After the rise of USB-C and laptop manufacturers only reducing the number of ports to USB-C only, docking stations have saved a lot of lives from messy desks. If you own a dock or USB-C laptop, you’ve probably heard about CalDigit and for good reason. They make some of the best docking stations for MacBooks, Windows laptops & more.
After the success of the award winning docking station TS3, Caldigit has upped its game by announcing the TS4 with Thunderbolt 4 support and a staggering number of ports. The CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 4 provides a variety of connectivity options, including a full-size DisplayPort 1.4 connector, 3x Thunderbolt 4 (40 Gb/s) ports, and 8x USB ports, all of which provide 10 Gb/s throughout. Apart from the two USB-A ports on the back of the TS4, another notable feature of the Thunderbolt 4 dock is that all of the USB ports allow offline charging. Even when the TS4 is not connected to its host device, you can use this feature to charge your devices.
If you connect the TS4 to a Windows machine, you can attach a single monitor with up to n [email protected] resolution to the Thunderbolt 4 dock. macOS users can connect a single [email protected] Hz display. Twin monitors can also be connected, and the TS4 supports dual [email protected] monitors on Windows. Users of Apple’s new M1 silicon systems (M1 Pro & M1 Max), on the other hand, can connect dual [email protected] Hz displays if needed.
The TS4 is backwards compatible, hence it should be compatible with Thunderbolt 3, USB4, and USB-C devices, so it’ll be useful even if you have an older device. Customers who want to connect an HDMI display to a computer can utilise an active HDMI to DisplayPort adapter or just use an HDMI to USB-C cable, according to CalDigit.
The features list reads like a connection fantasy:
- 3 x Thunderbolt 4 (40Gb/s) 3 x
- 3 USB-C ports (10Gb/s)
- 5 USB-A ports (10Gb/s)
- 1 × DisplayPort 1.4
- SD 4.0 (one) (UHS-II)
- 1 microSD 4.0 card (UHS-II)
- 1 x 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port
- 1 x Front Audio In/Out Combo (3.5mm)
- 1 × Audio Output (Rear) (3.5mm)
- 1 × Audio Input (Rear) (3.5mm)
- 1 x DC Plug (19.5V 11.80A)
The CalDigit TS4 is priced at $359.95 in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe, with global availability planned in mid-March.
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