The pier that has it all

The pier that has it all

There are many Thunderbolt docks choices out there, and the Brydge Stone Pro TB4 Docking Station is excellent. What it boils down to what ports you need. And with Thunderbolt 4, there’s a lot of flexibility in what dock manufacturers can do.

Brydge included a trio of Thunderbolt ports on the back and a trio of USB Type A ports. Some companies, like Belkin, have given up on some of those Thunderbolt ports in favor of HDMI ports. In fact, you’ll need to use USB Type-C to connect your displays here. If you only have HDMI or DisplayPort, don’t worry; adapters are sold.

The nice thing about having those three Thunderbolt ports instead of, say, HDMI, is that you get more flexibility. In my use, I’ve used two to connect 4K monitors, and that’s it. You can use one to connect an external GPU if you like.

    Brydge Stone Pro TB4

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

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Price and availability of Brydge Stone Pro TB4

  • Brydge Stone Pro TB4 is available from May 3, 2022 and will cost you $ 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 out now, and like most Thunderbolt docks, it’s not cheap. The Brydge Stone Pro TB4 is only available in black and will set you back $ 329.99.

Right now, you can grab one from Brydge or Amazon.

Specifications Brydge Stone Pro TB4

Compatibility COMPUTER
Windows 10 and 11 devices, macOS and ChromeOS
MONITOR SUPPORT
Single or Dual Display Note: The 2020 MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro equipped with the Apple M1 chip no longer support displays. Stone Pro TB4 can still be used for a single 5K / 60Hz display and Thunderbolt 4 speeds. Stone Pro TB4 supports dual displays on the new MacBook M1 MAX and M1 Pro.
Dimensions and weight DIMENSION
Length: 7.8 inches (198mm)
Width: 2.95 inches (75mm)
Height: 1.2 inches (31mm)
WEIGHT
0.75 lbs (338 g)
Show support USING THE THUNDERBOLT DOOR:
Single @ 8K / 30Hz
Double @ 4K / 60Hz
USE OF DISPLAYPORT:
N / A – No DisplayPort
Speed ​​and power SPEED
Lightning 4
POWER SUPPLY
1 x power adapter (135W)
CHARGING CAPACITY
Each Stone Pro offers a whopping 90 watts of power to charge your computer.
Ports and material 11 PORTS
3 lightning strikes 4
1 x USB-A (2.0 5V / 1.5A)
3 USB-A (3.3 Gen 2 10 Gb / s)
1 Thunderbolt ™ 4 PD 3.0 90 W
1 SD card (SD4.0UHS-II)
1 x Ethernet (Gigabit)
1 x audio / microphone
1 x power dock
BODY MATERIAL
Aluminum / plastic
Warranty WARRANTY
1 year warranty
What’s in the box OBJECTS
1 Stone Pro TB4 docking station
1 vertical support
1 user manual
Laptop not included.
Cables not included. See the
Recommended configuration information below.
Price $ 329.99

About this review: Brydge shared Stone Pro TB4 with us for review. He didn’t have any input in this review.

Design: Brydge Stone Pro TB4 is available in black and with many ports

Brydge Stone Pro TB4 is available in any color you want as long as it is black. It is interesting to me that this is the only option, since its predecessor was silver. Obviously, black is probably the most mainstream coloring for a home office setting. However, if you’re looking for something in a different color, like silver, to match your Thunderbolt 4 laptop and match your office, you need to look elsewhere.

Angled view of the vertical docks

One nice thing is that you have the option of placing the docking station horizontally or vertically. This just gives you a little more flexibility as to how it fits on your desk.

Angled view of the front of the Brydge Stone Pro TB4

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

However, I have problems with the USB 2.0 port. As you can see from the icon, it looks like it’s meant to charge your devices, which is handy. The problem is that it is even more useful to have a proper USB 3.2 port on the front of the dock, for peripherals you may be plugging and unplugging a bit frequently. And for 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, along with an Ethernet port. All the way to the left is the power jack and yes, you’ll need to plug in this docking station for it to work. This is true of any Thunderbolt dock and will charge your laptop as well. In fact, this thing can produce up to 90W.

Those three USB Type A ports are fast enough. There is a 20Gbps USB specification called USB 3.2 2 × 2, but it’s hard to find anywhere. USB 3.2 Gen 2 gives you 10Gbps and you will be quite happy with it.

And then there are the three Thunderbolt 4 ports. You can use either of these to connect an external GPU if you like, which will give your laptop a real boost. And of course, you can connect your monitors to those ports, which is probably what you’ll want to do. So, you’ll need a USB-C monitor or other adapter.

I own a few DisplayPort to USB-C dongles, for these types of use cases. I have to say I understand why there are no DisplayPort or HDMI ports. When you start adding them, you need to start removing the extra Thunderbolt ports and now you are limiting the versatility of the device. But as a man who wants it all and reserves the right to complain about anything, I will say I wish I had a pair of DisplayPorts.

All in all, this is a pretty sweet dock. It has the right range of ports to get what you need. Those two trio of back doors 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 upgrade it with decent desktop-grade graphics
  • People with a lot of high-bandwidth peripherals (like a 4K webcam) and can use those USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type A ports

Who shouldn’t buy the Brydge Stone Pro TB4:

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

The two big reasons not to buy this are the reasons not to buy a Thunderbolt laptop at all. This is a really expensive item if you’re only 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. Personally, I need to connect 4K monitors, so I run into problems when reviewing a laptop that doesn’t have Thunderbolt.

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