Sabrent has announced the release of a new Thunderbolt 3 dock with up to 16TB of storage and a standard set of dock ports. However, that storage is not cheap. Although Sabrent’s site lists the docking station with 2TB of storage for $499.99, upgrading to the full 16TB of storage will set you back $2,900.
That may seem like a lot, but Sabrent’s dock combines two computer accessories that are already fairly expensive when purchased separately. Caldigit’s TS3 Plus, one of the best-reviewed Thunderbolt 3 docks on the market, costs between $250 and $300 and doesn’t include any extra storage. Moreover, depending on the specifications you require, 2TB of external storage can easily cost upwards of $200.
It’s a shame Sabrent’s new dock doesn’t support the newer Thunderbolt 4 standard, but the company tells PetaPixel that obtaining Thunderbolt 4-capable chips was too difficult due to a global chip shortage. As a result, it lacks more advanced features such as the ability to power an 8K display at 60Hz.
The rest of Sabrent’s dock’s specs, on the other hand, are respectable. It has two Thunderbolt 3 ports on the back and can supply up to 96W of power to a connected laptop. On the back, you’ll find Gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort 1.4, and two USB Type-A ports. There are two 3.5mm jacks for headphones and mics on the front, as well as an SD card slot (with UHS-II speeds for you port nerds), a Type-C USB port, and a third Type-A port.
The TS4 is jam-packed with 18 ports in a relatively small form factor. Here’s a look at everything it includes:
- 1 x upstream Thunderbolt 4/USB 4 port (98W)
- 2 x downstream Thunderbolt 4/USB 4 ports (15W)
- 3 x USB-C 3.2 data ports (10Gbps, 1 x 20W, and 2 x 7.5W)
- 5 x USB-A 3.2 ports (10Gbps and 7.5W offline charging)
- 1 x SD Card reader (SD 4.0 UHS-II)
- 1 x microSD Card reader (SD 4.0 UHS-II)
- 1 x DisplayPort 1.4
- 1 x 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port (supported by Thunderbolt or USB4 host)
- 1 x front combo audio jack (3.5mm) (with priority over rear jacks)
- 1 x rear audio jack in (3.5mm)
- 1 x rear audio jack out (3.5mm)
- Height 5.55″ (141.0mm) x Width 1.65″ (42.0mm) x Length 4.46″ (113.4mm)
- Supports vertical or horizontal orientation
- 1 x DC input (19.5V 11.80A)
- 98W power deliver to host
- Kensington Security Slot
- Supports dual 4K monitors
- Supports a single 8K monitor
- Weight: 1.41lbs (0.64kg)
- 1 x Thunderbolt 4 cable
- 2 x rubber feet strips
- 1 x power cord
- 1 x power supply (230w)
- 2-year warranty
- Price: $360