Available Thunderbold 3 docks and upcoming ones

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  1. bendrumin macrumors 6502

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    I know there is a massive list of USB-C dongles and such, but this is a post that is set up as a wiki so people can add ones they have found that actually work and are available or coming soon. Lets try to stay on topic please :)
     
  2. Rafterman macrumors 68000

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    Most of them are USB-C docks, which are different (and much slower) than the true Thunderbolt 3 docks, which can reach up to 40 gb throughput rate.

    The only true Thunderbolt 3 docks I know of are upcoming ones from Belkin and OWC.
     
  3. shareef777 macrumors 68020

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    And sadly even the OWC won't offer enough power to charge the 15". The only choice for the 15" owners will be the Belkin solution, and that's rumored to cost $400. So it seems that just like Thunderbolt 1/2, TB is DOA due to costs. Awaiting a USB-C dock solution that offers 85W.

    I did bookmark this page in hopes that someone is able to find the 85W dock.
     
  4. shareef777 macrumors 68020

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    Caldigit states they're coming out with a TB3 solution in Q1/2 of 2017 that'll output 90W to laptops. Man, woulda hoped things would move faster then that. But that's the pain of being on bleeding edge technology.
     
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    Thing is that I didn't want to buy a secondary charger for my home. Would rather invest that money into the docking solution. I guess I could use the included one everywhere I go. A bit inconvenient, but will deal with it until a proper solution for the 15" is out.
     
  7. Karnicopia macrumors 6502

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    I was thinking of waiting for this one. Not too familiar with these but I like the idea of it. The cost seems really really high though. May be worth it if I keep it for the life of the laptop but man that is tough after forking out the cash for the laptop.

    Guess I have plenty of time to think about it I guess. I may just get one of those portable multi port dongles for now, wait to see how the docks are looking in a few months when we have more options then just use the dongle for travel when I get a dock.

    https://hengedocks.com/pages/horizontal-macbook-pro-2016
     
  8. brynsmith23 macrumors regular

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    In 3 months, we should have heaps of options including ones that are capable of charging the 15 Inch MBP.
     
  9. shareef777, Nov 18, 2016
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    Pressed them again on their TB3 solution and was told that it'd only provide 60W. Very disappointing. So the only benefit to the TB3 solution vs their USB-C one (at a $130 price increase) is being able to push higher resolution monitors and having full speed USB-A ports.
     
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  11. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 68040

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    Gigabyte has the best docks and eGPU solutions I have seen. Not out yet.
     
  12. sidewinder macrumors 68020

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    Best docks? How are any of their docks better than the OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock?
     
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    Isn't that just 90W in total? That would be something like 60W to notebook and 30W to peripherals.
     
  15. jakespeed macrumors member

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    I use the Caldigit USB-C Dock with my 15 and so far its working very well. I plug in one cable and I'm docked and ready to work. I'm doing C++ (gcc) and C# Development on mid sized projects so my workflow includes numerous compiles in the 4-5 minute range and thats the only time I see over 20w or so. The laptop charges to 100% and stays there all day.

    I'm sure for media production and video games it might be a problem but of other work the Caldigit is a good solution while I wait for the bugs to be worked out of the TB3 docks since I'm confident there will be some gotchas with them.
     
  16. Tensakun macrumors 6502

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    This is an interesting point I hadn't considered. My throughput needs are pretty modest – AV output to fairly basic projectors and external monitors, backup to Time Machine (only large-volume BU initial transfer), mostly moving around files no larger than a few 100 MBs. Any cases were true Thunderbolt 3 power would really help my usual workflow?

    For my upcoming MBP 13 touch (85% sure I'll pull the trigger) I was planning to just get 3 sets (home/office/road) of USB-C dongles/hubs to stay connected. Tentative strategy:
    Home – recycle USB-A Ethernet cable with a basic adapter (e.g. this one); hook up my aging but dependable Samsung monitor with a dvi converter (e.g. this one); above basic adapters for USB-A external hard drives for backup/storage and charging/syncing iPhone 5s; Apple stock charger that comes with MBP for power
    Office – an all-in-one number (like this one on Japan Amazon or this one) for HDMI monitor connection, USB-A needs, Ethernet; this 3rd party charger for power
    Road – again, a recycled Ethernet cable with adapter; an adapter like this one for VGA and HDMI projectors/displays, the two types of interfaces I can expect at Japanese universities, conference centers, company offices, etc., as well as for USB-A use; above 3rd party charger for power (although this pricey baby is quite svelte)

    Any significant holes in that strategy?
     
  17. Garage Battle macrumors member

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    new Macbook Pros might kick the aftermarket into gear and start seeing $100-$200 egpu docks.

    id rather wait a while and get a cost effective eGPU dock.
     
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