Razer Blade Stealth USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 Docks that work

Discussion in 'Systems' started by AnjelFew, Aug 27, 2016.

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  1. AnjelFew

    AnjelFew New Member

    Ok so here in Canada, the Razer Core, as awesome as it is, is 699.00$ (or 599.00 if you bought a RBS) Which is WAY too much money. I just need docking functionality, dual monitors, GB ethernet, etc.

    Now I tried the Dell WD15 Dock, as I heard it would work. But everything EXCEPT power works. Now this is a huge issue due to the fact that I need to charge the RBS as well as have it docked. So now I am wondering, what are you guys using as a dock (That is NOT the core) Or what do you guys KNOW 100% that works with the Razer Blade Stealth. I need dual monitors and power to work
     
  2. Quiloren

    Quiloren Member

  3. JETcoolCoolBlack681

    JETcoolCoolBlack681 Active Member

    Another problem is that notebook manufacturers usually require using their PSU. I believe that is why charging is impossible.
     
  4. AnjelFew

    AnjelFew New Member

    Well It looks like there are some out there that are guaranteed to work, but I was just wondering if anyone here knew what ones that work for SURE for features and charging. I mean I appreciate they want me to use the correct charger, and that would be ok, if they wouldn't have used the USB-C port as the bloody charge port on this machine. So if I want to use a Dock I need one that charges as well.
     
  5. xp3nd4bl3

    xp3nd4bl3 New Member

    My Dell TB15 dock works just fine. Charges the laptop and Ethernet, Displayport at 4K and USB3 devices all work.
     
  6. JETcoolCoolBlack681

    JETcoolCoolBlack681 Active Member

    You mean dock works with Stealth?
     
  7. Hi there,

    I just bought the "OWC USB-C Dock". It has multiple USB-ports, an HDMI out that I successfully tested at 1440p, sound (3,5mm), gigabit Ethernet and SD-card reader. Additionally daisy-chaining possibility via thunderbolt 3 usb-c (untested by me).

    After trying also the Dell TB15 this finally worked for me. Also Power supply of the Razer Blade Stealth works properly.
    Besides the Razer Core (if it becomes available in Europe) I would go for this dock..
     
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  8. JETcoolCoolBlack681

    JETcoolCoolBlack681 Active Member

    It is not a Thunderbolt dock. Still, sound like a nice option.
     
  9. isu89

    isu89 New Member

    Have a similar interest; this one is TB2 (really hope they do a TB3 version as it has everything I'd want basically and looks good): https://www.elgato.com/en/thunderbolt-2-dock

    This one seems recently released (i didn't find any reviews, but their past models got good reviews on TB2 anyways). This one is TB3: http://www.caldigit.com/usb-3-1-usb-c-dock/

    Here's another one that is more of a lukewarm review:
    http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/accessories/kensington-sd4600p-universal-dock

    HP's seems very limited to HP according to this review, but you could always try a buy/return option from amazon:
    http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/accessories/hp-elite-thunderbolt-3-dock

    I'm sure pluggable will have something out as well (but I am not crazy about their look and feel; for my personal setup I'm going more for minimal look like the elgato above)


    I'm personally holding out to see if Apple re-releases a new 4k or 5k display with TB3 support, we'll see (longshot that it would work with a razer though, knowing Apple)


    Good luck, let us know if you get something that works (I am 1-2 months away from trying all this out as well with 3 different home laptops)
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2016
  10. brightcinder

    brightcinder Member

    The Kensington 4600P is the one I have planned when my Razer arrives. Supports two displays and charging. You do need to make sure the particular ports/display connectors meet your needs. It'll be a couple of months before I have my setup complete, so unfortunately I cannot provide a real world report yet.

    Edit: but I read in reviews that the Blade does not support two external displays simultaneously. (Unless you use USB3 for one of them.) If that's correct, it would affect your layout. Or even whether a Razer is the right fit.
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2016
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  11. CanaryONYXthink911

    CanaryONYXthink911 New Member

    Regarding this post, I am in the process of trying to get dual displays working either via dock or adapter. Razer support told me their 2016 Blades only support one external display via thunderbolt OR HDMI. You cannot use both at the same time. Furthermore, the Thunderbolt only supports one display on its own. They did tell me they have had some users achieve dual monitor support via some adapters and docks, but they weren't specific.

    I just ordered a Startech dock off amazon with same-day shipping to test out tonight: https://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com...r=8-1-spons&keywords=thunderbolt+3+dock&psc=1

    I also ordered a USB - display port adapter as a backup option. This obviously isn't optimal, but it may suffice at 30hz for my Adobe lightroom workflow. (I don't game that much.)

    I'll report back with my findings. It would be great if the community knew of a specific dock/adapter solution for dual external displays.
     
  12. gametime10

    gametime10 New Member

    I'm a beta tester for the Marble DCS dock and it works great with the RBS.
     
  13. brightcinder

    brightcinder Member

    As per my post and yours, you will need a USB3-to-display adapter for the second display. There's no other option, because the limitation is not in the dock. However, I assume you can plug that adapter into a USB3 port on the dock. So you will still only need to plug one connector into the laptop.

    (There may be one other option, DisplayPort chaining. I'm not familiar with that feature, it at minimum requires monitors that support it. And there would still be bandwidth limitations. If you're connecting monitors you already own, it'll be cheaper to go with the USB3 option.)
     
  14. Lanc3Rr

    Lanc3Rr New Member


    Any update?
     
  15. CanaryONYXthink911

    CanaryONYXthink911 New Member

    The only option that worked was the USB drive, but it's not smooth and a little laggy. The Core is really the only viable option for multiple external displays.
     
  16. AnjelFew

    AnjelFew New Member

    So I ended up with the Plugable USB-C Dock and it works great, I have 2 external monitors running. 1 connected via HDMI through the GPU and one connected via USB3 and that seems to work really well. It powers the dock and multiple USB devices. The only issue that I have run into so far is that when my Stealth CPU starts going upwards of 99-100% utilization that the dock will disconnect, and re-connect. Sometimes it is just once and then back to normal and sometimes it goes into a crazy loop. I have talked to Plugable and they are going to send me a replacement to make sure it isn't the Dock, but I am begining to think that my Laptop might be faulty as it is running 99 Degrees when at full load.
     
  17. Which Plugable USB-C Dock are you using? And is it the Kaby Lake Stealth?

    Thanks!
     
  18. AnjelFew

    AnjelFew New Member

    Hey I am using the Plugable USB-C Triple Display and it is not the Kaby Lake, mine is the Skylake Stealth from earlier this year. It looks like they have updated the compatibility list to say that it won't work with Kaby Lake, sorry mate
     
  19. Blackeasyflow504

    Blackeasyflow504 New Member

    I ended up using the Targus Universal USB 3.0 DV2k Docking Station with Power along with the USB Multiplexer Adapter so that the dock can charge the laptop for the RBS. I know that it isn't a TB3 dock but I was worried about spending money on TB3 or USB-C dock for it to not work because of drivers and etc. I have 2 screens connected to the dock and it works just fine. I also messed with connecting another monitor via the HDMI port and now have 3 screens working along with the laptop screen!
     
  20. I have the Kaby Lake Stealth and am using the Plugable usb-c dock (The single display one, https://www.amazon.com/Plugable-non...484334929&sr=8-2&keywords=plugable+usb-c+dock)

    It charges the Stealth, and everything works correctly and as expected.

    I am using 2 external displays, so I have one of them connected via the HDMI port on the Stealth. Hopefully when the Thunderbolt 3 docks start shipping I can have both displays connected to the dock and finally only have 1 cable to connect.
     
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