The dock that has everything

There is a lot of choice in Thunderbolt docks out there, and the Brydge Stone Pro TB4 docking station is an excellent one. It comes down to which ports you need. And with Thunderbolt 4, there’s a lot of flexibility for what dock makers 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 waived some of those Thunderbolt ports in favor of HDMI ports. You will indeed have to use USB Type-C to connect your displays here. Don’t worry if you only have HDMI or DisplayPort; adapters are sold.

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

    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 charging power.

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Brydge Stone Pro TB4 price and availability

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

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

Right now you can grab one from Brydge or Amazon

Brydge Stone Pro TB4 Specifications

Compatibility COMPUTERS
Windows 10 & 11, macOS and ChromeOS devices
MONITOR SUPPORT
Single or Dual Display Note: The 2020 MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro equipped with the Apple M1 chip do not support multiple displays. Stone Pro TB4 can still be used for a single display at 5K/60 Hz and Thunderbolt 4 speeds. Stone Pro TB4 supports dual displays on the new M1 MAX and M1 Pro MacBooks.
Size and weight MATE
Length: 7.8 inches (198mm)
Width: 2.95 inches (75mm)
Height: 1.2 inches (31mm)
WEIGHT
0.75 lb (338 g)
Show support: TO USE THUNDERBOLT PORT:
Single @ 8K/30 Hz
Double @ 4K/60Hz
TO USE DISPLAY PORT:
N/A – No DisplayPort
Speed ​​and power SPEED
Lightning strike 4
POWER SUPPLY
1 x power supply (135W)
payload
Each Stone Pro provides a whopping 90 watts of power to charge your computer.
Ports and equipment 11 PORTS
3x 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™ 4PD 3.0 90W
1 x SD card (SD4.0UHS-II)
1 x Ethernet (Gigabit)
1 x audio/microphone
1 x Dock Power Supply
BODY MATERIAL
Aluminium/plastic
Guarantee GUARANTEE
1 year warranty
What’s in the box ITEMS
1 x Stone Pro TB4 Docking Station
1 x Vertical Stand
1 x User Manual
Laptop not included.
Cables not included. See the
recommended installation information below.
Price $329.99

About this review: Brydge shared the Stone Pro TB4 with us for review. It has had no input in this review.

Design: The Brydge Stone Pro TB4 comes in black and with many ports

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

Angled view of vertical docks

What is nice is that you have the option to place the docking station horizontally or vertically. This gives you just a little bit more flexibility with how it can sit on your desk.

Oblique view of the front of Brydge Stone Pro TB4

Now let’s talk about ports, because that’s probably the most important thing for 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 connects to your laptop, a 3.5mm audio jack and a USB 2.0 Type-A port. Of course, things like a full-sized SD card slot and a headphone jack are critical. An SD card slot is so rare for a laptop these days, so you want that on an expensive docking station.

I do have a problem with the USB 2.0 port. As you can tell from the icon, this is seemingly for charging your devices, which is handy. The problem is that it’s even more convenient to have a good USB 3.2 port on the front of the dock for peripherals you might be plugging in and unplugging a bit often. And for many accessories, you don’t want to accidentally plug them into a USB 2.0 port.

Back 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 have to plug in this docking station for it to work. That goes for any Thunderbolt dock, and it also charges your laptop. Indeed, this thing can produce up to 90W.

Those three USB Type-A ports are about as fast as they get. There is a 20 Gbps USB specification called USB 3.2 2×2, but it is hard to find anywhere. With USB 3.2 Gen 2, you’ll get 10 Gbps, and you’ll be quite happy with it.

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

I own a few DisplayPort to USB-C dongles for this kind of use case. I must say that I do understand why there are no DisplayPorts or HDMI ports. When you start adding those, you have to start removing the extra Thunderbolt ports, and now you’re limiting the versatility of the device. But as a guy who wants it all 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 pretty sweet dock. It has the right array of ports to get what you need out of it. Those two trios of ports on the back should give you everything you need.

Who should buy the Brydge Stone Pro TB4?

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

Who should buy the Brydge Stone Pro TB4:

  • Gamers and creators looking to take an ultrabook and boost it with desktop-quality discrete graphics
  • People with many high-bandwidth peripherals (such as a 4K webcam) and who can use USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports

Who should not buy the Brydge Stone Pro TB4:

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

The two big reasons not to buy it are the reasons not to buy a Thunderbolt laptop at all. This is a very expensive item if you’re just 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 connect 4K monitors, so I run into problems when I test a laptop that doesn’t have Thunderbolt.

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