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Pros

Delivers over 90W of power to laptops

Relatively compact

Cons

Way too expensive

Power issues with its external Thunderbolt 4 ports

No dedicated display ports

Our Verdict

StarTech’s Thunderbolt 4/USB4 Docking Station (TB4CDOCK) really works best for the Mac market, with its dependence upon Thunderbolt displays and its tolerance for premium prices.

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We have to draw the line somewhere—and as of the time we reviewed the StarTech Thunderbolt 4/USB4 Docking Station (TB4CDOCK), prices of $415 to a whopping $484 are just too rich for our blood.

StarTech’s Thunderbolt 4/USB4 Docking Station seems tailor-made for the Mac market, which relies heavily on the Thunderbolt 4 standard as both an I/O interface as well as a display interface. There’s no dedicated display interface, just three downstream Thunderbolt 4/ USB 4 ports that can be used to connect to displays, other devices, or to additional docking stations.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing; one of our favorite Thunderbolt 4 docks, the Kensington SD5700T Thunderbolt 4 Docking Station, is a virtual clone of the StarTech TB4CDOCK. But at press time, Kensington’s dock is about $100 less than StarTech’s offering, and we simply must point you to that other dock, instead.

Note: This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best Thunderbolt docks. Go there to learn about competing products, what to look for in a Thunderbolt dock, and buying recommendations.

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On the front of the StarTech TB4CDOCK is the Thunderbolt 4 host port, which supplies 96W down to a connected laptop—more than most. Next to it is a USB-A port, and a USB 2.0 port at that. Really, that port isn’t good for much more than charging a smartphone, as it supplies 1.5A (7.5W) for a phone. As a USB 2.0 port, though, it can only transfer 480Mbits per second, more suited for mice, keyboards, and peripherals that don’t require much data, like a printer. There’s also a 3.5mm mic/speaker jack and an SD card slot rated at SD 4.0/UHS-II, which transfers data at a somewhat anemic 312Mbps.

The Thunderbolt 4 cable stretching from the dock to the host computer measures 2.6 feet, which is sufficient.

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On the back of the dock, StarTech includes three USB4/TB4 ports, a gigabit ethernet port, and three USB-A ports capable of transferring 10Gbps. A pair of Kensington docks (one standard, one mini) can be found on the side.

If you don’t own a Thunderbolt display or even a USB-C display, you may be puzzled at how to connect the dock to an existing monitor. For that, you’ll need to buy an additional cable like this one, with a USB-C connector on one end and an HDMI connection on the other. Be wary, though, as you’ll probably want to buy a cable rated for 4K@60Hz capabilities. You can use a cheaper, lesser cable, however, if you want to connect to a 1080p display or a 4K display at 30Hz. But shelling out any additional money might not be an attractive solution.

The rear of StarTech’s Thunderbolt 4/USB4 Docking Station.

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The dock’s aluminum and plastic construction feels sturdy enough, and the dock stayed cool throughout our testing. It measures 7.6 x 3.3 x 1.1 inches, a nice thin wedge for your desk.

The front port delivered 6.63W, out of a rated 7.5W of power. The dock also delivered over 90W to the laptop. But the other Thunderbolt ports delivered about a third of the power they should have, preventing the dock from recognizing an external SSD. Otherwise, the dock performed well, transferring data at rated speeds. During our video test, where we stream a 4K60 video from YouTube, the dock dropped just a handful of frames.

The power shortfall on the Thunderbolt ports is worrying, and we’d shy away from this dock for that reason. But the overall price itself doesn’t justify a purchase.

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Owc Thunderbolt Go Dock Review: Big, Pricey, Ambitious

Pros

Power brick is hidden within, removing clutter

90W to charge your laptop

Supplies a terrific 9.5W for smartphone charging

HDMI 2.1 support

Cons

Ethernet is glitchy, and requires a driver

Bulky

Expensive

Limited built-in display options

Our Verdict

OWC’s Thunderbolt Dock Go integrates the power brick, and that’s worth something. But this Thunderbolt 4 dock ends up big, bulky, and expensive as a result.

