Welcome back to Show and Tell, where I unbox sweet tech for every area of your life. In this episode, I unpack the Thunderbolt 3 Dock Pro from IOGEAR. Working from home has become more the norm but that causes stress on home life–creating clutter, taking up plugs and causing wear-and-tear on home electronics. If your home has become your office, you need a central dock with plenty of power. This device expands your computer’s capability, manages your cables, and increases your productivity. Let’s see if this piece of IOGEAR tech has enough power to elevate your WFH experience.
The Dock Pro has plenty of ports
This device is the central docking station for your workspace. On the front, there are three plugs. First, is the Thunderbolt USB-C port which is the main line that goes from the Thunderbolt 3 Dock Pro to your computer. Next is the fast-charging USB port to charge phones or tablets at lightning-fast speeds. Then, there is a headphone jack if you haven’t upgraded to Bluetooth headphones.
On the other side of the dock is an ethernet run-through. Many slim profile laptops don’t have a built-in ethernet port so with this dock, you can connect your computer directly to your router. And if those plugins weren’t enough, there are two more USB ports and two more USB-C chargers to connect a keyboard, mouse, hard-drive, or any other device.
Can connect to two 4K screens
The Thunderbolt 3 Dock Pro is the ultimate hub for productivity because on top of all the ports already mentioned, the device has two Display Ports that can each run a 4K screen. This is an ultra-high-definition resolution port that is better than HDMI. Since most laptops have just one port to connect to monitor, expanding to two monitors will require a hub so no matter what your 9-5 requires, this hub can handle it.
What is Thunderbolt 3 anyway
Thunderbolt is the name used to define a higher set of functionality by a cable or port using the USB-C setup. A USB-C port and cable can support a wide range of connectivity including power, internet, video, and data. The USB-C ports capable of supporting all of these functions are referred to as Thunderbolt 3. The easiest way to tell if your laptop or computer is equipped with the latest USB-C Thunderbolt 3 functionality, is to check if there is a lightning bolt next to your USB-C port. If there is a lighting bolt–then you are probably all set but if you don’t have the lightning bolt–you’ll want to confirm that the port indeed only supports charging or data transfer.
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