For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with CalDigit to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Thunderbolt Station 3 Lite, which is designed to work with the new 2016 MacBook Pro.

The new MacBook Pro is equipped with Thunderbolt 3, but it offers a limited number of ports, making a dock or some form of dongle essential for most users who have older accessories. The TS3 Lite, a small hub that includes support for Thunderbolt 3, is ideal for users who need a robust but portable solution.

The TS3 Lite features two Thunderbolt 3 Type-C ports with 40Gb/s throughput, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, 1 USB 3.1 Type-C port, a DisplayPort, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and Audio In/Out ports. It doesn't support 85W charging though, so you'll need a separate cable to power your MacBook Pro.

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It's able to support a single 5K monitor at 60Hz or dual 4K monitors, and it ships with a Thunderbolt 3 cable. With daisychaining, up to six Thunderbolt 3 devices can be connected to a single computer, and the included USB-A and USB-C ports can be used to connect a variety of other accessories.

For instances when a computer is not available, the TS3 Lite features a Stand Alone Charging function that allows users to charge devices like an iPad or an iPhone using the USB-A ports on the TS3 Lite even when it's not connected to a computer.

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The TS3 Lite, which features a brushed aluminum enclosure that matches well with Apple devices, measures in at 8 inches by 3.15 inches and it weighs less than a pound, so it's easy to pack into a bag with your computer and it doesn't take up much space on a desk.

CalDigit charges $199 for the Thunderbolt 3 Station Lite, but we have two to give away to MacRumors readers. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prize. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the giveaway restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.


The contest will run from today (February 24) at 11:15 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:15 a.m. Pacific Time on March 3. The winners will be chosen randomly on March 3 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen.

Top Rated Comments

cube Avatar
61 months ago
It's not vaporware if they're selling it. Also, I recommend you buy better monitors; anything lacking DP is probably old, though DP itself is totally pointless when HDMI exists.
DP is not pointless. It is more capable than HDMI.
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JTToft Avatar
61 months ago
I've never owned a monitor that supported DisplayPort.
- What kind of crazy monitors are you buying?

In any event, DisplayPort is compatible with every other connection standard, so you just need a cable from DisplayPort to, say, HDMI or DVI.
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cube Avatar
61 months ago
Only if you're going above 4K 60Hz... I should have said that, though. Was thinking of the mainstream market.
4K 60Hz 10-bit too.
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veggiespam Avatar
61 months ago
Sure wish we could have some acknowledgement of winners for these giveaways. Talk about vaporware. o_O
I won a super small Lightning - USB cable that I found to be pretty nice; this is the product URL, http://keroproducts.com/collections/products/products/nomad-cable-lightning ; except mine was in blue.

So yes, it does happen.
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viperGTS Avatar
61 months ago
Thank you, MacRumors. :)
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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