CalDigit TS3 Plus

A dock with ports aplenty

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Alan Stone­bridge

$349 From CalDigit, Fea­tures 14 ports, 85W power sup­ply to MacBook

For gen­eros­ity with ports, CalDigit’s new dock wins by a whisker over OWC’s pre­vi­ous best, giv­ing you 14 for ex­pan­sion and one to con­nect to and power even a 15-inch MacBook Pro.

The front side has the same USB-A and dis­crete 3.5mm head­phone and mic jacks as the non-Plus model, and adds a 5Gbps (USB 3.1 Gen 1) USB-C port and an SDXC card reader. On the back, CalDigit has re­moved the niche eSATA ports from its orig­i­nal TS3 dock, and dou­bled the USB-A ports to four. You still get Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net, Dis­playPort 1.2 and a passthrough USB-C port (en­abling con­nec­tion of one 5K or two 4K dis­plays), and there are two brand-new ports: S/PDIF op­ti­cal audio out­put, and a 10Gbps USB-C port (USB 3.1 Gen 2) to sup­port the lat­est high-speed SSDs.

The price is high, but this dou­bles as a spare MacBook Pro power adapter (nor­mally $88 or $98 with a ca­ble), though the ex­ter­nal power sup­ply means it’s not es­pe­cially por­ta­ble.

the bot­tom line. Our Thun­der­bolt 3 dock of choice, with a plen­ti­ful sup­ply of data, power, audio and video ports. CalDigit TS 3 Plu s Ef­fec­tively eight USB ports Adds ports new MacBooks lack Sen­si­ble port ar­range­ment A costly in­vest­ment Exc el­lent

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