Best Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) Dock

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by james.w.lane, Apr 4, 2018.

  1. james.w.lane macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2008
    Davenport, IA
    Just got a new MacBook Pro for work and I am looking for the best dock to use as a paired programming station. Bare minimum I will need it to have Ethernet, run two monitors (HDMI, DVI), and at least two USB ports for two keyboards and mice.

    Any help or suggestions would be great.

    Thanks in advance

    James W. Lane
  2. bartvk macrumors 6502


    Dec 29, 2016
    The Netherlands
    They all have that. You have to realize that almost all Thunderbolt docks are based on Intel's reference design. All have one or two exclusive ports, or a particular design, but your needs are so common that they all offer that.

    So to list what's particularly novel about a dock... Belkin has 2 audio out. Caldigit has 2x eSATA, Kensington has a VESA mounting option, OWC has S/PDIF and FireWire. And then there's Elgato and Plugable don't have anything noteworthy beyond the usual stuff.

    Noteworthy IMHO is Mantiz. It has a VGA port and is very, very affordable.
  3. Cristim74 macrumors member


    Aug 27, 2016
    Bucharest, Romania
    Caldigit TS3+. Best Thunderbolt 3 dock ever.
  4. mroy16 macrumors regular

    May 28, 2017
    OWC apparently has some issues. That's the first dock that I got, and it ended up dying. Customer service was unbearably slow, so I returned the dock and got one from Pluggable. I chose these docks for the larger number of USB-A ports. The Mantiz (above) looks like it has the best video output options. If you're not hungry for USB-A ports or an SD reader, Mantiz is probably the best way to go.
  5. pshifrin macrumors 6502


    Mar 14, 2010
    I have the Kensington TB3 dock, With a lg4k utrafine plugged in via the dock. I must say it is incredibly stable, never a problem, unlike some previous experiences with OWC.
  6. celly macrumors 6502


    Mar 14, 2012
    This one came in recommended by MacBook Pro users (who are also staff) at my local Apple Store.

    So far, so good.
  7. fehhkk macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    I love my Promise TD-300, and has all the ports I need (USB-C/TB3, SD card, ethernet, HDMI), backwards compatible with TB2 of course, and the price is not too bad at $249:
  8. negativzero macrumors 6502a

    Jul 19, 2011
    I'm looking for a TB3 dock/dongle/adapter that will give me more USB-C ports. Are there any out there or is daisy chaining still the only way to multiply the number of ports?
  9. bcbickers macrumors member


    Jan 13, 2011
    Katy, TX
    This... I am very pleased with my TS3+.
  10. djt01 macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2018
    I’ve been using OWC’s Thunderbolt 3 Dock since last summer and just purchased the CalDigit TS3 Plus about a month ago.

    I haven’t had any issues with either dock and I regularly boot from external SSD’s via USB Type-C enclosures (OWC’s Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini) running MacOS and Windows 10. I’ve also connected to multiple 4K displays using the display ports without any problems.

    If I had to choose one I’d probably go for the CalDigit TS3 Plus.

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