What is Thunderbolt 3?
Thunderbolt is designed as an all-in-one port. Most significantly, it allows users to connect high speed devices that would normally be integrated into a motherboard.
Technically, it could be the only port you'd ever need for new generation peripherals. The HP EliteBook 800 G5 however, still provides legacy port support for a wide range of connectors in addition to Thunderbolt 3 including a LAN port, USB 3.0 and HP's standard docking connector.
It also provides a single port for connecting to docks that can support all high speed desktop accessories while suppling power to charge the notebook.
Thunderbolt 3 versus USB-C™
USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 both use the same connector. USB-C devices and adaptors can be used with Thunderbolt equipped notebooks including the HP EliteBook 800 series, but notebooks that are equipped with only USB-C ports cannot connect to Thunderbolt peripherals. To tell the difference, look for the lightning bolt symbol - this indicates Thunderbolt 3 support.
Both USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 support:
But only Thunderbolt 3 equipped notebooks also support:
How fast is Thunderbolt 3?
Why does it matter to my users?
As well as supporting universal chargers for new generation smart phones, tablets and notebooks, Thunderbolt 3 allows considerably faster devices to be connected to user computers.
For environments that are considering VR, Thunderbolt 3 allows desktop-class 3D graphics controllers to be connected that far exceed the capability of most mobile 3D accelerators.
Thunderbolt 3 docks also allow users to connect all desktop devices including up to two 4K displays with none of the display lag restrictions of slower connections. 4K displays are supported at refresh rates up to 60Hz (far exceeding the 24Hz commonly found with HDMI 1.4 connections).
This makes the new HP EliteBook 800 G5 more flexible and more user-friendly - particularly for power users.
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