• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It's Apple, Not The Dock

    • Written by William H from Lafayette

    I've done very extensive testing of 3 of the top docks... They are all pretty unpredictable and unstable. From what my engineers can gather, the instability (lack of monitor recognition, unable to eject drives, etc.) is completely related to MacOS (or at least the MBPs as a whole).

    We've pretty much concluded that Apple doesn't play well with much except itself.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Functional, and does what expected, but it has some kinks to work out

    • Written by Robert A from Los Angeles

    I was on the fence as to whether to give this product a 3 or 4 star rating. It does work with my 2016 Touchbar MacBook Pro. I have a 4K monitor connected via DisplayPort, a USB keyboard, and an external Thunderbolt 2 drive (connected via a Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3 cable) call connected to it. It mostly does the job just fine. I would be happier if there were more ports.

    What it does do really well is charge my MacBook and allow me to connect only one cable for charging the MacBook and connecting my monitor and all of my other devices. Previously I had to plug-in or un-plug several cables whenever moving my MacBook to/from my desk.

    That being said, it's not perfect. I have my 4K monitor set to scale to 2650x1440 and sometimes when waking up from sleep, it comes back as a pixel-doubled 1920x1080 retina resolution. This may be a problem with OS X and not with the dock, as I hadn't experienced it before, and started noticing it a few weeks ago after installing some OS X updates.

    Another odd thing about it is that, when the computer is sleeping, the monitor keeps powering on and off throughout the night. Before having the dock, I connected the monitor directly with a USB-C to DisplayPort cable and didn't have this problem. Now I have to power off the monitor each day.

    Overall I'd say there is a lot of work to do on the Thunderbolt 3/MacBook integration, although I think Apple shares some responsibility in this as I've had other Thunderbolt 3/USB-C issues unrelated to this dock. I used an Apple Thunderbolt (2) Monitor with my older MacBook for a few years and it always worked perfectly. So it's a little frustrating that I have to deal with these kind of issues now. But I hope that as Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C become more mature, some of these issues will go away.

    I almost gave this Belkin dock a 4 star rating because, in spite of it's problems, it seems to be the best available right now to use with the latest MacBook models. I'm not aware of a better dock (although welcome the opportunity of being corrected), so I'd still recommend buying it if you use a later model MacBook and need a desk/large monitor setup. But just be aware, it's far from perfect.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome, most of the the time

    • Written by Wes R from Austin

    My entire office has 1080p monitors, Thunderbolt 3 enabled Macbook Pros and use several chained dongles to get their items to work. I have dual 4k monitors connected to this dock and 90% of the time it works great. Though, when coming back my computer sleeping, a majority of the time, one of the two monitors wont turn back on and it's showing it's still connected. Completely random.

    It's pretty good, I can't tell if its the macbook pro, or this dock. But something is funky. I should have gone with the generation before touchbar, they were solid as a rock.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Seems solid, want to rate higher

    • Written by Patrick C from Oregon City

    Downsized from a 1st gen USB-C MacBook and CMP to a 2016 15" MacBook Pro. Wanted to save space and be able to run in clamshell and drive 2x 4k monitors. While a bit more than expensive other offerings, this TB3 expander from Belkin is solid. It is well designed and I've had no issues with my displays or external devices when plugged into it and actively using it throughout the day. So why don't I give it better than 3-stars? Blame Apple, IMO. I come down to my desk in the morning and almost daily it has crashed or restarted when plugged into the Dock. If I've been mobile and plug it into the Dock on return, OSX crashes and restarts. Plugging this device into a TB3 port on the MacBook Pro should not do this nor should simply leaving it connected! Apple no longer "just works." And as a result this Dock doesn't either.

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    MacBook Pro 15-inch, Late 2016

    • Written by James D from Ledyard

    I've been using this with my Late 2016 MacBook Pro for several months both at home and at work. The dock connects to a single LG 38UC99-W 38-Inch 21:9 Curved UltraWide QHD+ IPS Monitor; Wired Ethernet as well as a few USB devices.

    The problem is the display is normally not recognized when initially connecting up my MacBook to the dock. Removing the power from the dock and replacing will often resolve the issue but sometimes that doesn't even work.

    I'm not sure if the problem is with the dock or the MacBook but it is a problem. Spending this much for a dock and a MacBook this should work without any issues whatsoever.

    Once connected, the dock does what it is supposed to do. With my old MacBook (which I miss) I used a CalDigit dock with no problems.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Useful but needed a little bit more forethought

    • Written by Tr T from Gorefield

    The unit feels study and well made. It looks good next to other silver Apple accessories such as the Apple Keyboard and Magic Track Pad 2.

    Functionally the product works well. When Docking an MacBook Pro (with ThunderBolt 3) machine to it, it is able to charge the MacBook it via the Thunderbolt 3 port, so there is no need to get out the MacBook's Charger.

    However, I feel that the product does not have enough USB-C/ThunderBolt 3 ports. After connecting it to the computer thus using one of the two USB Type-C/Thunderbolt ports you are only left with one free USB Type-C/Thunder port. Although there are another three USB 3.1 ports and an ethernet port, I was still wanting for more. The Display port for instance should have really been a HDMI port.

    I bought this for home use as I have many accessories, but suspect this will end up at work where I have fewer accessories. Saving me a few seconds in the morning as it will bundle the display cable, ethernet cable and power cable into one Thunderbolt cable for me to connect to my MacBook Pro (with Thunderbolt 3).

    The product comes with a regular 85w laptop charger to power the dock and the region's local power cable. But you should be able use this anywhere in the world if you get the right power cable for the charger. It is also supplied with a Thunderbolt 3 cable (approx 1m in length).

    37 of 39 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Careful with 4K MST Displays like Sharp PN-K321 ASUS PQ321Q

    • Written by John C from Saratoga

    The 15" Macbook Pro with Thunderbolt 3 supports only two video streams out each side of the machine for 4 total. This means that the Belkin dock can only support two monitors. More importantly, an MST (multi-stream-transport) display counts as TWO streams because of, well, the multi-stream-transport. This means that if you connect one of these listed monitors to the Belkin dock via a Macbook Pro, it will be the only monitor that works. Or, if you connect some other monitor first, then the MST monitor will not run. I am particularly disappointed to not have this clear from the start, as these two 4K monitors were the first recommended by Apple, and the Sharp version was available in the Apple Store for quite some time and implicitly recommended for operation with Macs. This behavior seems obvious to me now, but I wish it were more obvious before I invested the time. Best of luck for your configuration.

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