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OWC’s Thunderbolt Go Dock has a unique selling point in its favor: the lack of an external power brick. This helps reduce cable clutter and, in theory, makes it easier to take this Thunderbolt 4 dock on the go. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite achieve its promise.

Like laptops, Thunderbolt docks can include fairly sizeable power bricks—often weighing about as much as the dock itself. Yet desktop PCs and some game consoles manage to integrate the power transformer inside the chassis itself, providing a cleaner, more streamlined look.

Note: See our roundup of the best Thunderbolt docks to learn about competing products, what to look for in a Thunderbolt dock, and buying recommendations.

OWC Thunderbolt Go Dock: Features

You can make the case that the OWC Thunderbolt Go Dock combines the best of both worlds: All there is in the box is the 28-inch Thunderbolt 4 cable, the power cable, and the dock itself. If OWC included a small pouch that the items could be kept in, you could make the case that this is a travel dock. Regardless, the lack of additional cabling is a selling point in its favor.

The front of the OWC Thunderbolt Go Dock includes well-labeled ports, including a USB-C port to charge a smartphone.

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It’s worth noting that the single HDMI 2.1 port is really unusual—the massive bandwidth it provides technically allows for a single 10K display at 120Hz, which is certainly beyond today’s available hardware.

Additional ports include a legacy 5Gb/s USB-A port, a 10Gb/s USB-C port, an audio jack, and an SD 4.0 UHS-II card slot on the front; on the back, the dock includes the two Thunderbolt 4 ports, the HDMI port, a 2.5Gb/s ethernet port, and a pair of 10Gb/s USB-A ports. The dock delivers 90W of charging power downstream via the Thunderbolt 4 cable, which snakes out from the side of the dock.

OWC’s Thunderbolt Go Dock connected to two 4K displays perfectly; same for a single 4K display and a 1440p widescreen display at 100Hz.

In my experience, the USB-A ports on the rear of the dock accommodated a few random USB keys and other devices, but they’re closely spaced. If you have an oddly shaped promotional dongle, for example, it may not fit. You can use the front-facing port instead.

Despite its “Thunderbolt Dock Go” name, OWC’s dock isn’t small; at 9.5 inches long and 3.6 inches deep, it’s larger than you might expect. It also weighs 2.09 pounds, which is about a pound less than a typical laptop weighs. The aluminum chassis does a great job of dissipating heat, so that the dock never heated up beyond a slightly warm temperature in my tests.

The rear of the OWC Thunderbolt Dock Go. We think that the USB-A ports are spaced a bit too tightly together in some cases, but USB cables should have no problems fitting.

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OWC Thunderbolt Go Dock: Performance

Although OWC doesn’t list smartphone charging as a selling point, the dock certainly does generate enough power to fast-charge a smartphone: 9.5W from the front-facing USB-C port, and about 12W if you use one of the rear Thunderbolt ports for the same purpose. Otherwise, the USB-A ports produce about 2.5W, just enough to charge a smartphone over several hours.

OWC’s Thunderbolt Go Dock connected to two 4K displays perfectly; same for a single 4K display and a 1440p widescreen display at 100Hz. OWC’s Thunderbolt Go Dock initially passed our streaming performance tests with flying colors, streaming our 4K60 test video over its integrated ethernet without dropping any frames.

Should you buy the OWC Thunderbolt Go Dock?

The OWC Thunderbolt Dock Go is probably a little too big and heavy to tote along on a business trip, but it is possible. It appears that you’ll need to install a software driver to enable ethernet, however, if and when that driver eventually works. And at a $349 MSRP, you’ll pay for the privilege. We certainly appreciate what OWC set out to do here with the Thunderbolt Dock Go, but its size, price, and driver issue mean that it falls a bit short of an Editor’s Choice award.

Just How Expensive Is A Homekit House? Here’s My Estimation

Smart home accessories are priced at a premium over basic appliances which makes HomeKit an expensive hobby. Homebuilders are offering HomeKit accessory packages for new home buyers with a $4,000 starting price so that’s one ballpark estimate, but how much would it cost to retrofit your existing home with HomeKit hardware?

