CalDigit TS Vs OWC Thunderbolt 3

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  1. drober30, Aug 27, 2017
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    drober30 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2007
    I have a 2017 MBP 13" TB

    I want to use two 27" external monitors in Extended Mode with a one cable solution to my laptop. After doing some research, I like the CalDigit TS3 as it will drive two external monitors in extended mode and power the laptop all with one cable to the laptop.

    I have been looking at the OWC Thunderbolt 3 and notices it provides 60w of power compared to the 85 of the CalDigit and offers a firewire option, which I don't need.

    I would like to hear from those that have the CalDigit TS3 and are using two external monitors, how is it working for you?

    Any reason to consider the OWC over the CalDigit?
  2. ChiSouthernGirl macrumors newbie


    Sep 10, 2011
    I'm considering these two TB3 docks for my new (to me) 2016 15" MBPtb that is due to arrive tomorrow. I like the idea of the versatility of the CalDigit, since I use SD cards from my camera, and I have an old digital converter that uses Firewire that I'd love to be able to use (I have lots of old VHS tapes of my kids' dance competitions that I'd like to get digitized so I can dump those clunky things before they disintegrate into dust), but neither one of those is a deal-breaker. Some of my concerns are centered on the power and the clunkiness as well as reliability.

    DH has a new 13" MPBtb that he uses at work (running Windows!) and he has a J5Create hub that meets his needs; I understand that it's a different animal altogether from a TB3 dock.

    I am not an expert on TB3 by any means; I've been reading as much as I can to better understand it, so forgive me if my question seems simplistic.
  3. drober30 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2007
    The J5Create Hub seems nice, I checked it out at best buy but it will not drive two Monitors which is my primary reason for getting a dock.

    If your getting a 15" MBP then I would recommend the CalDigit because it will charge it, my understanding is the OWC only provides 65w of power.
  4. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    I have the Caldigit. It works. Once in a while I hear a buzzing nose coming from it, and the eSata ports are unusable because they cause the hard drives connected to it to disconnect repeatedly. Otherwise, I like it.

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