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The complete list of portable laptops with a Thunderbolt 3 port

The complete list of portable laptops with a Thunderbolt 3 port
By Andrei Girbea - @ andreigirbea , last updated on February 19, 2020

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 3rd generation of Thunderbolt is a significant upgrade over its predecessors and in many ways, the one port that could replace all others in the years to come.

Physically, it’s a USB Type-C connector, thus compact, reliable 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, as well as power delivery.

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, or the Aorus Gaming Box). This last aspect is particularly interesting, as it allows OEMs to design ultra-portable laptops that can also handle serious gaming once hooked up to these external GPU docks.

We’re going to talk more about Thunderbolt 3 and its capabilities towards the end of the post. For now, let’s get to the complete list of all the available laptops and ultra-portables that offer at least one Thunderbolt 3 port at the time of this update.

Since there are many such computers out there, we’ll split them into 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).

We’ll also include details on their format, hardware platform, type of TB3 port (x2 or x4 PCIe lanes), whether it can charge via USB-C, and the starting MSRP price in the US, in case you’re looking for something within a specific budget or one of the cheaper Thunderbolt laptops out there. Keep in mind prices and availability vary over time, so follow the links for more details, as well as the link on each unit’s name for our detailed reviews and guides, in case you’re interested in a particular device or looking for the best Thunderbolt 3 notebook for your needs and budget.

I’ll also add that the lists below only include laptops released in the last 2-3 years, and for the most part, only the latest version of each laptop is mentioned, even if the previous generations might also support Thunderbolt 3.

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

Model Type Screen Hardware TB3 ports Charging Updated Price
Acer Aspire Switch 12S 2-in-1 12.5″ touch up to 6th gen Core Y w/ Intel HD 1 No 2017 $1199
Acer Aspire R13 2-in-1 13.3″ touch up to 6th gen Core U w/ Intel HD 1 x2 No 2017 $899
Acer Swift 3 13.5 clamshell 13.5″ 10th gen Core U w/ Intel HD 1 x4 Yes 2020 $999
Alienware 13 Gaming 13.3″ up to 6th Core HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 1060 1 x4 No 2017 $1199
Asus Transformer 3 Pro Tablet 12.6″ touch up to 7th gen Core U w/ Intel HD 1 x4 Yes 2017 $999
Asus Transformer 3 Tablet 12.6″ touch up to 6th gen Y w/ Intel HD 1 x4 Yes 2017 $799
Asus Zenbook UX391 Ultraportable 13.3″ up to 8th gen Core U w/ Intel UHD 2 x4 Yes 2018 $1199
Apple MacBook Air Ultraportable 13.3″ 8th gen Core Y w/ Intel HD 2 x4 Yes 2019 $1099
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Ultraportable 13.3″ up to 8th gen Core U w/ Intel Iris UHD 4 x4 Yes 2019 $1299
Dell Latitude 12 7000 Ultraportable 12.0″ up to 8th gen Core U w/ Intel UHD 2 x4 Yes 2018 $1079
Dell Latitude 12 7000 2-in-1 2-in-1 12.5″ touch up to 7th gen Core Y w/ Intel HD 2 x4 Yes 2019 $1049
Dell Latitude 13 7000
Ultraportable 13.3″ up to 8th gen Core U w/ Intel UHD 1 x4 Yes 2019 $1199
Dell XPS 12 Tablet 12.0″ touch up to 6th gen Core Y w/ Intel HD 2 x2 2016 $999
Dell XPS 13 Ultraportable 13.3″ up to 8th gen Core U w/ Intel UHD 1 x4 Yes 2019 $899
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Convertible 13.3″ up to 8th gen Core Y w/ Intel UHD 1 x4 Yes 2019 $1049

