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Bought this recently when it was $10 cheaper after researching various docking solutions for months. At this price, it's the best TB3 solution, especially for Macs. It's rated for 87W unlike many others which are rated for 85W, so it can support up to MacBook Pro 15 without slowing down power delivery. Have been using my Mac as a desktop while WFH and the TB3 dock has been flawless.
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I've got mine sitting next to me (using it) now. It has worked perfectly fine with my MBP 16" since I got it 2 months ago. ($230 from Amazon.) Never had an issue with charging speeds. (87w vs 90w - something a friend of my has struggled with with his OWC dock.)
If memory serves, I did have to reboot maybe 2 or 3 times to get my MBP to recognize a USB-c ->HDMI connected monitor, but it's worked fine ever since.

Since it was mentioned above, mine included a CalDigit-branded 0.7m TB3 cable. SKU on my box is 500589.
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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 was on the same boat a few months back. In an office setting where you have to plugin a bunch of peripherals everytime you return from a meeting or as a daily morning ritual, this makes much more sense. However, I have been enjoying the instant plug-n-play convenience while WFH as well. I feel it's a one time investment on a long-lasting product.
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I had one of this, too bad only one DP port and no HDMI. Plus macbook does not support DP chaining.
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Bummer, this one has 87W PD.

Anyone have any recommendations or found one they really like that has 96W for the 2019 16" MBP? I have a dual monitor setup.
HP Thunderbolt 3 dock, supports 100W of power delivery, the included charger is 150W, so plenty of overhead for any peripherals plugged into the dock too. They're under $100 on ebay often, so it's a really good value solution.

In order to have two external monitors, you will need a USB-C to HDMI or display port adapter though. One monitor hooked up to one display port plug, the other hooked up to the USB-C output.

The two display port outputs just mirror each other because Apple for no apparent reason at all still does not support MST in MacOS, even though their hardware can, it works in Windows under Bootcamp.

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I had one of this, too bad only one DP port and no HDMI. Plus macbook does not support DP chaining.
Well the hardware does, it works in Bootcamp. It's MacOS which for no valid reason doesn't support MST.

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Never had an issue with charging speeds. (87w vs 90w - something a friend of my has struggled with with his OWC dock.)
You will see issues if you have your battery is at sub 1%. This has happened to me before, my mac decided not to sleep overnight, got to work in the morning, and I had to wait nearly an hour before it would turn on when using this TS3 dock. I returned the dock, since I can't take a risk that it won't be able to power my Macbook under all conditions.

Since getting the HP Thunderbolt 3 dock, it has no issue turning on my Macbook at 0% battery capacity, since it can deliver 100W of power. If you never let your laptop get that low, then you won't notice a difference, but there's nothing worse than being in a rush to get work done, only to be stuck waiting for the laptop to get past it's emergency reserve power level.
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I will point out, this looks like it does not include the TB cable. Looks like that's part of the "kit" configuration @ $250. I could be wrong though but keep in mind you may need a good TB cable for this to work.

Includes 2.3' Thunderbolt 3 Cable (click on Show More under Key Features)
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My 18 port HyperDrive Gen2 just came in this week: https://www.kickstarter.com/proje...-and-power

Definitely worth considering.

$119 on indiegogo: https://igg.me/at/gen2
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My 18 port HyperDrive Gen2 just came in this week: https://www.kickstarter.com/proje...-and-power

Definitely worth considering.

$119 on indiegogo: https://igg.me/at/gen2
How is it? It seems a lot cheaper and I might consider getting this instead of the caldigit
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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.
Early (2018/2019) TB3 docks had a tendency to be buggy, specifically repeating keys and jerky mouse activity. It's not all the time but some models of TB3 docks displayed it more than others.

I got lucky on my first dock purchase, i picked up a Pluggable TB3-UDV on eBay for $100, like new, from someone that bought it for a Mac and due to the charging modes supported there (or rather, not supported there), couldn't use it. I haven't experienced any of the bugs others complained about with other docks online.

Then my office supplied us with Dell TB16's at work and they are terrible and buggy. I ended up putting the keyboard, mouse, headset, and other peripherals on a separate usb hub and connected them directly to the laptop. This seems to be a common problem to this and other docks like it, and tons of people in my office experienced it as well.

I always wanted this CalDigit because it's the only one that supposedly doesn't really exhibit this issue as a rule. But today I would not buy one.

There is a new TB3 chipset out by Intel called Titan Ridge, supposedly it solves a lot of these problems and there are plenty of docks on the market using this chipset. If I were buying a new dock today I would get one of those. In fact CalDigit also has a model out using this chipset. Look at their latest model of dock and you'll see it. Just search for "Titan Ridge" on Amazon.
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i can't get 60hz out on this dock on my mbp 16''.
i assume user error? does anyone have any advice?
i've tried both the tb3 port and full displayport

might be a hardware issue on the mbp 16''
usb-c to displayport directly provides 4k 60hz
tb3 to tb3 only provides 4k 30hz
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I may be late to this thread, but these are great if you have an older iMac without TB3 connectors. You get an apple TB2 to TB3 adapter and then plug into the TB3 Dock. You now have a host of USB-C ports.

I was running an extra external 2TB SSD to hold projects; I had to run that off an external power chord. Then I got this and the drive is now powered through the calidigit dock. Plus I am able to plug USB-C devices into my older iMac.

Being able to pl
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Being able to plug an SD Card or microphone in without fumbling in back of the computer is great. This was a great upgrade to my older iMac.
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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.
I have a thunderbolt 3 dock at work. I know exactly what they do used it regularly before WFH started. Which is why I researched this so much, because I did like it. Price really isn't a problem, just can't justify it in my mind to spend 10x to get rid of one cable. And you want to compare size, the adapter I use is 1/5 the size of this. I just sit it behind the laptop screen and never see it.

You're totally missing the point of my post. You think it's a money problem, but it's a value problem. The HDMI on my X1 Carbon works at 1440p @ 60hz. You can justify your purchase to yourself all you want, but you spent 10x+ to not plug in an HDMI and take up more desk space.
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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
It's all about use case, right? And specifically, it's about bandwidth.

TB3 with a short passive cable (~0.5m) or a longer active cable (mine is 2m and cost me $60) will let your system push about 40Gb/s on that bus. For reference, USB 3.2 on a type-C cable is something like a max 20Gb/s assuming your device has that version, otherwise it's more likely 5-10Gb/s for USB 3.0/3.1 respectively.

A single 4K @ 60 fps stream takes up around 15Gb/s (I've seen figures range from 14-16). So if you have a dual monitor setup w/ dual 4K@60 (or even a single 5K@60 which is about 22Gb/s), you are going to eat up a healthy bit of your bandwidth just with video. Figure in GbE wired connection so you don't have to do your daily backup to your NAS over WiFi... and some extra Gb/s for your external SSD where you keep those high resolution videos of your cat that you edit on that 5K monitor of yours... and then whatever bandwidth is left gets to go towards your webcams (online meetings) and other peripherals.

Oh, and it supports charging while all that other stuff is going on.

This is less about the casual user and more about specific use cases for desktop replacements.

There's also a history of compatibility issues with USB docks. It's only lately that they're more common and standardized. That isn't to say TB3 hasn't ever had those issues, but they seem to be less prevalent.
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This is a great TB3 dock. Been using it since March albeit with a HP laptop, not Macbook. Connected to dual monitors and a USB switch.

Customer service is also great.
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