Plugable announces new Thunderbolt 3 docking station and adapters at CES 2020

Plugable TBT3-UDZ docking station
Plugable TBT3-UDZ docking station (Image credit: Plugable)

What you need to know

  • The Plugable TBT3-UDZ docking station with Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C compatibilityplus 100W charging is ideal for expanding laptop connectivity.
  • Plugable's USB-C DisplayPort 1.4 MST to dual HDMI 2.0 adapter allows for dual 4K external displays at 60Hz from a single USB-C port.
  • The Plugable 2.5Gbps USB Ethernet adapter works with USB-C and USB-A 3.0 or 3.1 ports for fast wired internet speeds.

Plugable has a ton of USB accessories that make laptop life a breeze, and at CES 2020 that selection has grown again with a new Thunderbolt 3 docking station and a couple of adapters for external displays and Ethernet.

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CategoryPlugable TBT3-UDZ
ChipsetTitan Ridge
CompatibilityThunderbolt 3USB-C
Power DeliveryUp to 100W
PortsTwo DisplayPort 1.4Two HDMI 2.0Seven USB-ASD card readermicroSD card reader3.5mm audioEthernet

The biggest announcement is no doubt the Plugable TBT3-UDZ docking station, built on the Thunderbolt 3 Titan Ridge chipset. The docking station is compatible with both standard USB-C ports as well as Thunderbolt 3, opening up compatibility for more devices. When connected to the host laptop, the TBT3-UDZ can deliver up to 100W of power to keep your battery charged when you need to hit the road.

The TBT3-UDZ has plenty of ports, including two DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0, Ethernet, five USB-A (5Gbps), two USB-A (10Gbps), an SD card reader, a microSD card reader, and 3.5mm audio. When connected to the host laptop with Thunderbolt 3, it will be able to handle dual 4K displays at a 60Hz refresh rate. Connected with USB-C only, the dock will handle dual 4K displays at a 30Hz refresh rate.

The TBT3-UDZ is expected to be released Spring 2020 and should retail for about $299.

Alongside the new docking station, Plugable also unveiled a couple of adapters that take advantage of modern Windows laptop technology.

First, the USB-C DisplayPort 1.4 MST to dual HDMI 2.0 adapter is designed to split a single USB-C port with DisplayPort 1.4 MST — like in the Surface Pro 7, Surface Pro X, and Surface Laptop 3 — into dual HDMI outputs with support for 4K resolution and 60Hz refresh rate. The adapter hits speeds up to 25.9Gbps, effectively doubling HDMI 2.0's 18Gbps speed.

The Plugable USB-C DisplayPort 1.4 MST adapter is expected to be released Q2 2020 and should retail for about $40.

The final piece of hardware announced, Plugable's 2.5Gbps USB Ethernet adapter, is designed to allow for improved wired internet speeds on laptops and desktops with USB-A or USB-C 3.0 or 3.1 ports. While most Ethernet ports are Gigabit and deliver up to 1Gbps speeds, this adapter will more than double theoretical speeds and is backward-compatible with earlier networking standards. It's also compatible with full-duplex and half-duplex networks, and it supports auto negotiation.

The 2.5Gbps USB Ethernet adapter is expected to be released Q2 2020 and should retail for about $50.

Cale Hunt

Cale Hunt brings to Windows Central more than eight years of experience writing about laptops, PCs, accessories, games, and beyond. If it runs Windows or in some way complements the hardware, there’s a good chance he knows about it, has written about it, or is already busy testing it.