Model Type Screen Hardware TB3 ports Charging Updated Price
Huawei MateBook X Pro Convertible 13.9″ touch up to 8th gen Core U w/ up to MX250 1 x2 Yes 2019 $999
HP Elite X2 Tablet 12.0″ touch up to 7th gen Core Y w/ Intel HD 1 x4 Yes 2018 $899
HP EliteBook 830 Ultraportable 13.3″ up to 8th gen Core U w/ Intel UHD 1 x4 Yes (**) 2018 $1299
HP EliteBook Folio Ultraportable 12.5″ up to 6th gen Core Y w/ Intel HD 2 x4 Yes 2018 $1099
HP Elitebook x360 13 Convertible 13.3″ touch up to 8th gen Core U w/ Intel UHD 1 x4 Yes 2019 $2399
HP Spectre x360 13 Convertible 13.3″ touch up to 8th gen Core U w/ Intel UHD 2 x4 Yes 2019 $1049
Lenovo IdeaPad 720s 13 Ultraportable 13.3″ up to 8th gen Core U w/ Intel UHD 1 x2 Yes 2017 $849
Lenovo IdeaPad 730s 13 Ultraportable 13.3″ glossy up to 8th gen Core U w/ Intel UHD 2 x4 Yes 2018 $899
Lenovo Yoga 730 13 Convertible 13.3″ touch up to 8th gen Core U w/ Intel UHD 2 x4 Yes 2018 $999
Lenovo Yoga 920 Convertible 13.9″ touch up to 8th gen Core U w/ Intel UHD 2 x4 Yes 2017 $1099
Lenovo Yoga C930 Convertible 13.9″ touch up to 8th gen Core U w/ Intel UHD 2 x4 Yes 2018 $1249
Lenovo Yoga S940 Clamshell 13.9″ glossy up to 8th gen Core U w/ Intel UHD 2 x4 Yes 2019 $1499
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Convertible 13.3″ matte up to 8h gen Core U w/ Intel UHD 1 x4 Yes 2019 $1199
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Tablet 13.0″ touch up to 8h gen Core U w/ Intel UHD 1 Yes 2018 $1299
Lenovo ThinkPad X 12-inch Ultraportable 12.5″ up to 8h gen Core U w/ Intel UHD 1 Yes 2018 $1099
Razer Blade Stealth Ultraportable 13.3″ matte/touch 8th gen Core U w/ MX150 1 x4 Yes 2019 $1399
Samsung Notebook 9 Pen Convertible 13.3″ touch 8th gen Core U w/ UHD 620 2 x4 Yes 2019 $1399
Samsung Notebook 9 Pro Convertible 13.3″ touch 8th gen Core U w/ UHD 620 2 x4 Yes 2019 $1099
Toshiba Portégé X20W Convertible 12.5″ touch up to 8th gen Core U w/ Intel UHD 1 x4 Yes 2018 $999
Toshiba Portégé X30 Ultraportable 13.3″ touch up to 8th gen Core U w/ Intel UHD 1 x4 Yes 2018 $1299

If you’re looking for a larger screen and faster hardware, but still want to stay within compact and portable ranges (under 4 lbs for 14-inchers, under 5 lbs for 15 inchers, under 6 lbs for 17-inchers), then these are the options to consider.

