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Check with computer manufacturer for Thunderbolt 3 firmware before purchase
Pros: It will probably work great once I can get it to work Allows old thunderbolt devices to work using thunderbolt 3 ports
Cons: Startech's support site mentions Thunderbolt 3 firmware 16 as a requirement to use this adapter Many thunderbolt 3 capable computers don't have firmware update 16 available yet
Other Thoughts: I have had great luck with StarTech products in the past so I don't doubt that this adapter will work great once I can get the correct firmware update. I have an Acer G9-791 Predator laptop and after speaking to tech support they notified me that i have to send my laptop to their service center for the thunderbolt 3 firmware update. The bad part is they couldn't tell me what version it would be updated to so it still may not work after I receive the laptop back. From other manufacturers I have looked at others may have similar issues. Dell thunderbolt 3 laptops I was only able to find Firmware 15. MSI Laptops it looks like only a couple of them have the thunderbolt 3 chip even active even though they have several models with thunderbolt 3 capability. Gigabyte Thunderbolt 3 motherboards have firmware 16 available. Products from Dell, Akitio, StarTech, Razer, AMD, all mention needing some newer version of Thunderbolt 3 firmware in order to use their products. I hope Intel and manufacturers start working out these issues or a class action suite will probably follow for being mislead about the technology capabilities versus what is actually possible right now. I fear that my laptop will be out of date before I can realistically use Thunderbolt 3 devices as advertised.
Reviewed By:Richard W.,8/5/2016 9:26:08 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
Cons: Give your computer time before mounting devices with it to prevent OS freeze
Other Thoughts: Recommend not plugging it in before you boot your Mac. Instead, let your Mac start-up and login to your user account. Then, add the device to your Thunderbolt port and give it a second or two. While Thunderbolt is fast, your computer needs to recognize the device. Rushing this process may freeze your OS.
Reviewed By:Anonymous,10/22/2015 9:22:38 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.