Razer's new Thunderbolt 4 dock is packed with ports and Chroma RGB lighting
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Razer has been among the first PC-based companies to integrate Intel’s Thunderbolt technology into its devices with several supporting the Thunderbolt 3 standard. It is now also one of the first to adopt Intel’s new Thunderbolt 4 standard which it is making available through the new Razer Thunderbolt 4 Dock Chroma. The device is targeted at both Windows PC users and Apple Mac users, including the new M1-based Macs.
For the uninitiated, Thunderbolt 4 continues with the same 40 Gbps bi-directional data transfer rates, but includes improvements to security and bumps the minimum supported data transfer rate when connected to external PCIe enclosures from 16 Gbps to 32 Gbps. This is great news for the next generation of Thunderbolt 4 PCIe devices including eGPUs, which should see substantial gains in performance as a result -- no news yet from Razer about upgraded eGPU enclosures, although its Thunderbolt 3-based Razer Core X Chroma remains backwards compatible with the new Dock Chroma.
The Razer Thunderbolt 4 Dock Chroma is outfitted with four Thunderbolt 4 ports, a 3.5 mm audio combo jack, a UHS-II SD card slot and three USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 ports (10 Gbps). In something of a strange oversight, Razer has stuck with a Gigabit Ethernet port instead of the much faster 10 Gigabit Ethernet standard -- many who would be interested in this dock would have been looking for this feature. It does, however, include 90 W pass-through charging support for docked laptops.
The Razer Thunderbolt 4 Dock Chroma is up for pre-order now through the Razer Store for US$330 and will ship on February 14.