14 to 17-inch portable laptops with Thunderbolt 3 connectors

Model Type Screen Hardware TB3 ports Charging Updated Price
Acer Swift 7 Black Edition Convertible 14.0″ up to 8th gen Core Y w/ Intel HD 1 x4 Yes 2019 $1499
Acer Swift 3 14 clamshell 14.0″ 10th gen Core U w/ Intel HD 1 x4 Yes 2020 $799
Acer TravelMate P6 P614 clamshell 14.0″ 10th gen Core U w/ Intel HD 1 x4 Yes 2020 $1099
Acer ConceptD 7 Workstation 15.6″ 8th gen Core H w/ Quadro 1 x4 No 2019 $1799
Acer Predator Triton 500 Gaming 15.6″ 8th gen Core H w/ up to RTX 2080MQ 1 x4 No 2019 $1799
Acer Predator Triton 700 Gaming 15.6″ up to 8th gen Core H w/ Nvidia GTX 1080MQ 1 x4 No 2018 $1899
Alienware m15 Gaming 15.6″ matte Core HK w/ up to Nvidia RTX 2080 Max-Q 1 x4 No 2019 $1299
Alienware m17 Gaming 17.3″ matte Core HK w/ up to Nvidia RTX 2080 Max-Q 1 x4 No 2019 $1599
Apple MacBook Pro 15 Ultraportable 15.6″ glossy up to 8th gen Core H w/ up to AMD Vega 20 4 x4 Yes 2019 $2099
Apple MacBook Pro 16 Ultraportable 16″ glossy 9th gen Core H w/ up to AMD Radeon 5600 4 x4 Yes 2019 $2299
Asus ExpertBook B9450FA clamshell 14.0″ 10th gen Core U w/ Intel HD 1 x4 Yes 2020 $1499
Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 Gaming 15.6″ matte up to 8th gen Core H w/ up to Nvidia GTX 1080MQ 1 x4 No 2017 $1699
Asus ROG Zephyrus GM501 Gaming 15.6″ matte up to 8th gen Core H w/ Nvidia GTX 1070 1 x4 No 2017 $1699
Asus StudioBook Pro W700 Workstation 17.3″ matte 9th gen Core U w/ Nvidia Quadro 1 x4 2019 TBA
Asus StudioBook Pro X W730 Workstation 17.3″ matte 9th gen Core U w/ Nvidia Quadro 2 x4 2019 TBA
Asus Zenbook 3 Deluxe UX490UA Ultraportable 14.0″ up to 7th gen Core U w/ Intel HD 2 x4 Yes 2018 $1199
Asus Zenbook Pro UX550 Multimedia 15.6″ up to 8th gen Core H w/ Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti 2 x4 (*) No 2018 $1299
Asus Zenbook Pro UX580 Multimedia 15.6″ up to 8th gen Core H w/ Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti 2 x4 (*) No 2018 $1499
Asus ZenBook Pro Duo UX581 Multimedia 15.6″ up to 9th gen Core HK w/ Nvidia RTX 2060 1 x4 No 2019 $2499
Clevo PB851EF-G / Sager NP8356 Gaming 15.6″ Core H w/ up to RTX 2070 1 x4 No 2019 $1799
Clevo PB871EF-G / Sager NP8376 Gaming 17.3″ Core H w/ up to RTX 2070 1 x4 No 2019 $1799
Dell Precision 15 5000 Series Workstation 15.6″ up to 9th gen Core HK or Xeon w/ Nvidia Quadro 1 x4 Yes 2019 $1549
Dell Latitude 14 7000
Ultraportable 14.0″ up to 8th gen Core U w/ Intel HD 1 x4 Yes 2019 $1349
Dell Latitude 14 7000 2-in-1
2-in-1 14.0″ touch up to 8th gen Core U w/ Intel HD 1 x4 Yes 2019 $1349
Dell Vostro 15 7000 Multimedia 15.6″ matte up to 9th gen Core H w/ Nvidia GTX 1660Ti 1 x4 Yes 2019 $1349
Dell XPS 15 Multimedia 15.6″ touch up to 9th gen Core HK w/ Nvidia GTX 1650 1 x4 Yes 2019 $999
Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 Convertible 15.6″ touch up to 8th gen Core G w/ Radeon RX Vega M 2 x4 Yes 2018 $999
Gigabyte Aero 15 Gaming 15.6″ up to 9th gen Core H w/ up to Nvidia RTX 2080MQ 1 x4 No 2019 $2099
Gigabyte Aero 17 Gaming 17.3″ up to 9th gen Core H w/ up to Nvidia RTX 2080MQ 1 x4 No 2019 $2599
HP Omen 15 Gaming 15.6″ up to 9th gen Core H w/ up to Nvidia RTX 2080MQ 1 x4 No 2019 $1499
HP Omen X 2s Gaming 15.6″ up to 9th gen Core H w/ up to Nvidia RTX 2070MQ 1 x4 No 2019 $1899
HP Omen 17 Gaming 17.3″ up to 8th gen Core H w/ up to Nvidia GTX 1070MQ 1 x4 No 2018 $1099