The exact dollar amount will vary on your needs and preferences, but I can get to a pretty good price idea based on my house (3 bedroom 2 bath) and personal recommendations. HomeKit supports a lot of accessory types. You may not need each and might need more of others. The idea here is to go totally HomeKit based on what’s on the market.

Starting with lighting, you have two main options for whole home HomeKit solutions: Philips Hue or Lutron Caseta.

Philips Hue as a ceiling solution will require you to leave wall switches turned on and add new dimmer switches to bring back wall control which isn’t as elegant as pre-HomeKit. Lutron Caseta replaces the wall switches and works with standard dimmer LED bulbs although you may need to replace your bulbs anyway to avoid humming. You can read my full review for the major differences.

The cost to replace each ceiling bulb with Philips Hue white bulbs and the HomeKit bridge is roughly $430 for me (before adding colored bulbs or lamps) and roughly $605 when adding wall dimmer switches.

The same setup with Lutron Caseta‘s starter kit and additional wall switches would cost roughly $670 if each bulb was already compatible and didn’t need replacing. When testing, I needed to replace my spiral CFL bulbs with dimmable LED bulbs to avoid humming and guarantee compatibility, however, which would add roughly $260 to the cost at about $10 per bulb for whole home HomeKit lighting. This brings the total to roughly $930.

Since it’s a step back to gain HomeKit control but lose wall switch control, I don’t consider the base cost solution as practical. Total lighting cost could start anywhere from $600 to over $900 so we’ll call it $750 for the sake of this estimation.

Once you’ve figured out lighting, everything else is a bit more straightforward.

HomeKit thermostats range from around $130 to $250 depending on the model. For example, Honeywell Lyric T5 is a standalone HomeKit thermostat that can handle the basics like temperature control and changing between heating and cooling or off. At the high-end is Ecobee3 which works with HomeKit room sensors to detect presence and temperature which would cost about $400 to cover six rooms with sensors. We’ll call it $200, though, since additional sensors aren’t mandatory.

You’ll likely need at least a couple HomeKit wall plugs to connect appliances that don’t have connected features. I use one on an old fan as well as a floor lamp that uses small bulbs. I’ve tested a lot of HomeKit wall plugs and iHome Smart Plug is my favorite. Expect to pay around $90 for two.

HomeKit locks will cost between $200 and $230 depending on the model. If you’re going totally HomeKit, you may have two or three which could bring the cost to $600 or $700. I use a single August Smart Lock (one is great and three would be better but cost is prohibitive) so we’ll mark this at $230.

You can also buy HomeKit ceiling fans like the Hunter Signal. Prices range from $300 to $350 depending on the build. My home has two ceiling fans (living room and master bedroom) so we’ll estimate this cost at $600.

HomeKit now supports video cameras for live feeds and motion detection alerts, and the first supported model became available this morning with a $200 price tag.

HomeKit also supports door bells for alerts and video communication. August Doorbell Cam is regularly priced at $200 and is promised to support HomeKit through an upcoming firmware update.

Chamberlain is set to be the first HomeKit-compatible garage door opener later this year and will have a solution for existing garage door openers as well. Chamberlain’s GDO is regularly priced at $250 and their non-HomeKit standalone garage door controller for existing GDOs is priced at $100 so we’ll split the difference and call it $175.

There are also motion and climate sensors that work with HomeKit. Elgato Eve Motion costs $50, Door and Window costs $40, Weather costs $50, and Room costs $80. Take home one of each for $220.

Honeywell’s Lyric alarm system will be the first to support HomeKit later this year. The price for the Honeywell Lyric Controller on its own is $300.

Finally, you’ll want to make sure at least one of your smoke detectors supports HomeKit. OneLink Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm retails for about $110 depending on the model. My house has four smoke detectors, but one HomeKit model communicates to the three basic models.

Window shades that you can control with HomeKit are especially pricey. Serena remote-controlled shades that work with Lutron’s HomeKit bridge can cost around $600 for the least amount of fabric and the least expensive options when building a single shade.

