Plugable’s First Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C Docking Station Powered by Intel’s Titan Ridge Chipset

We’re excited to launch a new powerhouse into our docking station lineup, the Plugable Thunderbolt and USB-C Docking Station (TBT3-UDC1). The Plugable TBT3-UDC1 dock is built upon the latest Intel Titan Ridge chipset, casting a wider net of compatibility with both Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C laptops that are on the market today, while still delivering powerful performance.

A Dock For Both Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C

Let’s face it—Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C compatibility can be confusing, especially when they share the same connector. With previous Thunderbolt 3 docking stations, they had to be used exclusively with computers that supported Thunderbolt 3. Now, with the Plugable TBT3-UDC1, you can simplify your environment without the need to worry about whether your laptop hosts support Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C. When connected to a Thunderbolt 3 system, you can leverage that massive 40Gbps bandwidth for up to 2 4K DisplayPort monitors, push heavy I/O to multiple 10Gbps USB devices, and charge your laptop up to 60W, all through a single included 80cm Thunderbolt 3 cable. And when connected to a compatible USB-C system that isn’t Thunderbolt-enabled, you can still setup a productivity powerhouse (with some reduced display and USB bandwidth capabilities).

That means this dock is perfect for those offices or households with multiples users and computers. Whether it be a MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3, or your newer Surface laptops with USB-C, this dock is designed with host flexibility, able to provide functionality* to both types of Windows or macOS hosts without the need for additional drivers or adapters. It even works with the newest iPad Pro models with USB-C, though please note ipadOS currently supports a single monitor.

Unlock and Expand Your Connectivity

With a single included 80cm Thunderbolt 3 cable connected to your Thunderbolt 3 host:

  • Drive up to two 4K monitors at 60Hz via DisplayPort
  • Charge your laptop battery with up to 60W of power
  • Connect up to two USB-C peripherals at up to 10Gbps
  • Connect up to three of your legacy USB peripherals (“USB-A”), with the front USB port supporting 10Gbps and BC 1.2 charging
  • Stay wired with a fast, reliable gigabit Ethernet connection
  • Keep your audio in check with a combined analog audio input and output jack for connecting stereo headphones and microphone

*USB-C systems without Thunderbolt will have reduced display and USB bandwidth functionality; see product page for additional specification details


The Plugable Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C Docking Station is available both in Amazon US and Amazon Canada. For our US customers, we’re offering a limited time $20 off coupon to celebrate this launch. Don’t miss out by using the code TBT3UDC1 during checkout!

If you have any questions at all, please comment below or email support@plugable.com anytime and we will be glad to help!

16 comments on “Plugable’s First Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C Docking Station Powered by Intel’s Titan Ridge Chipset”

  1. Anthony Wylie Reply

    Will this extend or mirror the displays coming from a 2018 MacBook Air with thunderbolt 3?

  2. Thomas Reply

    Good Evening – I have somewhat of a nit-picky question! This dock is pretty awesome – but why does it seem to be oriented ‘backwards’?! If you connect dual monitors as in the images – access to the majority of the inputs is not conveniently accessible. If you spin it 180 deg. so the the inputs are accessible then the monitor cables have to come over the dock with the T3 uplink cable possibly having to go back over the dock in the opposite direction?!

    • Joshua Henry Reply

      Thanks for asking! Most of our docking stations are designed in a similar way, with the majority of the ports on the back in order to reduce desktop cable clutter. Generally speaking, our customers have preferred this style rather than having more ports on the front. Best wishes!

  3. Paul Reply

    Can you get 4k 60hz using a DP to HDMI cable or adapter? Or, can one of the 2 TB3 ports be directly connected to a monitor via a USB-C (TB3 rated) to HDMI cable or adapter? I currently use my Lenovo laptops with TB3 ports directly connected to 4k tvs using the USC-C to HDMI cables and adapters just mentioned. Thanks.

  4. Bret Quigley Reply

    The listing’s FAQ states that it is not compatible with Linux. Can you clarify why this is? I would have hoped that something like the Dell XPS 9300 Developer Edition, which comes with Linux, would be compatible.

    • Joshua Henry Reply

      Thanks for asking! We don’t officially support Linux on our Thunderbolt 3 products due to the varying support depending on what Linux distro is used. It may be compatible, but we’re not actively testing with Linux, so we cannot guarantee stable operation.

    • Ismail Reply

      Is the dock compatible with Microsoft surface 6 using a Microsoft connector to usb-c cable? if yes, does it support PD (usb-c to MS-connector)? Couldn’t find Surface machines on the product page.

      • Gary Zeller Reply

        Thanks for checking, Ismail! Unfortunately our USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 charging docks won’t work in this scenario. The Microsoft docking station might be the best bet for you on a Surface 6. (Our non-charging DisplayLink-based docks such as the UD-3900 and UD-6950H typically work really well with the non-USB-C Surface systems, so if charging isn’t a must-have that would be worth exploring.) Feel free to contact us directly at support@plugable.com if any additional questions — thanks!

  5. Jonathan Reply

    If I have two computers (a macbook pro and a windows desktop) and now have two monitors (both support displayport and HDMI) would it work to have this HUB connect to the mac via thunderbolt/usb-c and connect the monitors w DP and then use a KVI switch w USB 3.0 connected to keyboard and mouse and then connect the switch also to the windows PC and then use HDMI on the monitors for the PC? i guess each time i switch device, i would have to change input selection on each monitor.

    seems like my set up is just asking for too many connections and this might create a headache, but i’m not sure if its doable with this product or if there is an easier solution? thanks!

    if I connect a KVI switch to one of the USB ports and connect keyboard and mouse to the switch, will that allow me to use this hub and have the computers go via USB to the KVI switch and the peripherals go into the switch as well and just button press to switch the device they control? https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N6GD9JO/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    • Mitchell F Reply

      Hi Jonathan, thanks for asking. We don’t support our Plugable Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C Docking Station (TBT3-UDC1) through a KVM switch. Additionally, our TBT3-UDC1 dock is very likely not compatible with your Windows desktop computer. You may inquire further about compatibility if you’d like by contacting us at support@plugable.com. Thanks!

    • Mitchell F Reply

      Hi Jannet, it looks like your comment may have been cut short. Are you running into an issue with your Plugable dock or do you have a question about it? Please feel free to let us know here or directly at support@plugable.com. Thank you!

  6. Mark Pickavance Reply

    So is the USB-C downlink only USB 3.2 Gen 1? And not USB 3.2 Gen 2? So 5Gbps is shared between everything connected to the dock?

    • Joshua Henry Reply

      Thanks for asking. When connecting this dock to a USB-C only system, without Thunderbolt 3, the upstream USB-C/TBT3 port operates in 5Gbps mode. Please reference the details from our product page for the full specifications. However, I’ve copied the relevant section below for your convenience:

      *USB-C only host systems will have reduced functionality:
      -Compatible Multi-function DisplayPort over USB Type-C (MFDP USB-C) Windows systems without Thunderbolt 3 will be limited to 5Gbps USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5Gbps) performance and 2x Extended Displays up to 1080P 60Hz (DP 1.2). A single display is supported at 4K 30Hz.

      -Apple USB-C host systems (12″ MacBook Retina models and iPad Pro) are limited to 5Gbps USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5Gbps) performance and up to 1x 4K 30Hz display (2x 4K 30Hz displays mirrored). If two different displays are connected please ensure that if one is lower in resolution that it be connected to the “Primary” DisplayPort and the higher resolution display is connected to the “Secondary” DisplayPort.

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