system manufacturers on our product page.
Dell systems will require the most up to date system BIOS and Thunderbolt 3 NVM firmware to ensure things work as expected (the required NVM version number can vary depending on the host system) while Apple systems perform these updates automatically.
Plugable was founded on the concept of turning the PC ‘inside out’ by providing USB docking stations to add functionality, and we are proud to offer our first docking station product that takes full advantage of the 40Gps bandwidth provided by Intel’s Thunderbolt 3 technology. Please let us know if you have any questions in the comments below.
Where to Buy
For USA buyers, visit the Plugable store on Amazon.com
and search for “Thunderbolt 3 docking station”
For buyers outside the USA, supply will be available in coming weeks and months, please check the Plugable TBT3-UDV product page for the latest updates.
Note that we expect to have trouble keeping up with demand, and Amazon may show the product going in and out of stock as we rush units in. Thanks for your patience!