My house has eight windows that would need HomeKit shades to be fully automated which on its own could cost around $5000. If we just chose two HomeKit window shades in our estimation, we can add $1200 to the cost.

You’ll also need a fourth-gen Apple TV to run automation (an always-on iOS 10 iPad can also work) and provide remote access (third-gen Apple TV also works) which costs $150.

There are other HomeKit accessory types not factored here including humidifiers, air purifiers, and air conditioners that will increase the final estimate when they hit the market, but for now we’re looking at $4,425 based on everything specifically mentioned above.

That number can easily increase by hundreds or even thousands of dollars when adding additional lights, plugs, thermostats, and sensor types. Changing the estimate to include HomeKit window shades throughout my home in our equation, for example, brings the estimate to over $8,000.

The benefits range from energy efficiency to convenience to peace-of-mind with remote access.

If you’re building a house from scratch or already remodeling and expecting to spend a lot of money up front, the additional expense can be less shocking. If you’re approaching HomeKit from a hobbyist perspective like me, adding one accessory at a time over several months (and years) may be the easier way to go.

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Fitbit Versa Review: Just Buy One Already

Fitbit Versa

If you need a smartwatch that doesn’t die after just one day of use, buy the Fitbit Versa. If you need a stellar fitness tracker, buy the Versa. If you need a good smartwatch, we can finally say you should buy the Versa. When the Versa first launched in 2023, it needed some work on the software side. It has since received numerous software updates bringing quick replies, new dashboard features, female health tracking, and much more to the smartwatch. It’s still not as robust as Wear OS or the Apple Watch, but for under $200, the Fitbit Versa is a stellar smartwatch.

Update: March 11, 2023: We have updated our Fitbit Versa review to reflect new software updates. Check out all the details below!

Also, keep in mind that the Fitbit Versa 2 is now available. If you want an upgraded display and Amazon Alexa support but want a similar experience to the original Versa, consider upgrading to the newer model.

If you were disappointed by Fitbit’s first smartwatch offering, you aren’t alone. Many had high expectations for the Ionic, but it was too expensive and bulky to appeal to a wide audience. Fitbit knows this, and launched yet another smartwatch — the Fitbit Versa — earlier in March 2023.

The Versa is cheaper and better looking than the Ionic, and it comes with some much needed software improvements. But Fitbit is still relatively new to the smartwatch space. Can it compete with more seasoned veterans like the Apple Watch or Wear OS? We think so, but only in some areas.

Fitbit Versa review notes: I’ve been using the Fitbit Versa as my main fitness tracker for roughly one week, running firmware version 32.32.4.19. The Google Pixel 2 XL has been my smartphone companion of choice for the duration of this review.

Design

The Fitbit Versa looks nothing like the Ionic, and that’s great. It has a much more approachable, compact design, and actually looks more like the Apple Watch. Call it an Apple Watch Lite.

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Smartwatch features

The Versa’s software is a big improvement over what we first experienced on the Ionic, and that’s all thanks to the company’s new-and-improved Fitbit OS 2.0. Almost all the lag we experienced on the Ionic is gone, and the user interface is now much more intuitive. Little tweaks like swiping down from the watch face to access your notifications make the software feel more polished (the Ionic made you swipe up from the bottom for some reason).

Fitbit Versa (special edition) with charcoal woven band

The Versa lacks contactless payment support on the regular model in the U.S.. For some reason, the pricier special edition Versa in the States has support for Fitbit Pay, but the $200 regular model doesn’t. That’s only in the U.S. though — in all other parts of the world, both models support Fitbit Pay. This is a weird choice on Fitbit’s part, and it seems like nothing more than a cash grab.

This isn’t the smartest watch out there.

Despite its improvements, Fitbit OS is still clearly in its early stages. It’s quirky and limited compared to other smartwatches. On the positive side, Fitbit has proved it’s focused on improving its software, and doing so in a timely manner.

Fitness and health tracking

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The best

The Versa makes up for all its quirks with its fitness and health tracking prowess. It’s not the most feature-packed device, but it excels at the basics.

