Plugable announces new 14-port Thunderbolt 3 docking station

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The TBT3-UDZ is a Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C docking station perfect for MacBook and Mac users.
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CES 2020Plugable introduced Tuesday a Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C docking station with a versatile 14 ports for MacBook and Mac users.

Built on the Intel Titan Ridge chipset, the TBT3-UDZ is not the first such unit to market, but separates itself from the competition.

Announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the unit features a 100-watt power delivery – one of the highest of any Thunderbolt 3 dock on the market. Plugable suggests that it would be a perfect fit to recharge any of the new 96-watt MacBook Pros.

On the unit, there are seven USB ports, including five USB 3.0 connections on the back and two USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports at the front, with one including BC 1.2 charging support. Also included is a combination audio input and output port, SD and microSD card slots, a gigabit network port.

Two DisplayPort 1.4 or HDMI 2.0 connections are also onboard, allowing up to two 4K displays at a 60Hz refresh rate without requiring additional adapters. Connected with USB-C only, the dock will handle dual 4K displays at a 30Hz refresh rate.

While Cult of Mac has not tested this new unit with Mac products, we caution that historically some of the company’s pluggable devices have not been 100% compatible with MacOS. We suggest investigating these issues in-depth to ensure reliability.

Plugable is shipping the new dock in the spring, at $299.