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2017 iMac 5K: Connecting a Display Done Easily with OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock

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MPG tested a fully-loaded 2017 MacBook Pro with 1TB SSD.
Suggested accessories include the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock, the 1TB Envoy Pro EX.

The 2017 iMac 5K utilizes Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C ports. These are not directly compatible with most displays (if any as of mid 2017), such as my workhorse NEC PA302W wide gamut professional display.

The Apple Thunderbolt 3 Male to Thunderbolt 2 Female Adapter is non-functional for connecting a display; it only passes data signals, not video. Thus to connect my NECPA3o2W wide gamut display, no adapter that Apple offers will work.

Enter the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock. Not only does it provide a Mini DisplayPort port for connecting the display, it provides a host of other ports as well, adding five USB-A ports in addition to the 4 USB-A ports on the iMac 5K itself.

See also 2016 MacBook Pro TESTED: 10-Bit Color With External Display in which I note that the OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock also works—using the Apple adapter to adapt the 2016 MacBook Pro to the Thunderbolt 2 Dock.

iMac 5K using OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock to connect via Mini DisplayPort to NEC PA302W wide gamut display
2017 MacBook Pro using OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock to connect via Mini DisplayPort to NEC PA302W wide gamut display

Seen above, the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock neatly solves the display connectivity issue with its Mini DisplayPort port, charges the MacBook Pro, and provides gigabit ethernet and other ports, as shown.

OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock port layout
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