It can track your steps taken, calories burned, heart rate, active minutes, distance traveled (through Connected GPS), and your sleep. In terms of step, calorie, and active minutes tracking, the Versa is just as accurate as most other fitness trackers out there.

Fitbit Versa heart rate readings

I took a run with my trusty Polar H10 chest strap, the Garmin fenix 5, and the Fitbit Versa. The H10 recorded my max heart rate of 175bpm at around the 26-minute mark, and the fenix 5 was able to hit that mark too. The Versa only picked up a heart rate of around 154bpm at that point.

Obviously we’re looking for spot-on numbers here, but it’s okay if they’re not completely accurate. Wrist-based heart rate monitors are good tools to help you better keep track of your heart rate throughout the day and during workouts, but they shouldn’t be relied upon to give you accurate numbers at all times.

That heart rate data will help the Versa measure your Cardio Fitness Level —  which should help you better understand your fitness level compared to other people your age and gender. This is basically an estimate of your VO2 Max, or your cardiovascular fitness level. The Cardio Fitness Score is based on your resting heart rate and user profile, so Fitbit uses a lot of your health data to give you a more precise score. The more you wear your Fitbit, the more accurate this number will be.

This section of the app isn’t just a sea of numbers you need to try to make sense of; it also gives you recommendations on how you can improve your score over time. Losing a bit of weight and exercising more frequently can help raise your score (at least that’s the case for me).

I really like the Fitbit Coach. It’s improved a lot since the FitStar days on the Fitbit Blaze, and it’s a unique, fun way to motivate yourself when you don’t feel like exercising. Not everyone is going to use this feature, but you should at least give it a shot.

With the Versa, Fitbit continues to be the leader in sleep tracking.

Fitbit continues to be a leader in sleep tracking for a few reasons. It not only collects all the data you’d expect of a fitness tracker, but it displays that data in an easy-to-understand way. You can easily see what sleep stages you were in during the night, a 30-day average of your sleep stats, and how your sleep compares to other people of the same age and gender.

Sleep tracking is only going to get better over time, too. The Versa, like the Ionic, has a built-in relative SpO2 sensor which isn’t being utilized yet. Fitbit wants to eventually use this sensor to detect sleep apnea, but that’s just something the company is exploring for now.

The Versa trounces the smartwatch competition in battery life. Fitbit OS is a light operating system overall, enabling the Versa to last upwards of four days on a single charge — and that’s with activity tracking included.

Another bonus: Fitbit is now including a sturdy, dock-like charger with the Versa. Just pinch the sides of the charger, place the watch inside, and make sure the connection pins are lined up. It’s way easier to connect than the Ionic’s terrible magnetic charger.

This is one of the most social fitness apps we’ve used. It lets you connect with other Fitbit owners and join in on conversations with people in the community. You can become a member of a particular dieting or exercise group and chat with like-minded users about, well, anything you’d like. All of these conversations take place in the community tab.

The community is one of the most powerful aspects of the Fitbit ecosystem.

The challenges section of the app will push you to go that extra mile, while the guidance tab is where you’ll find Fitbit Coach.

The best thing about using the Fitbit app is that it’s compatible with dozens of other third-party services like MyFitnessPal, MapMyRun, Lose It!, Weight Watchers, Endomondo, and more. If you’re invested in one of those ecosystems and don’t want to give it up for Fitbit, you don’t have to — all your Fitbit data will sync and you can continue using your favorite apps.

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Hyperdrive Gen2 Thunderbolt 3 Usb

Pros

16 ports

High performance

Compact design

Cons

Just one USB-C port

Our Verdict

The HyperDrive Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Dock has – count ’em – 16 high-spec ports and is compatible with both USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 computers, making it a great choice in environments that have both.

The HyperDrive Gen2 Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Dock brings some of the benefits of a Thunderbolt 3 (TB3) dock to the world of USB-C laptops.

Two of the best Thunderbolt 3 docking stations are CalDigit’s TS3 Plus and Anker’s PowerExpand Elite. Both have a ton of ports in compact, good-looking cases.

The HyperDrive Gen2 Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Dock joins the pack but with an ace up its sleeve: it’s compatible with both Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C laptops.

