CallDigit USB-C Dock
A more affordable expansion route
$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.