Plugable TBT3-UDZ Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C Dual Display Dock with 96W Host Charging

Product Description

The TBT3-UDZ is Plugable’s most versatile, powerful and accessible docking station yet. Its unique, exclusive design allows users to connect up to two 4K displays using either HDMI or DisplayPort without the need for external adapters – the first Thunderbolt 3 docking station to offer this flexibility of display types. Using the Intel Titan Ridge chipset and Plugable’s custom design, the TBT3-UDZ delivers a combination of more port options, fastest laptop charging up to 100W, and widest Mac and PC compatibility of any dock on the market.

  • Up to 100W Power Delivery to host (96W Certified)
  • 2x DisplayPort 1.4 and 2x HDMI 2.0 ports
  • 7x USB ports: 1x USB-C 10Gbps port, 1x USB 10Gbps port, 5x USB 5Gbps ports
  • 1x SD card slot
  • 1x MicroSD card slot
  • 1x Gigabit Ethernet port
  • 1x Combination audio input/output jack

With this dock, we set out to solve customer pain points that users have been dealing with for a long time now. These include the difference between Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C, which have identical looking ports, HDMI versus DisplayPort, USB-C or USB-A peripheral ports, and the different levels of charging wattage offered. The TBT3-UDZ eliminates any confusion between these different types of technologies by offering a simplified solution that answers these questions for you.

Product Specifications

  • Charge with up to 100W of Power Delivery (96W Certified)
  • 2x DisplayPort 1.4 or 2x HDMI 2.0 ports
    • See compatibility section below for more information.
  • 7x USB ports
    • 1x USB-A 10Gbps port with BC 1.2 CDP charging
    • 1x USB-C 10Gbps port (data-only, does not support a USB-C display)
    • 5x USB 3.0 ports
  • 1x Gigabit Ethernet port
  • 1x SD Card slot
  • 1x MicroSD Card slot
  • 1x Combination (TRRS) Audio Input/Output port

Compatibility

Thunderbolt 3 Platforms:

  • PC: Win 10 or later, Thunderbolt 3 port
  • MAC: macOS High Sierra 10.14 or later, Thunderbolt 3 port

USB-C Platforms with Alt Mode:

  • PC: Win 10 USB-C with DP Alt Mode and/or PD charging support
  • MAC: 12” MacBook Retina with USB-C port

Important notes:

  1. Dock capabilities are reduced when connected to a USB-C compared to Thunderbolt 3 hosts
  2. Some Thunderbolt 3 Windows hosts will not support dual 4K displays
  3. Apple M1 based MacBook systems (non-Intel processors) only support a single external display
  4. Windows systems require updated NVM firmware, system BIOS, and Thunderbolt/GPU drivers from the system manufacturer (Apple systems provide this automatically)

When connected to Thunderbolt 3 Mac and compatible Windows systems:

  • Drive up to two 4096×2160 @ 60Hz displays via DisplayPort or HDMI
  • Charge with up to 100W Power Delivery (96W certified)
  • Maximize your network performance with a Gigabit Ethernet connection
  • Connect high-performance peripherals to one front USB (10Gbps) and one front USB-C (10Gbps) port
  • Connect USB peripherals to five rear USB 3.0 (5Gbps) ports

When connected to a compatible USB-C Windows or Mac system (without Thunderbolt 3):

  • Supported DisplayPort Modes:
    • Multi-Stream Transport (MST), Alt Mode
  • Windows:
    • Drive two 1920×1080 @ 60Hz displays via DisplayPort or HDMI
    • Or drive one 4096×2160 @ 30Hz display via DisplayPort or HDMI
  • Mac:
    • Drive up to two 4096 x 2160 @ 30Hz mirrored displays via DisplayPort or HDMI

Supported features on compatible USB-C hosts:

  • Charge with up to 100W of Power Delivery (96W Certified)
  • Maximize your network performance with a Gigabit Ethernet connection
  • Connect USB peripherals to one front USB and one front USB-C ports at 5Gbps
  • Connect USB peripherals to five rear USB 3.0 (5Gbps) ports

In the Box

Thunderbolt 3 TBT3-UDV docking station, 0.8 meter (~31.5 inches) Thunderbolt 3 40Gbps cable, quick installation guide, and UL certified 20V/8.5A (170W) power adapter (US AC Wall Outlet Plug, 100-240V 50/60Hz) Units sold in the UK or the EU will come with the appropriate power cord.

TBT3-UDZ FAQ

Q: What are the details regarding 96W Thunderbolt-certified Power Delivery and 100W peak charging rate?

A: IEC power requirements for this class of device require that charging via USB not exceed 100W peak charge rate for more than 5 seconds, and so Thunderbolt certification requires a 4W margin to maintain this IEC compliance. Because charging output from any device will always have some amount of variance, implementing a 96W Power Delivery profile combined with robust circuit design ensures the TBT3-UDZ will meet these requirements and achieve 96W sustained charging, with a peak rate of 100W. We are unaware of any real-world scenarios where this will affect charging behavior, but will certainly provide updates if we learn of any edge cases.

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