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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Thunderbolt Station 3 Lite From CalDigit

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For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with CalDigit to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Thunderbolt Station 3 Lite, which is designed to work with the new 2016 MacBook Pro.

The new MacBook Pro is equipped with Thunderbolt 3, but it offers a limited number of ports, making a dock or some form of dongle essential for most users who have older accessories. The TS3 Lite, a small hub that includes support for Thunderbolt 3, is ideal for users who need a robust but portable solution.

The TS3 Lite features two Thunderbolt 3 Type-C ports with 40Gb/s throughput, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, 1 USB 3.1 Type-C port, a DisplayPort, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and Audio In/Out ports. It doesn't support 85W charging though, so you'll need a separate cable to power your MacBook Pro.


It's able to support a single 5K monitor at 60Hz or dual 4K monitors, and it ships with a Thunderbolt 3 cable. With daisychaining, up to six Thunderbolt 3 devices can be connected to a single computer, and the included USB-A and USB-C ports can be used to connect a variety of other accessories.

For instances when a computer is not available, the TS3 Lite features a Stand Alone Charging function that allows users to charge devices like an iPad or an iPhone using the USB-A ports on the TS3 Lite even when it's not connected to a computer.


The TS3 Lite, which features a brushed aluminum enclosure that matches well with Apple devices, measures in at 8 inches by 3.15 inches and it weighs less than a pound, so it's easy to pack into a bag with your computer and it doesn't take up much space on a desk.

CalDigit charges $199 for the Thunderbolt 3 Station Lite, but we have two to give away to MacRumors readers. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prize. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the giveaway restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.


The contest will run from today (February 24) at 11:15 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:15 a.m. Pacific Time on March 3. The winners will be chosen randomly on March 3 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen.

Article Link: MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Thunderbolt Station 3 Lite From CalDigit
 
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Johnny907

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Kind of a useless bit of vapor ware but whatever, I'm sure someone would buy it on eBay if I won. Won't do me any good though, I've never owned a monitor that supported DisplayPort.
 
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Kind of a useless bit of vapor ware but whatever, I'm sure someone would buy it on eBay if I won. Won't do me any good though, I've never owned a monitor that supported DisplayPort.
It's not vaporware if they're selling it. Also, I recommend you buy better monitors; anything lacking DP is probably old, though DP itself is totally pointless when HDMI exists.
 
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It's not vaporware if they're selling it. Also, I recommend you buy better monitors; anything lacking DP is probably old, though DP itself is totally pointless when HDMI exists.
DP is not pointless. It is more capable than HDMI.
 
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Only if you're going above 4K 60Hz... I should have said that, though. Was thinking of the mainstream market.

4K 60Hz 10-bit too.
- HDMI is also constantly lagging behind DisplayPort, and different HDMI devices use different HDMI revisions and so differ in their capabilities. You can still buy 4K monitors with HDMI ports that can't support 4K.

Whenever a new DisplayPort revision is introduced, it always takes a couple more years before something similar comes in HDMI form, and when it does, it's invariably inferior.

HDMI is a huge mess and should be avoided wherever possible.
 
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- HDMI is also constantly lagging behind DisplayPort, and different HDMI devices use different HDMI revisions and so differ in their capabilities. You can still buy 4K monitors with HDMI ports that can't support 4K.

Whenever a new DisplayPort revision is introduced, it always takes a couple more years before something similar comes in HDMI form, and when it does, it's invariably inferior.

HDMI is a huge mess and should be avoided wherever possible.
I understand that HDMI is a dumb standard, but monitors will come with whichever connector works, so if you have all the right HDMI equipment, it's better to use the more widely supported standard. DP is kinda annoying because they seem to have equal occurrence of the mini and full-sized type.
 
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From Wikipedia -The first version, 1.0, was approved by VESA on 3 May 2006. Version 1.1a was ratified on 2 April 2007.
DisplayPort 1.0 allows a maximum of 8.64 Gbit/s data rate over a 2-meter cable.
DisplayPort version 1.2 was approved on 22 December 2009.
DisplayPort version 1.3 was approved on 15 September 2014. This standard increases overall transmission bandwidth to 32.4 Gbit/s with the new HBR3 mode featuring 8.1 Gbit/s per lane (up from 5.4 Gbit/s with HBR2 in version 1.2), for a total data throughput of 25.92 Gbit/s after factoring in 8b/10b encoding overhead.
DisplayPort version 1.4 was published March 1, 2016.
A faster version is expected in early 2017 (now).
The added bandwidth makes more uncompressed resolutions possible, such as:

  • 5K (5120*2880) 60 Hz 10-bit
  • 4K (3840*2160) 120 Hz 10-bit
  • 4K (3840*2160) 144 Hz 8-bit
The roadmap also states it will make 8K at 120 Hz possible, this is most likely with the use of Display Stream Compression.
 
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