StarTech Launches New DisplayPort and HDMI Thunderbolt 3 Mini Docking Stations

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    StarTech today announced the launch of a new line of bus-powered Thunderbolt 3 Mini Docking Stations designed to be used with the latest Apple Macs equipped with Thunderbolt 3 support.

    StarTech is offering two TB3 dock variations -- the Mini Thunderbolt 3 Dock with Dual HDMI, priced at $183, and the Mini Thunderbolt 3 Dock with Dual DisplayPort, priced at $164.


    With the dual HDMI dock, two HDMI monitors with 4K resolution can be connected to a Mac, while the dual DisplayPort dock allows two 4K DisplayPort monitors or one 5K monitor to be connected to a TB3 Mac. Each dock comes equipped with an integrated 20cm Thunderbolt 3 cable and because they're bus-powered, there's no need for a power cable.


    Both of the docks are small in size making them ideal for use when traveling or in spaces where desk real estate is limited, and both come equipped with a Gigabit Ethernet port. The HDMI dock features two USB-A ports (one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0), while the DisplayPort dock features a single extra USB-A (3.0) port for plugging in peripheral devices.

    StarTech says the two new docks will be available for purchase soon through,, and other retailers.

    Article Link: StarTech Launches New DisplayPort and HDMI Thunderbolt 3 Mini Docking Stations
  2. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    Is anyone else irritated that the docking stations only started to flow in earnest when Thunderbolt 3 came out?

    Those of us who have older Macs with Thunderbolt 1 and 2 can't use these stations.

    They're finally getting more flexible, and in many cases, more affordable, and we have to upgrade our Macs if we want to use them! D'oh.
  3. Glockworkorange macrumors 65816


    Feb 10, 2015
    Chicago, Illinois
    I think there are some TB 1 and 2 hubs.

    The reason they took off with TB3 I think is because TB 3 equipped mac laptops have no legacy ports, while all TB 1 and 2 laptops do have a (great) selection of legacy ports.
  4. TheAppleFairy macrumors 68020


    Mar 28, 2013
    The Clinton Archipelago unfortunately

    This is why I am not usually mad when a company cuts off support for old products. Internal cd drive, aux ports, VGA support. Though it can be annoying it does help the growth of other great ideas and products. To be one of the first to move onto the new tech can be a pain though.
  5. Glockworkorange macrumors 65816


    Feb 10, 2015
    Chicago, Illinois
    I can tell you I purchased the OWC USB C hub and it ended up being trash. When the Mac went to sleep the drives would all eject. OWC tried to tell me "Macs don't need to sleep anymore" and "if you leave your Mac for a few minutes, you should just turn it off." Basically, I shouldn't have been upset my drives ejected upon sleep.
  6. Altis macrumors 68030

    Sep 10, 2013
    Who would need those old, legacy ports?! :eek:

    Oh right... tons of people.
  7. Glockworkorange macrumors 65816


    Feb 10, 2015
    Chicago, Illinois
    The transition has had painful moments, that's for sure.
  8. Altis macrumors 68030

    Sep 10, 2013
    It would have gone more smoothly with some of those dinosaur ports.

    You know, the ones that are still on nearly everything still sold, even years later. ;)
  9. mikecal macrumors newbie

    Apr 11, 2018
    Actually, I've been able to make a TB2 Macbook work fine with a TB3 Dock using the Apple TB3/TB2 Adapter + Apple TB2 cable:

    It's an extra cost but it makes the dock investment worth it as you can keep it when you later upgrade to a TB3 Macbook.
    Unfortunately, this solution won't work with this particular Startech model as the TB3 cable seems to be attached to the dock.
  10. Glockworkorange macrumors 65816


    Feb 10, 2015
    Chicago, Illinois
    Oh, good call. I forgot about using adapters to go from TB 1 or 2 to three.
  11. Saturn1217 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2008
    This is something I was looking for back when the new MBPs were released in 2016. Better late than never. Sad that getting dual display output out of thunderbolt 3 is so expensive.
  12. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
  13. techpr macrumors 6502


    Sep 9, 2008
    San Juan, PR
    Dual 4K at 60hz on a single USB-C sounds interesting. Hope this works well on a 13” 2017 MBP.
  14. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    Not me, I realized around 18 months ago that it's all about economics with PC hardware. Go through some of my posts over the past year, I offered that there'd be plenty of TB3 devices on the market once Intel eliminated the royalty for TB after 1/1/18 - the Intel TB "tax" was IMHO the only real barrier to getting TB on mainstream computers, and I anticipated this bit coming. I've already purchased an iMP and a few cables and peripherals, just in the past 10 days and started jettisoning my older hardware which should make my accountant happy at not having to carry over old hardware year after year. My GF went to CES this year with some friends that work in her field - digital video - all of them were buzzing about TB pretty much being everywhere, and the same goes for NAB. Her next birthday (June) is going to be REALLY expensive for me this year.

    Yep, my last two purchases were a StarTech dock and a StarTech USB-C>DP cable. I trust their products to just work.

    My only irritation? That it took Intel so frickin' long to get TB costs to a realistic point with no added royalty costs... :oops:
  15. foobarbaz macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2007
    Those would be great with (optional) power pass-through.
  16. eddjedi macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2011
    Several major issues with this. Firstly, no power port. The whole point of TB3 for me was to enable a single cable setup. Secondly, only one USB 3.0 port? So this is basically a glorified display adapter. Again, I want ONE dock for everything. Finally, $160+ for a dongle? Good luck with that :D
  17. Padaung macrumors 6502


    Jan 22, 2007
    My ideal dongle would be:

    3x USB-C ports (1 of which is power pass through, the other two would be for attaching a camera memory card reader and an external SSD drive)
    1x USB 3
    1x 10/100/1000 Ethernet
    1x HDMI
  18. mrzz Suspended

    Mar 25, 2017
    too short cable for laptop usage I would say, you will have cable clutter as well as this device laying very close to your laptop
  19. manu chao, Apr 12, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2018

    manu chao macrumors 603

    Jul 30, 2003
    Macworld counted five TB 1 docks in 2014 (Belkin, Caldigit, Sonnet, StarTech, Matrox) and eight TB 2 docks in 2015 (OWC, Belkin, Caldigit, Sonnet, StarTech, Kanex, Algato, Akitio). We might have more now but I think what gives you the impression of more TB 3 docks now is that USB-C docks have joined the fray. Though, the dock in question here, is something new in being (one of) the first TB3 'mini-docks' that doesn't offer a wide range of ports for the trade-off of being smaller and cheaper.
  20. LRB55 macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2015
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    My old Dual Display Port stopped working with the most recent MacOS upgrade and the manufacturer claims that Apple has caused the issue. Can anyone advise if this one is functional under the upgrade.


  21. Jimmy James macrumors 68040

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    Ports: $3
    Electronics: $1.50
    Casing: $$0.50
    Retail price: $183
  22. WoodpeckerBaby macrumors regular


    Aug 17, 2016
    Bandwidth doesn’t add up to 40 gbps
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    Well that’s capitalism
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    That would require 2 TB3 busses, only MBP 15 touchbar can support that
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    Older macs have adaptors, not hubs, they don’t support this kind of bandwidth.
  23. mkoesel macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2005
    Agree. As is, this dock will still require the use of two ports to run a typical dual-monitor ("legacy", non-TB3 monitors, I mean, which many people still have) MacBook Pro setup. One for the dock, one for power. In that regard, its not much better than my current solution which is one of these:

    And an Amazon USB-C-to-DisplayPort cable. It is slightly better in that, by connecting the power supply directly to the Mac, you get the full 81W power delivery (if you have a 15") instead of being limited to only 60W on the dongle. That's of no consequence to me because my machine is plugged in for plenty of time to charge it back up fully after use away from my desk even at the lower wattage.

    Of course this new dock also gives you an ethernet port and USB 3.0 port which is nice if you need those too. I don't but I'm sure many do.
  24. jimthing macrumors 65816


    Apr 6, 2011
    London, UK
    Buy the Caldigit TB3+ dock, if you need one. The rest are crap in comparison.
    And it's on deal at the moment too.
  25. Kier-XF macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2014

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