Razer has just announced several new products for laptops, whether PCs or Macs.
Thunderbolt 4 is gradually arriving on computers and with it the promise of being able to connect many peripherals with almost no limits, such as two 4K @ 60 Hz displays or an 8K @ 30 Hz display.
More and more Thunderbolt 4 / USB4 docking stations
Another advantage of Thunderbolt is that it offers versatility that makes it possible to create very practical docking stations on a daily basis. That’s what Razer just did with the Razer Thunderbolt 4 Dock Chroma. It is a product that is not only reserved for Blade computers since it is compatible with Windows 10 and macOS. Given that Thunderbolt 4 is backward compatible with Thunderbolt 3, many laptops will be able to benefit from the capabilities of this dock.
It has a UHS-II SD card reader, an Ethernet port, 3 USB Type-A ports for connecting old devices, and 4 USB Type-C Thunderbolt 4 ports for connecting everything else. It provides power up to 90 Watts, so it can recharge a large number of computer models. You will also have noted the presence of Chroma RG technology with LEDs, Razer obliges.
As is often the case with its all-in-one products, the price stings a bit: 330 euros with availability initially at Razer and then everywhere else.
There are more accessible alternatives
Recently several models of Thunderbolt 4 docking stations have been presented.
We also saw the CalDigit Element USB with 3 Thunderbolt 4 / USB4 ports (up to 40 Gb / s, 15 watts) on the back, a T4 / USB4 port on the side (60 watts) and four USB-A ports. (up to 10 Gb / s) on the front. A little less well supplied than the Razer, this one is at 179 dollars (about 150 euros HT).
Finally, Razer has announced a practical accessory that is always full of LEDs. The Razer Laptop Stand Chroma V2 can accommodate a laptop (12 to 17 inches), whether it’s a PC or a Mac, offering a simple plug-and-play solution.
Via a single USB Type-C connection, you then have access to an HDMI port (external monitor up to 5K @ 60Hz definition, QHD @ 144Hz or 1080p @ 360Hz), USB Type-A, USB Type-C as well as a USB Type-C power port (up to 80 Watts).
For 130 euros, it’s not Thunderbolt 4 / USB4, but it will be enough for office automation.