USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 docks for MacBook Pro late 2016

usb-c thunderbolt 3 docks Dock for MacBook Pro 2016 on USB-A, VGA, HDMI, DisplayPort, Ethernet, LAN, SD card, MacBook dongle

Since then Apple with the MacBook Pro late 2016 apparently the USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 Interface has made it en vogue, you can read here and there about docks, adapters, dongles and many other gadgets. I found a couple of USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 docks for the MacBook Pro late 2016 and put the (probably) best ones into a list for you. The reason for this was the Lenovo ThinkPad USB-C Dock, although its availability (on Amazon) is questionable. I also wanted to offer you a few models for different budgets. Attention: Some models are not yet available (March 2017); But I recommend pre-ordering in order to take advantage of Amazon's price guarantee.

MacBook Pro 2016 USB-C Thunderbolt 3 Dock with USB-A 3.1 3.0, HDMI, SD card reader

USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 docks for MacBook Pro and other devices

In addition to the MacBook Pro late 2016, there are sure to be other Apple computers as well as Windows PCs and laptops, Chrome Books and so on that come with USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 will be equipped. Many Thunderbolt 3 docks or dongles for the USB-C connection are currently being advertised for use with Apple hardware, as this has pushed the connection into widespread attention. So in the future we will still have a large selection of such devices for more interfaces and peripherals as well Backward Compatibility Adapter see - some can already be pre-ordered on Amazon.

Article about Thunderbolt and USB-C displays, monitors and adapters to HDMI and VGA

Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C docks: Choice of different models

Cable Matters USB C Adapter with USB C to HDMI or USB C to VGA (USB C Hub HDMI and VGA), USB 3.0 ...
  • docking station usb c with HDMI offers Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 and an HDMI or VGA video connection via a ...
  • 4K HDMI VIDEO + ETHERNET + USB 3.0 ports on the USB-C adapter connect the latest devices with older devices ....
  • The DELL COMPANION Thunderbolt 3 hub with HDMI and VGA weighs less than 1 ounce. laptop docking station represents a ...
i-tec USB-C Flat Docking Station 3x USB 3.0 Port, 1x USB-C Port, 1x USB-C Power Delivery Port, ...
  • Graphic interface: 1x HDMI, max. 3840x2160 @ 30Hz, for connecting an external monitor, projector or ...
  • 1x USB-C 3.1 connector, transmission speed up to 10 Gbps, for connection to your notebook, tablet or ...
  • 1x USB-C 3.1 (gen. 1) port for connecting your devices with the new USB-C connector, transmission speed ...
Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock (With 50 cm Thunderbolt cable, 40Gb / s, 85W MacBook Pro charging function, dual ...
  • Connect all devices to your MacBook Pro or Windows laptop at the same time; aluminum casing
  • Charge your MacBook Pro or Windows laptop with up to 85 watts - with exactly the one cable that connects the dock ...
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports: Take advantage of the tremendous versatility, including support for ...
Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station with 80 cm Thunderbolt 3 cable / USB-C (40 Gbit / s, 85 W ...
  • Complete docking solution with just one cable: Connect eight devices with a single Thunderbolt cable and ...
  • High speed: Transfer data at transfer rates of 40 Gbit / s, even if several devices ...
  • Two 4K screens: Two 4K image resolutions via DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 3 USB-C to display one ...

Pay attention to: USB 3.0 or 3.1, video outputs, power supply

Depending on the manufacturer and price range, the individual Thunderbolt 3 docks are equipped differently. Especially if you are looking for Thunderbolt 3 docks that bring you USB-A connections, they should preferably have the 3.0 standard or better 3.1. This is how you ensure high rates for data exchange. In addition, some devices bring HDMI– and/or VGA connectors with. You can use it to connect monitors and displays (usually up to 4K resolution) connect. Some devices also offer DisplayPort. In addition, there are various power accesses (if available), via their own network connections or via USB-C / Thunderbolt 3.

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4 comments

  1. Bernd Singer says:

    Hi,
    many adapters only have short "cables".
    I am quarreling whether I will provide the i.tec dock with a longer cable (solder) ... -> let's see ...

    Belkin and Elgato seem to be the only ones who have a USB-C socket facing the host. (Beklin even several ...)

    This is particularly interesting if you only want one cable (USB-C, for charging, 10 or 1 GB Ethernet, card reader, external hard drive, USB stick) on the couch.

    The Belkin Station can also be operated with a 2m cable or 0,5m cable - just great.

    A 10GB Ethernet would significantly increase the price of the Belkin Station - it costs as much as the Belkin Station alone, integrated it could probably cost ~ 100-150 € and would significantly speed up the connection to the 10Gbe NAS ...

    Best regards,
    Bernd

    • sir appleot says:

      Hi Bernd! Thanks for your assessment. I have to say I have mine the reviews of the Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock read through and it's frightening what doesn't work out there. Given the price, it should work without any problems. The Elgato thing only has Thunderbolt 2, but my MacBook Pro 2017 has Thunderbolt 3 ... from the serious manufacturers only OWC would remain, but that OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock unfortunately also has mixed reviews. However, it has the advantage that it still has Firewire connections that are otherwise no longer offered by a dock.

  2. Bernd Singer says:

    found another device for 192,99 €:
    - USB-C socket to the host,
    - Charge function
    - Displayport
    - USB 3.1 type A socket 3x
    - 3.1x USB 1 Type C socket
    - DisplayPort,
    - HDMI

    Product: CalDigit USB-C Dock

    Regards,
    Bernd

    • sir appleot says:

      Hi Bernd! Thanks for the hint! But it got a few criticisms: the network port does not work without a driver and this is not compatible with macOS Sierra (and certainly not with High Sierra); the external screen is often not recognized; when the MacBook Pro is running under load, the charging current is insufficient and the MBP discharges slowly; Support doesn't even respond.
      But you can try your luck. Maybe they have it better under control by now!

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