In the last few years, I understand that device upgrades have been difficult to stomach for some, particularly due to the consolidation of USB-A, HDMI, Displayport, and various other ports into one: The USB Type-C port. This is understandable, since very few people have the cables needed to utilize these ports, and even fewer people still have Type-C peripherals. Granted, it’s still USB, so if you pick up the appropriate cable, you’re good to go—but that’s a new investment you have to make to utilize your old “perfectly good” gear. Personally, I’ve dumped just about everything to live an entirely USB Type-C life, but I know that’s not for everyone.
Enter: The Thunderbolt 3 hub—specifically the Caldigit TS3 Plus, since it’s the best hub of its kind on the market. It’s a device that sits on your desk, and when plugged into one(!) Thunderbolt 3 Type-C port on your computer, it gives you back 11 of your legacy ports, plus 4 more Type-C ports, charges your device, and even allows you to daisy-chain additional TB3 devices. I’ve set up my desk at home around one of these, and it makes the stationary/portable workstation transition easier than ever.
While the Caldigit TS3 Plus is a bit on the pricey side, it’s absolutely worth it as a long-term investment—particularly seeing as USB 4 will be a compatible spec with Thunderbolt 3, so it will work with your devices for years to come. And for those of you who are married to the idea of taking your peripherals everywhere with you: Give it up and buy a device that does a proper job of integrating those peripherals, or invest in Bluetooth. Type-C is here to stay, and setting up a dock will make your upgrade experience a lot better.