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CalDigit TS3 Plus Thunderbolt 3 Dock 85W 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

Last Updated: 9 Apr 2019 (Refresh Now)
8.2
SCORE
/10
Total Reviews
235
Old Reviews
0
Unverified
44
Spam Test
PASS
122880 GB
MEMORY
Yes
USB
1
NUMBER OF USB PORTS
0.14 meters
SIZE

Review Summary - 191 recent, verified reviews

Detailed Mode
Ports
 123
thunderbolt, dock, thunderbolt 3, macbook pro, displayport
+82%
-18%
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" ...  I arrive at work plug in a single Thunderbolt cable into my MacBook Pro on a VESA floating arm and all of my peripherals including my 24" 4K display come to life. ... I have Ethernet from my work network, USB, Headphones, display, power and even an SD slot all coming to life without any hiccups.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm using almost every single port and not a single problem yet.  ...  "
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" ...  This hub is AWESOME!!  ...  "
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" ...  My setup used the TB2/mini-DP port for my monitor, the Ethernet, Mag-Safe, and the USB-A ports. ... Great device and I even added an external Blu-Ray drive thanks to the extra USB-A ports.  ...  "
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" ...  This is my first thunderbolt 3 computer (MacBook Pro 2018).  ...  "
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" ...  everything I wanted on a usb c dock.  ...  "
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" ...  I have a MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3 ports that I connect to a monitor on my desk top. ... This device allows me to have one plug going to my computer for all my devices.  ...  "
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" ...  My external monitor, hdd and other thing is all connected in one hub.  ...  "
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Device Compatibility
 77
dock, 2018, macbook, thunderbolt, thunderbolt 3
+87%
-13%
comment
" ...  Have had this through a Macbook Pro phase and now with an XPS 15, everything just works with no fuss.  ...  "
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" ...  When I hooked them directly to the laptop, they worked great. ... I use it with a Macbook Pro, Apple Cinema Display, external DVD Drive/Writer, and external hard drive. ... All of these items were originally hooked up to a Mac Pro that was 9 years old and yet they all work great with my new laptop and the docking station.  ...  "
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" ...  This hub is AWESOME!!  ...  "
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" ...  Have a MacBook Pro 15" 2017.  ...  "
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" ...  Asus NV501 Signature edition Zenbook Pro.  ...  "
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" ...  Not only does it provide 85W of power to my Macbook Pro 2018 (allowing me to leave my power adapter in my bag), it also lets me run two additional monitors and have everything I need art my desk use a single port on my MBP, with hub ports to spare!  ...  "
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" ...  Need various dongles to make them all work together, but the dock has worked flawlessly.  ...  "
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" ...  I am using this with a 2017 13in Macbook Pro.  ...  "
Product Reliability
 38
months, dock, docks, defective, caldigit
+66%
-34%
comment
" ...  UPDATE: 01/15/2019 - This unit is working flawlessly still, and has happily recognized (and passed through) all peripheral devices I have connected.  ...  "
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" ...  Replacing the PSU did the trick and it has been working well since.  ...  "
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" ...  I had bought 2 unpowered hubs that i thought would work.  ...  "
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" ...  I was on the phone less than 5 minutes and everything worked perfectly after that.  ...  "
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" ...  I will try to remember to update in a year or so with longevity.  ...  "
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" ...  Everything is working as intended now.  ...  "
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" ...  Within an hour everything was working.  ...  "
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" ...  I've been using this dock for the past couple of months and it's simply excellent.  ...  "
Charging
 34
macbook pro, dock, usb c, peripherals, sd card
+82%
-18%
comment
" ...  Has enough ports for mouse, keyboard, printer, cell phone charging.  ...  "
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" ...  It drives my dual external monitors, my USB webcam, an external USB hard drive, an USB hub, ethernet, audio, SD card reader, and CHARGED MY LAPTOP at the same time.  ...  "
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" ...  This dock completes my desktop setup with one cable to plug in, 2 30in monitors, optical out, USB ports all filled up with drives, charging, and SD reader!  ...  "
