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Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock (finally) released

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May 28, 2013

Belkin's Thunderbolt Express Dock supports the connection of up to eight peripherals

Belkin's Thunderbolt Express Dock supports the connection of up to eight peripherals

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We’ve been following Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock since it first showed up at IDF 2011. After receiving a makeover, the device again popped up at CES 2012 with the promise of a September 2012 release. It might be seven months late, but the wait is finally over.

While the Thunderbolt Express Dock keeps pretty much the same low profile Mac-matching aluminum exterior we saw back in January 2012, there are a few minor tweaks in the port department.

At the rear, there’s still a FireWire 800 port, 3.5 mm audio input, 3.5 mm audio output, gigabit Ethernet and two Thunderbolt ports offering bidirectional 10 Gbps throughput. But the three USB ports have now been upgraded from USB 2.0 to 3.0, while the HDMI port has been ditched in the release model.

The rear ports of Belkin's Thunderbolt Express Dock

The first Thunderbolt connection is an upstream port for connection directly to a Thunderbolt-equipped laptop, (note that a Thunderbolt cable is not included with the dock), while the second is a downstream port that allows daisy-chaining of up to five Thunderbolt devices. Belkin has also added a cable channel to feed a cable through from the rear to the front of the device to make it easier to connect to a laptop.

Factor in the three USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 port and Belkin says users can connect up to eight devices to their Mac via a single cable. That’s sure to appeal to users who shuttle their laptop between work and home and face the hassle of connecting and disconnecting multiple peripherals at the beginning and end of each workday.

The Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock is available now for US$299.99.

Source: Belkin

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Darren Quick Darren's love of technology started in primary school with a Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong (still functioning) and a Commodore VIC 20 computer (not still functioning). In high school he upgraded to a 286 PC, and he's been following Moore's law ever since. This love of technology continued through a number of university courses and crappy jobs until 2008, when his interests found a home at Gizmag.   All articles by Darren Quick
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2 Comments

Not exactly cheap but for me the kicker is that it provides my 2011 MBP with USB 3. That means external HDs with USB 3 can now be used at full speed.

moreover
29th May, 2013 @ 09:26 am PDT

$300+ dollars.. give me a break...

S Michael
30th May, 2013 @ 07:08 pm PDT
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