- FEATURES – The Plugable TBT3-UDV Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station provides up to 60W of power to compatible Thunderbolt 3 systems. Enables an additional display, wired gigabit Intel Ethernet, audio input/output, and USB expansion with 1x Thunderbolt 3 port (40Gbps), and 5x USB 3.0 ports (5Gbps). Made from anodized aluminum with a space gray finish, the TBT3-UDV includes a removable stand for vertical or horizontal orientation
- FLEXIBLE CONNECTIVITY – Connect a single display up to 4K 60Hz (4096×2160@60Hz) via the integrated DisplayPort output, or an HDMI display using the included Active DisplayPort to HDMI 2.0 adapter. Also supports popular lower resolution modes such as 3440×1440, 2560×1600, 2560×1440, 2560×1080, 1920×1080 (1080P)
- MASSIVE EXPANDABILITY – The second Thunderbolt 3 port on the dock supports a second monitor on the following systems when using a USB-C Alt Mode video adapter (sold separately): Late 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 MacBook Pro, Late 2018 / 2019 MacBook Air, and Dell Thunderbolt 3 systems. Second Thunderbolt 3 port on dock supports up to 5 daisy chained Thunderbolt 3 devices or a single USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps) device
- DISPLAYPORT DETAILS – Supports native DisplayPort monitor or HDMI using included DP to HDMI 2.0 Active Adapter. Not compatible with Dual-Link DVI monitors and not for previous generation Thunderbolt 1 & 2 systems. Please see additional important compatibility details regarding Windows systems below
- 2 YEAR WARRANTY – We love our Plugable products, and hope you will too. All of our products are backed with a 2 year limited parts and labor warranty as well as Seattle-based email support
Plugable’s Thunderbolt 3 Single Display Docking Station (TBT3-UDV) offers high-performance expansion of your Thunderbolt 3-enabled Mac or compatible Windows Thunderbolt 3 system while also providing up to 60W of power to charge the host. Connect a single display up to 4K 60Hz (4096×2160 @ 60Hz) via the integrated DisplayPort output, or an HDMI display using the included Active DisplayPort to HDMI adapter. Thunderbolt 3’s massive 40Gbps bandwidth enables you to run your high resolution display connected through the dock at the full native performance of your system’s graphics processor while also enabling access to your wired network and existing USB peripherals.
Supports connection to wired Gigabit Ethernet networks using the integrated Intel i210 network adapter and 10Gbps peer-to-peer networking when directly connected to a second Thunderbolt 3-enabled system. Provides a combined analog audio input and output jack for connecting stereo headphones or a combination headset with microphone. Provides five extra USB 3.0 (5Gbps) ports for device connectivity (one in front, four in back). Is positioned vertically to save space, and has a removable stand that also allows the unit to be placed horizontally.
Thunderbolt 3 compatibility is complex, and some features like PCI-E bandwidth, support for 2 displays over Thunderbolt 3, and the necessary firmware updates for docking compatibility (BIOS and NVM) are system-specific. Apple and Dell Thunderbolt 3 systems are currently the best-performing, best-supported systems with this docking station. Please see the “Specification Sheet.pdf” document under the “Technical Specification” section below for a more detailed compatibility list.
For details on supported monitor configurations and what components are needed to add a second display, and non-Apple and Dell compatibility, please see additional details below. The dock can provide up to 60W of power to charge the host system, assuming the system supports being charged via its Thunderbolt 3 port. Windows systems require updated NVM firmware, system BIOS, and Thunderbolt/GPU drivers from the system manufacturer (Apple systems provide this automatically). The ability to add a second display depends on design decisions made by your system manufacturer and requires additional hardware, sold separately. Some Thunderbolt 3 systems support a maximum of 20Gbps Thunderbolt 3 bandwidth. The docking station will not function if attached to a non-Thunderbolt 3 capable USB-C port.
- Apple MacBook Pro 2016/2017/2018/2019/2020
- Apple MacBook Air 2018/2019/2020
- Apple Mac mini 2018
- Apple iMac 2017/2019
- Dell XPS 12 9250, Dell XPS 13 9350, 9360, 9365, 9370, 9380 Dell XPS 15 9550, 9560
- Dell Latitude 7275, 7370
- Dell Precision 15 3510, 3520, 5510, 5520, 7510, 7520, Dell Precision 17 7710, 7720 (Precision systems with certain CPU and GPU configurations have power requirements above 130W and do not support charging via Thunderbolt 3)
Important Note Regarding Dell Thunderbolt 3 systems—Some Dell XPS and Precision models include Thunderbolt 3 support by default, while with other models Thunderbolt 3 is optional. Please ensure your Dell system has Thunderbolt 3 support prior to purchasing the dock.