HP Spectre x360 15 Convertible 15.6″ touch up to 8th gen Core G w/ Radeon RX Vega M 1 x4 Yes (*) 2019 $1299
HP EliteBook 840 Ultraportable 14.0″ up to 8th gen Core U w/ Intel UHD 1 x2 Yes (*) 2018 $1249
HP EliteBook 850 Ultraportable 15.6″ up to 8th gen Core U w/ AMD RX540 1 x2 Yes (*) 2018 $1249
HP EliteBook 1040 Ultraportable 14.0″ up to 7th gen Core U w/ Intel HD 1 x4 Yes (**) 2018 $1399
HP ZBook 14u Workstation 14.0″ up to 8th gen Core U w/ AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 3100 1 x4 Yes (**) 2019 $1549
HP ZBook 15u Workstation 15.6″ up to 8th gen Core U w/ AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 3100 1 x4 Yes (**) 2019 $1649
Lenovo IdeaPad 720s 14 Ultraportable 14.0″ up to 7th gen Core U w/ Nvidia 940MX 1 x2 (?) 2018 $999
Lenovo IdeaPad 720s 15 Ultraportable 14.0″ up to 7th gen Core U w/ up to GTX 1050 Ti 1 x2 (?) No 2018 $999
Lenovo ThinkPad 25 Ultraportable 14.0″ up to 7th gen Core U w/ Nvidia 940MX 1 x2 Yes 2018 $1899
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Workstation 15.6″ up to 9th gen Core HK w/ up to Quadro T2000 2 x4 Yes (*) 2019 $1499
Lenovo ThinkPad P53s Workstation 15.6″ Core U w/ up to Quadro P520 1 x2 No 2019 $1499
Lenovo ThinkPad T490 Ultraportable 14.0″ up to 8th gen Core U w/ Nvidia MX250 1 x4 (?) Yes 2019 $859
Lenovo ThinkPad T590 Ultraportable 15.6″ up to 8th gen Core U w/ Nvidia MX250 1 x4 (?) Yes 2019 $999
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s Ultraportable 14.0″ up to 8th gen Core U w/ Nvidia MX150 1 x2 Yes 2018 $1199
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s Ultraportable 14.0″ up to 8th gen Core U w/ Nvidia MX250 1 x4 (?) Yes 2019 $1199
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultraportable 14.0″ up to 8th gen Core U w/ Intel UHD 2 x4 2019 $1199
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Multimedia 15.6″ up to 9th gen Core HK w/ Nvidia 1650MQ 2 x4 Yes (*) 2019 $1849
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Convertible 14.0″ up to 8th gen Core U w/ Intel UHD 2 x4 Yes 2019 $1499
Lenovo Yoga 730 15 Multimedia 15.6″ touch Core HQ w/ Nvidia 1050 1 x2 No 2018 $999
Lenovo Yoga C730 Convertible 15.6″ touch up to 8th gen Core U w/ Intel UHD 1 x4 Yes 2018 $1649
LG Gram 15 Ultraportable 15.6″ touch up to 8th gen Core U w/ Intel UHD 1 x4 Yes (*) 2018 $1299
LG Gram 17 Ultraportable 17.3″ matte/touch 8th gen Core U w/ Intel UHD 1 x4 Yes (*) 2019 $1699
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Gaming 15.6″ matte up to 9th gen Core HK w/ up to Nvidia RTX 2080MQ 1 x4 No 2019 $2099
MSI GS75 Stealth Thin Gaming 17.3″ matte up to 9th gen Core HK w/ up to Nvidia RTX 2080MQ 1 x4 No 2019 $2199
MSI P65 Creator Workstation 15.6″ matte up to 9th gen Core HK w/ up to RTX 2080MQ 1 x4 No 2019 $1199
MSI WS65 Workstation 15.6″ matte up to 8th gen Core H w/ Quadro P3200 1 x4 No 2019 $2699
Razer Blade 14 Gaming 14.0″ up to 7th gen Core H w/ Nvidia GTX 1060 1 x4 No 2018 $1799
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Gaming 15.6″ matte up to 8th gen Core H w/ up to Nvidia RTX 2080MQ 1 x4 No 2019 $1899
Razer Blade Pro 17 Gaming 17.3″ up to 9th gen Core H w/ up to Nvidia RTX 2080MQ 1 x4 No 2019 $2699
Samsung Notebook 9 Pen 15 Convertible 15.6″ touch 8th gen Core U w/ MX150 2 x4 Yes 2019 $1599

