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Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock & USB C MacBook

Published September 26, 2017

In mid-June, I ordered the latest MacBook Pro, the all USB C version, and honestly, I was very nervous about not having any other port on my MacBook outside of just USB C.  I literally bought all different types of adapters, ending up returning most of them after trying what I think worked best for a week or two.

Now that I've been with the MacBook for a few months, I wanted to let you know that the Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock is pretty solid, expensive, but solid.   In the morning, instead of plugging in several cables into my MacBook, I plug in one cable into my MacBook - the USB C cable from the Belkin dock.  It works with my two external monitors, an old Apple monitor and a Samsung monitor.  It also has Gigabit Ethernet support for our Gigabit network here, three USB ports, two USB C ports, Displayport for one of the monitors and audio ports.   Overall, I really like it and how well in functions.

The only issues I have are audio and infrequent power charging issues.

The audio issue is not great, maybe it is just the set up I have. But the very old external audio speakers I have simply are underpowered and hard to hear anything from. I often now plug in earphones into the dock, so I can hear better.  

The power charging issue has come up 3 or 4 times since I started using it. In short, it simply sometimes does not charge.  Again, only 3 or 4 times in a few months but it has happened.  Even this morning, my computer started to get really slow and I looked at the battery monitor and it said 5%.  I quickly turned everything off and replugged in the power from the back of the dock and the USB C cable into the MacBook and it started charging again.  But sometimes, it simply doesn't charge for one reason or another.   It was down to 2% before I was able to get it charging the MacBook again. 

Outside of those two issues, I really do like it. I think the audio issue can be resolved if I got speakers that are newer than 10 years old.  The power issue seems to be a weird fluke or something, it is hard to replicate.  

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