- Asus G703VI, Lenovo Thinkpad P50 and P70, Dell Alienware 15 R2, Razer Blade Stealth, Porsche Design BOOK ONE
Other Thunderbolt 3 systems may be compatible, but have not been confirmed by Plugable. Please reach out to us directly for more information prior to purchase if your system is not listed above.
In the Box
Thunderbolt 3 TBT3-UDV docking station, 0.5 meter (20 inches) Thunderbolt 3 40Gbps cable, DisplayPort to HDMI active adapter, quick installation guide and a 20V/6.75A (135W) power adapter (US AC Wall Outlet Plug, 100-240V 50/60Hz)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: Does the TBT3-UDV charge/power my system?
A: Yes, the dock can provide up to 60W of power to charge the host system assuming the host can be charged via its Thunderbolt 3 port. In order to charge, the system must be connected to the Thunderbolt 3 port on the back of the dock labeled with the “Computer” icon.
Q: How much power is provided via the two Thunderbolt 3 ports on the back of the dock?
A: The Thunderbolt 3 port labeled with the “Computer” icon can provide up to 60W of power. The other Thunderbolt 3 port can provide up to 15W.
Q: I don’t like the vertical orientation of the dock, can I use it in a horizontal orientation?
A: Yes, the dock stand is removable without tools to allow the dock to be placed horizontally.
Q: My Mac system included a 87W power adapter, will the dock’s 60W output charge my system?
A: Yes, but at a slightly slower rate compared to the 87W power adapter
Q: Is the TBT3-UDV supported in Operating Systems running in a Boot Camp environment?
A: Not at this time.
Q: Is the Apple SuperDrive supported?
A: The Apple SuperDrive is not supported.
Q: Is Wake-on-LAN supported via the Ethernet adapter within the dock?
A: No, Wake-on-LAN is not supported.
Q: Do I need to install any drivers to use the dock?
A: With macOS and Windows 10 and 8.1, the operating system will download and install the necessary drivers. When using Windows 7 64-bit, you will need to install a separate USB and network drivers.
Q: Can I add a second display through the second Thunderbolt 3 port on the docking station?
A: As noted above, some Thunderbolt 3 systems support two displays, while others only support one. This behavior is entirely based on engineering decisions from your system manufacturer.
Q: I’ve confirmed my system supports two displays via Thunderbolt 3. What type of monitors are supported?
A: The docking station includes a pure DisplayPort output, which means you can connect a DisplayPort monitor via a DisplayPort cable. If you wish to connect an HDMI monitor, please use the included Active DisplayPort to HDMI converter which supports monitors up to 4K 60Hz refresh. If using a DVI or VGA monitor, separate Active DisplayPort to DVI or Active DisplayPort to VGA adapters can be used. ** Active adapters are required, passive adapters will not work **
Q: Does the docking station work on Linux?
A: The docking station does not currently support Linux.
Q: Which Plugable USB-C Alt Mode Adapters or DisplayPort adapters are compatible with the dock?
A: Please use the included Active DisplayPort to HDMI adapter (maximum resolution of 4K 60Hz refresh) to convert from DP to HDMI. To convert the DisplayPort output to DVI or VGA, please purchase separately an Active DisplayPort to DVI or VGA adapter. Adapter MUST be of the Active type, Passive adapters do not work. For systems which support a second display output through the docking station via USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 Alt Mode, please search for Plugable’s USB-C to video adapters and/or cables on Amazon.
Q: Does the docking station support Dual-Link DVI output?
Q: Is there a recommended DisplayPort cable for use with this dock?
A: We suggest using DisplayPort cables which are certified for DP 1.2 operation, and shorter cables will generally produce the best results.
|Designed for both Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C||✓|
|Power Delivery to host||60W||60W||No charging|
|Number of displays supported||2 (with separate adapter)||2||2 (with separate adapter)|
|Video output types||1x DisplayPort, 1x Thunderbolt 3 output (with separate adapter)||2x DisplayPort||1x DisplayPort++ (or HDMI with included adapter)|
|Includes DisplayPort to HDMI adapter?||✓||✓|
|DisplayPort adapters support (e.g., DP to HDMI adapter)||Only supports ACTIVE adapters||Only supports ACTIVE adapters||Supports passive or active adapters|
|Orientation||Vertical or Horizontal||Horizontal||Horizontal|