Belkin today introduced the Thunderbolt 3 Dock Core, a "dual power" dock option that supports passthrough power from a laptop to connected devices, so a separate power cable is not required.

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Belkin says the Dock Core is aimed at those who are looking for fast transfer rates and a one-cable solution for connecting laptops to peripherals.

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Designed for both Mac and Windows machines, Thunderbolt 3 Dock Core offers a compact form factor ideal for desktop use along with 40Gb/s transfer rates, 60W power upstream charging, and support for one 8K monitor or two 4K monitors at 60Hz.

There's a tethered Thunderbolt 3 cable to connect to a Thunderbolt 3 laptop, a USB-C PD power, a DisplayPort 1.4 port, one HDMI 2.0 port, one 1Gb Ethernet port, Audio In/Out ports, a USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gb/s port) and a USB-A 2.0 port.

When connected to a laptop, the Dock Core is able to power connected peripheral devices without the need for a separate power cable. The laptop can be kept charged by connecting its existing power supply to the USB-C PD port on the Thunderbolt dock.

"Belkin's Thunderbolt 3 docks and adapters are perfect for remote workers, be it from the home, an RV beach vacation or a hotel room. They transform mobile devices into high productivity centers on-the-go," said Jon Roepke, director of product management, Belkin. "They easily connect a USB-C laptop to virtually all common peripherals like displays, projectors, external hard drives, ethernet and speakers, so they can get to work quickly and easily without needing to be their own IT department. With one cable from the laptop, these docks are a clutter-free alternative to a tangled nest of cables on the desktop or dining room table now serving as an office. And since it's dual-power - the dock can draw power directly from the laptop instead of from the wall outlet - there's one less cable to worry about."

Belkin's Thunderbolt 3 Dock Core will be available for purchase in July 2020 from the Belkin website and retailers like Amazon. It is priced at $170.

Top Rated Comments

4jasontv Avatar
9 months ago
FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, if you can't make the cable between the dock and the Mac replaceable at least give it a reasonable length so we can hide the dock behind the display.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ThunderSkunk Avatar
9 months ago
The ultimate test: Can it handle a classic 30" Apple Cinema Display?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Homme Avatar
9 months ago

What's wrong with Belkin? Just curious because I've never used their products.
belkin is trash

I’ve used a few products from that brand and all of the products I used didn’t last long or were terrible
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Plutonius Avatar
9 months ago
There are other solutions that I personally would get rather than buying anything from Belkin :(.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mozumder Avatar
9 months ago
Hope the new ARM Macs have Thunderbolt.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Unity451 Avatar
9 months ago
I get that these are technically "Docking stations" which could arguably justify the price... But since my monitor and MBP only have USB-C ports, I still see this as a $170 dongle to charge my iphone and connect to ethernet.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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