CalDigit TS3 Plus
A dock with ports aplenty
$349 From CalDigit, caldigit.com 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