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

Model Type Screen Hardware TB3 ports Charging Updated Price
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Multimedia 15.6″ Core HQ w/ up to GTX 1060 1 x4 No 2017 $999
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Multimedia 17.3″ Core HQ w/ up to GTX 1060 1 x4 No 2017 $999
Acer Predator 15 Gaming 15.6″ Core HQ w/ up to GTX 1070 1 x4 No 2018 $1499
Acer Predator 17 Gaming 17.3″ Core HQ w/ up to GTX 1070 1 x4 No 2018 $1499
Acer Predator Helios 500 Gaming 17.3″ Core H w/ Nvidia GTX 1070 2 x4 No 2018 $1899
Acer Predator Triton 900 Gaming 17.3″ Core H w/ RTX GTX 2080 1 x4 No 2019 $3999
Alienware Area 51m Gaming 17.3″ Core HK w/ up to Nvidia RTX 2080 1 x4 No 2019 $2499
Alienware 15 Gaming 15.6″ Core HK w/ up to GTX 1080 1 x4 No 2018 $1199
Alienware 17 Gaming 17.3″ Core HK w/ up to GTX 1080 1 x4 No 2018 $1499
Asus ROG Mothership GZ700GX Gaming 17.3″ Core HK w/ up to Nvidia RTX 2080 1×4 No 2019
Asus ROG G703 Series Gaming 17.3″ Core HK w/ up to Nvidia RTX 2080 1×4 No 2019 $2999
Asus ROG G752 Series Gaming 17.3″ Core HQ w/ up to GTX 1070 1 No 2017 $1399
Asus ROG GL502VM Gaming 15.6″ Core HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 1060 1 x2 No 2017 $1399
Asus ROG GL702VM Gaming 17.3″ Core HQ w/ Nvidia GTX 1060 1 x2 No 2017 $1399
Asus ROG GX800 Gaming 17.3″ Core HK w/ up to GTX 1080 SLI 1 No 2018 $2499
Clevo P750TM1-G / Sager NP9156 Gaming 15.6″ Core K w/ up to GTX 2080 1 x4 No 2019 $1999
Clevo P775TM1-G / Sager NP9176 Gaming 17.3″ Core K w/ up to GTX 2080 1 x4 No 2019 $1999
Clevo P750DM2 / Sager NP9152 / Schenker XMG U507 Gaming 15.6″ Core K w/ up to GTX 1080 1 x4 No 2018 $1799
Clevo P775DM3 / Sager NP9172 / Schenker XMG U717 Gaming 17.3″ Core K w/ up to GTX 1080 1 x4 No 2018 $1849
Dell G3 Gaming 15/17 Gaming 15.6″ Core H w/ Nvidia GTX 1660Ti 1 x4 No 2019 $1099
Dell G5 Gaming 15 Gaming 15.6″ Core H w/ up to Nvidia RTX 2060 1 x4 No 2019 $999
Dell G7 Gaming 15 Gaming 15.6″ Core HK w/ up to Nvidia RTX 2080 MQ 1 x4 No 2019 $1099
Dell G7 Gaming 17 Gaming 17.3″ Core H w/ up to Nvidia RTX 2080 MQ 1 x4 No 2019 $1349
Dell Inspiron Gaming 7577 Gaming 15.6″ Core HQ w/ Nvidia 1060 MQ 1 x4 No 2018 $999
Dell Precision 15 3000 Series Workstation 15.6″ Core HK w/ Nvidia Quadro 1 x4 No 2019 $999
Dell Precision 15 7000 series Workstation 15.6″ Core HK or Xeon w/ AMD FirePro or Nvidia Quadro 1 x4 No 2019 $1199
Dell Precision 17 7000 series Workstation 17.3″ Core HK or Xeon w/ Nvidia Quadro 1 x4 No 2019 $2299
Lenovo Legion Y720 Gaming 15.6″ Core HQ w/ up to GTX 1060 1 x4 No 2017 $1099
Lenovo Legion Y730 15 Gaming 15.6″ Core HQ w/ up to GTX 1060 1 x2 No 2018 $1099
Lenovo Legion Y730 17 Gaming 15.6″ Core HQ w/ up to GTX 1060 1 x4 No 2018 $1099
Lenovo Legion Y740 15 Gaming 15.6″ Core H w/ up to RTX 2070 Max-Q 1 x4 No 2019 $1599
Lenovo Legion Y740 17 Gaming 17.3″ Core H w/ up to RTX 2080 Max-Q 1 x4 No 2019 $1599
Lenovo Legion Y920 Gaming 17.3″ Core HQ w/ GTX 1070 1 x4 No 2017 $2499
Lenovo ThinkPad P53 Workstation 15.6″ Core H or Xeon w/ Nvidia Quadro 2 x4 No 2019 $1999
Lenovo ThinkPad P73 Workstation 17.3″ Core H or Xeon w/ Nvidia Quadro 2 x4 No 2019 $1999
HP ZBook 15
Workstation 15.6″ Core HK w/ Nvidia Quadro 1 x4 No 2019 $1499
HP ZBook 17 Workstation 17.3″ Core HK w/ Nvidia Quadro 1 x4 No 2019 $1999
MSI GT73 Titan Gaming 17.3″ Core HK w/ up to GTX 1070 SLI 1 x4 No 2018 $2199
MSI GT75 Titan Gaming 17.3″ Core HK w/ Nvidia RTX 2080 1 x4 No 2019 $2999
MSI GT76 Titan Gaming 17.3″ Core K w/ Nvidia RTX 2080 1 x4 No 2019 $2999
MSI GT83VR Titan Pro Gaming 18.4″ Core HK w/ up to GTX 1080 SLI 1 x4 No 2018 $3499
MSI WT75 Workstation 17.3″ Core K w/ up to Quadro P5200 1 x4 No 2019 $3999

