StarTech Monitor Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station

Last updated: December 6, 2022

The sleek design of this Thunderbolt docking station model makes it one of the most attractive you'll find, plus you'll get support for up to two monitors. The 85 watts of power will ensure you can charge even a full laptop.

We looked at the top Thunderbolt Docking Stations and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Thunderbolt Docking Station you should buy.

Product Details

Key Takeaway: Durability is what you'll get with this Thunderbolt docking station.

In our analysis of 41 expert reviews, the StarTech Monitor Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station placed 11th when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Create a Dual-4K Workstation Great for video editing and other Ultra HD tasks, this dual-4K monitor docking station supports 40Gbps speeds and 4K resolution on two monitors. Run resource-demanding applications on two independent displays, without draining system resources. Connect your laptop to: 1 x 4K monitor via the DP Port 1 x 4K monitor via the TB3 USB-C Port (1.8 m cable included) OR 1 x 5K monitor via the DP & TB3 USB-C port Easy Installation & Deployment Simply connect the universal docking station to your laptop with included TB3 cable and start working immediately. No time-consuming driver installations are required. Set up a second monitor using the included USB-C to DisplayPort cable adapter, eliminating the need for extra adapters. Connect your Devices With three USB 3.0 ports, the Thunderbolt 3 dock gives you plenty of ports for the latest and legacy devices. Connect USB devices like flash drives using the two Type-A ports. Keep your mobile device charged with the dock’s Fast-Charge and sync port. Connect a USB-C device with the USB-C port (5Gbps – data only). Plenty of Charging Power The Thunderbolt 3 port replicator features a 170W power adapter supporting Power Delivery to power and charge (up to 85W) your laptop, while powering all your devices connected to the dock. This eliminates the need to use two separate power adapters for your laptop and dock. TB3DK2DPPD features a rugged aluminum casing and is backed by a STARTECH.COM 3-YEAR WARRANTY and FREE LIFETIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT. Input Voltage: 100 – 240 AC

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Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

85W power delivery offers plenty of juice for most laptops and computer accessories. Compatible with most PC and Apple laptops. Can output video to 2 monitors.
Compatibility includes Windows and macOS platforms with a Thunderbolt 3 port available.
As for its unique selling point, it comes in the shape of an M2 slot found underneath the device, that can be removed by taking out two screws.

What reviewers didn't like

Dual display setup suffers in performance when trying to use the full 4K resolution.
Performance is subpar on the two USB 3.1 G1 Type-C ports. I was able to reach 359 MB/s read and 325 MB/s write in testing and while that is average for most solutions like these, StarTech can do better. Moving on to the Gigabit Ethernet, we once again found subpar performance for the Intel i210 Gbe controller reaching a peak of 500 Mbps in testing.
There’s nothing revolutionary about the design of this docking station; Startech stuck with the traditional elongated black metal brick design. It only has 11 connectors and ports; Caldigit has 15 in comparison.
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