The best Thunderbolt 3 docks for Apple's 2018 MacBook Pro, iMac Pro, and 2017 iMac

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The inclusion of Thunderbolt 3 on the MacBook Pro and iMac has created an entire industry of docks and other accessories that take advantage of Thunderbolt 3's high bandwidth and power delivery capabilities, by providing more ports that can expand a Mac's connectivity. AppleInsider compares some of the best options on the market.




Update: The chart listing dock features has been refreshed to include new releases since this article's original publication.

If you got new hardware for Christmas, you may notice it might be short some ports you remember. Fortunately, there are a large number of Thunderbolt 3 docking stations to choose from, but with choices comes consumer confusion.

As the market for the docks has grown, it has become harder to decide which dock is the best one to buy. Tradeoffs abound, between the number of extra ports they add, the additional features that are nice to have, and the price of the unit itself.

Ultimately, the kind of dock required for the job depends entirely on the user's current needs, as well as planning for any future changes to their computing environment so there's no need to get another one any time soon.

Why get a dock?

Ultimately, the aim of the dock is to connect more of a user's equipment to a Mac. The dock adds more ports at the expense of one existing Thunderbolt 3 connection, while also increasing the usefulness of the Mac at the same time, such as by adding a memory card reader, a secondary audio connection, or more displays.

For example, an iMac owner may want to add multiple external drives to expand their storage capabilities, but do not wish to have all of the drives clogging up all of the available ports on the rear. They may also wish to have the extra components connected away from their workspace, so a single cable to connect multiple devices in that way may be a better option.

Kensington SD5000T Thunderbolt 3 dock
Kensington SD5000T Thunderbolt 3 dock


For MacBook Pro users, a dock can be used as a way to connect all of their peripherals, accessories, and other hardware to their system while at a desk through a single Thunderbolt 3 connection, rather than multiple cables. If they wish to work away from the desk, it's a single cable to disconnect everything, saving time when they have to move.

What to look for

Of the docks compiled by AppleInsider into the chart, the majority offer two Thunderbolt 3 ports, allowing one to be connected to the host system, while another is free to connect another Thunderbolt 3 device, effectively preventing the user from "losing" a Thunderbolt 3 port.

While many offer USB 3.1 Type-C connections, a few of the docks highlighted rely on it to connect to the host Mac instead of Thunderbolt 3. For the most part, these docks will work relatively fine, but the maximum bandwidth between the dock and the Mac will be reduced from 40Gbps to 10Gbps, making them less desirable for those wanting to push high amounts of data.

Belkin ExpressDock HD
Belkin ExpressDock HD


The ability to deliver power over the Thunderbolt 3 connection is extremely useful to MacBook Pro owners, allowing for charging through the same cable without running a second purely for power. Though all offer power delivery in varying levels, owners of the 15-inch MacBook Pro will want to look at docks with at least 87 Watts of power delivery through a single connection in order to properly charge their Mac.

Again, most docks offer some sort of display connectivity, so users can add multiple monitors to their setup. Depending on the dock, this can take the form of one or more connections, including HDMI, DisplayPort, and Mini DisplayPort, most some including support for dual 4K monitors at 60Hz, assuming you're willing to use your downstream Thunderbolt 3 port to do so.

HyperDrive Thunderbolt 3 Hub
HyperDrive Thunderbolt 3 Hub


All of the docks offer USB 3.0 Type-A connections, allowing for the connection of hardware that has yet to graduate to Type-C. The majority also include audio connections, as well as Gigabit Ethernet ports for connecting to wired networks, a feature likely to be welcomed by MacBook Pro users.

In quite a few cases, the manufacturers included an SD card reader, though some also incorporate a microSD card slot into the design. Considering the plethora of microSD-to-SD adapters on the market, the latter isn't an essential feature for the vast majority of users.

A few of the docks do differentiate themselves by including some lesser-used or older connectivity options, such as eSATA, VGA, and FireWire 800. It could be argued that there could be adapters and dongles on the market that can replicate these depreciated connections, so potential users having an urgent need to use those connection types may still want to look at others in the range -- but we'll talk about some older connectors in a bit.

