When Apple unveiled the new MacBook Pros, we guess to a certain extent we were grateful that instead of a single USB-C port, Apple gave us four. However in the process, the Cupertino company also removed other features like more traditional USB ports, the DisplayPort, and also the SD card reader, just to name a few.
The good news is that if you’re not adverse to third-party accessories, Belkin has taken the wraps off its Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock which will basically bring back some of those ports. On the front of the dock, it will feature a USB-A port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. On the other side, we are looking at 2x USB-A 3.0 ports, an Ethernet port, audio out, 2x Thunderbolt 3 ports, and a DisplayPort.
It will offer users 40Gbps transfer speeds and will also allow users to daisy chain up to five Thunderbolt devices at once. However the only downside is that it will require users to connect it to a power source, meaning that it’s not exactly the most portable solution. It’s not impossible, but it’s not exactly convenient either.
We should also remind users that the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has reduced bandwidth on its right Thunderbolt 3 ports, so that should be taken into consideration if you plan to use this dock with it.