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Apple really screwed up the Macbook Pro 13" design by providing only two Thunderbolt ports and no other ports at all. That's fine if you use your Macbook as a toy but if you are using it for work, you need monitors and peripherals and while "anything" can be plugged in to the Thunderbolt ports, that can only be two at a time. If you have two external monitors you can't even plug in the charger!I did a lot of research on port replicators for this laptop and there are very very few available that do a proper job. I wish I stuck with Dell. But I digress. In the end I chose this Caltech dock and I'm very happy. I can just plug in one Thunderbolt cable to my laptop, and I instantly have access to two external 1900x1600 Dell monitors, one of them turned sideways (the dock supports up to 4k with two monitors), my wonderful Cherry MX USB keyboard, my teleconferencing headset, a charging cable for the magic mouse and a bunch of other USB nicknacks. The dock has its own power pack and supplies power to the laptop so I can keep the laptop's own charger at a different location.Most important though is 2 monitors + power. None of the cheaper docks allow you to do this with the 13" Macbook Pro (unless you have the more expensive Macbook with 4 Thunderbolt ports).This dock is expensive, but not more expensive than the very few comparable ones and it seems to be the best one.With this dock I was able to re-use most of my existing cables and only had to buy one expensive special cable. The dock came with the dock-to-laptop cable. I could use my existing DP-to-DP cable for one of the monitors. For the other one I had to buy a Thunderbolt-to-DP cable. The dock has separate microphone and headphone jacks, which happens to be what my headset needs as opposed to the cellphone-style 4-tip single socket that the Macbook has. The dock has LOTS of USB ports, which made me very happy. I do not need any external USB hub.It's such a nice dock, I wish I could buy another one for the other location I use my laptop. But I only have one monitor there, so there are much cheaper alternatives. The high price is the only thing I don't like about this dock.FYI Apple does not do NEARLY as nice a job as Windows at remembering hardware configurations. Every time I re-dock I have to re-configure the monitor arrangement and re-select the Caltech audio device. That's not Caltech's fault, it just does not seem Apple was meant for serious work users.
This dock has been issue free for a month. I arrive at work plug in a single Thunderbolt cable into my MacBook Pro on a VESA floating arm and all of my peripherals including my 24" 4K display come to life. I have Ethernet from my work network, USB, Headphones, display, power and even an SD slot all coming to life without any hiccups. When its' time to go to a meeting, I can unplug and 3-5 seconds later the MacBook Pro is ready to sit in a meeting with me for a few hours for note-taking. I've never had to power-cycle this dock or re-seat connections. It just works every single day for 8+ hours a day without fail. Of course, I wish it was smaller to come with me on trips but this will live-on at my desk and I hope for many years of benefits from this dock.
I'm very impressed with the size and capability of this unit as I have it connected. All USB ports are occupied with a monitor connected to the DisplayPort connection and a soundbar hooked up with the optical connection. My XPS13 is working and charging perfectly. I have not had a single issue over the last week and like the quality, size and build of this dock. Beefy power supply. Highly recommended.7/23: I had an issue where upon plugging in the dock, I would get the blue screen of death due to hardware conflicts. Trial and error (and some guidance from CalDigit as to where to start investigating) narrowed it down to a strange BIOS update that came via the support app. If anyone else with an XPS13 9370 is having issues since mid-June 2018 they should ensure their BIOS did not 'upgrade' to version 1.4.x. Current version is 1.1.3 (7/24/18) and once I had reflashed back, no issues.UPDATE: 01/15/2019 - This unit is working flawlessly still, and has happily recognized (and passed through) all peripheral devices I have connected. I must have at least 400+ hours with not a single issue, hiccup - nothing.
I was really on the fence with this dock. I've used the genuine Lenovo Thunderbolt dock, the Lenovo Graphics Dock, an HP Omen Graphics Accelerator, and the Plugable Thunderbolt 3 dock on my Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga X1 (3rd generation), and each dock seemed to have some kind of quirk. Whether it was the strange freezing that docks with graphics cards seem to suffer from, not charging properly, or ports not being recognized.This dock is an absolute dream. Plug it in, tell Windows 10 that it's authorized, and you're off. No freezing. No performance hit. No USB devices dropping and reconnecting. No rebooting. No crashing when plugged / unplugged. It charges, it doesn't get very warm, and it has gobs of ports, so I don't even need to keep my USB hub around anymore.Even the DAC is pretty decent. I'm not ready to give up my beloved Dragonfly Red , but it drives my Shure 1540's just fine.Yeah, this dock costs a bit more than other Thunderbolt 3 docks, but the pure ease of use makes it so worth the money. Not to mention, the construction is absolutely top-notch, and the dock itself is so small, it easily tucks away under my laptop stand.If you have a laptop with Thunderbolt 3, this is the dock you've been looking for.