- Item Weight: 599 g
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
- ASIN: B07CZPV8DF
- Date first available at Amazon.sg: 26 May 2020
- Customer reviews: 788 customer ratings
CalDigit TS3 Plus Thunderbolt 3 Dock - 87W Charging, 7X USB 3.1 Ports, USB-C Gen 2, DisplayPort, UHS-II SD Card Slot, LAN, Optical Out, for 2016+ MacBook Pro & PC (Space Gray - 0.7m/2.3ft Cable)
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- [15 PORTS OF CONNECTIVITY]: 2x Thunderbolt 3 40Gb/s, DisplayPort 1.2, 5x USB-A & 1 USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gb/s), 1x USB-C 3.1 Gen2 (10Gb/s data only), Gigabit Ethernet, UHS-II SD Card Slot (SD 4.0), Optical Audio (S/PDIF), 3.5mm Stereo Audio In & Out. Vertical or horizontal orientation. Sturdy full aluminum construction with integrated heat sink without a fan.
- [IMPROVED from 85W to 87W LAPTOP CHARGING]: Provides up to 87W to charge your laptop and power all of your USB peripherals. The secondary Thunderbolt 3 port provides 15W of power for downstream devices. Please note: Firmware update required for 87W
- [DUAL 4K EXTENDED DISPLAYS]: Connect up to two 4K@60Hz (4096 x 2160 30-bit color) monitors via DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C port, OR a Single 5K@60Hz display can be supported via the Thunderbolt 3 port. (***DisplayPort to HDMI/DVI/VGA adapter / cable must be an ACTIVE type. Passive dongle/cable would not work.***)
- [UHS-II SD 4.0 CARD SLOT]: Latest UHS-II SD card slot supports SD/SDHC/SDXC at up to 312 MB/s bus speed. Transfer full days of footage from your camera 3x faster than UHS-I counterpart!
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I'm a film student at Chapman and was recommended to get a MacBook Pro.
I learned immediately that I needed a hub. I tried many of the USB-C hubs and they're equally terrible because only one to two of the ports will work. And nearly nothing is working if you are exporting 4K onto an editing monitor. From the $100+ to the $30 hubs the limitations are painful if you are importing your RAW photos or media and trying to use the display.
I asked around and was told to find something that could fully utilize Thunderbolt 3. HUH?
So USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 are different, and what I needed for content creation was a Thunderbolt 3 dock.
The Wirecutter recommended the CalDigit TS3 Plus, and since they're the Wirecutter they can't be wrong.
CalDigit's TS3 Plus arrived in a few days from Amazon and I was ready to get some work done.
My current setup is a Dell 27" 4K display, and a ton of storage. I have a SanDisk SATA SSD that is plugged into the Type-C port (really fast), and back things up again on an external Seagate 8TB (really slow, but this thing is a workhorse).
I film and take photos with a Sony A7iii and use the SD card slot for end of the day dumps.
That's a lot of stuff plugged into this thing, and all of it WORKS.
Last night a classmate came by with an USB flash drive, and I just popped it in one of the rear ports.
The Optical Audio allows me to set up a nice 5.1 sound system, but it proved even more important this morning when someone brought over their DAC.
It has been only two days, and I already feel like this is one of the best investments I have made.
My only gripe is that the power brick is kinda bulky, but I can live with that since it does the full 85watt charging to my MacBook.
Which means I have a spare charger!
You know they cost like $100 in the Apple store, right??
This dock is an absolute dream. Plug it in, tell Windows 10 that it's authorized, and you're off. No freezing. No performance hit. No USB devices dropping and reconnecting. No rebooting. No crashing when plugged / unplugged. It charges, it doesn't get very warm, and it has gobs of ports, so I don't even need to keep my USB hub around anymore.
Even the DAC is pretty decent. I'm not ready to give up my beloved Dragonfly Red, but it drives my Shure 1540's just fine.
Yeah, this dock costs a bit more than other Thunderbolt 3 docks, but the pure ease of use makes it so worth the money. Not to mention, the construction is absolutely top-notch, and the dock itself is so small, it easily tucks away under my laptop stand.
If you have a laptop with Thunderbolt 3, this is the dock you've been looking for.
7/23: I had an issue where upon plugging in the dock, I would get the blue screen of death due to hardware conflicts. Trial and error (and some guidance from CalDigit as to where to start investigating) narrowed it down to a strange BIOS update that came via the support app. If anyone else with an XPS13 9370 is having issues since mid-June 2018 they should ensure their BIOS did not 'upgrade' to version 1.4.x. Current version is 1.1.3 (7/24/18) and once I had reflashed back, no issues.
UPDATE: 01/15/2019 - This unit is working flawlessly still, and has happily recognized (and passed through) all peripheral devices I have connected. I must have at least 400+ hours with not a single issue, hiccup - nothing.