USB-C might look just like its faster sibling, Thunderbolt 3, but it’s not just speed and data bandwidth that sets the two connectors apart.

Docks using Titan Ridge are compatible with both USB-C and Thunderbolt 3. There are other Titan Ridge docking stations available, but this one has the most ports at the highest performance levels.

Thunderbolt 3 has been superseded by Thunderbolt 4, but the differences won’t bother most users, although there’s more to gain for Windows users whose TB3 experience was not as sophisticated as for the Mac. Smarter device daisy-chaining and improved PCIe speeds are the two major differences; see Thunderbolt 3 vs Thunderbolt 4 for more details. While there are Thunderbolt 4 docking stations available, you shouldn’t write off excellent TB3 docks such as the Hyperdrive.

HyperDrive GEN2 Dock features

One Thunderbolt 3 upstream port (40Gbps, 85W)

One Thunderbolt 3 downstream port (40Gbps, 15W)

Up to two external displays (4K at 60Hz)

DisplayPort 1.4 port

Two USB-A ports (10Gbps, 4.5W)

Three USB-A ports (5Gbps, 4.5W)

One USB-A (QC 3.0) port (36W)

One USB-C port (10Gbps, 7.5W)

SD Card Reader (SD 4.0 UHS-II)

microSD Card Reader (SD 4.0 UHS-II)

Gigabit Ethernet port

Front-facing 3.5mm combo Audio In/Out port

One Digital Optical Toslink Audio (S/PDIF) port

One Digital Coaxial Audio (S/PDIF) port

180W power supply

That’s 16 ports, several at a higher spec than the CalDigit TS3 Plus and the Anker PowerExpand Elite. Check out our roundups of the best USB-C docks and Thunderbolt 3 and Thunderbolt 4 docking stations.

For example, two of its USB-A ports support 10Gbps bandwidth. The other two docks’ max USB-A bandwidth clocks in at 5Gbps, although they both feature two rather than one USB-C port.

Supporting DisplayPort 1.4, the HyperDrive can run an 8K display (at 30Hz), which is not possible using the TS3 Plus’ DisplayPort 1.2 or the Anker’s HDMI 2.0.

It also features two types of high-quality digital audio, alongside a standard 3.5mm jack combination in/out audio port on the front for your headphones or microphone, as well as two of the fast USB-A ports and the singular USB-C port.

Also on the front, is a Quick Charge 3.0 18W charging USB-A port, and both a microSD card and SD card reader, both at 312MB/s UHS-II speed.

Dock external display options

Aside from the high-end 8K video output option, the HyperDrive Dock can support two external 4K displays at high-quality 60Hz, using its DisplayPort and one of the T3 ports (requiring an adapter).

Windows PCs can even run three external displays off the dock, although sadly not Macs, which don’t support MST (Multi-Stream Transport).

There are numerous display combinations, including a dual setup of an 8K and a 4K display, both at 30Hz, or one single 5K display at 60Hz.

Design and build

The HyperDrive Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Dock certainly mimics the CalDigit TS3 Plus and Anker PowerExpand Elite with its compact aluminium looks, not to mention support for both vertical or horizontal placement.

Of the three, we prefer the design of the Anker dock, as it has a handy on/off switch, so you can toggle the power at the press of a button. But there’s really very little between them when it comes to design, and we like all three.

Price and availability

At the time of writing, the HyperDrive T3 USB-C Dock is only available from the Hyper Shop, although it is expected to hit Amazon shortly.

This does mean that you should expect delivery charges outside of the US, and it will take longer to reach you than via Amazon, where you can buy the other two docks mentioned here.

Taking into consideration shipping charges, the HyperDrive comes in at £255 or US$299.

In comparison, the TS3 Plus retains its crown – despite the now older, slower connections – due to its availability at £229 or $249 from Apple.

The Anker PowerExpand Elite costs £299 or $309 but is a closer match on speedy ports than the TS3 Plus.

When the HyperDrive becomes available outside of a direct-from-vendor sale, it might ship quicker and for less.