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" ...  On the plus side: I love it because it does everything I want very conveniently, including charging, and doesn't require any drivers (at least on my nifty 2018 MacBook Air).  ...  "
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" ...  The dock has its own power pack and supplies power to the laptop so I can keep the laptop's own charger at a different location.  ...  "
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" ...  As far as I know, it's also the only one that fully charges the Macbook Pro 15" (85W).  ...  "
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" ...  The TS3 Plus provides enough power to keep the 15" MBP charged. ... Put away the charger you got from Apple.  ...  "
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" ...  It will charge the laptop, connect to your monitor(s) and all your peripherals, all over one USB-C cable.  ...  "
Cables
 27
cables, thunderbolt, macbook pro, ts3, dock
+93%
-7%
comment
" ...  Plugged all my cables and laptop in, plugged it in to power, everything works perfectly. ... Also like that this actually charges my laptop so I don't have to plug in another power cord.  ...  "
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" ...  Monitor and cable have been working perfectly for the past year.  ...  "
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" ...  Great for reducing the jungle of wires: detach the Thunderbolt cord and your MacBook Pro is free to go.  ...  "
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" ...  The two cable dream is finally a reality!  ...  "
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" ...  I travel a lot, and it used to be when I would come back to the office I would have to hook up 4 cables to it, and fuss to get the hard drives working again. ... Now it's one cord, and my apple power supply stays with my travel bags.  ...  "
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" ...  When it worked, it appeared to be working at 3.1 speeds and it was great having to deal with only one cable to my Mac.  ...  "
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" ...  When my laptop leaves my desk, I unplug one cable.  ...  "
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" ...  * ONE CABLE CONNECTION to my MacBook - My MacBook is used both at the office, and at home. ... It's nice to just set it on the desk, plug in one cable, and I'm good to go. ... I am using a Thunderbolt certified 18" cable.  ...  "
USB
 20
usb c, external, ports, dock, hub
+70%
-30%
comment
" ...  It all works great and is made possible by the USB C specification and little marvel.  ...  "
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" ...  If you need a dock with your macbook pro that uses USB C/Thunderbolt 3 just buy CalDigit TS3 Plus!  ...  "
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" ...  I can drive two 4K displays, external hard drive, various USB peripherals with a single USB-C connection to my MacBook that also provides power.  ...  "
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" ...  - The extra USB ports and Optical Audio out are nice.  ...  "
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" ...  Great device and I even added an external Blu-Ray drive thanks to the extra USB-A ports.  ...  "
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" ...  I have every usb device I own connected to this dock at all times, and I still have room for more peripherals.  ...  "
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" ...  everything I wanted on a usb c dock.  ...  "
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" ...  A bit pricy, but you get what you pay for and this is way better than basic cheap usb strips ive bought in the past.  ...  "
Build Quality
 19
feels, build quality, aluminum, unit, construction
+95%
-5%
comment
" ...  The construction is nice and solid.  ...  "
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" ...  Anyway, I'm really impressed with this thing, and I have to add that it feels really well made. ... Even stands up straight on my desk despite the weight of the cords pulling on it, which is surprising.  ...  "
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" ...  work as intended, solid fit and finish, excellent compliments of ports.  ...  "
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" ...  The TS3-Plus is a rock solid performer.  ...  "
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" ...  Build quality is nice. ... The aluminum construction has a nice heft to it, but this thing is really compact.  ...  "
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" ...  The unit has a sturdy aluminum build, looks and feels neat and weighted, overall a luxurious product.  ...  "
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" ...  There are many options out there but this one seems to be the most future proof and the quality/reliability has been nothing short of stellar.  ...  "
