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Every Mac owner needs more ports. Recent Black Friday deals include several Thunderbolt docks on steep sales for everyone from light to heavy users.
It’s Black Friday weekend, devices are on sale, and probably very briefly, and you can find some bargains. But let’s cut it right with a lot of good deals.
Right now the CalDigit TS4 Thunderbolt 4 Dock is priced at $399.99 through Amazon, a savings of $50. This is one AppleInsider Dear and we are even enthusiastic about it at full price, so any discount is a steal.
The CalDigit TS4 Thunderbolt 4 Dock comes with three Thunderbolt 4 ports, each providing 98W. It also has five USB-A, two USB-C, DisplayPort, SD card slot, microSD card slot, audio combo jack and Gigabit Ethernet.
Selecting your Thunderbolt Dock
Aside from the budget that Black Friday is going to help you with, the problems with Thunderbolt docks come down to the extra ports they give you — and power.
Highest end dock AppleInsider Found that currently on sale is the Pluggable 14-in-1 USB-C and Thunderbolt Dock, which is now $299, a $40 savings. It offers 100W charging power via a Thunderbolt 3 port and has six USB-A, microSD, 1 USB-C port, SD card, Gigabit Ethernet and an audio in and out jack.
It can drive up to two displays in total through its two HDMI ports and two DisplayPorts.
Thunderbolt 4 Dock
- Satechi Thunderbolt 4 Dock – 11-in-1 (four Thunderbolt 4 ports with 96W to host computer, SD card reader, Gigabit Ethernet, 4 USB-A) Now $249.99 ($50 off)
- Anker PowerExpand 5-in-1 Thunderbolt 4 Mini Dock (four Thunderbolt 4 ports with 85W to host computers, one USB-A port) now $149.99 ($50 off)
The Satechi Thunderbolt 4 Dock is a substantial, compact port extender for Macs as previously recommended.
Thunderbolt 3 Dock
- Anker Docking Station, 777 Thunderbolt Docking Station (90W Max, Thunderbolt 3 Downstream, USB-C, 2 HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, SD Card Slot, Audio, Thunderbolt 3 Host Connection with 4 USB-A, SD Card Slot) Now $249.90 ($149.90 ) off)
- Anker 577 Thunderbolt Docking Station (dual Thunderbolt 3 ports with 85W to host computers, 2 USB-C ports, 4 USB-A ports, an HDMI port, Gigabit Ethernet port, SD/microSD card slot and a 3.5 mm AUX port now) on $239 after $90 savings with -page coupon.
For light or occasional use
For more modest needs, the Kensington SD2500T has Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C docking stations It has 60W power, two DisplayPorts, Gigabit Ethernet, three USB-A, one USB-C, a Thunderbolt 3 port with audio jack and SD and microSD slots.
The savings on this one are pretty decent too, as it’s now on sale for $204.94, a savings of $15.05.
Still, it doesn’t matter if you’re saving 15 bucks or 100 bucks, you’ll be kicking yourself if you miss the sale and that price goes up again.