Alogic’s new Thunderbolt 4 hubs deliver max speed and connections

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Alogic's new Thunderbolt 4 hubs deliver max speed and connections

This post about USB-C docks has been brought to you by Alogic.

Not all USB-C hubs and docks are created equal. While all Type-C ports look almost identical, the fact is that some are faster and better than others. For the best throughput, look for the ones that support the latest standards – Thunderbolt 4 / USB 4.

By buying the right USB-C dock or hub, you will get the most out of living the dream of “a cable for everything”. And it will secure your setup for the future (at least as much as possible in the fast-paced computer world).

Why choose Thunderbolt 4 / USB 4 dock or hub?

The different variants of Type-C connectivity can make things confusing for port-hungry laptop owners. But with Alogic’s new Blaze Docking Station and Blaze Hub, you can finally breathe a sigh of relief. You can take advantage of the speed and performance of the Thunderbolt 4 / USB 4 and enjoy the expansion capabilities of a multiport dock to connect all things.

Alogic Blaze docking station

When it comes to docking stations for your laptop, the most critical thing is to have adequate power and throughput, plus enough ports for your peripherals. (This is especially true if you are not using the very latest MacBook Pros, which finally restored some important ports for Apple’s portable series.)

The Blaze Docking Station meets more than the needs of anyone who owns a laptop. With a trio of Thunderbolt 4 / USB 4 ports on the back that deliver data at the maximum speed of 40 Gbps, the Blaze Docking Station can operate a pair of 4K monitors at 60Hz over Thunderbolt 3 or 4. In addition, it still packs enough bandwidth for to connect a third USB-C or Thunderbolt accessory.

On top of that, the back of the dock offers three USB-A 3.1 Gen 2 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port and a DC power port that provides up to 96W to charge the connected laptop.

What makes the Blaze Docking Station even more useful are the extra ports on the front of the classic aluminum unit. Next to the Thunderbolt 4 / USB 4 input (where you connect your laptop with the included Thunderbolt cable), you get a 3.5mm combo audio jack for your wired headphones or speaker system, a USB-A 2.0 port (ideal for connecting a wireless keyboard or mouse dongle or a Lightning cable to charge your devices) and an SD 4.0 card reader.

As one with a 2019 MacBook Pro, I found the SD card reader extremely helpful in moving video and photos recorded on my camera over to my external USB-C drive for editing and storage. Having 96W charging also means I can get the maximum charging speed for my laptop over the same cable that powers my secondary monitor and shows me the externally stored files.

Alogic Blaze Hub

If your setup requires less USB-A and does not require SD card or Ethernet support, the Alogic Blaze Hub has just what you need. Packed in a slightly smaller package, the Blaze Hub has the same trio of Thunderbolt 4 / USB 4 ports on the back along with the DC power input.

On the front of the device, you get a Thunderbolt 4 / USB 4 port for connecting your laptop or USB-C device (with the included Thunderbolt 4 cable) and a single USB-A 3.2 port. This allows you to connect a pair of 4K monitors at 60Hz over Thunderbolt, an older USB-A peripheral and another USB-C peripheral, all while charging your laptop with up to 60W via a single cable.

The only downside to the Blaze Hub, for me, is the need for the external power block. While the whole package is still compact enough to be packed in a travel bag, it is clearly designed to be connected at a desk or a workplace, unlike many other “hubs” on the market.

Last thoughts on new Alogic USB-C dock and hub

From their sleek, Apple-inspired designs to their impressive connectivity options, Alogic’s Blaze Docking Station and Blaze Hub are great products that help remove clutter with cables on your desktop. And since they use the latest USB-C standards, you will not find that you suffer from a lack of speed or capacity.

Whether you’re looking for a way to connect a pair of peripherals, or want a single cable solution to connect a pair of monitors, Alogic has you covered.

You can pick up both products directly from Alogic. The Blaze Hub costs $ 189.99, while the Blaze Docking Station runs $ 279.99.

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