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Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock (Compatible with Thunderbolt 2 Technology), Cable Sold Separately
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- Connect 8 separate devices to your laptop through a single Thunderbolt cable (Cable sold separately). Compatible with Thunderbolt 2 Technology
- 1 Thunderbolt port to connect to a laptop or Thunderbolt devices (Daisy-chain up to 5 devices through one port)
- 1 Gigabit Ethernet port
- 1 FireWire 800 port
- 1 3.5mm Headphone Output jack and 1 3.5mm Audio Input Jack
- 3 USB 3.0 ports (data transfer at 2.Gbps max)
- Cable-management channel
- 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and 12 times faster than FireWire 800
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With the Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock, you can quickly transfer and stream media between your laptop and up to eight other devices using just one cable. By connecting your laptop to the dock, you'll have access to Ethernet, FireWire, Thunderbolt, and USB 3.0 ports for high-speed file transfers as well as audio input and output jacks for listening to music. Moving large files is much faster with Thunderbolt technology (when compared with USB 2.0 or FireWire 800 transfer speeds) so you can spend more time enjoying your media and less time waiting. The dock has a sleek design and can be used to connect your laptop to an external display or monitor so you can view your files on a big screen (HDMI adapter sold separately).
Connect the dock to your computer via Thunderbolt cable (sold separately).
Eight ports (including Thunderbolt and USB 3.0) accommodate a range of devices and offer fast transfer speeds.
Add versatility and speed to your computer setup.
Speedy, Reliable Transfers with Thunderbolt Technology
The Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock lets you take advantage of Thunderbolt technology to move data on two bidirectional 10 Gbps channels so you can transfer large files without the wait. The dock's three USB 3.0 ports each work 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and its two Thunderbolt ports operate 12 times faster than FireWire 800. This means you can transfer a favorite HD movie in 30 seconds or an entire year's worth of music in 10 minutes and spend more time enjoying your media.
Up to Eight Connections with One Cable
Using just one Thunderbolt cable (not included), you can connect your laptop to eight other devices. The dock includes Ethernet, FireWire, Thunderbolt, and three USB 3.0 ports as well as headphone and audio input jacks. Plug your laptop into all your devices with one cable instead of cluttering your workspace with multiple cables. If you need more ports, the dock allows you to daisy chain up to five Thunderbolt-equipped devices such as hard drives or monitors.
Connect to External Display or Monitor
The Thunderbolt Express Dock is compatible with Mini DisplayPort displays. You can also use a Mini DisplayPort adapter (sold separately) to connect to a DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI, or VGA display. This allows you to view your documents, movies, and photos on a larger screen.
Sleek, Low-Profile Design
The dock's sleek design lets it provide the functionality you need without taking up space. It includes a cable management channel so you can route the necessary cable to the front of the dock for connection to your computer. The dock measures 3.2 by 12.5 by 7.4 inches (H x W x D) and weighs 3 pounds.
The Thunderbolt Express Dock is meant for use with a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro Mac Mini, or iMac Thunderbolt-enabled computer. It requires Mac OS X v10.8.4 or later and a Thunderbolt cable for use.
What's in the Box
Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock.
Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock
At a Glance:
- Transfer large files at 10 Gbps using Thunderbolt technology
- Adds eight ports to your laptop for fast connection to your devices
- Supports Thunderbolt-equipped displays; backwards compatible with Mini DisplayPort displays
- Daisy chain up to five Thunderbolt devices such as hard drives
- Three USB 3.0 ports are 20x faster than USB 2.0
An elegant, lightweight addition to your computer desk.
Top Customer Reviews
The first one arrived and... didn't register at all. My laptop was oblivious to its existence. A quick look at the power supply suggested why: the green LED wasn't lighting up. Borrowing the power supply from a colleague's Belkin Thunderbolt Dock confirmed that my own power supply was DOA. I wrote it off to bad luck, and went about ordering a replacement dock from Amazon.
The second one did not have a dead power supply. Instead, it had an Ethernet port which, after a few days of seemingly-reliable service, started behaving erratically, ultimately wasting roughly a day of my time and productivity. (I made the mistake of initially assuming that my network connection had been broken by my IT department, which is a sadly-reasonable prospect in my case. It wasn't until I switched over to Apple's Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter that I realized the problem might be a mere couple of feet away from me.)
I hesitated while filling out the return form for the second dock. Should I go for another exchange, and hope that a third unit would work reliably? I decided that actually, no, I shouldn't. I wasn't paying $160 for the privilege of being Belkin's quality-assurance lackey. I'd rather have to occasionally fiddle with a bunch of cables than worry about what new and innovative way Belkin's hardware will find to waste my time.
I went into this knowing that some of the connections would be limited, I think I read the USB3 connection operated at a slower speed, however I don't notice a ridiculous difference in functionality, certainly nothing for the standard user. If you're using USB3 for a capture card though, that may present a problem.
Additionally, Belkin sponsors a pro cycling team, so it's nice to be able to support a sponsor.
Well imagine my surprise that I didn't realize that there was not a separate "display" port and I had to use one of the Thunderbolt ports for that. I was short a port and I was still going to have all sorts of cables sticking out everywhere. So now I've got the Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock out of sight and *everything* (other than the Mac power cord and the one Thunderbolt connection between the dock and the MacBook) is plugged into it. Since it has a built-in Ethernet port and Firewire port, I didn't need those other adapters (not right now anyway) and I have a clean desk.
Also, for those having trouble getting the audio/headphone jack to work on the Dock, it's not a defect in the Dock -- you have to change your Sound settings on your Mac in the Sound Preferences to USB. As far as your MacBook knows, you aren't using a headphone jack - you are using a USB device. Would be nice if the dock came with a cable, but some people would want it short (0.5 meter) and some would want it longer (2 meter). I would have also preferred to have one more Thunderbolt port because you use one for the connection to the Mac and I'm using the other for my display adapter (so no daisy chain on that). I still have a spare port on the MacBook itself though, so we're ok.
Either way, it's meeting my requirements quite well and I recommend.
The only thing I wish is that there were more USB ports. I don't miss the eSATA as USB 3.0 seems plenty fast. I would definitely buy them again.
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