Kensington SD5000T Thunderbolt Docking Station

    If you’re a Mac user looking to set up a true power user’s workstation, then you’ll want to take a look at Kensington’s new SD5000T Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station, a single relatively unobtrusive expansion dock that takes advantage of all of the bandwidth available in a single Thunderbolt 3 cable to tie all of your high-performance peripherals into your MacBook Pro, and keep it powered up at the same time. With a single Thunderbolt 3 cable connected to your MacBook Pro, the SD5000T can provide 85W of charging power and push through 40Gbps of data — more than enough for a few high-performance external hard drives and a couple of 4K displays.

    The front of the dock provides a USB-C 5Gbps port and a USB 3.0 2.1A charging port, while on the back you’ll another USB 3.0 port, a DisplayPort++, and a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports, along with connections for Gigabit Ethernet, 3.5mm audio in and out, power, and a Kensington Security Slot. Combining the DisplayPort++ and one of the Thunderbolt 3 ports, you can connect two monitors and run them both at full 4K Ultra HD resolution (4096 x 2160 30-bit color @ 60Hz), and the second Thunderbolt 3 port can still be used to daisy-chain up to five additional Thunderbolt devices. A VESA mount on the bottom provides the ability to attach the dock to the back of any 75mm or 100mm VESA compatible external monitor as well, so you can keep the SD5000T dock tucked away behind your monitor if you’re tight on space.

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