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The complete list of portable laptops with a Thunderbolt 3 port

By Andrei Girbea , updated on October 8, 2017

We’ve seen Thunderbolt ports on enthusiast computers for a while now, but these days Thunderbolt is becoming the port everyone wants on a new laptop, regardless of size, form-factor or budget.

The Thunderbolt port has reached its 3rd generation and is a significant step-up from the previous versions. We’ll get in depth towards the end of this post, but in very few words, Thunderbolt 3 is the one port that could replace all others. Physically, it’s an USB Type-C connector, thus compact and reversible. Technically, it can provide transfer speeds of up to 40 Gbps, it allows to connect up to two 4K 60 Hz displays while outputting video and audio signal at the same time, it supports DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0  and 10 GbE fast networking.

In other words, Thunderbolt 3 is the compact and versatile connector you can use to charge your laptop, transfer files at fast speeds, connect external monitors and other peripherals, including PCIe compatible graphics units (like the Razer Core, which we reviewed here). This last aspect is particularly interesting, as it allows OEMs to design ultra-portable laptops able to actually handle some serious gaming once hooked up to these eGPUs. The versatility and compact size of the Thunderbolt 3 connector also makes it ideal for slim and ultra-compact computers, which wouldn’t otherwise have the space around their sides for regular-sized ports.

We’re going to talk more about Thunderbolt 3 and its capabilities towards the end of the post. For now, let’s turn our attention on a complete list of all the available laptops and ultra-portables that offer at least one Thunderbolt 3 port at the time of this article, and since there are already quite a few available out there, we’ll split them in three different groups: compact laptops (with 13-inch screens or smaller), large screen portable laptops (15 to 17-inch screens) and full-size notebooks (15-inch screens or larger).


Only the latest version of each laptop is mentioned here, previous generations might also support Thunderbolt 3.

13-inch (and smaller) ultraportables with Thunderbolt 3 connectors

ModelTypeScreenHardwareTB3 portsPrice
Acer Aspire Switch 12S2-in-112.5″ touchCore Y w/ Intel HD 5151$1199
Acer Aspire R132-in-113.3″ touchCore U w/ Intel HD 5201$899
Asus Transformer 3 ProTablet12.6″ touchCore U w/ Intel HD 5201$999
Asus Transformer 3Tablet12.6″ touchCore Y1$799
Alienware 13Gaming13.3″Core HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 10601 x4$1199
Apple MacBook Pro 13Ultraportable13.3″Core U w/ Intel HD 5402 x4, 2 x2$1499
Dell Latitude 12 7000Ultraportable12.0″Core U w/ Intel HD 5202 x4$1079
Dell Latitude 12 7000 2-in-12-in-112.5″ touchCore Y w/ Intel HD 5152 x4$1049
Dell Latitude 13 7000
Ultraportable13.3″Core Y w/ Intel HD 5152 x4$1299
Dell XPS 12 9250Tablet12.0″ touchCore Y w/ Intel HD 5152$999
Dell XPS 13 9350Ultraportable13.3″Core U w/ Intel HD 520 or 5401 x2$999
Dell XPS 13 9360Ultraportable13.3″Core U w/ Intel HD 6201 x2$799
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 9365Convertible13.3″Core U w/ Intel HD 6201 x4$999
Lenovo Yoga 720 13Multimedia13.3″ touchCore U w/ Intel 6202 x4$799
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 370Convertible13.3″ touchCore U w/ Intel 6201 x4$1399
HP Elite X2Tablet12.0″ touchCore Y w/ Intel HD 5151$899
HP EliteBook FolioUltraportable12.5″Core Y w/ Intel HD 5152$1099
HP Elitebook x360 13Convertible13.3″ touchCore U w/ Intel HD 6201$2399
HP SpectreUltraportable13.3″Core U w/ Intel HD 5202$1169
HP Spectre x360 13Convertible13.3″ touchCore U w/ Intel HD 6202 x4$1049
Razer Blade StealthUltraportable12.5″Core U w/ Intel HD 6201 x4$999
Toshiba Portégé X20WConvertible12.5″ touchCore U w/ Intel HD 6201$1199

If you’re looking for a larger screen and faster hardware, but still want to stay within portable limits, then these are the options to consider.

