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Dell Thunderbolt Dock (TB16) information, specifications & Frequently asked questions





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Dell Thunderbolt Dock TB16.


Features of Dell Thunderbolt Dock

The Dell Thunderbolt Dock (TB16) is a device that links all your electronic devices to your laptop computer using Thunderbolt™ 3 (Type-C) cable interface. When you connect the laptop to the docking station, you can gain access to all your peripherals such as the mouse, keyboard, stereo speakers, external hard drive, and large-screen displays without having to plug each one into the laptop.

Key Features:

  • Supports up to three FHD displays or two 4K displays @ 60Hz
  • Supports faster data transfer of up to 40 Gbps, ideal for large files.
  • Common docking experience across platforms with Thunderbolt port(s) having data, video, and power capabilities.
  • Single cable for power and data (up to 130w on supported computers only).

For more information about USB Type-C, refer to the knowledgebase article USB Type-C - Frequently Asked Questions.

Note: Dell recommends that you update the docking station drivers. Browse to Drivers & Downloads page to find the drivers for Dell Thunderbolt Dock TB16. Please also note that Diagnostic tests will not identify issues with the dock should you encounter any issues as these are designed to test the connected system onlyl

  1. HDMI
  2. VGA
  3. Mini-DisplayPort (mDP)
  4. DisplayPort (DP)
  5. Ethernet RJ-45 with LEDs
  6. USB 2.0 (x2)
  7. USB 3.0
  8. Thunderbolt 1 (USB Type-C)
  9. 7.4 mm DC-in Power Input
  10. Speaker Out
  11. Dell Docking Station Connector
  12. Global 3.5 mm Headset Jack
  13. USB 3.0 with PowerShare
  14. USB 3.0
  15. Power Adapter LED
  16. Dock Button
  17. Kensington Lock Slot

Connecting the Dell Thunderbolt Dock TB16 to your computer.

Dell Thunderbolt Dock (TB16)
Display Ports VGA, mDP, HDMI, DP, Thunderbolt
Number Displays Supported 3 @ 60Hz 4
Max Resolution 5120 x 2880 @ 60Hz
USB Ports USB 2.0 - (2), USB 3.0 - (3)
Thunderbolt 3 Port USB Type-C
Audio/Headphone 3.5 mm Combo - (1), 3.5 mm Speaker Out (1)
Network RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet
LED Indicators Power Adapter LED
Docking Cable Connector LED
RJ-45 LEDs
Dock Connector Proprietary Docking Connector to USB Type-C
AC Adapter 180W/240W
Dimensions 145 x 145 x 52 mm
5.7 x 5.7 x 2.05 inches
Weight 1.63 lbs
740 g
System Requirements PC equipped with DisplayPort over USB-C or Thunderbolt
Operating Systems Windows 7/8/8.1/10
Systems Management 2 Wireless vPro supported by the notebook, tablet, or workstation
Docking Cable Type USB Type-C Thunderbolt (0.5m)
MAC Address 3 Pass Thru MAC Address (Dell Systems ONLY)
Warranty If purchased as a tied laptop accessory the dock shares the system warranty
If purchased APOS, 1 yr warranty. Advanced Exchange (DAO/APJ), Next business day exchange EMEA
1 USB-Type C Non-Thunderbolt™ or USB Type-C Universal cable required. The host device must support Thunderbolt™ 3 for Thunderbolt speeds to be supported on the Dell Thunderbolt™ Dock.
2 Dell Dock and Dell TBT Dock do not support wired vPro. If vPro is needed, the host Ethernet port can be used, or WiFi vPro within the host.
3 The dock will pass through the NB/Tablet MAC address
4 With Intel HD Integrated graphics. Some systems with Discrete Graphics (NVidia/AMD) may be able to display additional displays, but due to bandwidth limitations of the Thunderbolt bus, the refresh rate may have to be reduced to 30 Hz. See the TB16 user guide pg 22

System Compatibility Matrix for the TB16

Model AC Adapter Wattage Required
Latitude Latitude 12 7000 7275 180
Latitude 13 7000 7370 180
Latitude 15 5000 E5x70 w/H CPU w/Discrete Graphics 240
Latitude 12 7280 w/vPro 180
Latitude 14 7480 w/vPro 180
Latitude 15 5580 w/H CPU w/Discrete Graphics 240
Latitude 15 5480 w/H CPU w/Discrete Graphics 240
Precision Precision 15 3520 240
Precision 15 5520 240
Precision 17 7710 (requires system power adapter for charging) 240
Precision 15 7510 (requires system power adapter for charging) 240
Precision 17 7720 (requires system power adapter for charging) 240
Precision 15 7520 (requires system power adapter for charging) 240
Precision 15 3510 240
Precision 15 3520 240
Precision 15 5510 240
Precision 15 5520 240
XPS XPS 12 9250 180
XPS 13 9360 180
XPS 13 9365 2-in-1 180
XPS 13 9350 180
XPS 15 9550 240
XPS 15 9560 240
NOTE: Ensure the latest BIOS revision available is installed before connecting to these docks.
NOTE: The Precision 15 7000 and Precision 17 7000 series require AC power adapters connected to both the system and the TB16 dock

Resolution Support Table (Intel HD Integrated Graphics)

Dell Thunderbolt Dock TB16
Resolutions Number of Displays Refresh Rate
1920 x 1080 3 60 Hz
1920 x 1200 3 60 Hz
2048 x 1356 3 60 Hz
2560 x 1080 3 60 Hz
2560 x 1440 3 60 Hz
2560 x 1600 3 60 Hz
3440 x 1440 2 60 Hz
3840 x 2160 2 60 Hz
5120 x 2880 1 60 Hz
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Article ID: SLN301105

Last Date Modified: 07/18/2017 09:53 AM


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