On Monday Belkin launched the Thunderbolt Dock Core, which the company claims is the first Thunderbolt-certified dual-powered Thunderbolt 3 dock.
The $170 Thunderbolt Dock Core accepts your laptopâ€™s power supply (assuming it charges via USB-C), which can plug into the USB-C (PD) port on the side of Belkinâ€™s dock. The port then supplies up to 60W to the laptop, which is typically enough to power an ultralight laptop or similar model. Because the device is dual-powered, the opposite is true: also The dock can pull its own power directly from the laptopâ€™s Thunderbolt cable if needed.
Whatâ€™s the difference between a USB-C hub and a Thunderbolt dock? They use the same physical interfaceâ€”a Thunderbolt port can sometimes be indicated by a small lightning bolt, though your laptopâ€™s manual is sometimes the best indicator. Data throughput is the difference, along with the ability to connect multiple high-definition displays at once.Â