INTRODUCING PLUGABLE’S LATEST THUNDERBOLT 3 DOCKING STATION, THE TBT3-UD1-85W

Plugable is proud to introduce the latest addition to our line of Thunderbolt 3 docking stations, the Plugable Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station with 85W Charging known as the TBT3-UD1-85W.

Incorporating changes based on feedback from our customers, the TBT3-UD1-85W docking station provides powerful expandability for users of Thunderbolt 3 Macs and Windows systems who want to take advantage of Thunderbolt’s bandwidth and 85W charging at an affordable price point.

The TBT3-UD1-85W will charge a compatible host system with up to 85W of power, provides the ability to connect a single external 4K 60Hz resolution monitor, provides three additional 5Gbps USB 3.0 ports (two USB-A and one USB-C), a wired Intel Gigabit Ethernet port, and separate 3.5mm analog audio input and output jacks.

The TBT3-UD1-85W connects to a compatible Thunderbolt 3 Apple or Windows system using the included 0.8 meter / 2.6 ft long 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 cable. The included cable is longer than what most other manufacturers included with their docking stations, so it provides greater flexibility when arranging things on your desk.

The TBT3-UD1-85W has a built-in DisplayPort video output for connecting a single DisplayPort display. Plugable includes a passive DisplayPort to HDMI adapter to allow for the connection of a HDMI display if necessary (up to 4K 30Hz), an additional accessory that other manufacturers require you to purchase separately.

The TBT3-UD1-85W dock provides a second ‘downstream’ Thunderbolt 3 port that can be used to connect additional Thunderbolt 3 devices or connect a second external display (when used with a compatible system) in conjunction with a separate purchase of a USB-C video cable or adapter like our USB-C to HDMI or our USB-C to HDMI cable.

The TBT3-UD1-85W’s three additional 5Gbps USB 3.0 ports allow for the connection of external USB peripherals, such as a keyboard or mouse, or external storage drives and mobile devices. The dock provides one USB-A port and one USB-C port on the front of the unit and one USB-A port on the back in order to provide physical flexibility when connecting external USB devices.

The TBT3-UD1-85W’s Intel-based Ethernet port provides high-performance wired network capability, while the two analog audio input and output jacks on the back allow you to connect stereo headphones or a microphone, ideal for video conferencing setups.

The dock’s space-saving horizontal orientation and audio port’s location on the back of the unit puts the focus on having most of the cables routed behind the device, which provides for a ‘clean’ desktop setup.

The TBT3-UD1-85W joins our existing family of Thunderbolt 3 docking stations (TBT3-UDV, TBT3-UDC1, TBT3-UD1-83), all designed to meet the varying needs and price points of today’s modern user, all of which are backed by our reputation for excellent support via our U.S. based customer support team. The TBT3-UD1-85W is available from today for 199$ From Amazon in the U.S, and for a limited time we are offering a coupon for an additional $10 off of the purchase price.

All Plugable products are backed by a 24-month limited parts and labor warranty as well as Seattle-based email customer service and technical support.

5 comments on “INTRODUCING PLUGABLE’S LATEST THUNDERBOLT 3 DOCKING STATION, THE TBT3-UD1-85W”

  1. Luis Reply

    Can a 2nd monitor be plugged into this new dock? If so what would I need to achieve this and what is the display specs I should expect?

    • Bob Boerner Reply

      Your question is addressed in the ‘Compatibility’ and ‘FAQ’ sections of our product page –> https://plugable.com/products/tbt3-ud1-85w/ however to recap what is said there:

      Manufacturers have discretion when designing their Thunderbolt 3 systems in regard to how many displays can be connected to the host via a single Thunderbolt 3 cable connection. Some systems support two displays (for example all Apple Thunderbolt 3 systems and most Dell Thunderbolt 3 systems) while systems from other manufacturers may only support one.

      If the host laptop supports two displays with a single Thunderbolt 3 connection, then a second display can be connected to the dock’s downstream Thunderbolt 3 port by using a USB-C video adapter or cable (purchased separately). For example, our USB-C to HDMI adapter –> https://plugable.com/products/usbc-hdmi/ or our USB-C to HDMI cable –> https://plugable.com/products/usbc-hdmi-cable/

      When connected in this manner, displays can be driven at up to 4K resolution @ 60Hz refresh rates (dependent of course on the display’s capabilities). Please reach out to us directly via support@plugable.com if you have any additional questions.

  2. Alec P Reply

    Hi Bob,

    RE: Up-stream charging for USB C only equipped laptops ?

    Having recently seen a video promoting your new Thunderbolt 3 Dock has led me here, I use various laptops within my organisation, some with thunderbolt 3 equipped and others only USB C with up-stream charging port, at the end of the day they all end up in my office on the desk. With multiple power bricks and cables cluttering my space is ridiculous, so my question is does your new tb3 dock have the latest intel controller that distinguishes between thunderbolt and regular USB C connected laptop to receive upstream power charging?

    To finish off with another question, what is the likelihood of a future dock with integrated power supply being produced which can supply power and data simultaneously to 2 laptops.

    • Bob Boerner Reply

      Hi Alec,

      The new TBT3-UD1-85W docking station is based on the Intel Alpine Ridge chipset, which is compatible only with host systems with Thunderbolt 3 built-in.

      If you require a product that can also be used with USB-C only hosts, today we offer the TBT3-UDC1 docking station –> https://plugable.com/products/tbt3-udc1/ and arriving soon our TBT3-UDZ docking station –> https://plugable.com/products/tbt3-udz/ both of which are based on the Intel Titan Ridge chipset that allows the dock to be used with both Thunderbolt 3 hosts and USB-C only hosts (with reduced functionality).

      In regard to your second question, I am afraid we do not comment on future products.

      If you have any additional questions, please reach out to us directly via support@plugable.com

  3. Alec P Reply

    Thanks Bob,

    TBT3-UDZ docking station seems to fit my requirements and will be purchasing one as soon as they become available.

    BR

    Alec

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