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StarTech launches Thunderbolt 3 to USB Type-C adapters for high-bandwidth applications

StarTech launches Thunderbolt 3 to USB Type-C adapters for high-bandwidth applications (Source: StarTech)
StarTech launches Thunderbolt 3 to USB Type-C adapters for high-bandwidth applications (Source: StarTech)
Ultrabook owners stuck with USB Type-C now have more options to expand their existing Thunderbolt 3 ports and support a variety of legacy connections including eSATA and USB Type-A. The pricey adapters support daisy-chaining and will work with both PCs and Macs to utilize the most out of a single Thunderbolt 3 port.

Thunderbolt 3 is becoming increasingly common on mainstream consumer laptops with many newer models offering nothing but USB Type-C ports as this single port can easily double as HDMI, DisplayPort, USB Type-A, RJ-45, and even charging. The HP Spectre 13, Asus Zenbook 3, Dell XPS 15 2-in-1, and MacBook Pro 15 are just a few examples where USB Type-C is the only option.

The latest StarTech accessories cater directly to these laptop owners who may have no choice but to resort to USB Type-C adapters for connecting legacy devices. The first adapter is the Thunderbolt 3 to USB 3.1 adapter that expands a Thunderbolt 3 port to USB Type-A 3.0, Type-A 3.1, Type-C Gen. 2, and two more Thunderbolt 3 ports. Its aim is to allow multiple high-bandwidth devices like SSDs, storage arrays, and capture devices to utilize a single Thunderbolt 3 port.

The second model is the smaller Thunderbolt 3 to eSATA adapter that converts a single Thunderbolt 3 or USB Type-C port to USB Type-A 3.1 (10 Gbps) and eSATA. This adapter should appeal to users with older eSATA drive enclosures as eSATA is no longer found on newer notebooks and many motherboards.

The StarTech Thunderbolt 3 to USB 3.1 and eSATA adapters are now shipping for $264 USD and $135 USD, respectively.

Thunderbolt 3 to USB 3.1 controller
Thunderbolt 3 to USB 3.1 controller
Thunderbolt 3 to USB 3.1 controller
Thunderbolt 3 to USB 3.1 controller
Thunderbolt 3 to eSATA
Thunderbolt 3 to eSATA
Thunderbolt 3 to eSATA
Thunderbolt 3 to eSATA

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Allen Ngo, 2018-04-16 (Update: 2018-06-28)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.