Which hub/docking station do you recommend for rMBP 2017

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by hajime, May 18, 2018.

  1. hajime macrumors 601

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    Hello, I am looking for a docking station for the rMBP 2017 and hopefully soon 2018 rMBP. Could you please advice? Here are the requirements:

    - Need to be able to connect to a 4K TV and drive it at 60Hz
    - 2 traditional USB ports (if possible 3 but not necessarily) one for logitech mice and one for the keyboard
    - if possible good looking and not bulky

    I have tried the Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter but I don't like a big adapter hanging next to a thin laptop. Look kind of ugly. It also cannot drive 4K TV at 60Hz. I guess it is better to put the docking station near the big TV and have only one wire to connect to the rMBP 2017. Later, I may get a eGPU. Can I connect it to the rMBP via the docking station?

    Any recommendation appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. MSastre macrumors 6502

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    OWC makes a great dock and should be perfect for your use.
     
  3. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

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    Thanks I have a quick look. It states that it "Can power/charge Thunderbolt 3 laptops up to 60W". Doesn't the MBP 2017 use 85W?
     
  4. MSastre macrumors 6502

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    Pretty sure it does, but it also has more than one TB port, so you can still have the charger connected.
     
  5. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

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    Thanks. What do you think of the OWC one compared with the TS3 Plus? The former seems to be a perfect solution for on-the-go use while the latter seems to be good for home/office use where one has to connect many devices and without the need of an extra charging cable to charge the computer.
     
  6. mroy16 macrumors regular

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    FYI, a number of people (myself included) have had issues with the OWC TB3 dock failing, and OWC's customer service was ultimately slow and unhelpful. I would look at other docks. There are numerous threads already discussing the pros and cons of various brands.
     
  7. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

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    Thanks for the warning. I probably go for the TS3 Plus for home use.
     

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