StarTech introduces world's first Thunderbolt 3 dock with 85 W power delivery
As a maker of advanced peripherals and computer accessories, StarTech is no stranger to delivering third-party docking stations equipped with all the modern connectivity features. The latest is the TB3DK2DPPD dock based on the Thunderbolt 3 standard for connecting audio, DisplayPort, RJ-45, and up to two external 4K displays or a single 5K display all through a 40 Gb/s connection.
The defining characteristic of this particular dock is that it integrates USB Power Delivery 2.0 and includes a 170 W external AC adapter that can provide an 85 W charge to the connected MacBook Pro or Windows laptop. Thus, users can quite literally charge a notebook by connecting nothing more than the StarTech dock. A number of notebook manufacturers already offer this feature such as on the HP EliteDisplay S231, but it's rare to find this same feature from a third-party manufacturer that promises compatibility across multiple laptops regardless of the brand.
All Windows and MacBook notebooks with Thunderbolt 3 will be able to utilize the dock as normal for all of its connectivity options. In order to benefit from the USB Power Delivery feature, however, the notebook must support charging via USB Type-C. Major PCs that support Thunderbolt 3 or USB-Type C charging are the HP Spectre series, Dell XPS 13/15 series, and the recent MateBook X series.
The StarTech TB3DK2DPPD docking station is now available for $405 USD. We recommend checking out the official product page below for more technical details about the unit.