Following the purchase of a new Mac Book Pro with 4 x Thunderbolt 3 ports, I needed a way to quickly and neatly connect my AC power, Ethernet, 2 x monitors, USB headset and backup drive.
Enter the Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Dock. It was an expensive device at C$460 but seemed to address all my requirements. It came with 2 x Thunderbolt 3 ports, one DisplayPort, 3 x USB-A, 3.5mm Mic in and audio out, RJ45 Gig Ethernet and AC power.
How do I have it connected? One of the Thunderbolt 3s goes to one of my monitors via a Thunderbolt/VGA adaptor, the other Thunderbolt 3 goes directly to the Mac itself, one of the USBs goes to the headset and of course AC to AC and Ethernet to Ethernet. That just left the other monitor with Thunderbolt/VGA adaptor that still also has to connect directly to the Mac. This is not ideal but at least I am down to only 2 connections to unplug when I want to “undock”. If only the Dock had one more Thunderbolt 3!
The Dock has performed flawlessly. I have seen the reviews where people have had problems with their new Thunderbolt 3 monitors but maybe because I am using really old VGA monitors I have avoided all those problems. Another Thunderbolt 3 on the Dock would have made it perfect for me but maybe when the Thunderbolt 3 monitor wrinkles have been ironed out and the prices have come down I can buy 2 new monitors and daisy chain them. Then I would have only one Thunderbolt 3 connection to the Mac that does everything.