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" ...  It was been rock solid .  ...  "
Overall performance
 16
performance, transfer speeds, solid, pro, rock
+100%
comment
" ...  I purchased this to use with a 2018 MacBook Pro, and it's doing a great job so far (after about a month).  ...  "
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" ...  I bought a Thinkpad X1 Extreme edition.  ...  "
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" ...  Not quite as "pretty" as some others, but does the job.  ...  "
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" ...  Backups to my SSD are FAST!  ...  "
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" ...  The TS3-Plus is a rock solid performer.  ...  "
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" ...  Glad I waited for the "plus" model to come out because it has everything on my list and performs flawlessly with my 2016 MBP Pro.  ...  "
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" ...  - It's faster - great transfer rates  ...  "
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" ...  Everything I've tried has just worked smoothly.  ...  "
Setup
 14
set, ts3, plus, instructions, installed
+93%
-7%
comment
" ...  CalDigit's support was both responsive and helpful during installation.  ...  "
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" ...  It works perfectly, supports multiple connections and requires zero configuration.  ...  "
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" ...  Nothing to install, everything worked out of the box.  ...  "
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" ...  Ordered, arrived and installed yesterday.  ...  "
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" ...  Secondly, this powers my entire setup amazingly.  ...  "
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" ...  Solved a very difficult issue we had with a lab setup.  ...  "
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" ...  So a bit about my setup.  ...  "
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" ...  Setup and did dual displays.  ...  "
Memory
 11
ssd, external, ports, drives, usb 3
+82%
-18%
comment
" ...  Tons of full-speed ports, super reliable, much smaller in real life than the photos.  ...  "
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" ...  If I need to use my old USB 3.0 flash drive, no problem!  ...  "
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" ...  This is on a Touch Bar maxed out MacBook Pro (32GB RAM + Vega).  ...  "
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" ...  I also have the Caldigit T4 Thunderbolt 3 - Storage Unit and It solved my other problem of having a whole bunch of little drives around.  ...  "
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" ...  I use a Samsung T3 external SSD, and have experienced mixed transfer speeds.  ...  "
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" ...  I was looking for something with a better camera memory slot, lots of USB for all these spare hard drives I swap around between Mac and Windows.  ...  "
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" ...  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).  ...  "
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" ...  I mainly needed a way to add on more USB ports and add a SD card reader for importing pictures from a camera SD card. ... (1) SD card drive: Works great! ... (6) Rear Thunderbolt3 Port: Works great with my G-Technology external SSD drive for backing up my files.  ...  "
Software Platform
 11
hardware, bios, 2019, 2018, thunderbolt
+64%
-36%
comment
" ...  This thing is pricy but it accommodates macs and windows machines.  ...  "
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" ...  I did have to run a software program within Windows to recognize the hub, and their support line walked me through how to do that.  ...  "
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" ...  No issues after updating the xps bios and thunderbolt software.  ...  "
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" ...  - Works fantastic with Antergos/Arch linux.  ...  "
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" ...  I ran it with my dj software and hardware so far so good, no glitches no hardware disconnections .  ...  "
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" ...  Came back later and randomly clicked on the Windows Notification button (lower right), and found a notification (which had never popped up) that said something like "new thunderbolt device detected, click here to enable".  ...  "
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" ...  UPDATE: 01/15/2019 - This unit is working flawlessly still, and has happily recognized (and passed through) all peripheral devices I have connected.  ...  "
Resolution
 11
monitor, 4k monitors, displayport, 27, thunderbolt
+91%
-9%
comment
" ...  4K/5K at 60 HZ.  ...  "
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" ...  Also using the DP output to drive a 3440x1440 ultra-widescreen monitor.  ...  "