14 to 17-inch portable laptops with Thunderbolt 3 connectors

ModelTypeScreenHardwareTB3 portsPrice
Acer Aspire V15 NitroMultimedia15.6″Core HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 960M / 10601 x4$999
Acer Aspire V17 NitroMultimedia17.3″Core HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 960M / 10601 x4$999
Asus ROG GL502VMGaming15.6″Core HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 10601 x2$1399
Asus ROG GL702VMGaming17.3″Core HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 10601 x2$1399
Apple MacBook Pro 15Ultraportable15.6″Core HQ w/ Radeon 4502 x4, 2 x2$2299
Asus ROG G501VWGaming15.6″Core HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 960M1$1099
Asus Zenbook 3 Deluxe UX490UAUltraportable14.0″Core U w/ Intel HD 6202 x4$1699
Asus Zenbook Pro UX501VWMultimedia15.6″Core HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 960M1$1499
Asus Zenbook UX550VDMultimedia15.6″Core HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 10502 x2$1299
Asus Zenbook UX550VEMultimedia15.6″Core HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 1050Ti2 x2$1499
Dell Precision 15 5000 SeriesWorkstation15.6″Core HQ or Xeon w/ Nvidia Quadro1 x2$1399
Dell XPS 15 9550Multimedia15.6″ touchCore HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 960M1 x2$999
Dell XPS 15 9560Multimedia15.6″ touchCore HQ w/ Nvidia 10501 x2$999
Gigabyte Aero 15Gaming15.6″Core HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 10601 x4$1899
HP Omen 15Gaming15.6″Core HQ w/ up to Nvidia GTX 1060MQ1$999
HP Omen 17Gaming17.3″Core HQ w/ up to Nvidia GTX 1060MQ1$1099
HP Spectre x360 15Convertible15.6″ touchCore U w/ Nvidia 940MX1$1299
Lenovo IdeaPad 720sUltraportable14.0″Core U w/ Nvidia 940MX1 x2 (?)$999
Lenovo ThinkPad T470Ultraportable14.0″Core U w/ Intel HD 6201 x4$799
Lenovo ThinkPad T570Ultraportable15.6″Core U w/ Intel HD 6201 x4$899
Lenovo ThinkPad T470sUltraportable14.0″Core U w/ Intel HD 6201 x4$999
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonUltraportable14.0″Core U w/ Intel HD 6202 x4$1199
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yogaconvertible14.0″Core U w/ Intel HD 6202 x4$1499
MSI GS43VR Phantom ProGaming14.0″Core HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 10601 x4$1499
MSI GS63VR Stealth ProGaming15.6″Core HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 10601 x4$1799
MSI GS73VR Stealth ProGaming17.3″Core HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 10601 x4$1799
Razer Blade 14Gaming14.0″Core HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 10601 x4$1799

Last but not least, if you don’t care about portability at all and simply want a powerful computer with a large screen, capable graphics and a Thunderbolt 3 port, these are the options for you.

