The CalDigit TS3 Plus offers up to 15 ports and 85W of power to your laptop, making it one of the best docks in the market. The TS3 is way more robust than a regular USB-C dock. It also offers Thunderbolt 3 ports, which are way better than USB-C ports providing fast data transfer and better refresh rate when running a monitor through it.
The TS3 Plus can run a 5K external display or through the Thunderbolt 3, or two monitors at 4K, one through the DisplayPort and one using Thunderbolt 3. This dock is not like any other regular docks in the market. It offers an 85-watt support feature, which you definitely want to have in a docking station.
Design of CalDigit TS3 Plus
Most of the docks are designed in a manner that can sit either horizontally or vertically on your desk. In this case, CalDigit went for a boxy design that does both. You can easily place it on table however you want. The box is made of metal with an industrial look and weighs about 1.04 lbs.
The TS3 plus has anti-slip pads on the bottom to prevent it from slipping off your desk. It has a ripped design to prevent it from overheating.The TS3 might look the same size as any other dock, but it is loaded with ports offering up to 15 ports.
The front part of the device features SD card reader, audio in and out jack, USB-C and USB-A port. In the back, you will find the rest of the ports totalling a whooping 15 ports in total.
CalDigit TS3 Plus Ports
The CalDigit TS3 Plus is bursting with ports, and it offers up to 15 ports in total with variety of connectivity options. It has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, five USB-A ports, two USB-C ports and a gigabit Ethernet port. It also features additional one optical audio port, one DisplayPort 1.2 port, SD card reader and a 3.5mm audio in and out jacks.
There is no HDMI port in the TS3 Plus, a DisplayPort in there instead. However, many monitors still using HDMI port, for that purpose you can get a DisplayPort to HDMI adapter. The HDMI port is not a big deal because you can easily shop an adapter on the market.
Another prominent feature that I loved about the TS3 Plus is the SD card reader. The SDCard slot in the dock terminates the need for a separate memory card reader. You can insert the SD Card in the TS3 Plus and transfer data.
Performance of CalDigit Thunderbolt 3 Dock
The TS3 Plus can run a single display at 5K through the Thunderbolt 3 port, or you can use two 4K monitors at a time. You can connect one monitor through the DisplayPort and the other through the Thunderbolt 3 port. Both monitors will run at 4K and 60Hz refresh rate.
Do you want to use a 5K monitor or dual 4K displays at a time? No issue for the TS3 Plus because this bad boy handles both very fine and maintains a 60Hz refresh rate. The 85-watts of charging power make sure to recharge your battery in minutes.
The SD card reader is also a feature that makes it different from any other docks on the market. It features SD 4.0 with a UHS-II interface that can transfer three times faster than a regular SD 3.0 with a UHS-I that is present on some docks.
TS3 Plus is one of the best docks that I have tried so far. Loaded with ports, a single 5K display or two 4Ks, and a whooping 85-watt power charging makes it one of the best docks out on the market. The CalDigit TS3 Plus is priced at about $300, but it is worth every single penny.
There are some drawbacks in the TS3 Plus like no HDMI ports, one DisplayPort and no power button but overall this dock is far better than docks that have power buttons or HDMI ports. It will be hard to find something better than this on the market with such features.