Productivity Boost: Thunderbolt 4 Testing on Seven Docks for Office and On-the-Go Use

Seven docks with Thunderbolt 4 tested: For productivity in the office and on the go

Do you find it inconvenient to connect multiple cables every time you want to work on your laptop or switch between your home office and the office? If so, then you may want to consider investing in Thunderbolt docks. These docks can easily connect with your laptop via USB or Thunderbolt and provide a variety of peripheral device connections through a single cable.

While USB-C docks work well, there are limitations such as the inability to use more than one monitor and slow data backup. This is where Thunderbolt docks, with a bandwidth of 40 Gbit/s, come in handy as they offer enough reserves for fast SSDs and multiple monitor connections.

The latest version of the fast interface is Thunderbolt 4, which allows for multiple Thunderbolt devices to be connected to the new hubs, unlike its predecessors where devices had to be connected in a series.

In this article, we test seven Thunderbolt 4 docks, including Dell Thunderbolt Dock, HP Thunderbolt Dock G4, i-tec Thunderbolt 4 Dual Display Docking Station, i-tec Universal Thunderbolt 4 Dock, Microsoft Surface Thunderbolt 4 Dock, OWC Thunderbolt Go Dock and Satechi Thunderbolt 4 Docks.

Our testing criteria included the variety of connections, test setup, frame rate, performance, software, cables, individual reviews, and comparison table. We used manufacturer names to distinguish between the confusingly similar models.

An ergonomic workplace requires a large monitor, good keyboard and mouse, and a fast SSD for data backup. Thunderbolt docks provide convenient peripheral device connection options through a single cable, making life easier for those who regularly switch between different workplaces.

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