If you've been longing for a Thunderbolt dock for your MacBook, but felt left out in the cold because you could only find 10 Gb/s Thunderbolt docks, you can now come to a warm place. Belkin has announced its Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD, which follows a similar idea as the original but sports Thunderbolt 2 for a bandwidth of 20 Gb/s with extra display connectivity.
The new dock comes with two Thunderbolt 2 interfaces, which will allow you to daisy chain up to five additional devices. It also has an HDMI port, support for a 4K display and three USB 3.0 interfaces (one of which is at the front of the dock), along with a Gigabit Ethernet port, a rear audio-out jack and a front headphone/microphone combo jack. In short, this gives you all the connectivity you'll need for a basic desktop environment, and you can link it to your laptop over just a single Thunderbolt cable.
It might not entirely make sense to buy an expensive dock to avoid having to plug in a couple of cables, but note that there are plenty of Apple devices that simply don't have a lot of on-board connectivity, and additional ports might be worth a lot of dough to some people. The Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD works with the iMac, Mac Pro, Mac Mini, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, MacBook pro with Retina Display and any other system with a Thunderbolt 2 port.
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Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.
Nice to see they added useful connectivity to the front. Shame it has an external power brick though ... those always annoy me.Reply