* these laptops can change via USB-C, but a USB-C charger is not included
** some HP laptops can change via USB-C, but only through select HP docking stations and not with regular USB-C adapters

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 is 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, as data needs to be swapped back and forth between the laptop and the eGPU dock. Hooking up the eGPU and playing on an external monitor hooked to the eGPU works fine on an x1 TB3 connection though, as in this case the data is no longer sent back to the laptop via the Thunderbolt.

It’s also worth adding that many laptops get two TB3 ports hooked into a single TB3 x4 controller, and not two ports with two dedicated 4x lanes. That means you get the 4x speeds while only one peripheral is hooked in, and they’ll share the connection when you hook up two.

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, a USB Type-C cable no longer has a “right-way” to plug in, making it much easier to use.
  • USB-C ports are more and more widely spread on mother devices, so down the road, they could replace all the other standard connectors, which means we could end up with one universal connector and one type of cable for pretty much all basic needs.
  • Not all USB-C ports support Thunderbolt 3, as the technology is only reserved to certain Intel based-devices with an appropriate TB3 chip. That might change in the future, as Intel plans to bake Thunderbolt 3 compatibility within the CPUs.
  • TB3 allows for very fast transfer speeds of up to 40 Gbps, 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 10 GbE, so can be a solution if you want to quickly transfer content within your network.
  • TB3 can also be used for charging your device at up to 100 W of power. So good-bye dedicated charging cables. (it can also charge laptops that normally ship with higher capacity chargers, but slower and while performing less-demanding loads. However, you should keep in mind that not all laptops allow TB3 charging, even if the port theoretically supports it).
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 space around their sides to accommodate regularly 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. Just keep in mind that CPU’s can be a bottleneck un ultraportable laptops hooked up to eGPU, as these are usually built on Core Y or Core U processors, but thin-and-light 15-inchers with quad/six-core Core H 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 by simply looking at the physical connector. And that’s because TB3 and regular USB 3.1 ports both use a USB Type-C physical connector, but have different capabilities. The Apple MacBook, for instance, offers a 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 2019, there are many Thunderbolt 3 compatible accessories available in stores, and we covered some of the better ones in this article. Even so, having a Thunderbolt 3 port on your laptop might still not sit that high on your list of priorities, but you should consider something with TB3 for future proofness, especially if you plan to take advantage of the matching peripherals down the line and plan to keep the laptop you’re buying today for at least 2-3 years.

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 is not, make sure to tell me about it in the comments section below, where I’ll also wait for your feedback and questions, if any.

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Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief of Ultrabookreview.com. I've been covering mobile computers since the 2000s and you'll mostly find reviews and thorough guides written by me here on the site.

224 Comments

  1. Amiel

    March 29, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Can you look into Asus Zephyrus M GM501 please?

    • Eddie

      March 30, 2019 at 4:33 am

      Who updates this? It's missing the 2019 Samsung Notebook 9 Pro 13

      • Mike N

        December 12, 2019 at 7:52 pm

        Do you have that laptop? I do and I regret it

        • Alejandro

          May 29, 2020 at 11:18 am

          why? what's the problem?

