TLDR This dock is probably the best bang for your buck when it comes to the Intel Macbook Pros. At the time of writing, it does not fully support the M1 Macbook. At the price of $99.99, this is a great buy regardless of the $20 promo. It has all the ports you would...
This dock is probably the best bang for your buck when it comes to the Intel Macbook Pros. At the time of writing, it does not fully support the M1 Macbook. At the price of $99.99, this is a great buy regardless of the $20 promo. It has all the ports you would need and it allows you to drive 2 monitors external monitors with decent specs without installing any software. Any other dock and you''re paying at least $50 more for the same quality. There isn''t really a middle ground in this market, so you either get this or go Dell & Targus, which start at $200 and are geared more for power users. This dock is pretty comparable at a much more affordable price and includes great support and warranty. For a more in-depth review, see below.
- MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020)
- MacBook Pro 13-inch (Intel, 2017)
- MacBook Pro 16-inch (Intel, 2019)
- Alienware AW3821DW (3840 x 1600)
- Dell U2719DX (2560 x 1440)
- Dell U2719DC (2560 x 1440)
I originally bought this to see if it could replace my Dell D6000 dock for my work laptop so I could save money. Unfortunately, I didn''t read closely enough as it says it doesn''t support the M1 version, but hopefully it will in the future. Also, I thought it was a triple external dock, but it''s a dual monitor dock just for category context. My setup is listed above and I also have those monitors connected to my Gaming rig, so I switch back and forth for work.
Ease of Use
This was a simple plug-and-play. No software was needed such as DisplayLink, so that was nice to avoid installing more apps.
Construction & Exterior
The quality of construction is pretty top-notch. It''s comparable to the D6000 in size which has Dell''s signature black texture, weighs about the same, and has the nonslip bottom. This one is more of a true matte black on top and the sides are glossy, which might be better since you''re plugging in ports so perhaps shows fewer scratches over time. The power brick is the same size and if you look in my picture, it''s about the same size as my Seagate Hard Drive. I would have preferred more ports on the back or side for aesthetics, but it has more ports than the competitors and it would mean the height of the device would increase if they did.
Read the specifications that are listed to make sure you got what you need. The ports all operate correctly and I read someone mentioned the USB ports are rather close, but this is the same distance as the Dell dock. The passthrough power worked correctly for all my Macbooks. Unfortunately, this cable takes up two ports but gives you enough so probably not a big deal. My Incase shell for my M1 for some reason blocks out one port, so if you have a case, make sure there is clearance.
For the M1, it only drove one external monitor but did it well and nothing else seemed wrong. It seemed to work for another reviewer so unsure what was up with my unit. For the Intel Macbooks, it was all great, and I was able to drive 3 monitors. Take note though, it doesn''t seem to play well w/ the Ultrawide as it seemed to output as if it was ~720p. Unsure how it''d be for the Samsung 49, a 34" or 29" Ultrawide, so just keep that in mind. Videos played smoothly and pictures looked great on-screen and there was no lag with the system at all.
This is priced very well, and unless you are a power user and there is some spec off, I''d highly recommend this because all other comparable brands are a minimum of $50 more. The power user docks that drive 3/4 external 4k monitors are available only w/ Dell and Targus at a price range of $200-$500. I''m going to keep this so I can set up a separate station for my personal Macbooks. They also have great customer service and warranty coverage. I found this brand about 6 months ago and have been upgrading my setup with their cables as they look great, perform well, and are affordable. This brand reminds me of Anker and Aukey so I expect them to be a pretty competitive offering if they keep up the good work.