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- 5 Usb 3.0 Ports3 Standard & Two 1.5a
- 2 Thunderbolt Ports
- 3.5mm Mono Audio Input
- 3.5mm Stereo Audio Outpur
- 1 Firewire 800 Port
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OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock: Thunderbolt 2 | USB 3.1 Gen 1 | FireWire 800 | HDMI Gigabit Ethernet | Audio In & Out
FINALLY, A THUNDERBOLT DOCK DONE RIGHT
12 ports of phenomenal flexibility. Up to 78 devices connected to your Mac. All united with just one lightning-fast Thunderbolt 2 cable. OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock is the new foundation for your perfect workspace. Awesome performance meets incredible connectivity, the OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock offers the ultimate in convenience and flexibility to streamline any workflow.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED IN A DOCK AND MORE
The OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock is the unmatched expansion platform for your Thunderbolt-equipped Mac, heralding a new era of flexibility, connectivity, and dependable performance. Whether adding USB 3.0 to an older Mac, Gigabit Ethernet to a newer MacBook Pro, or ensuring backwards compatibility with your existing FireWire 800 peripherals, the Thunderbolt 2 Dock keeps you connected.
- 12 Ports of incredible connectivity
- Dual Thunderbolt 2 ports for daisy-chain support
- Ultra-HD 4K and multiple display support
- Five USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, including two high-powered charging ports
- FireWire 800 for connecting external storage and legacy devices
MORE POWER TO WORK
The Thunderbolt 2 Dock features 5 fully-powered USB 3.0 ports for powering hard drives, SSDs, or optical drives, including 2 side-mounted, high-powered ports providing up to 1.5 Amps of power — perfect for charging iPhone, iPad, tablets, smartphones, and other USB-charged devices.
CONNECT MORE DISPLAYS
Configure the ultimate display setup to meet the needs of your workflow. Add a dazzling ultra HD 4K display, two high definition displays, or one 4K display and one high definition display. Even connect a VGA, DVI, or DisplayPort monitor utilizing the Thunderbolt 2 Dock's built-in HDMI and Thunderbolt ports.*
*Dual monitor support requires the use of at least one Thunderbolt display. If you connect a display to the HDMI port, then the only display that will work through the Thunderbolt port is a Thunderbolt display. If you are not using the HDMI port, then you can use a Mini Display Port cable or adapter to connect a display to the Thunderbolt port.
- (2) Thunderbolt 20Gb/s
- (3) USB 3.1 Gen 1
- (2) USB 3.1 Gen 1 high-power charging
- (1) FireWire 800
- (1) HDMI 1.4b
- (1) Gigabit Ethernet
- (1) 3.5mm Mono Audio Input
- (1) 3.5mm Stereo Audio Output
- DisplayPort 1.2 with support for up to 4K/60Hz
- HDMI 1.4b with support for up to 4K/30Hz
- Dual monitor support requires the use of at least one Thunderbolt display.
- DVI, VGA, DisplayPort, or other connection requires the use of a mini Display Port adapter.
- Power Supply
- External UL-listed, universal auto-switching
- AC input: 100 ~ 240V, 50-60Hz
- DC output: 12V, 6.0A
- Adapter plugs for international use sold separately
- Height: 1 in (2.5 cm)
- Width: 9.1 in (23.0 cm)
- Length: 3.5 in (8.9 cm)
Weight (without accessories)
- 13.6 oz (386 g)
- OS X 10.9.4 or later
- Driver required for charging iPad 1, 2, 3 and also Apple SuperDrive support.
- Mac featuring Thunderbolt interface
- Recommended (Best performance)
- Mac featuring Thunderbolt 2 interface
- Thunderbolt, FireWire, and Ethernet on all Thunderbolt equipped Macs
- USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports on mid-2013 and later Macs
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Unfortunately, every 1 or 2 days, it would disconnect the hard drives attached to it as well as my Universal Audio thunderbolt audio device which was daisy-chained off of it. We were unable to find the cause of the problem, and after trying 2 units, had to return them. Sorry to let it go.
At some point it occurred to me that there must be some sort of thunderbolt "splitter" out there and I began searching. To my dismay I discovered that docks and the expensive, terrible looking Apple Thunderbolt monitor were the only real options.
I eventually discovered this dock and bought it based on the mostly positive reviews. 224 dollars later, I really wish I hadn't.
Truthfully the dock gets the job done most of the time, but it has some critical issues that make me wish I had used my money for an even more expensive dock produced by another company.
Here are the issues I encountered:
1) Plug and Play didn't work for me. I eventually called Customer Support and they guided me to the drivers. I installed those and the dock still didn't work. Coincidentally, I upgraded my mac and it started working. It should be noted that the version I upgraded from was definitely listed as supported on OWC site, otherwise I wouldn't have bought the dock.
2) This is the big one. The dock will just randomly disconnect while I am using it. The cables are not loose or moving. My second monitor will start flickering, then go black and then after a few seconds everything will come back. This usually happens once a day, a few times in a row and then stops. If it happened more frequently I would probably throw this thing away. Occasionally, to fix this, I have to unplug everything and wait a little bit, not good!
Anyway that's all. This thing definitely does what it says, it's just not that reliable.
So I seem to have discovered the cause of issue #2. By chance the other day I noticed that the dock freaked out as I described above, seconds after I put my cell phone next to it. I am an Android developer and frequently have my phone right next to where the dock is placed on my desk. I assumed it was a coincidence and but decided to do some testing anyway. I found that the docks usually freaked out within 15 seconds of me putting my phone near it. Since then I have been keeping my phone on the other side of my desk and the issue has only happened once or twice in the entire week. Still disappointed with this thing but at least I have discovered a work around. Sharing it for any one else who is experiencing this issue.
The HDMI video port does not work. My monitor repeatedly scans for a signal, cycling the video sources but cannot seem to "lock on" to the HDMI signal. After a few cycles it quits trying. The MacBook sometimes seems to detect the display, but not conistently and even when it thinks it should be there, the Monitor doesn't recognize it. I have only once seen video work over that port and it only lasted a few minutes. Prior to purchasing the dock, the only device I had on the Thunderbolt port was the external monitor, so I had to revert to the pass-through Thunderbolt on the dock, which seems to work more reliably. However it doesn't always come out of sleep correctly recognizing the second display. I have used the MacBook for years with this second display over the Thunderbolt port and the behavior with the dock's built-in HDMI and the pass-through Thunderbolt are new and not good.
The Gbit network port shows up as en5 and seems to be working without issue.
The USB 3.0 ports yield between 40MB/sec and 50MB/sec throughput to an external drive (SATA III).
The Thunderbolt port and/or cable seem to be causing interference for my USB 2.0 ports on the MacBook. I have a Logitech USB wireless keyboard/mouse combo I've also been using for years, now that has intermittent disconnect/reconnect/pause issues since the addition of the dock on the Thunderbolt port. The USB 2.0 port on my MacBook immediately next to the Thunderbolt port is much worse than the one that is slightly further away, which is why I think it may be signal interference.
The USB audio seems to work fine.
Between the video issues and the intermittent (new) problems with wireless USB, I can only rate the device a 3.5 out of 5 for use with an older (Late 2011) MacBook Pro 15 running OS/X 10.10.3.