|Item model number||500808|
|Item Weight||3.49 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||7.52 x 6.3 x 5.51 inches|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||January 12, 2017|
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CalDigit TS3 - Thunderbolt 3 Dock with (0.5m / 19 in) meter cable - 85W Charging. USB 3.1, eSATA, DisplayPort, LAN, Audio for 2016/2017 Macbook Pro and Windows PC
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Interface Expansion, Enhanced
Charge and add more ports with a single Thunderbolt 3 cable!
Providing up to 85W of power to the 2016 MacBook Pro or Thunderbolt 3 PC, the TS3 is the central hub for not only connectivity expansion but also for charging your laptop. No longer do you need to connect your computer’s supplied Type-C charger in addition to all your other peripheral devices. Just connect the Thunderbolt 3 cable to your computer and you are ready to go!
Featuring the ability to add high performance Thunderbolt 3 Type-C devices, eSATA storage, or even USB 3.1 devices, the TS3 can accommodate any professional device. Whether you need to connect ultra fast Thunderbolt 3 storage for cutting edge video applications or you just need to add a portable USB drive, the TS3 has you covered. The Gigabit Ethernet port allows users to connect to a more stable internet connection for faster file transfers. The Audio In/Out ports are a handy way to keep your speakers and microphones connected.
High Performance Dual Displays
The use of DisplayPort as the video output of choice on the TS3 allows users the ability to choose their preferred display. With use of a DisplayPort to HDMI, DVI or VGA cable, users can add any monitor they want. If you're looking to use the latest high resolution displays such as 4K@60Hz and 5K@60Hz, the TS3’s use of Thunderbolt 3 technology has allowed this to be possible. For users who need dual 4K monitors, they can connect a USB-C to HDMI/DVI/VGA video cable to the second Thunderbolt 3 port and take advantage of a dual monitor set-up.
Stand Alone Charging
Even when your TS3 is not on your desk powering your laptop you can use it to charge all your devices, such as iPhones or iPads, via the front USB 3.1 port. Stand Alone Charging allows users to maximize the use of their TS3 dock even when it is not connected to a computer!
Thunderbolt 3 Daisy-Chain
The dual Thunderbolt 3 ports allow users to daisy-chain extra Thunderbolt 3 Type-C devices. In fact users can connect up to 6 devices to one computer’s Thunderbolt 3 port. This means that users can add a Thunderbolt 3 monitor, or any other Thunderbolt 3 device to the second port for added convenience.
Horizontal or Vertical
The beauty of the TS3’s design allows users to choose how the device is displayed on their desk. Traditionally docks are only available in a horizontal orientation. The TS3’s design is flexible and can be used in either orientation.
Free Thunderbolt 3 Cable
A free Thunderbolt 3 cable is included with every TS3. CalDigit’s Thunderbolt 3 cables are high quality industry standard cables and ensure optimum performance.
In the box
- 1 x TS3
- 1 x Power Supply
- 1 x Power Cord
- 1 x Pair of rubber feet
- 1 x Thunderbolt 3 cable
- PC: Windows 10 or later
- Mac: OS X 10.12 or later
- Computer with Thunderbolt 3 ports
2 x Thunderbolt 3 Type-C, 3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, 1 x DisplayPort, 2 x eSATA 6Gb, 1 x Gigabit Ethernet LAN, 1 x 3.5mm headphone jack, 1 x 3.5mm mono mic jack
Dimensions and Weight
Height: 5.20 inches (132.0 mm)
Width: 1.71 inches (43.5 mm)
Depth: 3.88 inches (98.5 mm)
Weight:1.34 lbs (0.61 kgs)
What The Press Is Saying
"Overall, this is a great, compact Thunderbolt 3 dock that offers a good balance of features…” -MacRumors
"5 out of 5" -Photoshop User
"...a very well-built and good-looking dock.” -9to5Mac
“The TS3 Thunderbolt Station has an edge. Not only does one of its ports provide 85W charging power on to Apple’s Thunderbolt 3 MacBook, but it’s also tine compared to the others.” -MacFormat
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I chose this dock because it is one of the few Thunderbolt docks that generates at least 85w of charging power, and the Dell power supply is 130w. I got a message from the Dell XPS BIOS the first time I set it up that 85w might not be enough, but I have had no power/charging issues and I'm doing a fair amount of content creation. The power warning can be disabled in the BIOS. It seems to charge the XPS when plugged in with a low battery.
