Satechi’s Multimedia Thunderbolt 4 Dock Turns Laptops Into Desktops – Forbes

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The new Satechi Multimedia Thunderbolt Dock can turn a MacBook into a desktop buy adding 16 extra … [+] ports.
Computer accessory brand Satechi is launching a new Thunderbolt Multimedia Dock aimed at Apple Mac users. Thunderbolt connectivity is growing in popularity and all new Macs include the standard, which shares the same USB-C ports on Apple’s computers but offers data transfer speeds up to 40Gbps.
The Thunderbolt 4 Multimedia Pro Dock has 16 ports and features USB, HDMI and DisplayPorts, SD and microSD slots, an audio jack, and an Ethernet port. The new Multimedia Dock works with Macs and Windows PCs. It can be used to connect four external displays as well as high-speed peripherals. The dock can also deliver up to 96W of charging power to the host device.
The 16 ports below are positioned at the front and rear of the device. There are fewer ports on the front to keep the minimalist design of the dock and reduce clutter. The ports include two DisplayPorts, two HDMI 2.1 ports, one Thunderbolt 4 to host, a single USB-C 3.2 10Gbps, three USB-A 3.2 10Gbps and a couple of USB-A 3.2 5Gbps ports for legacy peripherals.
The new Satechi Multimedia Thunderbolt Dock is bristling with ports and can drive up to four 4K … [+] external monitors with a Windows PC.
A USB 2.0 port can also charge a smartphone with up to 7.5W of power. For reading memory cards, Satechi has included SD and microSD slots. The audio port on the Thunderbolt 4 Multimedia Pro Dock is a combo TRRS audio jack that can handle a headset with audio input and output. Finally, the Satechi Thunderbolt 4 Multimedia Pro Dock includes a 2.5Gbps Ethernet port.
The new Satechi port can be used vertically or horizontally.
A Kensington lock ensures the dock stays put while a DC 20V power adapter supplies power for the device. When using the dock, the Thunderbolt port can deliver 96W of power to the host laptop or computer, keeping the connected device charged and ready to go. For additional charging, two of the USB ports can be used to power up external phones and tablets.
Perhaps the standout feature of Satechi’s newest dock is its ability to support up to four external displays at 4K resolution and with a 60Hz refresh rate. Windows PC users can have video on up to four screens in extended mode because Windows supports Multi-Stream Transport (MST).
There is support for Single Stream Transport (SST) for people using Macs with the dock. SST enables Mac M1 Pro/Max devices to output video in extended mode on up to two screens with an additional option to mirror two more. Macs with M1 and M2 chips can support one screen in extended mode and another in mirror mode.
When used with a Windows PC, the Satechi Multimedia Thunderbolt Dock can drive up to four 4K … [+] monitors at 60Hz refresh rate.
The new dock is aimed at content creators, photographers and videographers. The higher transport speeds offered by Thunderbolt work well alongside the built-in Ethernet port, with speeds up to 2.5Gbps. That’s 2.5 times faster than standard Gigabit Ethernet adapters.
The speed allows users to shuttle files over the local network at theoretical speeds up to 2.5Gbps. External storage transfer can also be done seamlessly, supported by two UHS-2 SD and microSD card slots that can be used simultaneously with a transfer speed of up to 312MBs.
The new dock is made from aircraft-grade aluminum and has silicone rubber sides. Thanks to the supplied rubber stand pad, the design enables the dock to be used vertically or horizontally.
Pricing & Availability: Satechi’s Thunderbolt 4 Multimedia Pro Dock is available now. The price will be $349.99 using a 20% discount with the code TB4 which is open until July 6.
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