CalDigit TS3 Lite
CalDigit TS3 Lite


That being said, as a dock is bought for its ports, it may be worth concentrating on those offering these extra ports to avoid the need of acquiring said adapters. Though there is probably no perfect solution to each use case, minimizing any extra purchases may be an idea worth pursuing.

What do you need?

We've summarized nearly all the shipping, fully Mac-compatible options below. Note that most of these are Thunderbolt 3 docks, with a few USB 3.1 type C docks includes. As such, this list is mostly for MacBook Pro and iMac owners right now.

Plugable TBT3-UD1-83 Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station
Plugable TBT3-UD1-83 Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station


If there's a port you need, like FireWire, or optical audio -- then you've got fewer choices. If you need full charging power for a 15-inch MacBook Pro, even fewer.

The list was updated on June 27 to include new docks that have launched since the March version of this report was released. New additions include the Iogear Quantum Thunderbolt 3 Pro 85, the Gigabyte RX 580 Gaming Box, and StarTech's Mini Docks.


ManufacturerPriceThunderbolt 3 PortsPower DeliveryUSB Type-AUSB Type-CHDMIDisplayPortMini DisplayPortGigabit EthernetSD Card ReaderAudio In/OutExtras and Notes




















Belkin - Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD$349.992853111
Caldigit - Thunderbolt Station 3$199.9928531112 eSATA
Caldigit - Thunderbolt Station 3 Plus$299.99285521111S/PDIF
Caldigit - Thunderbolt 3 Lite$199.9921521111
Elgato - Thunderbolt 3 Dock$299.952853111
Gigabyte RX 580 Gaming Box$599.991100313
Griffin - Universal USB-C Docking Station$199.998541111
Henge Docks - Stone Tethered Docking Station USB-C$199.0087321111
Hyper - HyperDrive Hub for USB-C$99.991872111MicroSD card slot
Hyper - HyperDrive Ultimate USB-C Hub$139.99603111111VGA, MicroSD card slot
Iogear Quantum Thunderbolt 3 Pro 85$299.9528511111
IOGEAR - Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station Pro$299.9521521111
IOGEAR - USB-C Compact Docking Station$299.950311111VGA out, USB-C power pass-through
Kensington - SD5000T Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station$349.9928521111
Landing Zone - Docking Station for the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar$299.99603321111MicroSD card slot, Kensington Security Slot, USB Type-C Passthrough Port
OWC - Thunderbolt 3 Dock$299.9926051111S/PDIF, FireWire 800
Plugable - Thunderbolt 3 Dock$189.9921521101
StarTech - Thunderbolt 3 Dock with SD Card Reader$404.99285411111Fast Charge on one USB Type-A port
StarTech - TB3DKM2DP$163.991121
StarTech - TB3DKM2HD$182.991121
Targus - Thunderbolt 3 DV4K Docking Station$349.992852111Cable lock slot
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A note on FireWire and eSATA

We here at AppleInsider get it. FireWire is an older technology, and you may still have gear around that demands it. Back in the day, we loved FireWire 400 and 800.

But here, looking back from our Thunderbolt 3 USB-C hardware, our recommendation is that it's time to move on -- unless you have a piece of legacy audio gear that demands it. Even then, it might be time to look at upgrades, since a lot of the audio gear's driver support is iffy at best.

OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock
OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock


FireWire 800 is capable of 100 megabytes per second maximum. The last Apple computer that debuted with the technology was in 2012. Yes, they sold it alongside the Retina MacBook Pro for many years -- but that doesn't mean the technology is new.

In all likelihood, you've got a RAID case with a pair of PATA drives that you've clung on to. If that's the case, those drives are very, very old and it's time to replace them anyway assuming you value your data.

When you buy a new mac, your old stuff doesn't light on fire. Hook up your old gear, and move your data across your network to your new MacBook Pro or iMac. If you simply must keep the drive online, then connect it as a server -- and really consider getting the data off.

As far as eSATA goes, it is also a deprecated technology, and has been mostly supplanted by UASP support in USB 3. The days of eSATA are numbered -- and it was never adopted in any great quantities.

CalDigit TS3
CalDigit TS3


If you've got an eSATA enclosure, it probably has USB 3.0 also. Just use that, instead. If it's a USB 2.0 enclosure, consider pulling the drives out and putting them in a more modern enclosure -- or like we advised the FireWire people, transfer it across a network to your new hardware.

