Plugable Thunderbolt 3/USB-C Docking Station

Plugable’s TBT3-UDC1 is a Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C docking station with dual DisplayPort connectors, a Gigabit Ethernet jack, a combo audio jack (for headphones and mic), two 10Gbps USB-C data ports, and three USB 3.0 Type A jacks – one offering 10Gbps and BC 1.2 charging support (but it’s not compatible with Apple’s SuperDrive).

With a single Thunderbolt 3/USB-C connection, the externally powered hub provides up to 60W Power Delivery to the host computer and handles two 4K DisplayPort-connected monitors. When the host computer only offers USB-C, the hub only handles one 4K/30Hz display with Apple laptops, and USB ports are limited to 5 Gbps.

The Plugable TBT3-UDC1 is sold by third-party resellers, such as Amazon.

OWC USB-C Travel Dock

OWC USB-C Travel Dock is a very compact port expander for USB-C computers from, offering a USB-C captive cable for connecting to the host computer at 5 Gbps, a second USB-C power pass-through port for connecting an external USB-C power supply that you purchase/supply separately (up to 100W), an HDMI 2.0 port (up to 4K at 30 Hz), an SDXC card slot, and two USB 3 Type A ports.

OWC USB-C Travel Dock is priced at $54.99.

Asus ProArt PQ22UC

ProArt PQ22UC is a 4K OLED display from Asus that features a 21.6″ panel with 99% DCI-P3 color coverage, hardware calibration support, HDR, and an innovative mount/support system. Other features include 10-bit color depth and a 14-bit LUT, 6-axis color adjustment, Delta E < 2, selectable color temperature and gamma modes, plus the ability to save and optimize color profiles in the monitor itself, response time of 0.1 ms, pixel density of 204 ppi, a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and support for HDR-10, HLG, and Dolby Vision. An innovative, detachable stand can be folded for transport, with a carrying bag. Micro HDMI 2.0 and USB-C ports connect to a host computer, and a second USB-C port is used for the power adapter.  (See user manual for more details.)

Asus ProArt PQ22UC [Amazon] lists for $3999 ($3886 when checked at Amazon). Note that maximum brightness is limited for very bright/white content.

Brightness:  330 cd/m2 (Typ.) Peak white, 130 cd/m2 (Max.) Full white

Fusion Dual 2.5-inch SSD RAID

Fusion Dual 2.5-inch SSD RAID is a full-length, full-height PCIe 3.0 card from Sonnet Technologies, Inc. that accomodates two standard 2.5-inch SATA SSDs, with a hardware RAID controller, and also offers a 10Gbps USB-C port. Features include RAID 0, RAID 1, Span, and JBOD modes (selected via external switch), 15-watt power delivery, status indicator lights, and performance “up to 1,000 MB/s.”

Fusion Dual 2.5-inch SSD RAID is due for release by the end of this month at $129.95 for Mac Pro models or external Thunderbolt PCIe enclosures that can hold a full-length, full-height PCIe 3.0 card.

Sabrent Rocket Nano

Sabrent Rocket Nano [Amazon] is a compact SSD storage device that connects via 10Gbps USB-C and promises speeds up to 1,000 MB/s. Other features include upgradable firmware, Trim support, and an aluminum alloy shell, along with USB-C and USB 3 Type-A connecting cables.

Sabrent Rocket Nano is sold by resellers in 512MB, 1TB and 2TB capacities ($109.99, $159.99 and $289.99 when checked at Amazon).

USB 3.1 Aluminum Enclosure for M.2 NVMe SSD ($45.99 when checked) omits the SSD in a kit that lets you add an M.2 NVMe SSD of your choosing.

Samsung Portable SSD T7 Touch

Portable SSD T7 Touch is a newly announced successor to Samsung’s popular Portable SSD T5 [Amazon] promising even higher performance, while adding a new fingerprint scanner and data encryption hardware. (A version without fingerprint reader – “Portable SSD T7” – is planned for later release.)

The new T7 SSDs feature read/write performance up to 1,050/1000 MB/s in a similar compact aluminum enclosure (58g.) with a 10Gbps USB-C port (USB 3.1 Gen 2). Both USB-C and USB Type-A cables are included.

Portable SSD T7 Touch is list-priced at $129.99, $229.99, and $399.99 for 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities, due this month, while the version without fingerprint reading/encryption is due by mid-2020.

Anker USB-C Ethernet adapter

Anker USB C to Ethernet Adapter [Amazon] provides a Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps) connection for Macs, Windows and Linux computers with USB ports but which may lack Ethernet ports of their own. The device’s  built-in USB-C cable plugs into a host computer USB-C port or you can use it with standard USB 3.0 Type A ports via an inexpensive adapter (e.g Onvian USB C to USB 3.0 adapter). Other features include a compact enclosure with aluminum or space gray exterior and three helpful status indicator lights.

Anker USB C to Ethernet Adapter has a list price of $19.99 but is typically discounted at Amazon. Onvian USB C to USB 3.0 adapters were priced at $4.99 for two, when checked.

Sabrent USB-C enclosure for M.2 NVMe SSD

USB 3.1 Aluminum Enclosure for M.2 NVMe SSD [Amazon link] is a storage enclosure from Sabrent that holds an M.2 NVMe SSD only (not SATA nor AHCI SSDs). Features include a 10Gbps USB-C port for more than double the performance vs. USB 3.0 ports, UASP support, upgradable firmware, a thermal pad to facilitate heat dissipation via a heavy aluminum case, compatibility with 80mm (2280), 60mm (2260), and 42mm (2242) SSD form factors, and a dual USB Type-A / Type-C adapter cable. (Neither SMART data nor Trim were supported in our testing, however.)

USB 3.1 Aluminum Enclosure for M.2 NVMe SSD is sold via resellers ($45.99 when checked at Amazon) for computers with USB ports (preferably 10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2 for full performance).