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" ...  Throughput is fantastic, I can play out two 4K video files on two different 4K monitors without any glitching (one monitor on the DisplayPort connector, the other on a thunderbolt to DisplayPort adapter attached to an external HDD going through the dock.  ...  "
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" ...  Works perfectly with Razer Blade Pro 2017 4K laptop for multi-DisplayPort output via MST pass-though.  ...  "
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" ...  I am glad I went through the trouble of finding a true 4K 60 Hz hub as it makes a very noticeable difference in the picture quality on my 4K screen.  ...  "
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" ...  And nearly nothing is working if you are exporting 4K onto an editing monitor. ... My current setup is a Dell 27" 4K display, and a ton of storage.  ...  "
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" ...  I used it with 27" and 28" 4K monitors and a HDD for backup with a macbook pro 2016 15".  ...  "
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" ...  One connection to my 2017 MBP and I have two 4k monitors, optical audio out, ethernet, power (full 85 watts), plenty of USB connections.  ...  "
Keyboard
 11
mouse, plugged, directly, monitor, logitech
+64%
-36%
comment
" ...  I am using a keyboard and mouse attached via the dock and an external HDD directly to ultrabook (more on that it a second).  ...  "
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" ...  this box handles kingston kc1000) + a wired keyboard.  ...  "
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" ...  What's always connected: Keyboard, mouse, ethernet, 4K DisplayPort monitor.  ...  "
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" ...  Plus, I had a hub for connecting my keyboard, trackball, a laser printer and a photo-printer multi-function device.  ...  "
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" ...  Then I plugged my Corsair keyboard and mouse in, and they worked too.  ...  "
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" ...  With a multitude of USB inputs, I have a keyboard, trackpad, and scanner at my disposal.  ...  "
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" ...  For both notebook and windows desktop it consolidates my keyboard, mouse, ethernet, and Thunderbolt RAID array.  ...  "
Size
 11
dock, laptop, smaller, heft, form
+100%
comment
" ...  Not to mention, the construction is absolutely top-notch, and the dock itself is so small, it easily tucks away under my laptop stand.  ...  "
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" ...  * Small footprint, and lightweight.  ...  "
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" ...  The form factor is a lot nicer on this dock as well .  ...  "
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" ...  It's a bit larger wider than I'd like, but overall the size is pretty small.  ...  "
comment
" ...  You can either go with multiple dongles or you can go with one portable TB3 dock that you can put away in your laptop bag to use on the go and set up this TB3 Dock from CalDigit on your desk. ... Leave that in your laptop bag, too.  ...  "
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" ...  The aluminum construction has a nice heft to it, but this thing is really compact.  ...  "
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" ...  -- Small form factor  ...  "
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" ...  I love how small it is, way smaller than the Belkin dock  ...  "
Storage
 9
sd card slot, sd card reader, card, ports, cards
+78%
-22%
comment
" ...  Not only that but super speed to download or write SD Cards, Thunderbolt capabilities, Plenty of USB 3 ports etc.  ...  "
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" ...  The SD card reader is handy for digital cameras and car driver recorders.  ...  "
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" ...  - I love the built in SD card port, I really missed this in the other dock.  ...  "
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" ...  I mainly needed a way to add on more USB ports and add a SD card reader for importing pictures from a camera SD card. ... (1) SD card drive: Works great! ... No issues with copying files from an SD card to my laptop.  ...  "
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" ...  * UHS II SD card slot - As a pro photographer, this was the deal maker.  ...  "
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" ...  Having an SD card slot is a plus for my photography work.  ...  "
Sound Quality
 9
audio, unit, sounds, replacement, caldigit
+89%
-11%
comment
" ...  In addition to the monitor I use an external hard drive, a webcam, and a set of speakers.  ...  "
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" ...  At the price point, I was expecting simpler setup and no weird sounds from the electronics, but it still might be the best option available.  ...  "
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" ...  Audio quality in and out is great.  ...  "