If you don't want to do that, AppleInsider can confirm that there is a USB 3.0 to eSATA adapter that supports port multiplying cases that works fairly well if not with all chipsets -- and it is only around $33.

As good as they were, the days for both FireWire and eSATA are past. Unless you absolutely have to, don't spend good money after bad.

An Alternative - eGPU Enclosures

If the user simply wants to add more USB 3.0 Type-A ports, simply acquiring a standard USB Hub with a USB-C to USB-B peripheral cable would most likely solve their expansion needs. For those wanting such expansion through Thunderbolt 3, there is another left-field option: eGPU enclosures.

A relatively new product category, eGPU enclosures are used to add a graphics card to a Thunderbolt 3-equipped Mac, with the intention of considerably boosting their graphical performance. These enclosures also include power delivery at various levels, with some capable of charging a 15-inch MacBook Pro, and some models also add in extra connections on the rear to fully take advantage of Thunderbolt 3's massive bandwidth.

Mantiz MZ-02 eGPU enclosure
Mantiz MZ-02 eGPU enclosure


At $349 and up minus the cost of a graphics card, they can be cost-effective -- assuming you're looking at boosting the graphics capability of your host machine as well.

Where to buy

The docks highlighted above are available for purchase from a variety of retailers with instant discounts and/or sales tax incentives. If shopping at Adorama or B&H Photo, sales tax will not be collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ. Amazon, on the other hand, collects sales tax in all applicable states, but often offers special financing offers with the Amazon.com Store Card.

Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD for $277.63 @B&H *
($72 off + no tax outside NY & NJ)
Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD for $277.63 @Amazon
($72 off)
CalDigit TS3 Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station for $199.99 @B&H *
(No tax collected on orders shipped outside NY & NJ)
Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock for $278.88 @B&H *
($20 off in tax outside NY & NJ)
Henge Docks Stone Tethered Docking Station with USB-C for $199.00 @Henge Docks
HyperDrive Hub for USB-C MacBook Pro 13" and 15" (2016/2017) for $89.99 @Amazon
($10 off + free shipping)
HyperDrive Ultimate USB-C Hub for $139.99 @B&H *
($12 off in tax outside NY & NJ)
IOGEAR Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station Pro for $176.95 @B&H *
($33 off + no tax outside NY & NJ)
Kensington SD5000T Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station for $189.00 @B&H *
($110 off + no tax outside NY & NJ)
Landing Zone Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station for MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for $277.54 @B&H *
($45 off in tax outside NY & NJ)
OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock for $336.99 @B&H *
($13 off + no tax outside NY & NJ)
* Adorama and B&H will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY & NJ. CO and VT residents, see here.
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  • Reply 1 of 50
    dcgoodcgoo Posts: 198member

    AppleInsider said:
    ...owners of the 15-inch MacBook Pro will want to look at docks with at least 87 Watts of power delivery through a single connection in order to properly charge their Mac. 

    This is not strictly true. The MBP 15 charges just fine with only 60 watts available.  It takes a bit longer than 87 watts, but surprisingly, not a huge amount.  If you need 30 minutes of charge, it might take 45 @60w
    watto_cobraRayz2016imergingenious
  • Reply 2 of 50
    I've been waiting on the Henge thunderbolt 3 dock for some time. But it seems to have disappeared from their web site recently (in the past couple of days), leaving only the USB Type-C dock in its place. Very disappointing. The second choice that my office has gone with is the Kensington dock.
    netrox
  • Reply 3 of 50
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 3,233administrator
    dcgoo said:

    AppleInsider said:
    ...owners of the 15-inch MacBook Pro will want to look at docks with at least 87 Watts of power delivery through a single connection in order to properly charge their Mac. 

    This is not strictly true. The MBP 15 charges just fine with only 60 watts available.  It takes a bit longer than 87 watts, but surprisingly, not a huge amount.  If you need 30 minutes of charge, it might take 45 @60w
    It'll charge with 15W. But, the issue is more with putting the system under load and drawing power from USB-PD in full rather than from both the battery and the connection.

