Seagate has introduced its first Thunderbolt 3 docking solution designed specifically for laptop gamers. Seagate’s FireCuda Gaming Dock includes a hard drive, an M.2 SSD slot, and features a variety of essential connectors, few of which are found in large numbers on today’s ultra-compact notebooks.

Seagate’s FireCuda Gaming Dock (STJF4000400) is designed to expand the storage capacity of today’s laptops and add ports required to attach various peripherals. The device comes with a built-in 4 TB hard drive, and also has an M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 slot for an additional SSD to boost performance and add capacity if needed. In addition, the docking station offers a GbE port, five USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, an extra Thunderbolt 3 port to daisy chain more TB3 devices, a DisplayPort 1.4 output, a headphone output, and an audio-in connector.

In a bid to appeal to gamers, the FireCuda Gaming Dock has integrated RGB LEDs that can be controlled using the company’s own software.

By launching its FireCuda Gaming Dock, Seagate is looking to address the market of modern ultra-thin notebooks from the outside-in, as fewer and fewer laptops come with user-accessible/upgradable storage. By and large, Seagate is banking on the fact that mobile PCs generally lack space to store games, and may not have enough ports for a full suite of peripherals. Therefore, integrating storage into a TB3 docking station makes a lot of sense.

Seagate’s FireCuda Gaming Dock will be available later this month for $349.99.

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Source: Seagate

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  • ken.c - Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - link

    And yet they somehow think that such thin and light "gaming" laptops with insufficient storage to store games have capable enough GPUs? Reply
  • A5 - Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - link

    I guess you could daisy-chain it with a extGPU enclosure, if you wanted a basic one of those without all this other stuff.

    But that doesn't make much sense.
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  • lmcd - Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - link

    This could make sense for a midsize Razer. Separate library for at home for more involved games. Reply
  • koaschten - Thursday, November 14, 2019 - link

    If you ever wondered what footnote 1 means in the orange screenshot...

    1. FireCuda Gaming Dock does not provide power to laptops.

    src: https://www.seagate.com/consumer/play/firecuda-gam...

    Massive oversight for the most important feature. because now you have to plugin the laptop and the dock, and not just power the laptop via the dock... which ... a GOOD dock usually does.
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  • rrinker - Thursday, November 14, 2019 - link

    They had to leave off that feature to allow for the all so important RGB lights. Seriously, RGB in a DOCKING STATION? Reply
  • TheSkullCaveIsADarkPlace - Saturday, November 16, 2019 - link

    Of course it has RGB. Because gamers...
    Your expression of shock or dismay seems to indicate that you have not entirely lost hope in the future of humankind (yet?). I think i envy you.
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