Cal­lDigit USB-C Dock

A more af­ford­able ex­pan­sion route

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Alan Stone­bridge

$149.99 From CalDigit, caldigit.com Fea­tures 1x USB-C, 3x USB-A, Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net, Dis­playPort, HDMI

You can save a con­sid­er­able amount on a dock and make life with a mod­ern Mac­Book less fussy with­out pay­ing close to 300 bucks for a Thun­der­bolt 3 model. That’s be­cause the abil­ity to charge your Mac­Book over the same ca­ble that car­ries data and video be­tween it and pe­riph­er­als ac­tu­ally comes from USB-C, which Thun­der­bolt 3 builds upon.

This dock’s front has dis­creet 3.5mm mic and head­phone jacks, and a USB-A port with high-speed 10.5W charg­ing. The back has: two USB-A ports with­out fast charg­ing; a 15W USB-C port (good for an iPad Pro with the right Light­ning ca­ble); Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net; a full-size Dis­playPort 1.2a out­put; and an HDMI 2.0 port. CalDigit warns that you can’t ex­tend your desk­top onto two con­nected dis­plays at once, though.

CalDigit shows good con­sid­er­a­tion of how you’ll use the dock with a menu bar util­ity that en­ables quick ejec­tion of one or all con­nected de­vices in a cou­ple of clicks. The dock’s drawback is that it sup­plies 60W max­i­mum to a Mac­Book — fine for a 13-inch Pro, but not re­ally for 15-inch mod­els.

The bot­tom line. A great com­pan­ion to most MacBooks, with a solid se­lec­tion of ports. Good value and con­ve­nient if you don’t need por­ta­ble adapters.

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