I hate to use the term “power user,” as I’m not sure exactly what the term means. However, Satechi’s new Thunderbolt 4 Dock is certainly a product that will appeal to those who want power and expandability on Apple’s latest and greatest laptops and are willing to pay for it.
Thunderbolt 4 Dock features
It’s designed specifically for Apple’s M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pro users and offers 11 ports from a single connection. Those ports include 40Gbps data transfer speeds and one host port, three USB-A 3.2 with up to 10Gbps data transfer speeds, one USB-A 2.0 for charging, Gigabit Ethernet, UHS-II card reader, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
The 2021 MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 have the ability to support up to three Pro Display XDRs and a fourth 4K TV display. If you need/want such a set-up, the Thunderbolt 4 Dock may be especially appealing as it can support dual 4K HDMI video.
It also comes with a removable AC adapter. That gives it extra juice for connecting high-powered peripherals. However, it means you’ll need a power outlet to use it, as it can’t be bus powered.
Appearance and price
The Thunder 4 Dock is a good aesthetic match for Apple’s new laptops. Its aluminum build is similar to the appearance of the 2021 (and earlier) Mac laptops.
However, the Satechi dock isn’t for the casual user — unless said user has cash to burn. It costs US$299.99.