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I wonder how much time does an average user save daily using something like this? I understand that this is a good product and what not but the price just doesn't make sense.
It takes an entire desktop setup of multiple monitors, keyboard, mouse, Ethernet, audio, external GPU, card reader, USB hub and charger and whatever other peripherals you have and turns it into s single cable solution. It's incredibly useful for a certain segment of users who go from desktop to portable very frequently.
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I wonder how much time does an average user save daily using something like this? I understand that this is a good product and what not but the price just doesn't make sense.
I mean this is a thunderbolt 3 dock, which are generally on the more expensive side anyways. I think the whole "average user" concept isn't the right way to look at it, since this isn't necessarily targeted to "average users" - how often do you actually utilize transfer speeds and how much do you value desk organization? Thunderbolt 3 pushes 4-8x faster transfer speeds if you're using USB connects.
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I have a couple of these at home. They are pretty good, but there's a big caveat.

We got both of ours from Amazon, about a month apart (after being pretty happy with the first unit).

Once we plugged the second one in, we started having networking problems on both computers. It took a while to figure it out, but it turned out that both of the networking devices (Thunderbolt Ethernet Slot 1) had the same MAC address. As a result the router was giving them the same IP.

It took a bit of troubleshooting with CalDigit support to get them to send me a couple of new units, and the new ones have different MAC addresses, and have been working flawlessly.

Aside from the fact that no two networking adapters should ever have the same MAC address, the process of proving to CalDigit that there was a problem was a bit annoying. At one point I even had to connect the ethernet cable between the two units (at their request).
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I wonder how much time does an average user save daily using something like this? I understand that this is a good product and what not but the price just doesn't make sense.
9 hours+ each work day since the lock down started.
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Great for Mac users, but their Windows Support is lacking. I had a fun ol' time finding the correct ASMEDIA USB 3.1 drivers for this (You can't just download them from ASMedia). The Generic Microsoft ones sort of work, but sometimes crash. Also Firmware updates are ONLY issued for Macintosh. I have several of these, lucky we have a Mac Mini is the office which I used for a firmware update on all of or units.

If I had to do it again, I'd buy a OWC, or an HP one (I have one of the HP units, and it's rock solid once you install it's bazillon updates).
I had a HP Elite/ZBook THUNDERBOLT 3 DOCK left over from my last job. But I can not make it work for my macbook or my lenovo notebook. Just google the bazillon update but no nothing related. If you have experience, would you be able to share? Thanks.
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Yes, if you have a thunderbolt 3 port on your laptop, it's an easy way to have a dock with all these available connections. Great for turning your laptop into a full on desktop. If you need the ports of course.
very interesting - I think most macbooks have the thunderbolt 3.. I'll have to double check. .
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This will probably get downvotes but these things are way too expensive for what they do. I get the point of them, but I have an awesome home setup using one of those $20 power pass through adapters that does 75% of what this does can do. 4k 30hz hdmi out, powers up to 85w from USB-C pass through which if you have a laptop you have a charger. USB 3 x2 and gigabit ethernet for adding a wired connection. I drive my second ultrawide 1440p off the Laptop HDMI. I have 2 cables instead of 1 going to the laptop. Shouldn't cost 10x to remove the HDMI
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One of the best docks... Unfortunately, it does not have an HDMI port. That is only sucky part of it.
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I just purchased this dock and it is by far the best I have had.
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Never used a dock before but working from home now so looking into it. If you want to connect more than one monitor does it have to be a Thunderbolt connection?
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Bought this a bit ago to replace my Elgato TB3 dock (which was a piece of garbage, ethernet wouldnt work, had to get it replaced after it stopped outputting audio...).

Definitely worth the price.
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Great for Mac users, but their Windows Support is lacking. I had a fun ol' time finding the correct ASMEDIA USB 3.1 drivers for this (You can't just download them from ASMedia). The Generic Microsoft ones sort of work, but sometimes crash. Also Firmware updates are ONLY issued for Macintosh. I have several of these, lucky we have a Mac Mini is the office which I used for a firmware update on all of or units.

If I had to do it again, I'd buy a OWC, or an HP one (I have one of the HP units, and it's rock solid once you install it's bazillon updates).
Interesting. I wasn't aware of this. I have used mine across 4 Windows laptops so far but luckily have not come across any issues. All of them are Windows 10 though.
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Never used a dock before but working from home now so looking into it. If you want to connect more than one monitor does it have to be a Thunderbolt connection?
One monitor can displayport and the other from the thunderbolt via converter cable.
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This will probably get downvotes but these things are way too expensive for what they do. I get the point of them, but I have an awesome home setup using one of those $20 power pass through adapters that does 75% of what this does can do. 4k 30hz hdmi out, powers up to 85w from USB-C pass through which if you have a laptop you have a charger. USB 3 x2 and gigabit ethernet for adding a wired connection. I drive my second ultrawide 1440p off the Laptop HDMI. I have 2 cables instead of 1 going to the laptop. Shouldn't cost 10x to remove the HDMI
Well, at least the first sentence you wrote was relevant.

I have one of these and an OWC 15+ Tbolt3 dock (one for office, one for home). They both work spectacularly, and are worth every penny. I think an underrated aspect is the small form factor of the Caldigit. The vertical stand option is really handy. Great build quality and little things, like it comes with rubber feet for either orientation are nice. Also, the company, at least in my experience, has been nice to deal with (and is headquartered in California).

At any rate, I don't believe in gatekeeping so I'm not going to say "if this is too pricey it's not for you". But I will say that I didn't realize how wonderful these things are until I got one (well, two), and I don't regret it for a second.

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This will probably get downvotes but these things are way too expensive for what they do. I get the point of them, but I have an awesome home setup using one of those $20 power pass through adapters that does 75% of what this does can do. 4k 30hz hdmi out, powers up to 85w from USB-C pass through which if you have a laptop you have a charger. USB 3 x2 and gigabit ethernet for adding a wired connection. I drive my second ultrawide 1440p off the Laptop HDMI. I have 2 cables instead of 1 going to the laptop. Shouldn't cost 10x to remove the HDMI
for me at least, 4k @ 30hz is a dealbreaker. Agree with the rest of your post, but the 4k @ 30hz made me pick up a more expensive dock.

I'll also say, if this dock works as well as people say it does, i'd happily trade in all the Dell TB16 and Lenovo Thunderbolt docks that are buggy as all hell.
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