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Thunder3 Dock Pro

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Thunderbolt 3
power delivery 60w
Thunderbolt 3 cable included
DisplayPort Output
eSATA with port multiplier
10GbE Gigabit Ethernet

Thunder3 Dock Pro

akitio thunder3 dock pro features

Thunderbolt™ 3 Docking Station for Professionals, with 10Gbps Network, CFast Reader, and More!

Packed full of features, this Thunderbolt™ 3 docking station comes with all the essential interfaces you will need to connect your peripherals and more. Plug in just a single Thunderbolt 3 cable to your computer and you can gain access to a 10GbE network, an extra monitor, a card reader, an USB hub, an eSATA drive and recharge your laptop at the same time.

  • Thunderbolt 3 for lightning fast transfer speeds up to 40 Gbps
  • Second Thunderbolt 3 port supports Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gbps), USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices
  • Power delivery provides up to 60W of power to recharge compatible laptops and other devices
  • Three USB 3.1 Gen 1 host ports with Type-A connectors for legacy USB devices
  • 10 Gigabit Ethernet port supporting auto-negotiation for 10G, 5G, 2.5G, 1G, 100M
  • Cooling fan with power switch for noiseless operation
  • Dedicated DisplayPort for additional 4K monitor
  • eSATA host port supporting port multiplier
  • Built-in CFast 2.0 and SD 4.0 card reader

Thunderbolt™ Connectivity

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Thunderbolt™ 3

Thunderbolt 3 brings Thunderbolt to USB-C at speeds up to 40 Gbps, creating one compact port that does it all – delivering the fastest, most versatile connection to any dock, display, or data device. For the first time, one computer port connects to Thunderbolt devices, every display, and billions of USB devices. A single cable now provides four times the data and twice the video bandwidth of any other cable, while also supplying power to bus-powered devices.

The second Thunderbolt 3 port on the Thunder3 Dock Pro operates the same as a Thunderbolt 3 computer port by supporting Thunderbolt 3 (up to 5 daisy chained), USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices.

Thunderbolt™ 3 Dock

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eSATA host port

This port can be used to connect an external storage drive with an eSATA interface to your Thunderbolt 3 computer. The eSATA port supports port multiplier and is capable of recognizing more than just one disk in a multi-bay enclosure without a RAID controller. The maximum data transfer rate for the eSATA port is about 370MB/s.

USB 3.1 Gen 1 hub

The three USB 3.1 Gen 1 host ports make it easy to connect your USB devices that come with a Type-A connector to your Thunderbolt 3 computer. Instead of buying an adapter or new cables, simply plug your existing USB devices into the Thunder3 Dock Pro and you are all set. The maximum data transfer rate for the USB hub is about 370MB/s.

10 Gigabit Ethernet port

The network interface is ideal for desktop computers and laptops that require reliable, accelerated access to external storage and networks for I/O demanding applications but typically lack 10GbE connectivity or the capability to deploy an internal PCIe network card (NIC). This 10GbE network adapter supports auto-negotiation for 10Gb/s, 5Gb/s, 2.5Gb/s, 1Gb/s and 100MB/s.

Thunderbolt™ 3 daisy chain

One of the Thunderbolt 3 ports is used to connect the Thunder3 Dock Pro to the computer and the other port operates the same as a Thunderbolt 3 computer port by supporting Thunderbolt 3 (up to 5 daisy chained), USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices.


The dedicated DisplayPort connector can be used to connect an additional monitor to extend your workspace without the need to buy an additional USB-C to DisplayPort adapter. This video output capability will free up the second Thunderbolt 3 port for other Thunderbolt 3 (up to 5 daisy chained), USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices.

CFast 2.0 & SD 4.0 card reader

The built-in card reader for your CFast and SD cards is located conveniently at the front of the Thunder3 Dock Pro, allowing you to easily insert and remove the cards to backup your media files after a photo or video shoot. The maximum data transfer rate for the card reader is about 370 MB/s.


USB Power Delivery (PD)

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Power Delivery (60W)

The Thunder3 Dock Pro supports power delivery (PD), providing up to 60W of power to devices and laptops that support charging from a 20V/3A power source (e.g. Late 2016 MacBook Pro). This allows you to recharge the battery even when the laptop is not plugged into any other power source. Depending on your needs, you can use either the 60W or the 15W port to connect the Thunder3 Dock Pro to your computer and then use the second port to recharge other devices like an iPad for example.

To learn more about how to use power delivery and recharge a 15" MacBook Pro, see 'Is 60W enough to recharge a 15" MBP?'.

