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  • Dock contains two bi-directional 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 ports, each of which utilizes the reversible USB Type-C connector and also supports 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 and dual-bandwidth DisplayPort 1.2, allowing you to connect up to two 4K/60 Hz displays simultaneously, or one 5K Thunderbolt 3 display. Additionally, you can daisy-chain up to six total devices from a single Thunderbolt 3 port. As one Thunderbolt 3 port is used to interface with your host system, the other is used for daisy chaining.
  • Includes: 2.3' / 0.7m Thunderbolt 3 Cable; Power Adapter; Power Cord. -StrawMan86

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CalDigit TS3 Plus 15-Port Thunderbolt 3 Dock (Space Gray) @ BHPhoto [bhphotovideo.com]for $199.99

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also i am literally using the TS3 right now. https://i.imgur.com/mGTHTj4.jpg

trust me, it's worth every penny. when i started looking for a good "dock" for my mbp, everybody recommended the TS3 but i was like "$279?! screw that i'm going to use an anker USB-C hub with PD and HDMI out for $50!" and that's fine, but not for an everyday solution. with the anker, sometimes monitors won't wake up, the PD underperforms because the hub takes power, you can't really daisychain another USB hub, etc.

then i finally broke down and got a cheap refurbed TS3 and holy cow, it's a game changer. i have literally not had one problem with it. i come to work, put my MBP down, plug in ONE cable and i'm off. I have 3 2560x1600 external monitors, plus a ton of USB devices because I have a 10 port USB hub under my desk.

there's so much bandwidth to spare with the Thunderbolt 3 40Gb/s... it can do things you just can't do with regular USB-C hubs, there's just not enough bandwidth.

plus it has ethernet, optical audio and a super high speed SD card slot that supports UHS-II SD. the thing is a beast and at $200 brand new? its a no brainer. if you're thinking about it, pull the trigger. if you use your laptop as a main machine regularly, this is such a quality of life improvement.

PS: I know this sounds like an ad, but I am in no way associated with caldigit... i just like when you spend a long time searching for a solution and then you find it. Smilie (but if you work at caldigit and want to bribe me with discounts, im happy to be a shill for you, PM me)
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this is to the best of my knowledge, it may be out of date: the MB pro has 4x TB3 ports. (2 on each side)

Each side has its own TB "controller". Regarding video output, the TB3 spec allows for two 4K@60 OR one 5K@60 OR one 4k@120. So that means each side can run that many monitors.

that's why this caldigit can only do that many monitors, it uses a single TB3 cable. there are only eight lanes dedicated for video bandwidth, you can't just add more video ports. they just aren't there. (this is also why you can't just plug USB-C to HDMI cables into every single USB-C out port on the dock...)

so if you want 3 external monitors, you can use this dock to run 2 of them and then connect the third monitor with a simple $10 USB-C to HDMI cable. just remember you'll just have to connect it on the opposite side of the MBP because even though there's an open port on your mbp next to where you plugged in the caldigit, all the video bandwidth on that side's TB controller is already being used.

alternatively, you can use a USB to HDMI "virtual monitor" that doesn't use video stream bandwidth at all, it uses data and that gets translated into video via displaylink drivers, but these can be choppy and sluggish. they are not ideal, but if it's just a monitor that displays static text (like terminal output or data) they're actually not bad... but you won't want to play videos on it.

*also note, the actual MBP display doesn't count for these numbers... so these are all in addition to the actual laptop screen.
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Cheaper than the refurbished ones sold on eBay by Caldigit themselves
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Nice but don't think this can fully handle the new mbp 16" though since its max only 87w...
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Nice but don't think this can fully handle the new mbp 16" though since its max only 87w...
They have a firmware update specifically for this; probably the best t3 dock out there, definitely recommend it.
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I recently paid full price. Very happy with this dock. Great deal.
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This dock can't fully charge a 16" MBP under load. I have to think there will be a newer version coming out that supports the full 96W.
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Very happy with it using my window 10.
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No HDMI (but really?? No HDMI?)
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Been using this with a 13" MBP for the past year. Works great and has plenty of ports. Paid full price, but if you have a windows or Mac that supports TB3 this is a no-brainer at this price.
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No HDMI (but really?? No HDMI?)
DisplayPort is a much more useful connection. It doesn't have a constantly changing spec and can drive multiple monitors depending on your setup.

And if your monitor doesn't support DP for some reason and you want to use HDMI, you can just get a $4 adapter. It's easier/more reliable to go from DP down to HDMI than the other way around.
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No HDMI (but really?? No HDMI?)
That is a little annoying... however you can get a $10-20 cable that goes USB-C to HDMI or Display Port to HDMI. That does kill some of the deal though...
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also i am literally using the TS3 right now. https://i.imgur.com/mGTHTj4.jpg

trust me, it's worth every penny. when i started looking for a good "dock" for my mbp, everybody recommended the TS3 but i was like "$279?! screw that i'm going to use an anker USB-C hub with PD and HDMI out for $50!" and that's fine, but not for an everyday solution. with the anker, sometimes monitors won't wake up, the PD underperforms because the hub takes power, you can't really daisychain another USB hub, etc.

then i finally broke down and got a cheap refurbed TS3 and holy cow, it's a game changer. i have literally not had one problem with it. i come to work, put my MBP down, plug in ONE cable and i'm off. I have 3 2560x1600 external monitors, plus a ton of USB devices because I have a 10 port USB hub under my desk.

there's so much bandwidth to spare with the Thunderbolt 3 40Gb/s... it can do things you just can't do with regular USB-C hubs, there's just not enough bandwidth.

plus it has ethernet, optical audio and a super high speed SD card slot that supports UHS-II SD. the thing is a beast and at $200 brand new? its a no brainer. if you're thinking about it, pull the trigger. if you use your laptop as a main machine regularly, this is such a quality of life improvement.

PS: I know this sounds like an ad, but I am in no way associated with caldigit... i just like when you spend a long time searching for a solution and then you find it. Smilie (but if you work at caldigit and want to bribe me with discounts, im happy to be a shill for you, PM me)
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I have this at work. Use with mbp and 2 QHD 27". Works great.
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I've been tempted to buy this several times, but I hope in their next version they add HDMI (must have!) plus around 100W charging power (16" MBP and future ones) plus hopefully a 10Gbit Ethernet which should be considered standard the moment one gets actively into the Thunderbolt 3 world.
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