Thunderbolt 3 Laptops – The complete list of 2018

Recently, Thunderbolt 3 has become a standard port for laptops. In the meantime, more and more expansion device will support this port. A diverse variety of device, ranging from docking station with most simple expansion function to the external graphics card which can greatly improve laptop performance, all support Thunderbolt 3.

In the future, it will be widely applied. Therefore, it is necessary for the user to buy a laptop with Thunderbolt 3 port when replacing a new one. At present, a small number of high-end laptops provide TB 3 port on the market. In the following form, we will list current Thunderbolt 3 laptops in the market.

This port only has been applied to high-end lightweight laptops and motherboard instead of most of the device owing to its cost and other reasons. Besides, only a small number of external devices support Thunderbolt 3, and it has not been widely applied to products. However, a policy from Intel may make it gradually become popular. Intel has announced that they will directly integrate Thunderbolt 3 control unit in CPU in the future and provide this technology to cooperative partners for free, and in the meantime, they will cooperate with Microsoft to make operating system directly support TB 3 and achieve hot plug.

In this way, it will be less difficult for laptop products to integrate TB 3, and it will be common to be found in products, such as lightweight laptops in the future. TB 3 has high transfer speed, which makes it easier for lightweight laptops to use an external graphics card. In addition, once it has been widely used, it will be possible for a port to replace multi ports. For example, only a Thunderbolt 3 can achieve all the functions that several USB ports and HDMI ports have in the near future. Therefore, the price will be lower as its number of docking station increases in the future.

12.5-13.3 inch ultrabooks with Thunderbolt 3

Model Screen Hardware Battery TB3 ports Price
Alienware 13 R3 13.3″ 2560×1440 Touch i5-7300HQ|GTX 1050Ti|8G|256G 76Wh 1 $1079
Apple MacBook Pro 13 13.3″ 2560×1600 2.3GHz Core i5|HD 640|8G|128G 2 $1299
Dell XPS 9370 13.3″ 1920×1080 i5-8250U|UHD 620|4G|128G 52Wh 2 $899
Dell XPS 9360 13.3″ 1920×1080 i5-8250U|UHD 620|8G|128G 60Wh 1 $899
Dell XPS 9365 13.3″ 1920×1080 Touch i5-7Y54|HD 615|8G|256G 46Wh 1 $1079
Lenovo Yoga 730 13 13.3″ 1920×1080 Touch i5-8250U|UHD 620|8G|256G 48Wh 1 $849
Lenovo ThinkPad X280 12.5″ 1920×1080 Touch i7-8550U|UHD 620|8G|256G 48Wh 1 $1399
Lenovo Yoga 920 13.9″ 1920×1080 Touch i5-8250U|UHD 620|8G|256G 65Wh 2 $1199
Lenovo ThinkPad X380 Yoga 13.3″ 1920×1080 Touch i5-8250U|UHD 620|8G|128G 51Wh 1 $1199
HP EliteBook x360 1020 G2 12.5″ 1920×1080 Touch i5-7200U|HD620|8G|128G 49Wh 2 $1449
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2 13.3″ 1920×1080 Touch i5-7200U|HD620|8G|128G 57Wh 1 $1349
HP Spectre x360 13 13.3″ 1920×1080 Touch i7-8550U|UHD 620|8|256G 60Wh 2 $1269
Razer Blade Stealth 12.5″ 2560×1440 Touch i7-6500U|HD520|8G|128G 45Wh 1 $999

