Brydge Stone Pro TB4 Docking Station review: The dock that has it all

Brydge Stone Pro TB4 Docking Station review: The dock that has it all

There are plenty of options in Thunderbolt docks out there, and the Brydge Stone Pro TB4 Docking Station is an excellent choice. As for the ports you need. And with Thunderbolt 4, there’s a great deal of flexibility in what dock makers can do.

The Brydge included three Thunderbolt ports on the back and three USB Type-A ports. Some companies, like Belkin, have abandoned some of these Thunderbolt ports in favor of HDMI ports. In fact, you will have to use USB Type-C to connect your monitors here. If you only have an HDMI or DisplayPort, don’t worry; adapters sold.

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

    Bridgestone Pro TB4

    The Brydge Stone Pro TB4 appears 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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Brydge Stone Pro TB4 Price and Availability

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

Brydge has finally announced a successor to the Stone Pro Thunderbolt 3 platform, and of course, it’s called the Brydge Stone Pro TB4. It’s available now, and like most Thunderbolt docks, it’s not cheap. The Brydge Stone Pro TB4 only comes in black, and will run you $329.99.

Now, you can get one from Brydge or Amazon.

Specifications of Brydge Stone Pro TB4

Compatibility Computers
Windows 10, 11, macOS, and ChromeOS devices
Monitoring support
Single or dual display Note: The 2020 MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro with Apple M1 chip do not support multiple displays. The Stone Pro TB4 can still be used for a single 5K/60 Hz display and Thunderbolt 4 speeds. The Stone Pro TB4 supports dual monitors on the new M1 MAX and M1 Pro MacBooks.
size and weight size
Length: 7.8 inches (198 mm)
Width: 2.95 inches (75 mm)
Height: 1.2 inches (31 mm)
Weight
0.75 lb (338 g)
display support THUNDERBOLT PORT USE:
Single @ 8K / 30 Hz
Dual @ 4K/60Hz
Display use:
Not Available – No DisplayPort
speed and power Speed
Thunderbolt 4 . port
power supply
1 x Power Supply (135W)
charging capacity
Each Stone Pro delivers a full 90W of power to charge your computer.
Ports and materials 11 ports
3 Thunderbolt 4
1 x USB-A (2.0 5V / 1.5A)
3 x USB-A (3.3 Gen 2 10 Gb/s)
1 x Thunderbolt™ 4 PD 3.0 90W
1 x SD Card (SD4.0UHS-II)
1 x Ethernet (Gigabit)
1 x Audio/Microphone
1 x dock
body material
aluminum / plastic
Guarantee Guarantee
1 year warranty
What’s in the box things
1 x Stone Pro TB4 Docking Station
1 x Vertical Stand
1 x User Manual
Laptop is not included.
Cables not included. Look
Recommended setup information is below.
price $329.99

About this review: Brydge shared the Stone Pro TB4 with us for a review. It did not have any input in this review.

Design: Brydge Stone Pro TB4 comes in black and has plenty of ports

The Brydge Stone Pro TB4 comes in any color you want, as long as it’s black. It is interesting to me that this is the only option, since its predecessor was silver. Obviously, black is probably the most popular colorway for a home office environment. However, if you’re looking for something in a different color, like silver, to pair with your Thunderbolt 4 laptop and go with your desk, you should look elsewhere.

Angle view of vertical berths

The only good thing is that you have the option to place the docking station horizontally or vertically. This gives you more flexibility in how you sit at your desk.

Angled view in front of the Brydge Stone Pro TB4

Now, let’s talk about ports, because that’s probably the most important to you when choosing a dock. At the front of the Brydge Stone Pro TB4, you’ll find an SD card reader, a Thunderbolt port that connects to your 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. An SD card slot is pretty rare for laptops these days, so you’ll want it in an expensive docking station.

I’m not having a problem with the USB 2.0 port though. As you can see by the code, this appears to be intended to charge your devices, which is useful. The problem is that it’s more useful to have a proper USB 3.2 port on the front of the dock, for peripherals that you might plug and unplug fairly 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 for any Thunderbolt base, and it will charge your laptop as well. In fact, this thing can output up to 90 watts.

These three USB Type A ports are as fast as you can get. 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 10 Gbps, and you’ll be very happy with it.

Then there are three Thunderbolt 4 ports. You can use one of these to connect an external GPU if you want, giving your laptop a real boost. And of course, you can connect your monitors to those ports, which is probably what you want to do. For that, you will need either a USB-C monitor or another adapter.

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

All in all, this is a very beautiful pier. It has the right set of ports to get what you need out of it. These two types of 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 base, but it’s not for everyone.

Who Should Buy Brydge Stone Pro TB4:

  • Gamers and creators who want to have an ultrabook and enhance it with discrete, desktop-level graphics
  • People who have a lot of high-bandwidth peripherals (such as a 4K webcam) and can use USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports

Who should not buy Brydge Stone Pro TB4:

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

The two main reasons not to buy it are reasons to never buy a Thunderbolt laptop. This is a really expensive item if you’re only going to use it as a way to connect your old USB keyboard, mouse, and headphone, along with a 1080p screen or two. For me personally, I need to connect 4K monitors, so I’m having issues when reviewing a laptop that doesn’t have Thunderbolt.

2022-05-07 13:00:00

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