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This $2,900 ThunderBolt 3 dock comes with a 16TB SSD

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Sabrent has a new Thunderbolt 3 dock, which includes up to 16 TB of storage in addition to a more typical array of dock ports. However, that storage is not cheap. Although the 2TB version of the docking station is listed for $499.99 on Sabrent’s siteby choosing the full 16 TB of storage you go back and dazzling $2,900

That sounds like a lot, but Sabrent’s dock combines two computer accessories that are already relatively pricey when sold separately. One of the top-rated Thunderbolt 3 docks on the market, Caldigit’s TS3 Plus, typically costs between $250 and $300 and does not include additional storage. And 2TB of external storage can easily cost upwards of $200, depending on the specs you need.

The gates of the dock.
Image: Sabrent

It’s a shame Sabrent’s new dock doesn’t support the newer Thunderbolt 4 standard, but the company tells PetaPixel that the global chip shortage made it too difficult to acquire Thunderbolt 4-compatible chips. That means it lacks more advanced features like being able to power an 8K display at 60Hz.

But the rest of Sabrent’s dock specs are respectable. There are a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports on the back and it can supply up to 96W of power to a connected laptop. You also get Gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort 1.4 and two USB Type-A ports on the back. On the front are a pair of 3.5mm jacks for headphones and microphones, an SD card slot (with UHS-II speeds for you port geeks out there), a Type-C USB port, and a third Type-A -gate.

Sabrent’s new dock is available for order now on Amazon

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