Thunder3 Dock Pro

  • T3DAA0007Y00U

  • CE

  • FCC

  • VCCI

  • BSMI

  • LVD

  • RCM

  • Thunderbolt

  • 2-year limited warranty

  • High quality aluminum case with metal chassis

  • 2x Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C) ports

  • 1x eSATA host port supporting port multiplier

  • 3x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type A) host ports supporting UASP

  • 1x RJ45 Ethernet port supporting 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G Base-T

  • 1x SD 4.0 (UHS-II) card reader

  • 1x CFast 2.0 card reader

  • 1x DisplayPort 1.2

  • Thunderbolt 3 up to 40 Gbps

  • eSATA up to 370 MB/s

  • USB 3.1 up to 370 MB/s

  • Gigabit Ethernet up to 10 Gbps

  • SD 4.0 in UHS-II (Ultra High Speed II), with bus speed up to 156 MBytes/s (full duplex) or 312 MBytes/s (half duplex)

  • CFast 2.0 up to 370 MB/s

  • DisplayPort 1.2 (4K at 60 Hz)

  • Windows 10 (64-bit)

  • Computer with Thunderbolt™ 3 port

  • macOS 10.13.4 and later

  • Computer with Thunderbolt™ 3 port

  • Operating Temperature: 5°C ~ 35°C

  • Storage Temperature: -20°C ~ 60°C

  • Relative Humidity: 5% ~ 95% (non-condensing)

  • External power supply (UL, CE, CB, TUV approved)

  • Input: AC 100-240V

  • Output: DC +12V/12.5A

  • 8.35 inches x 4.25 inches x 1.36 inches

  • 21.2cm x 10.8cm x 3.45cm

  • Thunder3 Dock Pro

  • Thunderbolt™ 3 cable (70 cm)

  • Power adapter

  • Setup guide

  • Retail Box Size: 9.96 x 6.57 x 4.65 in. (25.3 x 16.7 x 11.8 cm)

  • Carton Size (8pcs per carton): 19.37 x 13.58 x 10.83 in. (49.2 x 34.5 x 27.5 cm)

  • Gross Weight: 2.07 kg (retail box), 17.59 kg (carton)

  • This product was designed for use with the fan on and passed engineering tests with the fan on. We have added a fan switch that can turn off the fan when a low-noise environment is needed. However, the device should only be used for short periods of time with the fan in the OFF position as prolonged use may cause the device to overheat and this may cause damage to the system, cause issues to data integrity, reduce system reliability and/or shorten the lifespan of the electrical components. For best results, we recommend that the device not be used continuously for more than 30 minutes with the fan in the OFF position.

  • The eSATA port and the CFast reader share a single PCIe Gen 2 lane, as do the USB ports and the SD card reader. The maximum transfer rate for a single PCIe Gen 2 lane is about 370MB/s, which means that any device connected to these interfaces cannot go faster than 370 MB/s and when multiple devices are used simultaneously, the bandwidth is shared.

  • This device has to be connected to the computer via Thunderbolt 3 and it cannot be used as a NAS. The Ethernet port provides the computer with an 10GbE network connection over Thunderbolt 3 but it cannot be used to access the data on the drives over the network.

  • This docking station does not have any internal storage. All data is stored on external drives that are connected to the dock.

  • The DisplayPort does not support DP++. When using a DisplayPort to HDMI adapter, make sure to use an active adapter.

  • This product has components or design elements that are patented (patent number 4176304).


The Thunder3 Dock Pro is the best of the best. It’s made very well and it even comes equipped with a fan that can be cycled on or off to regulate its temperature or sound level. It’s a very low-maintenance device and I’ve really enjoyed using it. I feel like this is a great option for pro-level users to select for their work stations. It has all the essential needs for professional connectivity and it provides superior speed opportunities because of its Thunderbolt 3 connections. I can wholeheartedly recommend this dock for users seeking out a device to make their system complete. Read More...

Robyn Oglesby - MacSources (March 4, 2019)

Akitio comes out swinging with the Dock Pro, creating what could be the only dock you need. Ever. Read More...

Tyler Bernath - TweakTown (October 21, 2018)

The Akitio Thunder3 Dock Pro is a product that’s mostly aimed at creative professionals working with large data — think 4K video and RAW photos. Its 10GbE connectivity means that it can quickly transfer large files over a long-range, which is great when offloading footage to a server or even when performing real-time edits of footage stored on a server. Read More...

Jeff Benjamin - 9TO5MAC (August 29, 2018)