14.0-17.3 inch laptops with Thunderbolt 3

Model Screen Hardware Battery TB3 ports Price
Asus Zenbook 3 UX490UA 14.0″ 1920×1080 NTSC 72% i7-8550U|UHD 620|16G|512G 46Wh 1 $1699
ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501 15.6″ 1920×1080 120Hz NTSC 72% i7-8750H|GTX 1080|16G|512G 50Wh 1 $2899
ASUS ROG GL502VM 15.6″ 1920×1080 60Hz NTSC 72% i7 6700HQ|GTX 1060|8G|128G 64Wh 1 $1589
ASUS ROG G703GS 17.3″ 1920×1080 144Hz NTSC 72% i7-8750H|GTX 1080|16G|1TB 71Wh 1 $2199
ASUS ZenBook Pro UX550VE 15.6″ 1920×1080 Touch i7-7700HQ|GTX 1050Ti|16G|512G 73Wh 1 $1499
ASUS ROG Zephyrus GM501GS 15.6″ 1920×1080 120Hz i7-8750H|GTX 1070|16G|256G 55Wh 1 $2199
Acer Predator Triton 700 15.6″ 1920×1080 i7-7700HQ|GTX 1060|16G|512G 54Wh 1 $1899
Acer Predator 15 15.6″ 1920×1080 i7-7700HQ|GTX 1060|16G|256G 1 $1499
Acer Predator 17 17.3″ 1920×1080 i7-7700HQ|GTX 1060|16G|256G 1 $1499
Alienware 15 15.6″ 1920×1080 60Hz i7-8750H|GTX 1060|16G|128G 68Wh 1 $1499
Alienware 17 17.3″ 1920×1080 60Hz i7-8750H|GTX 1060|16G|128G 68Wh 1 $1499
Dell G5 Gaming 15.6″ 1920×1080 i5-8300H|GTX 1050|8G|128G 56Wh 1 $859
Dell G7 15 Gaming 15.6″ 1920×1080 i7-8750H|GTX 1060|8G|256G 56Wh 1 $999
Dell Inspiron Gaming 7577 15.6″ 1920×1080 i5-7300HQ|GTX 1060|8G|256G 56Wh 1 $899
Dell Precision 15 3000 15.6″ 1920×1080 i5-8300H|UHD 630|8G|500GB HDD 68Wh 1 $999
Dell Precision 15 5000 15.6″ 1920×1080 i5-8300H|UHD 630|8G|1TB HDD 56Wh 1 $1599
Dell Precision 17 7000 17.3″ 1920×1080 i5-7300HQ|HD 630|8G|500GB HDD 91Wh 1 $1329
Lenovo ThinkPad T480 14.0″ 1920×1080 i5-8250U|UHD 620|8G|256G 48Wh 1 $1199
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s 14.0″ 1920×1080 i5-8250U|UHD 620|8G|128G 57Wh 1 $1199
Lenovo ThinkPad T580 15.6″ 1920×1080 i5-8250U|UHD 620|8G|256G 56Wh 1 $1199
Lenovo ThinkPad 25 14.0″ 1920×1080 i7-7500U|940MX|16G|512G 48Wh 1 $1899
Lenovo ThinkPad P52s 15.6″ 1920×1080 i7-8650U|Quadro P500|8G|256G 56Wh 1 $1499
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 14.0″ 1920×1080 i5-8250U|UHD 620|8G|256G 57Wh 1 $1299
HP Omen 15 15.6″ 1920×1080 i7-7700HQ|GTX 1050|8G|128G 63Wh 1 $999

Owing to the development of broadband, it can support two 4K displays or a 5K display, and successfully transfer a 4K video within 30 seconds. In the meantime, it can utilize new USB Type-C port to achieve such a high transfer speed instead of MimDisplay port. Undoubtedly this will greatly benefit both device manufacturer and host computer manufacturer.
ThunderBolt 3 speed
The transfer speeds up to 40 Gbps. Source

Compared with first and second generation products, the port owns better performance. It adopts the technology which has made a big breakthrough, and its compatibility and adaptability have been greatly improved. To provide maximum speed, it owns bandwidth reaching 40Gb/s, which is eight times faster than USB 3.0 port and four times faster than USB 3.1 port.

In addition, the port also provides a device with more power, supporting 100W power supply and proving device with maximum charging power reaching up to 15W. Intel also offers the same alternate mode which makes ThunderBolt’ signal passes PCIe. It also fully supports USB 3.1 since control unit of USB 3.1 10Gbps has been integrated to Thunderbolt control unit.

Generally speaking, a Thunderbolt 3 can handle many tasks which require many ports. That’s why an increasing number of laptops which pursue perfect lightweight feature only provide a USB Type-C which supports TB 3. After all, lightweight laptops’ lightweight and thickness also depend on expansion port except drive, keyboard, and motherboard.

As a computer protocol, Thunderbolt can be regarded as a transfer technology instead of the port of laptops. Thunderbolt 3 technology is achieved mostly depending on the USB Type-C port. Differing from other hardware which adopts USB Type-C port, the plug and port of USB Type-C which supports TB 3 are printed with the symbol- a small flash, which represents TB 3.

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