Apple just announced its new series of Apple Silicon Macs recently. However, unlike the old Intel versions, the new generation of M1 MacBook Pro has very limited ports (only 2 USB-C ports). But, no worries! We have gathered the docking station options on the market to help you choose the best Thunderbolt 3 docks for your MacBook Pro.
The CalDigit TS3 Plus offers a vast array of connections, starting with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, five USB-A ports, and two USB-C ports (one USB 3.2 Gen 1 and a USB 3.2 Gen 2). Not to mention an SD card slot, a DisplayPort connector, Gigabit Ethernet, and a S/PDIF jack for digital optical audio. Honestly, the CalDigit model has the best combination of ports, size, and shape we’ve yet found.
This Thunderbolt 3 Dock is less expensive than the TS3 Plus, but it still offers most of the same features. The CalDigit Pro Dock is not only designed for computers with Thunderbolt 3 but it is also compatible with other ports like USB-C and even USB-A. This makes the CalDigit Pro Dock become a perfect option if you need a docking station that can work with many different kinds of computers.
HP Thunderbolt Dock G2 hides its awesome power and handy features behind a pretty unusual design. This docking station provides 100W of charging power, 3 USB-A 3.0 ports, 3 USB-C, 2 DisplayPort connectors, and a Thunderbolt 3 port. On top of that, it also comes with a detachable speaker module, making the G2 ideal for conference calls.
The OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock includes 2 microSD slots, a socket for headphones, USB 3, Ethernet, and Mini DisplayPort. Other connectivity options include USB Type-A ports, 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports, S/PDIF out port, and a 180W power port (20V, 9A).
Even though this MacBook Pro docking station takes up a lot of space, it does support a lot of power (85W charging for the main device and 180W maximum load for the entire dock).
When it comes to mini docking stations on the market, the IOGEAR GTD300, isn’t only cheap but also ideal for connectivity on-the-go. The ports include one USB-A port with speeds up to 5 Gbps, a Thunderbolt 3 port with bandwidth support of up to 40Gbps, Gigabit Ethernet, and an HDMI. Moreover, the chassis is made of plastic, making it lighter than most competitors. On the whole, it’s a perfect travel-and-work thunderbolt dock for everyone.
After all, the final decision might come down to your budget or personal preference. But, we hope that you have found the best Thunderbolt 3 Docks for your MacBook Pro here. Also, just let us know if you have any questions in the comments!