Thunderbolt 3

Looking to make the most of your super-fast Thunderbolt 3 connection? Check out these great docks.

Thunderbolt 3 is the latest generation super-fast data transfer standard, offering up to 40Gbps down a single cable. That makes it great for connecting external displays and a whole bunch of other accessories.

It uses the USB-C standard connector, but it's still only one port. Rather than needing an array of Thunderbolt 3 ports on your PC or laptop, one is enough when you plug in an external dock.

Check out the list below for some of the best Windows options you can buy.

Startech Thunderbolt 3 dock for Windows

Startech Dock

Shipping on March 9, 2017, this dock from Startech will hook up your Thunderbolt 3 PC to a pair of 4K monitors running at 60Hz a piece. The outputs for this display goodness are also Thunderbolt 3, so if you don't want to use them for displays, you can connect to other USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 accessories using these ports.

You also get some full-sized, high-speed USB connectors, gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort and 3.5mm jacks for headphones and a microphone.

The Startech won't charge your laptop, however, so if you only have a single port to use it might not be the one for you. But it should cost a bit less than other options when it goes on sale.

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OWC Thunderbolt dock

OWC dock

Another dock set to ship in March 2017, this stylish option from OWC has a smorgasbord of connectors for your Thunderbolt 3 PC. Of the 13 ports on offer, you get USB-3.1, gigabit Ethernet, digital audio, an SD card slot, mini DisplayPort, a pair of Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports and even a Firewire connector for working with legacy hardware.

Oh, and there's combined analog audio input and output, good for speakers and headsets alike.

OWC will also throw in a 50cm Thunderbolt 3 cable for you to get up and running, which is a nice touch.

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Dell TB16 Thunderbolt dock

Dell TB16

Dell's dock is the priciest of the bunch, but it's not lacking features. The TB16 is the larger of the docks Dell has on offer, and it's the one to go for if you're looking for maximum connectivity.

Connect up to three 1080p displays, two 4K displays or one 5K display with the outputs on the TB16. You'll find three USB 3.0 ports, a Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port, a speaker output, combo audio and gigabit Ethernet.

The TB16 is also powerful enough to charge your laptop, all down a single cable. It can turn a laptop into a full desktop machine, all from one little box.

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Thanks to the USB-C connector on Thunderbolt 3, you're not limited to using only Thunderbolt accessories. For a selection of non-Thunderbolt docks for your laptop or PC, check out our list of the best options available.

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