A dock that has it all

There are many choices in Thunderbolt docks, and the Brydge Stone Pro TB4 Docking Station is excellent. Which comes down to the ports you need. And Thunderbolt 4 gives you a lot of flexibility in what dock makers can do.

Brydge included three Thunderbolt ports on the rear and three USB Type-A ports. Some companies, such as Belkin, abandoned some Thunderbolt ports in favor of HDMI ports. Indeed, you’ll have to use USB Type-C to connect your displays here. If you only have HDMI or DisplayPort, don’t worry; adapters are sold.

What’s cool about having these three Thunderbolt ports instead of, say, HDMI is the greater flexibility. In my use, I used two of them to connect 4K monitors and that’s it. You can use it to connect an external GPU if you like.

    Brydge Stone Pro TB4

    The Brydge Stone Pro TB4 looks like it has it all, with four Thunderbolt ports, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, and 90 watts of power for charging.

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Brydge Stone Pro TB4 price and availability

  • Brydge Stone Pro TB4 is available from May 3, 2022 and costs $ 329.99.

Brydge has finally announced the successor to its Stone Pro Thunderbolt 3 dock and of course it’s called Brydge Stone Pro TB4. It’s available now, and like most Thunderbolt docks, it’s not cheap. The Brydge Stone Pro TB4 is only available in Black and costs $ 329.99.

At the moment, you can download either from Brydge or Amazon.

Specification Brydge Stone Pro TB4

Compatibility COMPUTERS
Devices with Windows 10 and 11, macOS and ChromeOS
MONITOR SUPPORT
Single or Dual Display Note: The 2020 MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the Apple M1 chip do not support multiple displays. The Stone Pro TB4 can still be used for a single 5K / 60Hz display and Thunderbolt 4 speeds. The Stone Pro TB4 supports dual displays on the new M1 MAX and M1 Pro MacBooks.
Size and weight SIZE
Length: 7.8 inches (198 mm)
Width: 2.95 in (75 mm)
Height: 1.2 in (31 mm)
SCALES
0.75 lb (338 g)
Display operation USING THUNDERBOLT PORT:
Single @ 8K / 30 Hz
Dual @ 4K / 60 Hz
USING THE DISPLAY:
Not Applicable – No DisplayPort
Speed ​​and power SPEED
Lightning 4
CHARGER
1 x power adapter (135 W)
POSSIBILITY OF CHARGING
Each Stone Pro offers a full 90 watts of power to charge your computer.
Ports and materials 11 PORTS
3 x Lightning 4
1 x USB-A (2.0 5V / 1.5A)
3 USB-A ports (3.3 Gen 2 10 Gb / s)
1 x Thunderbolt ™ 4 PD 3.0 90 W
1 x SD card (SD4.0UHS-II)
1 x Ethernet (Gigabit)
1 x Audio / Mic
1 x Power Dock
BODY MATERIAL
Aluminum / Plastic
Guarantee GUARANTEE
1 year warranty
What’s in the box STUFF
1 x Stone Pro TB4
1 x vertical stand
1 x user manual
Laptop is not included.
Cables not included. Look
recommended configuration information below.
Price £ $ 329.99


About this review: Brydge shared the Stone Pro TB4 for us for review. He did not have any contribution to this review.

Design: Brydge Stone Pro TB4 comes in black color and has multiple ports

Brydge Stone Pro TB4 is available in any color as long as it’s black. It is interesting that this is the only option, since its predecessor was silver. Of course, black is probably the most popular color scheme in a home office environment. However, if you’re looking for something a different color, such as silver, to pair with your Thunderbolt 4 laptop and match with your office, you’ll need to look elsewhere.

Angled view of the vertical docks

One of the cool things is that you have the option to position the dock horizontally or vertically. It just gives you a little more flexibility in the way it can sit on your desk.

Front Angled View Brydge Stone Pro TB4

Now let’s talk about ports, because that’s probably the most important thing to you when choosing a docking station. On the front of the Brydge Stone Pro TB4 you’ll find an SD card reader, a Thunderbolt port that connects to a laptop, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a USB 2.0 Type A port. Of course, things like a full-size SD card slot and headphone jack are key. The SD card slot is so rare in a laptop these days, you’ll want it on an expensive docking station.

However, I have a problem with the USB 2.0 port. As you can see from the icon, this is ostensibly to charge your devices, which is handy. The problem is that it’s even more useful to have a proper USB 3.2 port on the front of the dock, for peripherals that can be plugged in and unplugged frequently. And with many accessories, you won’t want to accidentally plug them into a USB 2.0 port.

Rear view of Brydge Stone Pro TB4

On the back you’ll find three USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports and three Thunderbolt 4 ports, as well as an Ethernet port. Completely to the left is the power socket and yes, you need to plug in this dock for it to work. This is true of any Thunderbolt dock which also charges your laptop. Indeed, this thing can emit up to 90W.

These three USB Type-A ports are as fast as possible. There is a USB 20Gb / s specification called USB 3.2 2×2, but it’s hard to find anywhere. USB 3.2 Gen 2 provides 10Gbps and you will be quite happy with it.

Plus there are three Thunderbolt 4 ports. You can use one of them to connect to an external GPU if you want, which will give your laptop a real boost. And of course you can plug your monitors into these ports, which you’ll probably want to do. So you need a USB-C monitor or some other adapter.

I have several DisplayPort to USB-C dongles for this type of application. I must say I understand why there are no DisplayPort or HDMI ports. Once you start adding them, you have to start removing the extra Thunderbolt ports, and now you’re limiting the versatility of the device. But as a man who wants everything and reserves the right to complain about anything, I will say that I wish I had a pair of DisplayPorts.

Overall, it’s a pretty sweet dock. It has the right range of ports to get what you need from it. These two three ports on the back should give you everything you need.

Who should buy Brydge Stone Pro TB4?

The Brydge Stone Pro TB4 is a great Thunderbolt dock, but it’s not for everyone.

Who should buy Brydge Stone Pro TB4:

  • Gamers and creators who want to take an ultrabook and enhance it with discreet desktop-class graphics
  • People with multiple peripherals with high bandwidth (e.g. 4K webcam) and can use USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports

Who Shouldn’t Buy Brydge Stone Pro TB4:

  • Anyone with an AMD laptop
  • Users who don’t need and won’t need the advantages of Thunderbolt over a standard USB-C hub

Two important reasons why you shouldn’t buy it are reasons why you shouldn’t buy a Thunderbolt laptop at all. It’s a really expensive item if you’re going to use it as a way to hook up your old USB Type-A keyboard, mouse, and headset along with a 1080p monitor or two. For me personally, I need to hook up 4K monitors, so I run into issues when reviewing a laptop that doesn’t have Thunderbolt.

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