CalDigit TS3 Plus Dock

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  • Overview

    The CalDigit TS3 Plus dock uses one of your Mac’s Thunderbolt 3 ports to instantly add up to 15 expansion ports. Not only does it increase your connectivity options, it also provides simultaneous charging for your MacBook – all with just a single cable.

    4K or 5K monitor support

    Whether you need to connect dual 4K 60Hz monitors* or a single Thunderbolt 3 5K 60Hz monitor, the TS3 Plus offers next-level visual fidelity.

    SD card reader and more

    Rapidly transfer files to your Mac with the SD card reader or any of the seven USB ports. The USB ports also let you connect a variety of USB devices. When it comes to music playback the TS3 Plus offers both Digital and Analogue audio options for high-quality audio playback.

    Highlights

    Charge your laptop up to 85 watts

    Supports dual 4K 60Hz displays* or one display up to 5K 60Hz

    Two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports

    Allows daisy chaining Thunderbolt devices

    Five USB-A 3.0 ports and two USB-C ports (data only, including one USB 3.1 Gen.2 and one USB 3.1 Gen.1 port)

    One UHS-II SD card reader

    One DisplayPort video port

    3.5mm Mic line in and Audio out

    Gigabit Ethernet port

    Plug-and-play macOS setup

    What’s in the Box

    CalDigit TS3 Plus Dock

    Power adapter

    Power lead

    Thunderbolt 3 cable

    Rubber feet strips

    Tech Specs

    Cable length: 70 cm/27.56 in.

    Connections: Ethernet

    Height: 13.1 cm/5.15 in.

    Length: 9.84 cm/3.87 in.

    Width: 4 cm/1.56 in.

    Weight: 741 g/16.64 oz.

    System Requirements

    Operating System: macOS 10.12 or later

    Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    Mfr. Part Number: TS3Plus

    UPC or EAN No.: 850007649029

    Warranty

    Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple’s Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.

    Warranty: Two-year limited

    Manufacturer Note

    *The TS3 Plus supports dual 4K displays from either the DisplayPort port (which requires an active adapter if converting to other video interfaces such as HDMI) or the Thunderbolt 3 port (compatible with USB-C video adapters such as HDMI, VGA or DisplayPort).

  • Mac Models

  • 4.5 Average
    4 out of 5 stars
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    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      A really great dock

      I tried a few before this one but they either didn't power USB-C devices or they made terrible high-pitched noises when an external display was plugged in. But I tried a few before this one but they either didn't power USB-C devices or they made terrible high-pitched noises when an external display was plugged in. But not this one! It has plenty of ports for power and data, and it's completely quiet. Plus you can store the original power brick in your bag for traveling since this can charge your macBook.

      • Written by Scott P

      36 of 37 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?A really great dock

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      The perfect dock

      This thing is perfect. I use it to connect to two 4k displays via DisplayPort and a USB-C > DisplayPort adapter. Along with the displays, I have S/PDIF optical This thing is perfect. I use it to connect to two 4k displays via DisplayPort and a USB-C > DisplayPort adapter. Along with the displays, I have S/PDIF optical audio, multiple USB accessories including USB-C external SSD and mechanical keyboard, Gigabit Ethernet. Plug into a single thunderbolt port and I'm good to go, all while receiving 85W of power. Immediately bought this based on the near perfect reviews across the net and I can say that they are all accurate... very little could be improved with this dock (10Gb ethernet?).

      • Written by Tim M from Scottsdale

      26 of 26 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?The perfect dock

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Works great with macOS & bootcamp/Windows 10

      I had a hard time weeding through all of the reviews to find a Thunderbolt 3 dock or monitor that works with a MacBook Pro running macOS and Windows using bootc I had a hard time weeding through all of the reviews to find a Thunderbolt 3 dock or monitor that works with a MacBook Pro running macOS and Windows using bootcamp. I also read about sleep problems. I've tested the CalDigit TS3 Plus on both Mojave macOS and Windows 10/bootcamp on a MacBook Pro 2018, including going in and out of sleep with ethernet and USB devices plugged in. Everything appears to be working great. I will update this review if anything changes.

