Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock Review




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A Closer Look

The unit in itself is a simple one. It isn’t large which means that we’ll get through this page quite fast.

Front Connectors and Ports

There are five connection options on the front, the ones you’ll need most. Or at least, the ones you’ll most likely plug in and out the most. There are two USB 3.1 Gen.1 Type A ports for all the ordinary USB peripherals. From thumb drives to input devices. There’s also a 3.5mm jack for your headphones and the two card readers. While the SD card reader technically is able to read micro SD cards, it would require an adapter. With this docking station, you don’t need it.

Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock Photo details front

Rear Connectors and Ports

The more permanent connections such as networking and monitors are all placed on the rear of the unit. That allows it to look better and you to have a better cable management.

Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock Photo view rear

There’s an RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet port, a headphone 3.5mm jack, and two USB 3.1 Gen.2 (10Gbps) Type-C ports.

Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock Photo details rear 1

Following them are two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one for the system and one for an extra device. This could be storage or it could be a monitor – or anything in between. Last but not least, you get the DisplayPort 1.2 for your monitor and a power connector for the power supply.

Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock Photo details rear 2

Bottom View

The bottom of the unit doesn’t have any features as such, but there are four rubber feet which will make sure it stays where you place it. There’s also a sticker with relevant device information.

Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock Photo view bottom

Power Supply Unit

We have one more thing to look at before we get to the connection and setup of our unit, the power supply.

The power cable is disconnectable from the PSU, allowing you to switch it depending on your region. However, it isn’t the usual kettle type PSU plug but rather the three-pronged laptop kind. The PSU itself also resembles that of a laptop more than a docking station. It’s also almost as large as the dock.

Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock Photo details psu

The PSU is made by Lite-On which is known more for their impressive drives. But it’s a renowned company which wouldn’t release anythin subpar. Power wise, it can deliver 8.5A at 20V which equals to 170W. That’s a lot of power which means that you won’t have issues with any connected device. They’ll all get as much as they need.

Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock Photo details psu power

Connect The Docking Station to Your System

It really couldn’t be any simpler than it is to connect your Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock. Plug it in and you’re ready to go.

Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock SS init 1 found device

You might need to approve the device in your Thunderbolt 3 suite. The system needs to know that it is a trusted device before it will accept it. You can choose whether to accept it once or always. You’ll probably want to pick the always-option as you’ll be able to forget about this step with that selection.

Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock SS init 2 allow device

As soon as you’ve set the docking station as an approved device, your OS should start to find and install all the parts of it.

Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock SS init 3 installing devices

Once you’ve connected it, you can check within the Attached Devices function whether it’s found or not.

Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock SS init 4 all working and connected

Elgato Software

The Elgato Thunderbolt 3 software is sadly only available for MacOS which means that I can’t show it to you. I don’t have a nice MacBook which I can use it with, sadly.

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