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macrumors 6502
Original poster
Oct 26, 2007
Getting my first Mac Book Pro to replace an older Mac mini I had. I want to use this as my main PC and my laptop easily plugging into the Office and taking on the go. What is the most convent way to do this with the MacBooks? Do they make specific DOCKS or port replicators that don't require a bunch of wires hanging off the laptop?

Appreciate any input on how to make this CLEAN and fix my needs.

Id like to use an external keyboard mouse and monitor when docked. Not looking to just add a screen and open and use the laptop stuff when in the office.


macrumors member
Jan 19, 2018
Good question. I ordered a new 14-inch MacBook Pro M1 Max and am wondering the same thing.

For my current MBP, I use an older version of this OWC dock: It works well; charging my computer as well as connecting to my audio system and external monitor with a single Thunderbolt 3 cable. This OWC dock provides 85 watts of power for the pc - not enough for the MBP I just ordered as it requires 96w.

I suppose I could use my existing dock and just plug in MagSafe to provide enough power but I would rather have a single-cable solution, or I could just have it slow-charge the new computer over night and if its power requirements exceed the dock, just rely on the battery.

I've been considering these:
The Plugable and Kensington both claim 100w power delivery, and the Dell 130 watts. None would appear to provide enough power for a 16-inch MBP under heavy use.


macrumors 6502a
Jun 27, 2009
I have a Caldigit TS3 Plus, which is pretty good. It offer 87w power and never have a problem with my MacBook Pro 16inch 2019 (which comes with a 96w power adapter). I think the difference in wattage just charges not as fast.

I am getting a 10 core 14 inch, and planning to use it with the dock.


macrumors 65816
Jul 31, 2007
I keep seeing options with an exception saying that dual monitors are not supported on the dock when the computer is a M1 Mac... I'm wondering if the M1 Pro or M1 Max no longer has this limitation, or, whether new docks will come out to get around this limitation, if possible.


macrumors regular
Aug 11, 2010
I also have a TS3+ CALDIGIT and wondering the same thing… I ordered a 16 MAX and I would need to buy another 150€ 140w MagSafe to operate the MacBook in my studio..


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Oct 26, 2007
I haven’t been able to find a solution yet. Seems a lot of you are just going to ride it out with a TB3 dock / hub which I didnt want to do. I hate hooking wires up constantly. SO I called Brydge who makes nice docks for the older systems and they said they are going to be announcing something new soon So I assume its new docks for 14 / 16 MacBook Pros just hope the wait isn’t to long.
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