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CalDigit today introduced its new Thunderbolt Station 4 dock with 18 ports, which it claims is the most on any Thunderbolt dock ever.

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The dock features three Thunderbolt 4 ports, with one of them providing up to 98W of pass-through charging to compatible Macs, including the latest 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro. The dock is also equipped with three USB-C ports (3.2 Gen 2), five USB-A ports (3.2 Gen 2), SD and microSD card slots (UHS-II), one DisplayPort 1.4 port, one 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port, an audio in jack, an audio out jack, and a combo audio in/out jack.

The dock is also compatible with Macs and iPads featuring Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C ports, with some functionality limited depending on the device.

While the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro brought back many ports, the dock can expand connectivity even further and serve as a hub for connecting external displays, microphones, headphones, speakers, and other equipment.


Priced at $359.95 in the United States, £324.99 in the United Kingdom, and €324.99 in the EU, the dock can be ordered through CalDigit's online store in those regions starting today. CalDigit said the dock will launch in other regions in mid-March.

Article Link: CalDigit's New Thunderbolt 4 Dock for MacBook Pro Features 18 Ports
 

carestudio

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Wow, so it's real!! Saw all the rumors in the past and now they announced it.
Very interesting dock. 2.5GbE is nice. Hope they are using PCI base not USB as I learned on the other thread, PCI Ethernet is better.

And 98W charging is great!
 
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Albright

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The most ports on any Thunderbolt dock ever, maybe… but still no HDMI. Can someone explain to me why the makers of these things seem to have such an aversion to it? It seems silly that I can pay so much money for one of these things but still have to use a dongle to connect any monitor I own to it. Is it a licensing issue?
 

zhenya

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The most ports on any Thunderbolt dock ever, maybe… but still no HDMI. Can someone explain to me why the makers of these things seem to have such an aversion to it? It seems silly that I can pay so much money for one of these things but still have to use a dongle to connect any monitor I own to it. Is it a licensing issue?
Compared to DisplayPort or Thunderbolt, HDMI is extremely limited. Converting one of those to HDMI is no problem so makes sense to leave it out.
 

InuNacho

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Lol @ those people that don't understand these products. Apple screwed us by removing ports.
My 2018 Mini has a Caldigit TS3+ dock and Dell WD15 dock attached to it and I'm thinking of adding yet another dock to accommodate more ports. These docks are less than stellar as they come with a host of problems, my TS3+ will continue to power drives even after my Mini is turned off.
 
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jz0309

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Is it 1 TB input or multiple?
Actual performance will be limited to what the input is, so while it sounds a lot…
And the price is, high, but for those who need this, good for you
 

transpo1

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As an alternative, I love my Satechi Thunderbolt 4 dock. Got it $50 off from Best Buy late last year for $250. Does everything I need— 3x USB A, 3x TB4 plus more. And sleek, too.
 
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ToomeyND

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The most ports on any Thunderbolt dock ever, maybe… but still no HDMI. Can someone explain to me why the makers of these things seem to have such an aversion to it? It seems silly that I can pay so much money for one of these things but still have to use a dongle to connect any monitor I own to it. Is it a licensing issue?
Your concern is def valid. However, I bought a usb-c to HDMI cable that works great in its stead. No dongle, just a single-use cable.
 

StevieD100

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The world seriously needs to start getting over USB type-A connectors.

It's been like 30 years. USB type-C is better in every way and not exactly brand new.
Why? There are plenty of devices that use USB-A that get a lot of use.
For example, my Cannon Scanner uses mini-USB on one end and USB-A on the other.
Then there is my Oscilloscope. There is no way that I'm spending lots of money replacing that.
Both of these are plugged into my existing Caldigit dock. It all works fine and has gone through several iterations of MacBook Pro.
I have all the cables needed (x2). I'd need to invest in either new cables or another load of dongles and we all hate them don't we.
USB-C will take over entirely in time but in the meantime, these ports are very useful.
 

idiiamots

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Is there such a thing as TB switch? I have family Mac Mini hooked up to TS3+, but I also would like to use my MBP at the same desk connected to same peripherals. It gets old to swap cables to switch device connected to the dock.
 
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