Belkin on Monday introduced a new dual-powered Thunderbolt 3 dock that allows users to connect multiple peripherals and storage devices to a mobile workstation like MacBook.
Touted as the "world's first" Thunderbolt-certified dual-powered dock, Belkin's Thunderbolt 3 Dock Core features 40 Gbps transfer rates, 60W upstream charging — good enough for a MacBook Pro — and support for two 4K 60Hz monitors or one 8K monitor.
The small box is bristling with ports including one each of the following: USB-C, DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0, 1Gb Ethernet, USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, USB-A 2.0 and 3.5mm audio in/out. A tethered Thunderbolt 3 cable connects directly to a host Mac or Windows laptop.
"Belkin's Thunderbolt 3 docks and adapters are perfect for remote workers, be it from the home, an RV beach vacation or a hotel room," said Jon Roepke, director of product management at Belkin. "They easily connect a USB-C laptop to virtually all common peripherals like displays, projectors, external hard drives, ethernet and speakers, so they can get to work quickly and easily without needing to be their own IT department."
Dual-power is a major selling point for the Thunderbolt 3 Dock Core. The feature enables connected devices to draw power from a connected laptop instead of wall outlet, eschewing the need for extra equipment.