15 to 21-inch full-size notebooks with Thunderbolt 3 connectors

ModelTypeScreenHardwareTB3 portsPrice
Acer Predator 15Gaming15.6″Core HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 970M to 10701 x4$1499
Acer Predator 17Gaming17.3″Core HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 970M to 10701 x4$1499
Alienware 15Gaming15.6″Core HK w/ Nvidia GTX 1050 to 10701 x4$1199
Alienware 17Gaming17.3″Core HK w/ Nvidia GTX 1050 to 10801 x4$1499
Asus ROG G752VT / G752VL / G752VYGaming17.3″Core HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 970M or 980M1$1299
Asus ROG G752VM / G752VSGaming17.3″Core HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 1060 or 10701$1399
Asus ROG GX800Gaming17.3″Core HK w/ Nvidia GTX 1080 and SLI 10801$2499
Clevo P750 / Sager NP9758Gaming15.6″Core HK w/ Nvidia GTX 970M to 980M1 x4$1749
Clevo P750DM2 / Sager NP9152 / Schenker XMG U507Gaming15.6″Core K w/ Nvidia GTX 1060 to 10701 x4$1799
Clevo P775DM3 / Sager NP9172 / Schenker XMG U717Gaming17.3″Core K w/ Nvidia GTX 1060 to 10801 x4$1849
Clevo P870 / Sager NP9876 / Schenker XMG U727Gaming17.3″Core K w/ Nvidia GTX 10802$2899
Dell Inspiron Gaming 7577Workstation15.6″Core HQ w/ Nvidia 1060 MQ1 x4$999
Dell Precision 15 3000 SeriesWorkstation15.6″Core HQ w/ AMD FirePro1 x4$999
Dell Precision 15 7000 seriesWorkstation15.6″Core HQ or Xeon w/ AMD FirePro or Nvidia Quadro1 x4$1199
Dell Precision 17 7000 seriesWorkstation17.3″Core HQ or Xeon w/ Nvidia Quadro1 x4$2299
Lenovo IdeaPad Y900 / Y910
Gaming17.3″Core HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 980M / 10701$1999
Lenovo Legion Y720Gaming15.6″Core HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 10601 x4$1099
Lenovo Legion Y920Gaming17.3″Core HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 10701 x4$2499
Lenovo Yoga 720 15Multimedia15.6″ touchCore HQ w/ Nvidia 10501 x2$999
Lenovo ThinkPad P50Workstation15.6″Core HQ w/ Nvidia Quadro1 x4$1399
Lenovo ThinkPad P70Workstation17.3″Core HQ w/ Nvidia Quadro2 x4$1899
HP ZBook 15
Workstation15.6″Core HQ w/ Nvidia Quadro1 x4$1499
HP ZBook 17Workstation17.3″Core HQ w/ Nvidia Quadro1 x4$1999
MSI GT73VR TitanGaming17.3″Core HK w/ Nvidia GTX 10701 x4$2199
MSI GT80S TitanGaming18.4″Core HK w/ Nvidia GTX 980 SLI1$3499
MSI GT83VR Titan ProGaming18.4″Core HK w/ Nvidia GTX SLI 1070 or 10801 x4$3499
Razer Blade ProGaming17.3″Core HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 10801 x4$3699

There’s a catch about the Thunderbolt 3 connection, it can be hooked up to the motherboard via x2 or x4 PCIe lanes. The x2 TB3 port are half the speed of the x4 TB3 connection and is primarily a problem when hooking up an external graphics chip and playing on the notebook’s internal display. Hooking up the eGPU and playing on an external monitor hooked to the eGPU works just fine.

Now, let’s get back to why this Thunderbolt 3 port is such a big deal. Here are a couple of thoughts:

  • the USB Type-C connector is compact and reversible, so compatible cables are not going to take a lot of space. Also, unlike most other connectors like USB Type-A, DisplayPort, HDMI, etc, an USB Type-C cable not longer has a “right-way” to plug in, making it easier to use.
  • the Thunderbolt 3 port could replace all the other standard connectors in the near future, that means we’ll have one universal connector and one type of cable for pretty much all basic needs.
  • TB3 allows for very fast transfer speeds, which opens up space for a multitude of compatible accessories: fast external storage units, external graphics and processing units, external docking stations, etc.
  • TB3 can output video, audio and power at the same time, so is a solution for connecting high-resolution external monitors or TV sets.
  • TB3 is also capable of network transfer speeds of up to 40 Gbps, so can be a solution if you want to transfer content fast within your network.
  • TB3 can also be used for charging your device, as long as it doesn’t require more than 100 W of power. So good-bye dedicated charging cables.
Thunderbolt 3 is versatile, compact and easy to use

Thunderbolt 3 is versatile, compact and easy to use – source

One compact port can do all of these, so no wonder manufacturers are adding TB3 on the latest laptops.

