Look, I know people who opt for Thunderbolt-based peripherals don’t really bother about the price but rather just want the fastest and easiest protocol because time is the one thing they can’t afford to waste. But that is seemingly going to change because Intel themselves came up with the good idea of Thunderbolt Share.

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Somewhat similar to how KVM monitors function, Thunderbolt Share essentially links two Windows PCs (or laptops or whatever) and opens up various functions to help bridge the gap and make users’ lives much easier.

Through the power of Thunderbolt 4/Thunderbolt 5, two given systems are practically just one in terms of file synchronization and collaborative tasks because the high bandwidth and low latency enable them to move files and get updated in just a matter of seconds. Intel is not abandoning docks just yet because the same tech can serve as the “middleman” between those PCs via daisy-chaining.

Privacy protection also comes into play especially when business-owned devices are involved like laptops used by key personnel. But through Thunderbolt Share, enjoy fast connection without any Wi-Fi or cellular, etc – a small, secure, air-gapped environment just between the two.

Despite the majority of consumers who adopt Thunderbolt are due to productivity reasons in the case of creators and business categories as shown above, I wonder if the gaming market would pop off as Team Blue expects it to be since I don’t really need TB to be honest.

Intel Thunderbolt Share 3

Screen sharing is probably going to be the most used feature after file sharing because there will be no compression in the signal stream in addition to FHD/60FPS with highly responsive mouse and keyboard input.

The given sample scenario hits the sweet spot in some sense as WFH employees more often than not utilize their powerful desktop rigs for personal use but might need to hop onto company calls and online meetings at times. With Thunderbolt Share’s screen sharing, just plug the cable in and get started in just minutes.

Intel Thunderbolt Share 4

But of course, Thunderbolt Share also needs to be set up via a piece of software that needs to be downloaded and installed while the hardware layer requires all the existing necessities – TB4 or TB5-certified cables, the associated ports, and optionally the peripherals too. I have no idea what’s gonna happen to existing products but judging from the requirements, Intel is going to enforce brands to print the big ol “THUNDERBOLT SHARE COMPATIBLE” or “WITH THUNDERBOLT SHARE” kind of labelling from now on.


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