Question Thunderbolt 3 device USB 3.1 gen 2 port

Dec 5, 2019
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I have being unable to find a consistent answer to this on the internet.



I have just bought a laptop with a USB 3.1 gen 2, type C port but it is not a thunderbolt port.



https://www.scorptec.com.au/product/Notebooks/Gaming-Notebooks/79309-NH.Q5QSA.001-C77



What I wanted to know is:

Will thunderbolt 3 peripherals, such as a mouse or an external hdd work but at a reduced speed?



If they won't function does an converter exist to make thunderbolt three peripherals work with a usb port? Can you give me a link to one for sale?





Will a thunderbolt 3 dock function, but at a reduced speed?

Thank you
 

Lutfij

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The answer to all your questions are no. If the port was Thunderbolt 1(even) then you could've used it as a USB port but not the other way round in spite of having the same connector. In short, same connector, different communication method.

If you need to hook up an USB mouse to the laptop you have regular sized USB ports on the laptop.
 
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Thank you for your quick reply.

My concern is that in a few year I may have trouble finding peripherals for my laptop in the future.

USB is supported on EVERY computer now, and hence just about every peripheral is USB.

However when thunderbolt 3 takes over in a few years time do you think it will be unlikely that I will be able to purchase any new peripherals?

I feel frustrated as I put a lot of money and research into this laptop but missed this important point :(.
 
Dec 5, 2019
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I have answered my own question.

For anyone else who has the same question see:
https://www.tomshardware.com/news/usb-4-faq,38766.html

I short USB 4, will integrate Thunderbolt within it, as Intel have contributed it to the spec, but USB 4 will be backward compatible with prior versions.

This likely means, in my opinion, that USB 4 will be the peripheral communication technology of the future. We will not have a dystopian future where 'Thunderbolt Only' peripherals will take over, as I had feared.

Long live the USB :).
 

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