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" ...  And the company's name sounds like it's the 90s and they bundle shareware onto floppies.  ...  "
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" ...  It has to be done manually from the sound preferences.  ...  "
comment
" ...  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.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Audio is good too, runs to 24bit/96khz.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Most importantly I needed great sound hooked up to my receiver.  ...  "
Mouse
 9
keyboard, plugged, monitor, ts3, ports
+67%
-33%
comment
" ...  I am using a keyboard and mouse attached via the dock and an external HDD directly to ultrabook (more on that it a second).  ...  "
comment
" ...  Now I can connect the optical mouse(Microsoft) through the TS3 and it works fine.  ...  "
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" ...  What's always connected: Keyboard, mouse, ethernet, 4K DisplayPort monitor.  ...  "
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" ...  Has enough ports for mouse, keyboard, printer, cell phone charging.  ...  "
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" ...  Then I plugged my Corsair keyboard and mouse in, and they worked too.  ...  "
comment
" ...  For both notebook and windows desktop it consolidates my keyboard, mouse, ethernet, and Thunderbolt RAID array.  ...  "
Returns
 9
return, replacement, ts3, support, caldigit
+11%
-89%
comment
" ...  After trying it out and working with their tech support, their support labelled the device defective and asked me to return it.  ...  "
comment
" ...  The replaced item was even worst.  ...  "
comment
" ...  So I returned it for a brand new one.  ...  "
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" ...  Needless to say, the item was returned to Amazon.  ...  "
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" ...  I have returned it to Amazon.  ...  "
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" ...  I did not even bother to get a replacement.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Too late to return.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I returned it.  ...  "
Design
 9
product, look, like, good, feels
+100%
comment
" ...  This little dock is made of metal and feels high-quality.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Firstly, the design of this is just beautiful.  ...  "
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" ...  The unit has a sturdy aluminum build, looks and feels neat and weighted, overall a luxurious product.  ...  "
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" ...  Get it and never look back!  ...  "
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" ...  I don't buy my tools because of what they look like.  ...  "
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" ...  I love when thought is put into a product like this, a small detail but it shows someone actually cares.  ...  "
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" ...  It looks good, has a low profile and so far I am happy with it.  ...  "
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" ...  Way to go CalDigit people, you've done some good design work!  ...  "
Display Clarity
 8
display, ts3, dock, screens, thunderbolt
+88%
-13%
comment
" ...  Without it, I was going to return the Samsung monitor I bought and go back to my 7 year old monitor.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Bought this dock to use with my MacBook Air Retina, and everything seems to be working except for the display port for my second monitor.  ...  "
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" ...  this thing works better than the Mac thunderbolt display used to.  ...  "
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" ...  However, after rebooting my computer a few times and trying different monitor display settings, the monitor works well going through the CalDigit TS3 Plus display port.  ...  "
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" ...  This is a solid, well built and thought-out interface for just about any peripheral and display(s) you may need.  ...  "
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" ...  Note: I do not use it for dual display which seems to be the source of many of the lower ratings.  ...  "
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" ...  Immediately the TS3+ LED came on, and both monitors lit up mirroring my laptop screen!  ...  "
Ease of Use
 7
set, solved, instructions, friendly, easy
+86%
-14%
comment
" ...  So a bit about my setup.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I replaced my desktop with a laptop and this made it easy.  ...  "
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" ...  I’m not a technical person but set up was a breeze.  ...  "
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" ...  Solved a very difficult issue we had with a lab setup.  ...  "
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" ...  I have employed more than 200 people in my 75 years on this earth, and Brian & Bradley are not only Extremely competent, helpful and friendly.  ...  "
