Accell Thunderbolt 3 Dock Review

A mainstream option with unique take on design.

Published Wed, Dec 12 2018 10:00 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 6:57 PM CST
Rating: 84%Manufacturer: Accell
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We haven't seen too many products come through from Accell, but with the booming Thunderbolt 3 market, they have decided to dip their toes in with a Thunderbolt 3 Dock of their own.

The Accell Thunderbolt 3 Dock is one of the most unusual docks we have seen this past year, apart from its standard form factor it uses hard edges and a bare aluminum design that certainly stands out. Connectivity starts with a 40GBps Thunderbolt 3 input that offers a daisy chain Thunderbolt 3 connection, Gigabit Ethernet, 2x USB 3.1 ports, 3x USB 3.0 port, and 3.5mm analog audio.

Compatibility includes Windows 10 along with macOS 10.12.4 and later. MSRP comes in at $349.99 with a one-year warranty.

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Packaging offers an image of the dock front and center; connectivity options are below.

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The back goes into more detail with a port breakdown of the unit and specification list.

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Included in the box, we have the power adapter rated at 20v 6.75a, Thunderbolt 3 cable and user guide.

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As mentioned, this dock takes on its own design staying away from modern lines in favor of hard edges and bare aluminum exterior. The front edge offer branding and power LEDs to the right.

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The right side starts off with analog audio in and out ports with two USB 3.0.

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On the backside, we have USB 3.0 with charging support on the far left followed by gigabit ethernet, 2x USB 3.0 ports and Thunderbolt 3. On the far right, we have DisplayPort for 4K monitor support.

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To start testing on the Accell Thunderbolt 3 Dock, we fired up DST. Testing the daisy chain port with our G-Drive Pro SSD, we reached 906 MB/s read, and 859 MB/s write.

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Flipping over to our SanDisk Portable SSD, we see 351 MB/s read and 308 MB/s write on USB 3.0

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USB 3.1 sees a nice increase to 747 MB/s read and 623 Mb/s write with the SanDisk Portable SSD.

We have seen a lot of Docks this year, and the Accell certainly has its place. The build quality is up there with is all aluminum design and while I'm not a fan of the hard edges or boxed design it doesn't take away from the performance of the unit.

Internally, this dock is what I call mainstream. Nothing really to set it apart from the rest of the market but gets all the basics right. With that, we had a good amount of Type-C connectivity including charging support for smartphones and tablets. Storage performance was as expected for both USB 3.0 and 3.1 with Thunderbolt doing quite well too. As for display connectivity, we don't have any DP monitors to test with currently, but Accell did provide a USB-C to HDMI adapter with this unit. With that adapter, we had no trouble pushing 4K to our 40" TV.

Compared to the rest of the market, Accell seems to be slightly high on their pricing, similar to that of Dell that had their solution hovering around $350. That said, I would put the Accell Thunderbolt 3 Dock in my top five for sure for its connectivity options, again price really makes it hard to beat the Thunder3 Dock Pro at this time.

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Growing up in a small farm town, tech wasn't around, unless it was in a tractor. At an early age, Tyler's parents brought home their first PC. Tyler was hooked and learned what it meant to format a HDD, spending many nights reinstalling Windows 95. Tyler's love and enthusiast nature always kept his PC nearby. Eager to get deeper into tech, he started reviewing.

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