Thunderbolt Station 3 Lite
A new dock from CalDigit, the Thunderbolt Station 3 Lite has a horizontal aluminum box design that’s similar to docks made by other companies. On the rear of the device are two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a USB 3 port, gigabit ethernet, DisplayPort, and audio in and out jacks. The front sports USB 3 and USB-C ports.
The Thunderbolt Station 3 Lite can support two 4K displays, with one connected via DisplayPort, and the other through a Thunderbolt 3 port using a USB-C to HDMI adapter. If you want to use one display, the DisplayPort can support 5K resolution.
According to CalDigit , the Thunderbolt Station 3 Lite will be available during the early part of the first quarter of 2017. The company is accepting pre-orders in its online store at a special price of $170. The Thunderbolt Station 3 jumps to $200 after the pre-order period is over.
Thunderbolt Station 3
The Thunderbolt Station 3 uses the same vertical form factor as CalDigit’s Thunderbolt Station 2 (it can be used horizontally), which we reviewed last year. The back of the dock has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB 3 ports, two eSATA ports, gigabit ethernet, and DisplayPort. The front has a USB 3 port and audio in and out jacks.
Like the Thunderbolt Station 3 Lite, the Thunderbolt Station 3’s DisplayPort can be used with a 5K display. You can use two 4K displays if you connect one to the DisplayPort and the other to a Thunderbolt 3 port using a USB-C to HDMI adapter.
CalDigit says the Thunderbolt Station 3 will ship in the later part of the first quarter of 2017. The regular price is $250, but the company is offering a $200 pre-order price.