Base options (dock stations) for computers exist in droves, but few stand out for offering more connection options for users in an elegant way like Belkin's Thunderbolt Express Dock, which we evaluated in mid-2013.
The Elgato brand decided to enter this market with the Thunderbolt Dock and the first impression I got when I looked at the product was very positive. But wait l: what's the use of such a product? The video below summarizes its purpose well:
Without a doubt, the easiest way to keep your workspace tidy. More than that, * the solution * for those who connect many peripherals to the MacBook and want to integrate this entire ecosystem by sticking only one cable into the machine. In other words, just get to the workplace and plug a Thunderbolt cable into the MacBook to access external HDDs, headphones, monitors, wired mice / keyboards, among many other things without counting, of course, that the user practically doubles the number of available ports if we add the connections of the notebook with those of the base.
THE dock station it has three USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt, one HDMI, one RJ45 (Gigabit Ethernet), in addition to an audio output and a 3.5mm microphone input. But what I found interesting was the distribution of these ports, with a USB and the audio output / microphone input on the front, making it easier in case the person needs a fast connection, easy to reach.
Compared to the Belkin product mentioned at the beginning of the post, Elgato's brings a very positive factor: his USB ports have enough power to recharge iPads.
The Thunderbolt Dock is available for purchase on Amazon in two versions: one going for $ 230 (which includes a Thunderbolt cable) and the other for $ 200 (without the cable).
- To enable high power USB support on your Mac, you need to install the Elgato Thunderbolt Dock Utility (free).