Verdict

The HyperDrive Gen2 Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Dock has – count ’em – 16 high-spec ports and is compatible with both USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 computers, making it a great choice in environments that have both.

The design is great, if a little derivative. There are cheaper alternatives but none with such top-performance ports in numbers as the HyperDrive.

Related stories for further reading Specs HyperDrive GEN2 Thunderbolt 3 Dock: Specs

Compatible with Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C laptops

Iotransfer 4 Tips & Tricks, Download And Review

Our Review Pros Good-looking interface and simple options Copy files between your iOS device and PC Video downloader, iPhone cleaner, and other extra tools Cons No forever-free version available

IOTransfer has an attractive interface and intuitive controls. With its aid, you can quickly delete or replace your entire iOS data contents with new files, back up critical info, or prepare your smartphone or tablet for recycling. One of the best things about IOTransfer is that it enables you to transfer music to iPhone without iTunes.

You can plug the device into the PC with a USB cable or use the WiFi connection, explore your iPhone contents, select the items you want to export, then copy them anywhere on your hard drive. We also think that IOTransfer is one of the best iPad file managers for PCs.

Before reading our IOTransfer review, we suggest taking a look at its system requirements, limitations, installation and interface, set of features, and how-to-use steps.

IOTransfer system requirements

There are no special hardware specs. Here’s what you need for this iOS manager:

Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 (either 32-bit or 64-bit)

An iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch (iOS 8.3 or newer)

IOTransfer limitations

To get rid of these annoyances, you have to buy IOTransfer Pro. It provides unlimited tasks and a 60-days money-back guarantee. What’s more, you can choose between a lifetime license and a 1-year subscription for 3 PCs.

IOTransfer installation

It’s quite easy to get the iPhone transfer tool up and running on your PC. You can select the preferred language, review the EULA and privacy policy, choose the destination folder, and pin the program to the taskbar.

It’s also required to install a few official Apple software components to make sure that IOTransfer can connect to your iPhone or iPad, which it offers to do on your behalf.

IOTransfer interface

The iPhone manager is wrapped in a clean and user-friendly interface. The main window shows Home, Manage, Clean, Videos, AirTrans, and Tools buttons on the top part for easy access. If you want to configure settings, you have to open the ≡ button shown on the upper-right corner.

IOTransfer tips

Here’s how you can copy files from your iOS device to your PC with IOTransfer:

Plug your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch into the PC and launch IOTransfer

If the application can’t identify the device, follow the on-screen devices (replug the device or use another USB port, retry with a different USB cable, or use the auto-fix tool)

When the connection is successful, you should be able to view your iOS device in the Home screen, together with general info like total photos

Go to the Manage screen and select the items you want to copy to the PC

An easy-to-use and straightforward iOS manager

All aspects considered, IOTransfer turns out to be a simple and straightforward Windows application that can help you quickly copy data from your iOS device to your PC, or from your computer to your smartphone or tablet. It can also be used to transfer music from iPod to PC.

It’s a great alternative to iTunes, especially because it doesn’t require you to install iTunes, unlike other similar products. Plus, IOTransfer is a go-to solution when you can’t import photos from iPhone to Windows 10.

We’ve noticed that the software program copies files swiftly through a USB cable and AirTrans. It uses minimal system resources during this time, so you don’t need to worry about any computer performance issues. With its help, anyone can transfer photos, music, videos, books, contacts, podcasts, voice memos, or apps from their iOS device to a Windows PC with little effort.

FAQ: Learn more about IOTransfer

What is IOTransfer?

IOTransfer is an iOS manager you can use to transfer files between your Windows PC and your iOS device. It supports iPhone, iPad and iPod. IOTransfer is an excellent alternative to iTunes when it comes to file transfers.

Is IOTransfer free?

No, IOTransfer isn’t free, but you can check out its features during a 7-days free trial, as long as you don’t mind the other limitations we mentioned above.

Is IOTransfer safe?

IOTransfer is safe. It’s a legitimate Windows application designed to help you manage and transfer files between your iOS device and PC. It’s not infected with malware and doesn’t download suspicious files.

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