Princing is an important aspect. Let’s recap and do a reality check:
For $50-100 you can get a portable hub with USB+DP connection (no Thunderbolt, no power adapter) like this:
For $150-200 you can get a proper middleweight dock with power adapter and lots of ports (still no Thunderbolt) like this:
For $250-300 you can (finally!) get a proper Thunderbolt-enabled middleweight dock with power, like these:
We are at $300 and still no speakers nor any other bells and whistles! And of course no eGPU. So the specs that @GR8iTUD is mentioning could be possible but with NO Thunderbolt3 connection. Unless I’m missing a stellar product out there…
Also, for $250-300 you can get a basic eGPU with almost no extra ports (so not a dock at all) like this:
Or even one with some ports and space for an extra SSD drive, like this, but no audio jack nor SD reader:
(Which is really the best features for the price I’ve seen so far, but it’s a bulky thing.)
For $350-550 you can get an eGPU with several ports, but none of them are as full featured in terms of ports as a dock (for example, they lack audio jack, and of course, video output… you’ll want to use a GPU for that anyway). You can see some options here:
And from $550 up you even get an included GPU in the package. But still no audio jack nor SD card reader.
So, considering Eve could achieve a significant price cut somehow, we could be speaking of:
- $200 for a full-featured middle-sized dock with TB3 and included low-power suply.
- $200-250 for the same dock with bare eGPU (PCI-e) port. No casing, no high-power supply for the GPU. No GPU incl.
- $300-350 for a pure eGPU unit with full featured ports including audio, SD, etc. and high-power supply. The video ports would be added by the video card. No GPU incl.
- $350-400 for a modular design: full featured dock with eGPU support, audio, SD, and video ports ($200-250) + casing/power supply ($150) for the GPU. No GPU incl.
Just guessing here. What do you think?