      • Written by Andrew R from Sunnyvale

      22 of 22 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Works great with macOS & bootcamp/Windows 10

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Get it already!!!

      This docks simply works and any problems just call it in. I had a problem with the display and their offices are in Placentia, CA. No robots either! A person an This docks simply works and any problems just call it in. I had a problem with the display and their offices are in Placentia, CA. No robots either! A person answers the phone, and helps you with your concern. I needed an active DP adapter btw. Now I have 4K Adobe RBG for photo editing, another IPS 4k monitor for Netflix, a boatload of USB ports, and some ports I didn't even knew existed...

      • Written by Stacie N from Diamond Bar

      3 of 3 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Get it already!!!

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Laptop Becomes Desktop

      I waited until this year to go laptop based for my studio. I have a screen, video ref, thunderbolt sound card, SSDs, hard drives, studio monitors, usb hubs, wi I waited until this year to go laptop based for my studio. I have a screen, video ref, thunderbolt sound card, SSDs, hard drives, studio monitors, usb hubs, wired networking and countless peripherals connected in the studio. I went from a 2013 Mac Pro to the 2019 i9 MacBook Pro and wanted everything to work the same way but with the added bonus of one central portable computer, rather than having a fixed desktop and a separate laptop to coordinate. Well, this does exactly that. I have the dock plugged into the trigger socket on a UPS and so now when I arrive I plug in a single Thunderbolt3 USBC connector and the entire rig switches on and works just like before. I even close the lid of the laptop and run it all day with temps between 55 and 70 degrees if it’s a heavy mix day. Oftentimes it’ll sit around 60 degrees which, for an 8 core i9 560X is fine by me. I do use a second port on the MacBook Pro for the audio interface as I keep the video output device permanently connected to the Caldigit via Apple’s TB3 -> TB2 adapter and this works great. I’ve even plugged in one of my FireWire 800 devices by daisy chaining TB3 -> TB2 and TB2 -> FW800 adapters ... again, just works. I also run a USB3 hub off the back of the Caldigit for another 8 ports and this also works perfectly. I’ve now run several sound design and VO sessions and had actually forgotten I was laptop based it works so flawlessly. The Caldigit obviously handles a lot of data flowing through with no problems whatsoever. It’s also a lot smaller than you may imagine, and is passively cooled. It does have a chunky power supply as well - since it charges the laptop you don’t need to carry the power adapter and it maintains full power when under load so no noticeable drain. This is not in the same category as the small multi port docks you can get to carry around in your laptop bag - I have one of those for use on the road - this is for installing somewhere like an office or studio where you plan to use your laptop often and need to connect a bunch of kit and treat your laptop like a fully decked out desktop. In many ways, the 2013 Mac Pro design prepared me well for this move. By separating out the brain of the setup, Apple made this transition really easy as all my SSDs, drives and peripherals were already external. The fact that I was able to go from a 2013 Mac Pro to this dock and a laptop with no adjustment speaks for the quality of this devices. I just with I had one for home as well!

      • Written by Peter R from Wimbledon

      5 of 5 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Laptop Becomes Desktop

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Disappointed, can't boot from USB-C 10Gbps port. Confirmed by CalDigit!

      If you buy this like I did hoping to use the 10Gbps USB-C port to boot, forget it. I was notified today by CalDigit that it doesn't work. It would've been very If you buy this like I did hoping to use the 10Gbps USB-C port to boot, forget it. I was notified today by CalDigit that it doesn't work. It would've been very helpful if they disclosed that important detail so you don't waste your time and money if you plan to boot off that port. Because of that issue I have to cut 5 stars to 2 because that was the reason I purchased the CalDigit instead of the OWC 14 port dock.

      • Written by Randy M from Kalispell

      3 of 10 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Disappointed, can't boot from USB-C 10Gbps port. Confirmed by CalDigit!

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