With the advent of ever thinner laptops, users have had to give up certain things. Like connectors and ports. Although there are options on the market that return them, few are like Elgato’s Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock. This accessory gives us great connectivity power to our equipment, but it does so at a high price.
Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock, technical specifications
Accessory type: port and connection hub.
Weight: 399 grams.
Dimensions: 8 x 22 x 2.9 cm.
Power supply: independent, with separate current transformer.
2 Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports.
2 USB-A 3.1 ports at 5GB/s.
2 USB-C 3.1 ports at 10GB/s.
3.5mm headphone output, amplified analog stereo.
3.5mm line output combo connector and amplified analog stereo micro input
SD card reader.
Micro-SD card reader.
20V and 8.5A DC input.
DisplayPort output: 4K at 60 Hz.
Thunderbolt 3 output: 5K at 60 Hz.
Up to 2 monitors at 4K and 60 Hz.
Price: 349 euros on Amazon.
All the ports you’re going to need
The latest generations of portable Macs dispense with much of the external ports and connections in favor of USB-C and wireless connections. This can be a release for some types of users, especially since in return you have a thinner, lighter and transportable equipment.
But there are other types of users who need a laptop and lots of connection opportunities. It is this type of user who is appealed by elgato’s Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock, because in this accessory you will find (almost) everything you will need.
This hub is quite compact for all the connections and ports you have. However, its weight of almost 400 grams attracts attention, although it could be even greater if Elgato had decided to integrate its current transformer into the same accessory. It is therefore composed of two separate parts: the hub and the current «petaca».
As a result of these dimensions and weight, the Elgato dock is designed for fixed workstations that need to connect monitors, external storage and accessories frequently, while having a remote work equipment.
The great advantage is that you can leave all your external accessories and monitors connected to the hub. And when you need them, connect the «master» cable to your Mac so that everything is available automatically. Elgato also has a utility that helps us to eject all the systems connected to the dock at once and without having to go one at a time.
For speeds, Thunderbolt 3 ports go to 40Gbps; normal USB-Cs go to 10Gbps; and USB-A go at 5Gbps. Speeds sufficient to transmit data at high speed and support up to two external monitors at 4K and 60Hz.
The only port we do miss is direct HDMI. The DisplayPort supports HDMI 1.4b although an adapter is required.
-The Elgato hub is quite complete. The only drawback is the absence of HDMI and a high price-
The Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock is a pretty complete accessory. With good design, connections of almost any type and in abundance, designed to be located in a fixed place where we plug our Mac and get to work with a multitude of peripherals.
However, this great connection power comes at a high price. Its recommended price is 349 euros, from which each user looking for a dock should consider whether it is worth it or would be better with a hub with fewer connections and lower price.