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Plugable announces new Thunderbolt 3 docking station and adapters

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Plugable has a ton of USB accessories that make laptop life a breeze, and at CES 2020 that selection has grown again with a new Thunderbolt 3 docking station and a couple of adapters for external displays and Ethernet.

The biggest announcement is no doubt the Plugable TBT3-UDZ docking station, built on the Thunderbolt 3 Titan Ridge chipset. The docking station is compatible with both standard USB-C ports as well as Thunderbolt 3, opening up compatibility for more devices. When connected to the host laptop, the TBT3-UDZ can deliver up to 100W of power to keep your battery charged when you need to hit the road.

The TBT3-UDZ has 14 total ports, including two DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0, five USB-A (5Gbps), two USB-A (10Gbps), an SD card reader, a microSD card reader, and 3.5mm audio. When connected to the host laptop with Thunderbolt 3, it will be able to handle dual 4K displays at a 60Hz refresh rate. Connected with USB-C only, the dock will handle dual 4K displays at a 30Hz refresh rate.

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The TBT3-UDZ is expected to be released Spring 2020 and should retail for about $299.

Alongside the new docking station, Plugable also unveiled a couple of adapters that take advantage of modern Windows laptop technology.

First, the USB-C DisplayPort 1.4 MST to dual HDMI 2.0 adapter is designed to split a single USB-C port with DisplayPort 1.4 MST — like in the Surface Pro 7, Surface Pro X, and Surface Laptop 3 — into dual HDMI outputs with support for 4K resolution and 60Hz refresh rate. The adapter hits speeds up to 25.9Gbps, effectively doubling HDMI 2.0’s 18Gbps speed.

The Plugable USB-C DisplayPort 1.4 MST adapter is expected to be released Q2 2020 and should retail for about $40.

The final piece of hardware announced, Plugable’s 2.5Gbps USB Ethernet adapter, is designed to allow for improved wired internet speeds on laptops and desktops with USB-A or USB-C 3.0 or 3.1 ports. While most Ethernet ports are Gigabit and deliver up to 1Gbps speeds, this adapter will more than double theoretical speeds and is backward-compatible with earlier networking standards. It’s also compatible with full-duplex and half-duplex networks, and it supports auto negotiation.

The 2.5Gbps USB Ethernet adapter is expected to be released Q2 2020 and should retail for about $50.

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