But what does Thunderbolt 3 mean for ultraportable notebooks? It allows OEMs to design thinner, lighter and smaller devices which wouldn’t have the space around their sides for regular sized ports. Yes, that means you’ll need to buy adapters for your existing cables and devices, but to some extent, that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make. These smaller computers can be hooked up to peripherals and transformed from the ultraportable travel companions they represent by their own, to business, multimedia and even gaming computers. You can hook up an external monitor for extra screen real-estate, a storage unit, a docking station with extra ports or those graphics units. External graphics units won’t show their true power when hooked up to an ultraportable, as these are usually built on Core M or Core U processors, but thin-and-light 15-inchers with quad-core processors and a solid amount of RAM will be good matches for the graphics capabilities of a full-size desktop card.

There is however a fair-amount of confusion around Thunderbolt 3, mostly because it’s impossible to determine whether a device is TB3 compatible or not simply by looking at the physical connector. And that’s because TB3 and regular USB 3.1 ports both use an USB Type-C connector, but have different capabilities. The Apple Macbook for instance offers an USB 3.1 port, but not Thunderbolt 3. Standard USB 3.1 Type-C connectors still support data, video and audio transfers, but are limited to a lower bandwidth, so will perform slower, can’t carry power and aren’t compatible with graphics units, among others.

As of early 2016 there aren’t many Thunderbolt 3 compatible accessories available in stores, but that’s going to change in the future (and we’ll cover them in a later article). Knowing that, having a Thunderbolt 3 port on your laptop might not sit that high on your list of priorities right now. However, if you plan to keep the laptop you’re buying today for at least 2-3 years, then you should consider something with TB3 for future proofness, especially if you plan to take advantage of the matching peripherals down the line.

With that in mind, we’ll wrap this up here. I’ll continue to update this list of Thunderbolt 3 compatible laptops as often as possible, adding the new entries as they become available, but if you spot something that should be in here and it’s not, make sure to drop a line in the comments section below, where I’ll also wait for your feedback and questions, if any.

Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief at Ultrabookreview.com. I never liked carrying big laptops around and that fueled my passion for mobile computers back in the 2000s. Things have changed much since then, but I'm still interested in the topic and in the meantime I've owned and tested hundreds of thin and lights, so I know a thing or two about them. You'll find mostly reviews and guides written by me here on the site.

115 Comments

  1. Jeff

    August 17, 2017 at 10:07 am

    This is actually useful. Thank you so much!

  2. SK Lee

    August 17, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Thank you. This list is legendary. As a go-to tech guy amongst my peers I will never recommend a laptop that's not in this list. Please keep this up until everything is TB3!

  3. Jeff

    September 7, 2017 at 5:20 am

    You might want to add the new released "Lenovo Ideapad 720s" to 14 inch list.

  4. Javier

    September 10, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Thank you for the post, it's really useful. Please don't stop updating the list.

    Lenovo IdeaPad 720S has also Thunderbolt 3 port

    Cheers,
    Javier

    • Javier

      September 10, 2017 at 7:43 am

      Another one with Thunderbolt 3: ASUS ZenBook Pro UX550VD

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 14, 2017 at 5:02 am

      Thanks, updated

  5. Jacob Ahern

    September 19, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Hello.

    I got an Asus rog gl702vs from best buy, and though it shows on Best and Asus that it has 40gbs Tb3, I'm reading from people saying it has the JHL6240 controller that's only X2.

    Does anyone have a definitive answer on the gl702vs having full Tb3 x4???

  6. Karl

    October 17, 2017 at 4:10 am

    Thank you so much for this!

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