PLUGABLE’S NEW THUNDERBOLT 3™ DOCKING STATION WITH HOST CHARGING (TBT3-UDV) NOW SHIPPING

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).

TBT3-UDV Rear Ports

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!

5 comments on “PLUGABLE’S NEW THUNDERBOLT 3™ DOCKING STATION WITH HOST CHARGING (TBT3-UDV) NOW SHIPPING”

  1. Kevin Reply

    I was wondering if you guys had plans to bundle in a longer Thunderbolt 3 cable or sell them without a cable included at all? I know how expensive TB3 cables are so I won’t mind paying more for a dock bundled with a longer cable. The included one is just too short to be very practical for my application. I’m just trying not to have to throw away perfectly good TB3 cables because they’re too short and then having to replace them all with longer ones.

    • Joshua Henry Joshua Henry Reply

      Thanks for asking! No, we do not have plans to bundle a longer cable or not include a cable at all.

      The dock ships with a 40Gbps cable which is only available in half meter lengths without going to a much more expensive active cable solution. Longer cables such as one or two meters (that aren’t active) are limited to half the bandwidth of only 20Gbps. Because of this we’re including the half meter cable with the docks to offer the most bandwidth and best user experience from the get go.

      Unfortunately if you require additional length while maintaining bandwidth you will need to purchase expensive active cables. It may be better to reorganize your setup to accommodate the shorter but high bandwidth cable.

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