March 2, 2024

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The Kensington SD5800T has 16 ports on the ultimate Thunderbolt 4 docking station

The Kensington SD5800T has 16 ports on the ultimate Thunderbolt 4 docking station

The Kensington SD5800T is a 16-port Thunderbolt 4 docking station that can deliver up to 98W of power to your laptop via USB-C.

Can you ever have enough ports? Apparently not according to Kensington. The brand’s new SD5800T docking station uses Thunderbolt 4 to connect the mother of all docking stations. This way, you can connect four 4K displays simultaneously, and it can provide up to 40 Gbps of bandwidth for heavy workloads for creative professionals, among others.

The number of displays you can ultimately connect to the Kensington SD5800T depends on the operating system. Windows PCs (with Thunderbolt 4) can connect four 4K displays at 60Hz simultaneously or one 8K display at 60Hz. MacBooks with the Apple M chip can connect up to two 6K 60Hz displays to the dock.

What outlets can you find? existing:

  • 2x HDMI
  • 2 x display port
  • 1 x USB-C (USB 3.2 Gen 2)
  • 1x USB-C (Thunderbolt 4)
  • 3x USB-A (USB 3.2 Gen2)
  • 2x USB-A (USB 3.2 Gen 1)
  • 1x USB-A (USB 2.0)
  • 1x audio jack
  • 1x SD card reader
  • 1x Micro SD card reader
  • 1 x RJ45 Ethernet 2.5Gbps

Despite the many connections, everything is housed in a compact chassis that won’t look out of place on your desk. You can install the docking station horizontally or vertically. If you want, you can secure the Kensington SD5800T with a lock or tie it to something.

All this Thunderbolt 4 connectivity isn’t cheap. In the US, the docking station retails for $379. This works out to €350 excluding VAT at the time of writing. It is still unknown when the Kensington SD5800T will be available with us.

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