Dell Alienware m15

Best Alienware m15 Dock Windows Central 2019

The CalDigit TS3 Plus is capable of delivering up to 85W to connected devices and houses 15 ports for hooking everything up. All of this makes it our top pick for the Alienware m15.

Our pick

CalDigit TS3 Plus

All the ports and performance you'll need

CalDigit's TS3 Plus is a must-have dock for your Alienware m15 with 15 ports, up to 85W of power, and a sturdy design.

Who should buy this laptop dock?

The Alienware m15 has a Thunderbolt 3 port, which can be connected to a dock such as this fine example from CalDigit. Any owner looking to connect more devices to the laptop than its own port configuration can effectively handle should pick up this dock. The added bonus is charging and support for displays, making it ideal for desks.

Is it a good time to buy this dock?

You shouldn't expect to see a price drop for some time since the CalDigit TS3 Plus is still relatively new, making this a good time to pick one up as these docks tend to hold value well.

Reasons to buy

  • Durable design
  • 15 ports
  • Support for 4K displays
  • Delivers up to 80W
  • UHS-II SD card reader

Reasons not to buy

  • Pricey
  • Requires external power

Compact dock for your gaming laptop

Since Dell decided to include Thunderbolt 3 support in the Alienware m15 gaming laptop, it's possible to take advantage of more capable docks like the CalDigit TS3 Plus. Because we're talking about Thunderbolt 3, you're able to charge a laptop and send a signal to displays, all while connecting numerous devices to the hub. When you simply run out of ports with the Alienware m15, the TS3 Plus can takeover.

CalDigit's TS3 Plus has it all, including plenty of ports and even 4K display support.

Available ports include five USB-A 3.1, two USB-C 3.1, DisplayPort 1.2, two Thunderbolt 3 (one connecting to the Alienware m15), Ethernet, S/PDIF, an SD card reader, and 3.5mm audio in and out. While you'll want to use this dock on a desk, it's possible to position it vertically or allow the hub to lay horizontally. There's lifetime support and a one-year warranty in case something goes wrong.

The docking station can deliver up to 85W of power to your laptop, and you have the choice of either a 0.7-meter or 2-meter cable. Set it up on a desk, plug in a single cable, and watch your Alienware m15 become a capable workstation. The only downside is the requirement of an external source of power to function properly.

Alternatives to the CalDigit TS3 Plus

CalDigit created an outstanding dock, but it's not always available or it might not be quite what you're looking for. In that case, there are some quality alternatives.

Runner-up

Plugable Thunderbolt 3 dock

A mid-range dock that doesn't sacrifice much

This Plugable dock supports up to 60W of charging, 4K displays at 60Hz, and comes with a whole host of ports.

While this dock doesn't offer quite as much as the CalDigit TS3 Plus, you're still saving a considerable amount of money in the process. Here you get a dock that can power a multi-monitor setup and deliver up to 60W of power to your devices. For ports, it has five USB-A 3.0, Ethernet, two Thunderbolt 3 (one for the Alienware m15), DisplayPort, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Portable pick

StarTech Thunderbolt 3 mini dock

A smaller dock with a lower price

Check out this Thunderbolt 3 dock from StarTech if you need something you can carry around with you while on the go.

While you won't get the same charging performance here as you get with our other picks that require a power supply to function, this dock from StarTech offers up one USB-A 3.0, RJ45 Ethernet, and two DisplayPorts that can be easily carried around in your laptop bag. It can handle two 4K displays at 60Hz, and it comes with a 3-year warranty should anything fail.

Bottom line

The CalDigit TS3 Plus is our top pick for the excellent Alienware m15. You'll be able to enjoy outstanding performance, solid port selection, and great charging capabilities.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Rich Edmonds is a staff reviewer at Windows Central, which means he tests out more software and hardware than he cares to remember. Joining Mobile Nations in 2010, you can usually find him inside a PC case tinkering around when not at a screen fighting with Grammarly to use British words. Hit him up on Twitter: @RichEdmonds.

Cale Hunt is a full-time writer for Windows Central, focusing mainly on PC hardware and VR. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and when he has some free time you can usually find him practicing guitar or reorganizing his ever-growing library. If you hear him say "Sorry!" it's only because he's Canadian.

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