CalDigit announces two new USB-C docks, other accessories


Apple's 12-inch MacBook might not be getting the love that the iPad Pro is, but there are still a lot of companies that are creating new and exciting accessories for the diminutive Retina display laptop. CalDigit announced two new USB-C docks yesterday, the USB-C mini Dock (US$99, $89 on pre-order) and the USB-C Dock (US$159, $149 on pre-order). Also announced were a USB-C to HDMI Adapter ($29.99) and USB-C to VGA Adapter ($24.99).

The USB-C mini Dock is a small form-factor dock perfect for travel. Featuring 2 USB 3.1 Type C ports, 2 USB 3.1 Type A ports, Gigabit Ethernet and HDMI and VGA ports, the mini Dock uses bus power to operate. The mini Dock cannot be used while charging the MacBook.


On the other hand, the USB-C Dock can be connected to power, allowing the MacBook to receive a charge while it uses the 2 USB 3.1 Type C ports, 2 USB 3.1 Type A ports, HDMI and Display Port video ports, Gigabit Ethernet and audio in/out ports. Compared to some other USB-C docks on the market, the CalDigit USB-C Dock allows two monitors to be connected to the MacBook at the same time, both of which can be 4K monitors at 60 Hz refresh rate.

Both of the docks and the video adapter cables are available for pre-order at this time. The USB-C Dock is scheduled to ship in February of 2016, the USB-C mini Dock in January of 2016, and the video adapters will ship next month.