THE Sonnet is one of the celebrated manufacturers of professional solutions for the computer world and accessories for advanced Mac and PC users. Now, the company is presenting its newest creation: a new dock, designed with MacBooks Pro with Touch Bar in mind, which handily supplies the lack of options for Apple laptops in terms of ports and connections.
THE Echo 11 its main attraction is the fact that it connects to the computer with a Thunderbolt 3 cable (with 40Gbps connection) that transfers data and power at the same time – that is, you can mount your home workstation with the dock, connecting external monitors , mouse, keyboard, printer, network cable, external memories and whatever, and simply connect your MacBook Pro to the dock with a single cable so that all of this starts working and your computer has its battery recharged.
In terms of connectivity, Echo 11 brings the following:
- 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports
- 5 USB 3.0 ports
- 1 Gigabit Ethernet input
- 1 HDMI 2.0 output
- 1 3.5mm audio output
- 1 SD card slot
With the ports, it is possible, for example, to connect your MacBook Pro to two external 4K 60Hz monitors simultaneously – one through HDMI and the other through the second Thunderbolt 3, with an adapter (if necessary). If you prefer, you can also connect it to a single external 5K monitor.
The port you connect to your computer is capable of recharging it at a power of up to 87W, which is required by the 15-inch MacBook Pro – more “modest” models will have the rate adjusted automatically, so no one has to worry. In addition, the dock has other cards up its sleeve: one of the front USB ports, for example, has the capacity to charge iPhones and iPads at full power – even if the computer is disconnected.
It is also worth noting that, although I am continually citing the “new” MacBooks Pro in this text, the new Sonnet dock is compatible with any portable computer that has a Thunderbolt 3 port. Echo 11 is already being sold at the online store Sonnet and on American Amazon by $ 300, with an included Thunderbolt 3 cable and power adapter. Interesting, isn’t it?