CES 2019: Elgato Unveils Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock With Dual USB-C, Dual USB-A, Gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort, and More

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Elgato parent company Corsair at CES 2019 this week unveiled its new Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock. The dock connects to the latest MacBook Pro and MacBook Air with a single Thunderbolt 3 cable and provides a wide variety of additional I/O connectivity options, eliminating the need for multiple adapters.


    The dock is equipped with two USB-C ports with transfer speeds up to 10Gb/s, two USB-A ports with transfer speeds up to 5 Gb/s, two Thunderbolt 3 ports with transfer speeds up to 40 Gb/s, one DisplayPort 1.2, one Gigabit Ethernet port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and audio output, and SD and microSD card readers.

    The dock can drive a 5K external display at 60Hz over Thunderbolt, or two 4K external displays simultaneously, with one connected via DisplayPort and the other via Thunderbolt. 4K at 60Hz is also supported via HDMI 2.0 with an adapter.

    The new Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock is available now for $349.99 from Amazon, Corsair, and select other retailers and distributors around the world.

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    Article Link: CES 2019: Elgato Unveils Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock With Dual USB-C, Dual USB-A, Gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort, and More
  2. nutmac macrumors 601

    Mar 30, 2004
    Am I dreaming is this the first dock to offer 4 USB-C ports (since two TB3 ports can double as USB-C)? Well, not counting LG's 5K monitor?
  3. mKizzo macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2008
    Experts at pricing themselves out of the market... within 2 months Amazon will be flooded with knockoffs for $50
  4. MLMcMillion macrumors regular


    Oct 8, 2012
    Arkansas, USA
    I wonder if this one is as flaky as the current model I have.
  5. ayale99 macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2007
    I've had the current model since Day 1. I use it daily and have never had a single issue. Maybe you got a lemon?
  6. dukeblue219, Jan 9, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2019

    dukeblue219 macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2012
    USB-C is merely the physical connector. TB3 is always USB-C.

    Some USB-C ports carry USB 3.1 data, others TB3, others Displayport or HDMI, and many carry multiple modes. It's bit of a mess. The manufacturer says for this model, the two USB-C ports marked as TB3 support Thunderbolt 3 obviously, plus power, plus USB 3.1, plus DisplayPort (a common combination). Then there are the two other USB-C ports that are USB 3.1 only. So if you're interested in USB 3.1 Gen 2 data (10 Gb/s) you have 4 ports available total.

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    Doubt it. Find me a knockoff TB3 dock for under $100, please. I'm not sure there are any under $200 actually. USB-C docks with no TB3 do not count.
  7. xpxp2002 macrumors regular

    May 3, 2016
    There are already $99 docks that use USB-C. I could maybe see $149 given the ports it offers, but $349 is insane.
  8. petey2133 macrumors member

    Dec 20, 2012
    So wait. OWC has one, akitio has one and now this. They are all the same price point. I just want a dock so i dont have to reach behind my 5k monitor to plug in SD cards and everyone wants $300-350 to do it. And before you answer about the clip on one that looks stupid to me. Wouldnt mind having 2 tb3 ports for daisy reasons ,SDXC and charging for $200 or under
  9. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    This would directly compete with the Caldigit dock that is $309 has I believe the same number of TB3 and USB C ports but the Caldigit has more USB A ports and costs less, not to mention it is consistently reviewed as THE hands down best TB3 dock in the market. But we should pay more for this one???
  10. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
    I think the correct nomenclature is that USB-C describes a portion of the USB 3.1 and later specifications made by USB-IF that include both a physical connector and an interface for exchanging data. TB3 is another specification made by Intel that includes both an interface and physical requirements that are slightly different than USB-C. This is why not all USB-C cables support TB3.
  11. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    Nope with TB3, unfortunately. Plain USB-C has nothing to do with the much faster TB3. And the Chinese cheap stuff are all USB-C only.
  12. Jimmy James macrumors 601

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    Why do we need to spend hundreds of dollars for plugs?
  13. mrow macrumors 6502

    Aug 15, 2009
    Wouldn’t it be three ports, technically? One of the ports has to be used to connect the dock to the host computer.
  14. Emanuel Rodriguez, Jan 9, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2019

    Emanuel Rodriguez macrumors regular

    Emanuel Rodriguez

    Oct 17, 2018
    No, this is not correct. USB Type-C is a physical connector, nothing more, which MUST support some version of the USB protocol. It may also support a number of other protocols including Thunderbolt 3. This is the correct way to look at it.

    In fact, some early versions only supported USB 2.0. It has nothing to do with USB 3.1, as a lot of documentation has implied.

    Although the specification defines power-only cables, I have yet to see such a thing.

    EDIT: If anyone has any doubts, feel free to give this a read: https://www.usb.org/document-librar...ecification-revision-13-july-14-2017-and-ecns

    Please take note of page 28.

    Page 203 says this very well:

    It then proceeds to list some requirements, which may bore the average reader.
  15. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68020


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
    Only 60hz over Display Port? What good is this?
  16. petey2133 macrumors member

    Dec 20, 2012
    The Plus model is nice, but still overkill for someone like myself. I dont need to hook up a bunch of monitors and charge laptops. for the price I will reach behind my computer lol. Would rather save my money for a nice NMVe SSD exclosure that I can daisy chain from and boot from.
  17. gim macrumors 6502


    Jul 27, 2014
  18. RobbieTT macrumors 6502


    Apr 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Just 1GbE ethernet?

    Not exactly keeping up with the market.
  19. Agent4797 macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2018
    Does anyone know if it's possible to connect two LG UltraFine 4k to this bad boy and run a single cable to the MacBook Pro?
  20. Marx55 macrumors 68000

    Jan 1, 2005
    Are these products possible?

    - Thunderbolt 3 male-to-female cables.
    - Thunderbolt 3 splitters.
    - Thunderbolt 3 docks-hubs with MORE than two Thunderbolt 3 ports.

    If so, where to purchase them? If not, is there any technical or Intel limitation? Thanks.
  21. mrow macrumors 6502

    Aug 15, 2009
    According to Elgato’s site it can. Connect one to the DisplayPort and the other to a USB-C port.
  22. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    USB-C is a connector type like USB-A and USB-B.

    Sure you can find relatively inexpensive USB3 docks using USB-C connectors -- and they don't provide the functionality you find in the higher priced TB3 docks such as daisychaining TB3 ports and supporting dual 4K60 monitors.
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    I don't believe so on any of the counts. TB3 requires an "active" cable as you get past a short length - see https://blog.startech.com/post/thunderbolt-3-the-basics/

    For similar reasons you won't see a "splitter"

    As for # of TB3 ports - remember it is designed as a bus style setup where devices daisy chain one to the other, rather than a hub/spoke setup.
  23. Kobayagi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 18, 2012
    Gotta love this new MacBook Pro. You pay MORE for LESS ports and then pay even more to get them back through a dock.
  24. cocky jeremy macrumors 601

    cocky jeremy

    Jul 12, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    Why aren't there any USB C (3.1) hubs that just add 3-4 additional USB C connections?! That's all I want/need. I don't need display port. I don't need HDMI. I don't need USB A.
  25. markaceto macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2017
    After dropping 5,000 on a MacBook "Pro", the first thing I wanna do is drop another 400 on dongles.

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