For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with CalDigit to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Thunderbolt Station 3 Plus dock, which offers 15 ports for Apple's Thunderbolt 3-compatible Macs.


Priced starting at $299.99, the TS3 Plus can replace all of your other dongles because of the sheer number of ports that it offers. Available in both silver and a new space gray option, the TS3 Plus will match Apple's devices.

Design wise, the TS3 Plus, which is designed to be a desktop dock, is made from aluminum with ribbing on the sides, and it can be positioned either horizontally or vertically to work with any desk setup.

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At the front and back, the dock includes two Thunderbolt 3 ports, an SD card reader, five USB-A ports, one USB-C Gen. 1 port, one USB-C Gen. 2 port, a DisplayPort 1.2 port, a Digital Optical Audio port, Audio In & Out, and a Gigabit Ethernet port.

The included USB-C Gen. 1 port offers 5Gb/s throughput, while the USB-C Gen. 2 port offers 10Gb/s throughput, ideal for high-performance SSDs.

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The TS3 Plus provides 85W of charging power so it's able to charge Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro models, along with the 13-inch 61W models with an included Thunderbolt 3 cable. It supports one 60Hz 5K display via Thunderbolt 3 or two 60Hz 4K displays using the DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 3 connections.

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CalDigit's TS3 Plus is compatible with 2016 and later 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models that support Thunderbolt 3, the 2017 iMac models, and the iMac Pro. We have two of the CalDigit docks to give away.

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The contest will run from today (September 7) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on September 14. The winners will be chosen randomly on September 14 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

TheAppleFairy Avatar
53 months ago
Now that's a nice giveaway.
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zorinlynx Avatar
53 months ago
That's a really nice dock, and I agree -- there are plenty of ports. And I love the SD slot on the front. But it's interesting that HDMI is missing in favor of Display Port.
An HDMI port is only an HDMI port. It can't easily be converted to anything (besides VGA, and who uses that anymore).

Whereas DisplayPort can be converted to pretty much everything else. It's the closest thing we have to a universal video output. So it's far better to have a DisplayPort output than HDMI.
[doublepost=1536363245][/doublepost]Does anyone here have experience using these kinds of docks with the newer Macbooks?

Can you literally come home, take your laptop out of the bag, plug a single cable into it and immediately your monitor lights up and everything plugged into the dock is just working? Or do you have to fiddle with it?

I'm just wondering how well this works; someday I might consider upgrading my setup and going laptop-only, but I still want a desktop-like experience at home.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
djbuddha Avatar
53 months ago
will this allow me to connect 3 monitors to my 2017 iMac 5k?
It will allow 2 monitors in addition to the 5K display.

Remember though, your output performance is based on how good your GPU is. You may want to consider an external GPU option if you want great graphic performance with all the displays running.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
djbuddha Avatar
53 months ago
Does anyone here have experience using these kinds of docks with the newer Macbooks?

Can you literally come home, take your laptop out of the bag, plug a single cable into it and immediately your monitor lights up and everything plugged into the dock is just working? Or do you have to fiddle with it?

I'm just wondering how well this works; someday I might consider upgrading my setup and going laptop-only, but I still want a desktop-like experience at home.
That’s EXACTLY how well it works. I take it for granted now, but seriously, it works magic. The ONLY thing I ever have to change sometimes is my audio output from my 4K LG monitor to my Scarlett interface for my powered monitor speakers.
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I just got one. The connections are solid. The only issues I had were I needed an active DisplayPort to HDMI connector to get my monitor to work (it’s an older 1080p monitor), and the power supply was causing noise interference. I contacted the company and they sent me a new one no charge as the one packaged with it ended up having grounding issues they’re aware of. Once I got that all sorted, it’s been brilliant. Very pleased with it. I’d like to try 4K monitors with it, but we don’t have any available at work right now.
Don’t mind the 2012 MBP under the first monitor, I use that for something else. My 2017 Pro is in a TwelveSouth bookarc off camera behind the 2nd monitor.

Dual 27” LG 4K displays. It works well- but the GPU in the maxed out 2017 can only hold up so well over super long periods of time.

I had the same power interference issue (I think I was one of the first, I even sent them an audible noise comparison between the old and new power supply LMAO).

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guitarman777 Avatar
53 months ago
I just got one. The connections are solid. The only issues I had were I needed an active DisplayPort to HDMI connector to get my monitor to work (it’s an older 1080p monitor), and the power supply was causing noise interference. I contacted the company and they sent me a new one no charge as the one packaged with it ended up having grounding issues they’re aware of. Once I got that all sorted, it’s been brilliant. Very pleased with it. I’d like to try 4K monitors with it, but we don’t have any available at work right now.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jayducharme Avatar
53 months ago
That's a really nice dock, and I agree -- there are plenty of ports. And I love the SD slot on the front. But it's interesting that HDMI is missing in favor of Display Port.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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