Unfortunately, the Huawei MateBook X Pro only supports one external monitor. Like many earlier Thunderbolt 3 implementations, it is only 20Gbps.

ATEN UH7230 dual

Speeds

Thunderbolt 3 (whether 40/20/10Gbps) must share that bandwidth with all the devices it connects to.

For example, the 2x USB-A and 1 x USB-C are 3.1 Gen 1 and deliver a maximum of 5Gbps and 5V/2.4A each – enough for most USB peripherals and iPhones. So 15Gbps (of the 40Gbps) is allocated to these

We attached a Samsung T5 SSD (SATA 6) via the USB-C port, and it reached 400MBps (maximum theoretical rate 450Mbps). Changing it to the USB-A port also achieved the same rate – excellent.

We attached a Samsung X3 external Thunderbolt SSD, and it achieved 2,700MBps sequential read. When directly connected, it was 3000MBps. The total theoretical speed is 5000MBps, and the dock was driving two screens so its allocating 5Gbps (from the 40).

Summary: No speed significant degradation in connecting USB or Thunderbolt 3 devices to the dock.

GadgetGuy’s take – ATEN UH7230 is terrific value and does it all

Having tested so many Thunderbolt and USB-C docks this it is the equal or better of all tested. And it supports USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 ports.

At $359 it is keenly priced.

But one of the significant advantages is that it frees up your laptop power adaptor and makes it easy to pack and run! It is also terrific for hot-desking laptops with USB-C 3.1 gen 1 or Thunderbolt 3.

Who buys it?

  • Anyone with a Mac or PC, Thunderbolt 3 laptop – mandatory
  • If you want dual external monitors
  • Hot-desk and work share spaces – simple one cable connect
ATEN UH7230

ATEN UH7230 Thunderbolt 3 Multiport dock (85W)
Name: ATEN UH7230 Thunderbolt 3 Multiport dock with 85W charging Price (RRP): $359 Manufacturer: ATEN
Works flawlessly with Windows and Mac85W upstream power is good for all bar 15-inch MacBooksFrees up your laptop chargerATEN quality built and warrantyPerfect for dual 4K external monitors and hot-desks
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