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Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock Review: MacBook Pro ports, at a price

Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock Review: MacBook Pro ports, at a price

Thunderbolt 3 may be the wunderport of the future, but sometimes it feels like nobody told the peripheral-makers that. While notebooks like the most recent MacBook Pro may have switched entirely to Thunderbolt 3 and the USB Type-C connector, actually finding things to plug into them can be hard going. Enter Belkin's Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock, one of the first to market to take advantage of the connection's 40 Gbps throughput and power/display/data flexibility.

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Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock to clean up desks next month

Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock to clean up desks next month

Yesterday, Intel reveal its big industry push to make Thunderbolt 3 the de facto standard in wired connectivity. It enumerated the benefits of this technology, which is basically a beefed up USB-C connection. One of those is the ability for a single cable to do everything from power to data to display. No where is that going to be more evident than in Elgato's Thunderbolt 3 Dock specifically designed with the new MacBook Pro in mind and finally shipping next month.

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Samsung DeX Dock apparently works with Windows 10 Mobile Continuum

Samsung DeX Dock apparently works with Windows 10 Mobile Continuum

Samsung's DeX is hardly the first attempt at offering a desktop-like interface and experience using a Galaxy S8, a dock, and peripherals. While far from perfect or done, the advantage of hindsight allowed Samsung to deliver a somewhat better experience than, say, Microsoft's equivalent Windows 10 Continuum. Those two share a lot in common in idea and required accessories but apparently they might be sharing more than that. Out of curiosity, Youtube user Gary "gazcart" Carter tried to put his old Lumia 950 into the Samsung DeX. Lo and behold, it actually works like Microsoft's own Continuum Dock.

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Samsung DeX Station for Galaxy S8 finally gets a price tag

Samsung DeX Station for Galaxy S8 finally gets a price tag

A major piece of the Galaxy S8 story has finally fallen into place. On the heels of the announcement of the Galaxy S8, the Galaxy S8+, and their friends, Samsung has finally answered one remaining question: how much will the DeX Station cost. On paper, it might not sound too costly compared to other smart accessories, but, in light of the Galaxy S8's own price tag, it's going to end up costing nearly $1,000 in total. All for a feature that some are considering more of a gimmick than an actual necessity.

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Galaxy S8 DeX Station dock to have active cooling

Galaxy S8 DeX Station dock to have active cooling

Much of the features of the upcoming Galaxy S8 have already been leaked to death. Some, like the Bixby AI-powered assistant, has even been confirmed by Samsung itself. One feature, however, has mostly remained on the sidelines, the Continuum-like DeX desktop. While details are still scarce, the accessory that will make DeX possible has recently come to light. The DeX Station dock is unlike any smartphone dock you've seen. Because in addition to transforming the Galaxy S8 on a desktop, it also has a fan to keep the smartphone cool.

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Intel Compute Card will power NexDock’s next “thin” laptop

Intel Compute Card will power NexDock’s next “thin” laptop

At CES 2017 earlier this month, Intel unveiled something new yet something also familiar, a nearly complete computer board just a little larger than a credit card. Intel wants its new Compute Card to be the dockable brain of future devices, including smart appliances. NexDock, the people behind a more or less successful crowdfunded device of the same name, is taking that brain and putting it inside its next ambitious project, which, unsurprisingly, is another NexDock.

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Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock can drive two 4K 60Hz monitors

Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock can drive two 4K 60Hz monitors

Elgato has introduced its soon-to-launch Thunderbolt 3 Dock, a device that supports dual 4K displays, laptop charging, fast data transfers, and more. The dock, like ones before it, is designed for demanding laptop users who need to, at times, use a full workstation comprising external monitors and, perhaps, an external storage drive or two. The dock is designed for both Windows and macOS laptops.

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OWC DEC is an inconspicuous dock for the 2016 MacBook Pro

OWC DEC is an inconspicuous dock for the 2016 MacBook Pro

Among the things the latest MacBook Pros have been criticized for, aside from the debatable battery life, is Apple’s abandonment of traditional ports and connectors in favor of going all out with Type C Thunderbolt 3, which are, in shape and compatibility, USB-C holes. Sure, there are dozens of hubs and extensions out there to remedy that, but those just mean yo have another thing to carry and potentially get lost. OWC, famous for their Mac upgrades and accessories, might have come up with a prettier solution: the OWC DEC. It is practically a storage and port expansion dock that looks like it’s actually part of the MacBook Pro itself.

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Will CES 2017 bring the Mac accessories Apple can’t be bothered to make?

Will CES 2017 bring the Mac accessories Apple can’t be bothered to make?

CES 2017 is almost upon us, and while the annual Consumer Electronics Show will be dominated by vast televisions and, increasingly, car tech, it's the smaller gadgets I'm most looking forward to. If there's one thing 2016 has taught us, it's that we shouldn't get too attached to our favorite celebrities; if there's a second thing, though, it's that the brave new dongle world we live in is surprisingly poorly populated. Yes, Apple, I'm looking at you.

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Lenovo ThinkPad USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 docks unveiled

Lenovo ThinkPad USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 docks unveiled

Serious work requires a serious workspace, and what better way to set up that workspace than Lenovo's new ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C docks? The Thunderbolt 3 Dock is, obviously, powered by Intel Thunderbolt 3 tech, and it offers an extensive array of connectivity options. The USB-C dock is largely similar, featuring a USB-C port as well as USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 options. The USB-C Dock launches first next month for $199.99 USD, while the Thunderbolt 3 Dock launches in February for $279.99 USD.

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OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock returns MacBook Pro ports Apple removed

OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock returns MacBook Pro ports Apple removed

The long-awaited MacBook Pro refresh turned out to also be the perhaps the most controversial. Apple giveth, and Apple taketh away. While it added the novelty of a Touch Bar, at least for the higher-end model, it practically stripped the MacBook of every other port other than Thunderbolt 3/USB-C. Even worse for the entry-level model that only has two such ports. For those with port anxiety, OWC is offering a fix in the form of its Thunderbolt 3 Dock that offers 13, yes read that, 13, ports just for the price of one port on your MacBook Pro.

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A simple fix for the new MacBook Pro’s big problem

A simple fix for the new MacBook Pro’s big problem

Courage is a double-edged sword, and while consumers may have taken the death of the iPhone 7 headphone jack in their stride, professionals aren't being so generous with the new MacBook Pro. Apple's decision to ditch almost all the legacy ports on its flagship notebook was done in the name of ushering in widespread adoption of Thunderbolt 3 and enabling a thinner machine. However, while Thunderbolt 3 may undoubtedly be a better connector than the bevy of sockets along the edge of the old MacBook Pro, the Cupertino firm's decision to go slim has frustrated many who have legacy devices to plug in, and who were hoping for a more significant power upgrade.

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