  2. Don

    April 30, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    The Razer Blade Pro now comes with up to a 9th gen H cpu and RTX 2080 max q

  3. Aidan Lindon

    June 2, 2019 at 2:15 am

    Where are the Ryzen laptops?

    • Tom

      July 17, 2019 at 12:59 pm

      Thunderbolt is a intel product, usb 4 is basically thunderbolt 3 under the hood, when that comes out we'll get on AMD machines

      • DAVID N

        September 7, 2019 at 4:04 pm

        TB3 40 GBPS is already on AMD motherboards, you just need to know where to look.

        • xpclient

          January 22, 2020 at 9:43 pm

          Not in laptops/mobile platform. Only in AMD desktop motherboard where you can just add a PCIe Thunderbolt 3 card.

        • kay chan

          April 17, 2020 at 11:24 am

          i am also waiting for ryzen 4000 series laptop with thunderbolt 3. hoping maybe razer or asus will make one soon. Rog G14 looks very promising.

        • Andrei Girbea

          April 17, 2020 at 12:01 pm

          Not gonna happen anytime soon

  4. Ralf

    June 13, 2019 at 7:46 am

    Can you add an update history? It would be nice to know the latest members to this list. Awsome work!

  5. Peter

    June 23, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Hi, I have a HP ZBook 17 with two TB3 connectors. How can I find out how many TB3 links are in? Do You have some manual about that?
    Thank You.

    • Potato

      November 6, 2019 at 12:47 am

      I was incorrect actually, the envy does not have two thunderbolt ports. It seems hp has a very similar icon to tb3 for a different function

  6. Faris

    November 10, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Acer Switch 7 is missing here. It's a 13.5" Windows tablet which also features Thunderbolt 3 port.

  7. Nick

    December 11, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Apparently the 2019 Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 has Thunderbolt 3

  8. Morin

    January 11, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    Bonjour, il faudrait ajouter le MSI prestige 15

  9. Daniel

    February 17, 2020 at 4:20 am

    HP elitebook 840 G5 shown in list is only X2 not x4. I bought one based off this list and finding out now it's incorrect..

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 17, 2020 at 1:20 pm

      Hi Daniel. I'm sry for the error, we're doing our best to keep this updated and correct, but errors can still slip in.

  10. MasutaMaestro

    June 9, 2020 at 5:09 am

    Alongside their Swift cousins, the latest Acer Spin 3 and Acer Spin 5 have TB3 as well

  11. rajeev

    June 25, 2020 at 12:31 am

    Hello,

    I have hellios 500 intel 7th gen gtx 1070, 2 thunderbolt port c ( gen 2 3.1 type c =only 10gbps transfer rate )

    can you confirm please if this will work for a egpu dock station ? I dout as all the mention above laptop have same thing but no original thunderbolt port c = 40 gbps speed.

    Please clear the dout!

    Thanks.

    • Andrei Girbea

      June 25, 2020 at 10:32 am

      As far as I remember, there's a Thunderbolt 3 port on that laptop and should work with an eGPU. There's also a secondary USB-C gen1 port.

      • Rajeev

        June 25, 2020 at 10:41 am

        As per manual it says Thunderbolt 3 2 ports but gen 2 3.1 c port only which has a power of 10gbps only and a 5 v 3 amp power out put ! I am so confused as no one tested the port speed yet and no reviews but as per manual it is the info ! Can u do search and update me I am also trying to find !

      • Rajeev

        June 26, 2020 at 10:44 am

        Hello andrei,

        Helios 500 intel

        After doing lots of research I found that one port is thunderbolt port is gen 2 3.1 connection type and speed 5 gbps and next one is thunderbolt 3 original port near to Ethernet jack ! But they put thunderbolt symbol on both ports by mistake ! That port had 40gbps speed ! I hope I am correct ! Just confirm me if I am correct ! Thanks 🙏

        • Andrei Girbea

          June 26, 2020 at 11:35 am

          That's what I said as well, one of the ports is TB3 PCIe x4, and the other is just an USB-C gen1

  12. Staffan Sjöberg

    July 19, 2020 at 11:34 am

    Thunderbolt gives the advantage to connect and start the laptop from a docking station. This means that the laptop can be folded and put away while using your screen on the desk and a separate keyboard and mouse at your office or home.

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