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" ...  I couldn't ask for anything easier!  ...  "
Price
 7
one, money, gave, performance, despite
+71%
-29%
comment
" ...  Then I saw this one and despite the pricey cost gave it a try.  ...  "
comment
" ...  If you need the additional jacks and can afford the price, stop looking, this is the one.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Which, I suspect, explains the weight, heat, and price.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Only reason I gave the value 4 stars is the price tag.  ...  "
comment
" ...  But that is a small price compared to its ease of use and flexibility.  ...  "
Marketplace
 7
caldigit, reviews, returned, read, item
+71%
-29%
comment
" ...  Amazon sells it also.  ...  "
comment
" ...  You can almost tell from the terribly lit picture I've attached.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Everything just works as advertised.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I was already aware of the superior quality of their docks and judging from the positive reviews I have read on Amazon, I see I am not alone in my raves about this dock. ... I contacted CalDigit Support and they arranged to have it sent back to them.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I received this yesterday.  ...  "
Power Consumption
 6
supply, dell
+67%
-33%
comment
" ...  Power, data, everything.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Not to mention remember to unpack my power supply.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Most important though is 2 monitors + power.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Beefy power supply.  ...  "
Cooling
 6
fan, warm, unit, touch
+100%
comment
" ...  On the exterior there are cooling fins that do get use, the unit is usually quite warm to the touch so anything to dissipate heat makes sense.  ...  "
comment
" ...  It is a rugged unit well packaged for superior cooling without a fan: therefore high reliability and long life.  ...  "
comment
" ...  The cooling situation was definitely not ideal, but even then it only got warm to the touch.)  ...  "
comment
" ...  And the design is passively cooling.  ...  "
comment
" ...  - It runs cooler  ...  "
Fit
 6
top, fit, feet, dock, rubber
+83%
-17%
comment
" ...  (Bonus, my Schiit Magni and Modi fit perfectly on top of the dock!)  ...  "
comment
" ...  In addition, the unit came with two rubber like strips and rather than a cheesy peel and stick deal these snap onto the feet!  ...  "
comment
" ...  - I've attached velcro to the top, and mounted it underneath my desk surface.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I lay the doc down on its side using the included feet attachment.  ...  "
comment
" ...  This dock seems to fit the bill!  ...  "
Drivers
 5
driver, windows, thunderbolt, plus, caldigit
+20%
-80%
comment
" ...  There is a driver available for download that installs a kernel extension.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I spent an inordinate amount of time with Caldigit's tech support downloading an endless stream of drivers, updating and removing them, etc., only for tech support to fail to get it working.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I had to update several Windows 10 drivers plus delete then reinstall the Thunderbolt SW on my Dell XPS 15 9570 in order to get the dock to work.  ...  "
Storage
 4
matches, grey, gray, full
+100%
comment
" ...  Its space grey with a beefy feeling chassis, and has an insane amount of ports (which I have somehow managed to fill up all of . )  ...  "
comment
" ...  It's built like a tank, perfectly matches the form-factor of my space-grey 2018 Macbook Pro, and sits discreetly on my desk in both vertical and horizontal orientations.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Oh, and the space gray is a pretty good match. ... (The space gray matches all my dust, anyway.)  ...  "
comment
" ...  Please continue reading to get the full scoop.  ...  "
Capacity
 3
+100%
comment
" ...  This is key for us because we have multiple users in our house.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Use it in three offices.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Thinking of getting another one for the home office.  ...  "
Sleep Tracking
 3
waking, wake, macbook, screens, issues
+33%
-67%
comment
" ...  Sometimes they don't wake from sleep correctly, and one or both monitors don't show a display. ... This is getting worse and I'm now having to restart 2-3 times a day after waking the system from sleep.  ...  "
Cable Length
 3
one, dock
+100%
comment
" ...  It's a true single-cable solution.  ...  "
comment
" ...  The dock came with the dock-to-laptop cable.  ...  "
comment
" ...  It's nice to just set it on the desk, plug in one cable, and I'm good to go.  ...  "

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Specifications

Body
Size:  0.14 meters
Connectivity
USB:  Yes 
Number of USB ports:  1 
HDMI:  Yes 
Memory
Memory:  122880 GB
Display
Resolution:  4K 
122880 GB
MEMORY
Yes
USB
1
NUMBER OF USB PORTS
0.14 meters
SIZE