    You're not wrong -- but if you're going to hammer the machine at all, get a 87W one.

    Oh, and a note for dedicated forumers -- the table of all the docks displays better on the main page. Blame the forum software for this one.
    edited November 2017 watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 50
    Why wasn't the OWC Travel Dock included? It offers just about everything I would need for connectivity to my 13" MBP sans TouchBar: 

    2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Standard-A) Ports
    USB-C Auxiliary Power Port (up to 60W)
    SD Card Reader (UHS-II)
    HDMI 2.0 Port
    Supports 4K display resolution – up to 4096 x 2160 at 30Hz
    Available in silver, rose gold and space gray

    All this for only $49. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

    https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/owc-usb-c-travel-dock?_ga=2.66191917.2045698634.1509926845-1334197059.1497251369

    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 50
    What ever happened to the OWC DEC for the new MBP?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 50
    netroxnetrox Posts: 640member
    Why wasn't the OWC Travel Dock included? It offers just about everything I would need for connectivity to my 13" MBP sans TouchBar: 

    2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Standard-A) Ports
    USB-C Auxiliary Power Port (up to 60W)
    SD Card Reader (UHS-II)
    HDMI 2.0 Port
    Supports 4K display resolution – up to 4096 x 2160 at 30Hz
    Available in silver, rose gold and space gray

    All this for only $49. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

    https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/owc-usb-c-travel-dock?_ga=2.66191917.2045698634.1509926845-1334197059.1497251369

    Because it's not a Thunderbolt 3 dock.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 50
    netroxnetrox Posts: 640member
    damacguy said:
    I've been waiting on the Henge thunderbolt 3 dock for some time. But it seems to have disappeared from their web site recently (in the past couple of days), leaving only the USB Type-C dock in its place. Very disappointing. The second choice that my office has gone with is the Kensington dock.
    I ordered the same as well and since I haven't gotten one in a year, I got my money back.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 50
    cgWerkscgWerks Posts: 1,609member
    For the price, the Mantix eGPU option is pretty tempting. The main problem for me, is the noise level (looking back at that article/review). To get the other ports, I'd have the noise all the time even when I didn't need the GPU... so to avoid that, I'd have to disconnect it, and then need another dock anyway. Bummer.

    I wonder if there would be some way to create an eGPU with a pass-through type operation and ports like the docks. Then you'd have the best of both worlds, and could enable the GPU only when necessary.
  • Reply 9 of 50
    OWC seems to have the best solution, as usual. They really put big names like Belkin to shame.
    rob53
  • Reply 10 of 50
    appexappex Posts: 687member
    Great review. Bring more eSATA docks.
  • Reply 11 of 50
    rob53rob53 Posts: 1,904member
    Looks like AI is becoming more MacWorld-like, criticizing a Mac-supplier that's second to none in OWC. OWC makes great hardware and their Thunderbolt docks are no exception. Saying we need to rebuy disks that don't include the latest interfaces is ridiculous. Yes, USB3 has been around for awhile but that doesn't mean we haven't already purchased lots of drives with data on them we want to keep without having to purchase brand new disk cabinets that cost two to three times what we spent on the perfectly working drives we have now. As long as we didn't purchase Seagate drives, our drives are still working. Having FW800 on a dock is a plus, it means we don't have to buy an adapter to connect to the dock. If you don't want to use then fine, but don't criticize OWC for including it. OWC also has fair pricing, something Belkin never seems to provide. Finally, OWC's hardware design has been getting much better over the years and their latest TB3 dock simply looks better than any of the others.
    deepinsider
  • Reply 12 of 50
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 3,233administrator
    rob53 said:
    Looks like AI is becoming more MacWorld-like, criticizing a Mac-supplier that's second to none in OWC. OWC makes great hardware and their Thunderbolt docks are no exception. Saying we need to rebuy disks that don't include the latest interfaces is ridiculous. Yes, USB3 has been around for awhile but that doesn't mean we haven't already purchased lots of drives with data on them we want to keep without having to purchase brand new disk cabinets that cost two to three times what we spent on the perfectly working drives we have now. As long as we didn't purchase Seagate drives, our drives are still working. Having FW800 on a dock is a plus, it means we don't have to buy an adapter to connect to the dock. If you don't want to use then fine, but don't criticize OWC for including it. OWC also has fair pricing, something Belkin never seems to provide. Finally, OWC's hardware design has been getting much better over the years and their latest TB3 dock simply looks better than any of the others.
    There is no criticism of OWC here, regardless of your inference. There are just realities about FireWire and eSATA technologies five and a half years after Apple released the last piece of gear with the former technology.

