at the moment I am searching for a dockingstation for the latest MacBook Pro that supports two external displays (1080p), gigabit ethernet and some USB ports.
I have figured out that I need a thunderbolt dockingstation for the use of two external displays.
It seems that USB-C dockingstations without thunderbolt support one external display only.
Even if the Lenovo Dockingstation is not custom-built for Apple MacBooks our company would prefer them because we are using Lenovo devices next to our Apple environment.
Is there something that you could recommend to use?
How do you setup your MacBook Pro workplaces if you have two use two displays?
Has anyone already tested the Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 Dock?
Unfortunately our displays do not support thunderbolt 3.
Thank you for your help.
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We are currently testing the Belkin Thunderbolt 3 express dock hd but we waiting for the calidigit thunderbolt station 3 (TS3) and the Elgato Thunderbolt dock. I have been going off of the shared google doc provided by the MacAdmins (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jAYm3ePGdP052JSfIxWTOWpIl9P3bnssm8kImdK3rqE/edit#gid=0).
We have had good success with Targus USB-C docks. There is a limitation on the macOS in that it will only support one external display via a single USB-C port. However we had worked around this using a USB-C to Display port cable on a second display. Everything else runs through the dock, USB-A, audio, ethernet, USB-C.
I just started using the CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 3 (http://www.caldigit.com/thunderbolt-3-dock/thunderbolt-station-3/) with my 15" Late 2016. So far it seems to work like a charm. I've had much better luck with CalDigit TB/TB2 docks than with any other brand.
Also, be aware that the OWC TB3 dock doesn't provide enough power for the new 15" MacBook Pros, only the 13". OWC, of all companies you should know better.
Also take a look at the Dell TB16 Thunderbolt docking station: http://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-thunderbolt-dock-tb16-240w/apd/452-bcnu/pc-accessories
We use it and have not seen any issues with MacBooks and dual 4k video monitors. Only issues at this time is that you need a windows machine with USB-C port to update firmware as Dell has no Mac utility to do this.
@csa, how did you get dual display working on the TB16? Is it dependent upon the firmware update? We have a handful of them and need to use tb3enabler and even then can only get a single display out. At the moment, I am looking at staying away from TB3 due to compatibility with with regular MacBooks.
@bmagistro We needed to update the firmware on the TB16 (only the 200+ watt model works) to get dual video to work. The firmware update can only be done from a Windows machine that has a USB-C port. Dell does not provide a way to update the firmware from the Mac. We also tried to do the update from a windows VM and BootCamp but no luck with those approaches. Generally TB3 docks have issues the MacBook Pros in my experience, the dock doesn't seem to be ready yet. I would wait till October when better docks are scheduled to hit the market. We are also currently evaluating pre-release ver of the M-Connect-2 dock from HumanScale and it works really well so far.
The Belkin dock is working well for us, display port for one screen and a usb-c to DVI adapter for the other. I will say however, connecting via HDMI adapters to anything is super unreliable. Projectors and meeting room displays just aren't working properly for us with the Apple Digital AV adapter.