Practical Advantages of Thunderbolt 4
Thunderbolt 4 technology was first announced in January 2020, and the market has seen an increasing stream of new Thunderbolt 4-enabled devices. New technology can be exciting, but it’s not always clear how new features will provide a practical advantage in your specific environment. Here are three unique features of…
Can the TB4CDOCK work with a Thunderbolt 3 Windows host?
Due to significant differences in firmware versions on Thunderbolt 3 Windows laptops, the TB4CDOCK is not currently supported on Windows-based Thunderbolt 3 hosts.
How do the hub ports on TB4CDOCK work with a USB4 Windows host?
When the dock is connected to a Windows laptop with a USB4 port, the hub ports will each function as a USB4 port and can be used to connect USB devices and/or a single display. Some USB4 Windows laptops may support dual displays over Thunderbolt if supported by the USB4 Windows Laptop. Note: the TB4CDOCK is not currently…
How do the hub ports on TB4CDOCK work with a Thunderbolt 3 macOS host?
When the dock is connected to a Thunderbolt 3 host device like a MacBook Pro running macOS 11 Big Sur or higher, the hub ports will each function as a Thunderbolt 3 port and can be used to connect USB, display, and Thunderbolt 3 devices. Keep in mind with the original M1-based MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini…
What are some ideal accessories for a Thunderbolt 4 dock?
The multiple TB4 hub ports allow plenty of flexibility with the TB4CDOCK. Here are some examples of adapters that allow connecting a variety of devices quickly and easily to the USB-C hub ports on the dock. Keep in mind these ports on the dock will be limited by the capability of the host computer (e.g. connecting the dock…
Will TB4CDOCK power a high-performance laptop?
Our TB4CDOCK features certified 96W Power Delivery, which means it will charge most laptops that support power/charge through the USB4, Thunderbolt 3 or Thunderbolt 4 port, including high-performance Thunderbolt 4 M1 Max/M1 Pro MacBook Pro systems. While actively under heavy processor use, high-performance laptops…
Does TB4CDOCK support monitor resolutions greater than 4K and are adapters required?
Yes, when connected to a host that also supports these higher resolutions, the TB4CDOCK can support dual monitors with resolutions up to 4K 60Hz, or a single monitor with resolutions up to 8K 30Hz, 6K 60Hz, 5K 60Hz. Depending on the video port on the monitor, supported adapter/cables like these may also be required and are…
Can Thunderbolt 3 cables (passive or active) be used in place of Thunderbolt 4 cables?
No, the cable Thunderbolt version should match the peripheral Thunderbolt version, since using a mismatched version of Thunderbolt cable can cause unexpected functionality issues. When connecting a Thunderbolt 4 peripheral such as the TB4CDOCK, we recommend only using a Thunderbolt 4 cable, especially if also using a…