CES 2023: Plugable's New Thunderbolt 4 Dock for MacBook Pro Features 16 Ports

Plugable today unveiled a new Thunderbolt 4 dock that is ideal for use with the latest 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. The dock features 16 ports and will be available to purchase for $299 on Amazon starting January 17.

Plugable Thunderbolt 4 Dock
The dock is equipped with six USB-A ports (three 10 Gbps, two 5 Gbps, and one 480 Mbps), two USB-C ports (one 10 Gbps and one that provides up to 100W of charging to a MacBook Pro or other device connected), two HDMI ports, two DisplayPorts, an Ethernet port (2.5 Gbps), SD and microSD card readers (UHS-II), and an audio in/out jack. The dock has a separate power supply and connects to a MacBook Pro with a Thunderbolt 4 cable.

The dock can be used to connect up to two 4K displays at 60Hz to the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M1 Pro and M1 Max chips.

A variety of brands have released Thunderbolt 4 docks for the Mac over the past few years, including OWC, CalDigit, Belkin, Satechi, and others. The selection of ports and pricing varies for each dock, so it may be worth shopping around.

Plugable 11 in 1 USB C Hub
Plugable also introduced an 11-in-1 USB-C hub, available now for $79 on Amazon. The hub can be used with the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPad Pro, iPad Air, and other Apple devices equipped with USB-C ports. Plugable will showcase both the Thunderbolt 4 dock and USB-C hub at the CES 2023 event Pepcom in Las Vegas later today.

Top Rated Comments

Mac_i_Am Avatar
17 months ago
Shouldn't there be 4x USB-C ports instead of USB-A?
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
robbietop Avatar
17 months ago
I would like to see a USB-C Dock, with more than FOUR (4) (Quatro) (Quatre) USB-C ports. None of my devices connect with USB-A anymore.

Or are we just slapping Micro-SD on everything and it sells?
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mediacomposer Avatar
17 months ago
why is the host on the front? that's sooooo dumb - looks like I'll stick with my caldigit for a bit longer
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
anthony13 Avatar
17 months ago
I’m constantly out of usb-c ports, I really just need a usb c hub (which I realize is a different type of product) and I feel like there’s a big lack of quality usb c hubs on the market.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mousse Avatar
17 months ago

Seems like such a big flaw for everyday usability in a port that was supposed to replace USB-A.

Agreed. I don't care what the issue is, this is 2023 mostly accepting incoming connections from a decade ago. I went Caldigit for this reason.
Have we learned nothing from long ago in a galaxy far, far away? Keeping old ports around when something newer and better is available will come back to bite us in the (_!_).

If the Empire had not used the ancient scomp link port ('https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Scomp_link'), a 40-something year old R2 unit would never have been able to access the Death Star's computer network to download the Death Star blue prints.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pete1 Avatar
17 months ago
Why do these hubs have lots of USB-A ports, but never have a good amount of USB-C ports? Is there a technical reason such as available bandwidth? More and more of my devices are USB-C now.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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