Glyph , manufacturer of premium storage solutions for creative professionals from New York, has launched a new Thunderbolt 3 dock that will power your Macbook Pro, provide support for dual 4k displays, Gigabit ethernet and more, as well as a premium, high-speed, rugged SSD drive that’s very much suited to editing on-the-go. Here’s what you need to know.
After some initial lag following its introduction into Macbooks in 2017, Thunderbolt 3 is finally starting to get some real traction with new accessories coming out left and right, expanding and refining the already impressive range of functionality available for the interface. Now the New York based company Glyph has entered the competition. All Glyph drives are assembled and tested in New York.
Glyph Thunderbolt 3 Dock
The main purpose of a dock like this one by Glyph usually is both to make your Thunderbolt 3 enabled laptop more convenient to use, as all peripherals and power supply can be connected to the dock and then plugged into your laptop with (ideally) only one cable. Additionally, due to laptop manufacturers’ prioritization of slimming down, some older ports like full-size display ports or ethernet ports can’t even be incorporated into the industrial design of many modern laptops. Docks offer a more stable, convenient and visually pleasing solution than the #donglelife way of doing things. Here’s what Glyph’s Thunderbolt 3 Dock has to offer spec-wise:
- Thunderbolt 3, 40Gbps (x2)
- Displayport 1.2
- SD (UHS-II), up to 270 MB/s
- USB 3.0 type-A (x2), supports 5Gbps / 5V,1.2A
- USB 3.1 Gen2, typce-C (x1), supports PD 5V, 3A
- M.2 socket for NVMe SSD, speeds up to 1,500 MB/s
- Audio out
- Mic out
- 1Gb Ethernet
- Single 5k display @ 60Hz (5120×2880)
- Dual 4K displays @ 60Hz
- Supports 87W power delivery (enough for MacBook Pro 15″)
- Passive heat dissipation
So far so good. Let’s look at what this means in practice. The Glyph Thunderbolt 3 Dock seems to offer 2 Thunderbolt 3 lanes which is a good thing. The reason is this: Displayport 1.2, which is the lowest bandwidth standard needed to drive UHD resolution, will take up around 17,28 Gbps. Even with Thunderbolt 3 (providing 40 Gbps) this means that driving two 4k displays at 60Hz will pretty much occupy the full bandwidth of one of your Thunderbolt connections. Now the Glyph Thunderbolt 3 Dock comes with an internal M.2 socket for NVMe SSDs, and it can also charge your computer, which means that in reality to take full advantage of the potential speeds of up to 1,500 MB/s (equal to around 12 Gbps) you should have and also connect two Thunderbolt 3 cables to the Glyph Dock. Bandwidth concerns are also the likely reason the Glyph Thunderbolt 3 Dock does not provide 10 Gb Ethernet, but only 1 Gb. However this might have come in handy with larger teams, using NAS storage to share their data.
The Glyph Thunderbolt 3 Dock comes in configurations without a user-upgradable SSD already built in, or with 500GB, 1TB or 2TB already built-in and is available now.
Atom Pro NVMe SSD
The Glyph Atom Pro NVMe SSD is a rugged high speed SSD, with a rubber protection similar to the Rugged series by LaCie, as well as a built-in and storable Thunderbolt 3 cable. In case you have your desk setup built out perfectly though, there is also a seperate Thunderbolt 3 port to plug in to, on the device’s body. The device conforms to the MIL-810F standard, which means it’s resistant to a multitude of environmental factors, like humidity, rain, shock, dust, vibration, fungus, and many others. Keep in mind that humidity and rain does not mean submersion in water.
We don’t have details on the innards of the drive so we don’t know if the drive uses just one really fast NVMe, or a setup of multiple of these in an internal RAID 0 configuration, to achieve the incredible read and write speeds of 2,800 and 2,600 MB/S respectively. The Glyph Atom Pro NVMe SSD is available in capacities of 500 GB, 1TB and 2TB.
What do you think about Glyph’s Thunderbolt 3 offerings? Were you waiting for peripherals exactly like these to improve your workflow? Let us know in the comments!