    I note you didn't complain about "criticism" of CalDigit.

    I wrote the review of the OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock. I liked it (other than the 60W as a 15-inch MBP owner) and said so. But -- if you got drives just as the technology was put out to pasture with the 2012 RMBP, you're playing with fire with five-year-old drives. And, there's a very good chance that if you're using FW800, those drives are a decade old.
    edited November 2017
  • Reply 13 of 50
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 3,233administrator
    appex said:
    Great review. Bring more eSATA docks.
    As usual, you didn't read the article.
    GeorgeBMac
  • Reply 14 of 50
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 3,233administrator
    What ever happened to the OWC DEC for the new MBP?
    No idea. We've been asking.
  • Reply 15 of 50
    rob53rob53 Posts: 1,904member
    rob53 said:
    Looks like AI is becoming more MacWorld-like, criticizing a Mac-supplier that's second to none in OWC. OWC makes great hardware and their Thunderbolt docks are no exception. Saying we need to rebuy disks that don't include the latest interfaces is ridiculous. Yes, USB3 has been around for awhile but that doesn't mean we haven't already purchased lots of drives with data on them we want to keep without having to purchase brand new disk cabinets that cost two to three times what we spent on the perfectly working drives we have now. As long as we didn't purchase Seagate drives, our drives are still working. Having FW800 on a dock is a plus, it means we don't have to buy an adapter to connect to the dock. If you don't want to use then fine, but don't criticize OWC for including it. OWC also has fair pricing, something Belkin never seems to provide. Finally, OWC's hardware design has been getting much better over the years and their latest TB3 dock simply looks better than any of the others.
    There is no criticism of OWC here, regardless of your inference. There are just realities about FireWire and eSATA technologies five and a half years after Apple released the last piece of gear with the former technology.

    I note you didn't complain about "criticism" of CalDigit.

    I wrote the review of the OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock. I liked it (other than the 60W as a 15-inch MBP owner) and said so. But -- if you got drives just as the technology was put out to pasture with the 2012 RMBP, you're playing with fire with five-year-old drives. And, there's a very good chance that if you're using FW800, those drives are a decade old.
    Not a good chance at all. I recently updated to a late 2015 iMac, giving my perfectly usable 2009 iMac to my wife. Since my old iMac didn't have USB3, FW800 was the fastest alternative so I continued to buy OWC drives, some with USB3 and FW800 so I'd be able to use whatever interface I could on my current equipment. I don't have any drives seven years old (maybe one) and I bought a TB2 OWC dock so I could connect the drives I had, using both USB3 and eSATA (whichever was the fastest interface on the drive). I could have waited for the latest iMacs but my heavily used 2009 iMac was showing signs of losing the GPU. I reflowed the GPU (carefully with a heat gun) and it's working better than before but bought a newer one anyway (refurb through OWC) to make sure I wasn't without anything. Even though some of my drive mechanisms are older, doesn't mean I haven't replaced the drives inside. I did that to get rid of Seagate drives when they would only last 5 mins (yes, sarcasm but they would die in a year or two). Not everyone has to have all the latest and greatest hardware, especially when prices seem to be going up not down. 
  • Reply 16 of 50
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 3,233administrator
    rob53 said:
    rob53 said:
    Looks like AI is becoming more MacWorld-like, criticizing a Mac-supplier that's second to none in OWC. OWC makes great hardware and their Thunderbolt docks are no exception. Saying we need to rebuy disks that don't include the latest interfaces is ridiculous. Yes, USB3 has been around for awhile but that doesn't mean we haven't already purchased lots of drives with data on them we want to keep without having to purchase brand new disk cabinets that cost two to three times what we spent on the perfectly working drives we have now. As long as we didn't purchase Seagate drives, our drives are still working. Having FW800 on a dock is a plus, it means we don't have to buy an adapter to connect to the dock. If you don't want to use then fine, but don't criticize OWC for including it. OWC also has fair pricing, something Belkin never seems to provide. Finally, OWC's hardware design has been getting much better over the years and their latest TB3 dock simply looks better than any of the others.
    There is no criticism of OWC here, regardless of your inference. There are just realities about FireWire and eSATA technologies five and a half years after Apple released the last piece of gear with the former technology.

