Thunderbolt 3

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25. March 2021
Sonnet Echo 11 Thunderbolt 3 Dock in the test

Review: Sonnet Echo 11 Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station

The manufacturer Sonnet kindly provided me with the Thunderbolt 3 docking station Sonnet Echo 11 for a test. This is a good test object for me insofar as I am the classic user for a docking station [...]
30. November 2020
Recommendation: The Dell U2520D USB-C monitor

Reader recommendation: UltraSharp 25 USB-C Monitor U2520D (25 inch)

As a rule, I rarely hear enthusiastic opinions about monitors. Most of the time it is more of a problem such as “The monitor does not recognize my MacBook Pro” or “The monitor does not come from standby when you wake up your Mac”. [...]
April 14, 2020

USB-C extension - pay attention to this with USB Type C cables!

Whether a USB-C extension with plug and socket or a long USB Type C cable - when buying, you should pay attention to properties such as USB generation, data transfer rate and power delivery. The latter means that the extension or the cable [...]
5. September 2019

USB4 ™ - USB-IF announces new generation specifications

The specifications of USB 4 and USB4 were announced by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF). The extensive update of the Universal Serial Bus standard is based on existing standards such as USB 3.2 and USB 2.0, but extends them significantly. [...]
18. March 2019

What is the difference between USB-C, USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3?

Often the three terms USB-C, USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3 are mixed up or coincident, especially when looking for cables or Mac, iPad and iPhone accessories. They by no means mean the same thing, but give different [...]
7. March 2019

USB 4 - New name for Thunderbolt 3

Thunderbolt 3, the USB-C interface with transfer protocols from Intel, will be called USB 4 in the future. After showing you the confusion around USB 3.2 yesterday, I would like to say a few words about it today. Because […]
11. February 2019

Reader question: Use old iMac as an external monitor

Rudolf from Switzerland asked me if he could use his 10-year-old iMac as a monitor for a Mac mini 2018 that he is planning to buy. Since this question is for other Apple users [...]
13. January 2017
Thunderbolt 3, USB C 3.1, VGA, HDMI, 40 GBit / s, 4K display, 5K monitor, data transfer

Thunderbolt 3: Apple interface for USB C, video, data, power and all kinds of gadgets

Thunderbolt 3 is the third generation of the interface developed by Apple and Intel, which in its current form (e.g. on the MacBook Pro 2016) is not only compatible with USB C (USB 3.1), but also [...]