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Two Minute Review of the StarTech 3m Thunderbolt Cable


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If you need a Thunderbolt cable for your Mac and you need a 3m one, then you might want to check out the Thunderbolt cable from – and here is our two minute review.

This is how StarTech describe the Thunderbolt cable:

Our 3m (9.8ft) Thunderbolt cables offer a dependable, high-quality solution for harnessing the speed and power of Thunderbolt™ technology, delivering full 10Gbps performance while combining both data and video into a single high-performance cable.

The cables support daisy chaining of up to 6 compatible Thunderbolt devices, which ensures streamlined performance and easier setup. Plus, with dual channel, bi-directional data transfer capability and support for power delivery (for bus-powered devices), these Thunderbolt cables offer the robust performance needed for optimal connections.

This high quality Thunderbolt cable is specifically designed to provide a reliable solution for device connections of up to 3m/9.8ft, providing enough cable length to connect compatible devices positioned as needed.

Who are

From their website:

Founded in 1985 by Paul Seed and Ken Kalopsis, is an ISO 9001 Registered manufacturer of hard-to-find connectivity parts.

Since its inception, our company has been dedicated to making IT professionals jobs easier by helping them identify, find and get the connectivity parts they need to enable their solutions.

Some of the ways makes it easy include:

  • A broad selection of products from legacy to latest ensure you have access to the parts you need
  • Friendly, professional Technical Advisors available to help you through live chat, phone and email with extended support hours
  • Exclusive online tools and resources like the ConXit Connection Wizard simplify the process of identifying and finding the right part
  • Value-added business services such as order suggestions, listing management and bid process coordination make your business more efficient serves a global market with operations in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Netherlands, Italy, Sweden and Mexico.

What’s in the Box (bag):

The only thing in the bag is the Thunderbolt cable.

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  • Dual-channel, simultaneous bi-directional data and video transfers up to 10 Gbps
  • Supports Power-over-cable, for bus-powered Thunderbolt devices


  • Connecting a Thunderbolt-equipped computer to a Thunderbolt-enabled device located up to 9ft/3m away, such as an external drive enclosure, RAID array, monitor, etc.
  • Connecting two Thunderbolt-equipped Mac computers, for Target Disk Mode file transfers
  • Connect a Thunderbolt-equipped MacBook Pro to an iMac, to use the iMac as the display for the MacBook Pro

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Final Thoughts

If you have a Mac and want to connect to one of Apple’s Thunderbolt devices, or to an external drive that uses Thunderbolt then you will need to buy a Thunderbolt cable. And like most Apple cables they are not cheap. The Apple store sells a 0.5m cable for £25 and a 2.0m one for £35. But what if you want a longer one, say 3.0m? Well Apple don’t seem sell a cable in that size so you will need to look around for one online, and that’s where come in. We have reviewed a number of their products in the past, so when we were given the chance to review one of their 3.0m Thunderbolt cables we said yes.

The cable comes in a simple plastic bag and takes only a few seconds to connect up and get running. Unlike the Apple cables, this one is black, which I personally prefer to the usual Apple white, but that’s just me!

The cable worked perfectly and the extra length proved invaluable so that I could position the external drive I was using on the other side of my desk away from the MacBook Pro on the other end.

StarTech sell Thunderbolt cables in a variety of lengths from 0.5m up to 3.0m and they do sell white versions if that’s what you want.

Cost wise, the 3.0m cable is listed on their website at £68.39 which isn’t cheap, so make sure you really need 3.0m before spending that sort of money on a single cable. Oh and as usual do a search online for the best price as Amazon had it for £54.26!

One thing I did notice on their website was that the shorted length cables are more expensive than the official Apple ones. I haven’t yet tested an Apple Thunderbolt cable to see if their is any performance difference, but bear that in mind when choosing your cable.

So all in all it’s a good quality cable, it’s just a little expensive.


You can learn more from the website.

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.


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