To put that in perspective a Thunderbolt 3 equipped computer can transfer data at up to 40Gbps – that is eight times faster than USB-C 3.0. It will be of most benefit to Thunderbolt 3 equipped computers including those from Acer, ASUS, Alienware, Dell, Lenovo, HP, MSI, Razer, and Toshiba. A list of the specific models (current at 20 May) is here.
Thunderbolt 3 over USB-C is destined to replace most other USB standards as well as Apple’s Lightning connector. A good overview is here. What it means is that one connector can support dual 4K external monitors over DisplayPort 1.2, 85/100w power, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, USB-3.1 (10Gbps), PCI Express Gen 3), and it will daisy chain.
- Gigabit Ethernet
- 1x 3.5mm audio out and 1 x 3.5mm audio in
- 3 x USB-A 3.0 5V/1.5A charge
- 2 x USB-C Thunderbolt 3 (one for connection to the computer and one for up to 5 daisy chained USB-C Thunderbolt 2 devices)
- 1 x DisplayPort
The 240V power adaptor delivers 170W power to support attached devices and a dedicated 85W to power the Thunderbolt 3 device – this should be sufficient for any Intel 7th generation Kaby Lake device – via the 1m USB-C cable (supplied).
To run dual 4K monitors you can use the DisplayPort (up to 5K support) and buy a DisplayPort splitter cable (about $120 online) or use USB-C Thunderbolt enabled monitors.
Using USB-C adaptors it will support HDMI, DVI, and VGA as well. Thunderbolt 3 equipped monitors come from LG, Dell, ASUS, Acer, HP, Lenovo, and Apple. As the dock does not use an internal video card to drive the monitors no drivers or software is required.