The Alogic Thunderbolt 4 Blaze Docking Station is an 11-port docking station that boasts the latest Thunderbolt 4 connectivity standard and a generous selection of ports.
Buying Thunderbolt 4 now makes sense even if your current laptop is Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C, as it is both the latest technology and backwards compatible.
Using a dock, you add a bunch of useful ports to a laptop with just one cable connection, and at a potential 40Gbps.
Specs and features
One upstream Thunderbolt 4 port (40Gbps, 96W)
Three Thunderbolt 4 ports (40Gbps, 15W)
Three USB-A ports (10Gbps, 5.5W)
One USB-A port (480MBps, 7.5W)
UHS-II SD Card reader (320MBps)
3.5mm audio jack
135W power supply
The 10 ports plus one upstream Thunderbolt 4 (TB4) port to the laptop should offer most of what you’ll need.
That upstream TB4 port can charge a laptop at an impressive 96W, which is one of the highest-rated charging docks we have tested. The overall power coming into the dock is 135W so there’s plenty available for charging other connected devices, although not enough for all to be charging at maximum capacity if the laptop is drawing full power at the same time.
Gigabit Ethernet means you can dodge flaky Wi-Fi with a strong wired Internet connection to your laptop.
The four USB-A ports should be all you’ll need for connecting older devices such as memory sticks, wired mouse and keyboard, printers and storage devices.
The front-mounted USB-A port is not for data transfer, being merely USB 2.0 that manages just 480MBps, but the three USB-A ports at the back are USB 3.2 and are racy at 10Gbps each.
The lack of a display port might confuse some buyers, but this is the way most docking stations are built these days.
Instead of an HDMI or DisplayPort connector, you use the TB4 ports to attach external displays.
You can connect these directly to a display that has a USB-C port or use an adapter for other monitors; for example, a USB-C-to-HDMI adapter. The only Thunderbolt 4 docking station we’ve seen with actual display ports is the Anker Apex Thunderbolt 4 Dock.