    I note you didn't complain about "criticism" of CalDigit.

    I wrote the review of the OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock. I liked it (other than the 60W as a 15-inch MBP owner) and said so. But -- if you got drives just as the technology was put out to pasture with the 2012 RMBP, you're playing with fire with five-year-old drives. And, there's a very good chance that if you're using FW800, those drives are a decade old.
    Not a good chance at all. I recently updated to a late 2015 iMac, giving my perfectly usable 2009 iMac to my wife. Since my old iMac didn't have USB3, FW800 was the fastest alternative so I continued to buy OWC drives, some with USB3 and FW800 so I'd be able to use whatever interface I could on my current equipment. I don't have any drives seven years old (maybe one) and I bought a TB2 OWC dock so I could connect the drives I had, using both USB3 and eSATA (whichever was the fastest interface on the drive). I could have waited for the latest iMacs but my heavily used 2009 iMac was showing signs of losing the GPU. I reflowed the GPU (carefully with a heat gun) and it's working better than before but bought a newer one anyway (refurb through OWC) to make sure I wasn't without anything. Even though some of my drive mechanisms are older, doesn't mean I haven't replaced the drives inside. I did that to get rid of Seagate drives when they would only last 5 mins (yes, sarcasm but they would die in a year or two). Not everyone has to have all the latest and greatest hardware, especially when prices seem to be going up not down. 
    I don't disagree with your "latest and greatest" assessment, and it's good that you're replacing the drives. Like I said in the article, I get where you're coming from about old hardware.

    I wish I could say that enclosures are forever, and speeds are always viable, but if you're looking at a $1500+ computer, and a $300 dock, then the $300 dock money might be better spent on a USB 3.0 or 3.1 type C enclosure to get the best speeds possible out of the newer drives -- and with a Gigabit wired network and a NAS case you may actually get similar speeds and more flexibility for the same money.
  • Reply 17 of 50
    nhtnht Posts: 4,214member
    CalDigit TS-3 is nice in that it's the only dock you can stand on it's side to save some desk space.
  • Reply 18 of 50
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 3,233administrator
    nht said:
    CalDigit TS-3 is nice in that it's the only dock you can stand on it's side to save some desk space.
    Velcro. 

    Also, you can get a plate for the Kensington dock to attach to a VESA mount either in use or idle to hang it off a display.
    edited November 2017 calisurfboy
  • Reply 19 of 50
    nhtnht Posts: 4,214member
    nht said:
    CalDigit TS-3 is nice in that it's the only dock you can stand on it's side to save some desk space.
    Velcro. 

    Also, you can get a plate for the Kensington dock to attach to a VESA mount either in use or idle to hang it off a display.
    I'm going to velcro the ports I may want to use to the back of my monitor?  Granted ethernet and my monitor cables don't change much but occasionally I do want to plug in a drive.  I'm not a big fan of the iMac having all of its ports on the back either.

    Granted I could just use a USB-C port on the side of the MBP but they put ports on the front of these docks for a reason...
  • Reply 20 of 50
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 3,233administrator
    nht said:
    nht said:
    CalDigit TS-3 is nice in that it's the only dock you can stand on it's side to save some desk space.
    Velcro. 

    Also, you can get a plate for the Kensington dock to attach to a VESA mount either in use or idle to hang it off a display.
    I'm going to velcro the ports I may want to use to the back of my monitor?  Granted ethernet and my monitor cables don't change much but occasionally I do want to plug in a drive.  I'm not a big fan of the iMac having all of its ports on the back either.

    Granted I could just use a USB-C port on the side of the MBP but they put ports on the front of these docks for a reason...
    The larger point, is that there's no real reason other docks have to be in a horizontal orientation. Who knows. Maybe a dock stand is the next great kickstarter!
    calisurfboy
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