RFI: I tried connecting my Logitech mouse & keyboard. This unit generates too much RFI to plug in a Logitech Unifying Receiver- and once I figured that out and plugged the Logitech receiver into my laptop instead of the docking station, my mouse worked fine again.
Networking seems fine. I am part of a wired business network with mapped drives and multi-user Quickbooks and the wired network connected is reliable enough. I have not had network issues that were unique to my computer. I have two printers connected with USB cables and I have had no issues.
The audio connection is mediocre. My external speakers sound MUCH BETTER connected directly to the laptop instead of the docking station. I am an audiophile, so I'm pickier than most, but the sound coming out of the docking station was mediocre. I have not used the MIC jack
The graphics system has glitches. I'm not sure how much of this is due to the dock, and how much is due to the Dell XPS drivers for the fancy dual graphics card configuration. I have an external 2560x1080 monitor connected and had Windows issues with the re-sizing of windows and text, especially when moving windows between the laptop screen and the external monitor I disabled the Dell's GEForce card, and set the laptop screen to 1920x 1080, which resolved most of the problems. Now and then the CalDigit dock will fail to recognize the external monitor, through the Displayport, both when starting up or awakening from sleep. I keep an HDMI cable around to bypass the Displayport cable on the CalDigit dock for those times.
I have not used the eSATA ports.
It's not like I'm going to toss this and spend several hundred to replace it, but I wouldn't recommend it if there are other docks that meet your needs.
Really really great Docking station for my MBPR15. Works very well with two Dell (simple DP, no Thunderbolt) screens at 2560x1440 and 1920x1200. Charges at 85W. Perfect.
Recently got a new MBPR15 (2017) and was looking for a docking for it. Requirements included support for dual display - supporting my 27" Dell (2560x1440) and 24" Dell (1920x1200), which, while not 4K, are both higher resolutions than 1080p. One of the big concerns I had was the ability to support two "plain" screens (i.e. non thunderbolt ones) with a docking, as there are many descriptions of issues with that with different docks. Some docks even explicitly point out they will not support two screens via the dock unless at least one of them is a thunderbolt one. The other requirement was that it will be a 85/87W charging dock and not 60W. While the MBPR15 is perfectly capable of working off a 60W charger most of the time, when using very intensive 3D processing, that's just not enough, and so all the docks that are capped at 60W (like OWC and Pluggable) are not good for me. I have the OWC one in the office (also supports two displays well, so if you don't need 85W it could be a good option), but in the office I don't use that much 3D processing.
So based on these requirements - the CalDigit was purchased, and I'm happy to say it delivers big time. I connect one screen with a DP-DP cable, and another with a USBC/TB3-DP Cable (Pluggable). I was worried the latter might not work, but it worked with zero configuration. I have now connected to it a USB splitter, my wireless keyboard and mouse, ethernet, and more... all works great. Strongly recommended.
2x external displays (1 21in monitor via DisplayPort, 1 47in HDTV via TB3 to HDMI adapter. Both running at 1080P/60)
2x external HDDs on eSATA
USB mouse and keyboard
The headphone jack on the front turns on with a switch off the iMac's audio options. The unit fits right in between the iMac's screen and stand, with the front panel blue LED turning on and off with the computer. An essential piece of kit for those using the TB3 iMac for Audio/Video production.
Another thing - CalDigit claims simple DP to the display adapter of choice, but I had a heck of a time getting an adapter that would support 2560X1600 @ 60Hz over DVI-D. Ultimately I did go with the Accell "DP-DVI Dual Link B087B-002b", which was $106. This allowed the TS3 unit to output at the desired resolution and refresh - cheaper than a new monitor, but $100 over the $270 for the dock: