Elgato has introduced a new I/O device – the Thunderbolt Dock. This device, as its name implies, is a connectivity dock that connects to the host device through a Thunderbolt interface.
The dock features a handful of ports, including three USB 3.0 ports, a single HDMI 1.4 port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a set of headphone and microphone jacks, and of course two Thunderbolt v.1 connectors. The device is powered through a 12 V AC adapter.
Packed in the box is the dock itself, a Thunderbolt cable, and of course the required power brick.
Pricing is set at $229.95, with availability expected soon.
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Great, now I can buy a Thunderbolt dock offering all the ports that a computer should already have! Okay, maybe for a laptop this could make a lot of sense, though personally I'd rather see more Thunderbolt display options with these ports built in for that purpose. I also don't see why they couldn't fit internal power in this device; it's pretty big for a bunch of ports and shouldn't have any major cooling needs; this just gives the impression of yet another "premium" Thunderbolt device that is cutting corners by not designing AC-DC conversion into the actual product.Reply
Each HDMI connector integrates 19 cable pairs that must be of precisely the same length (and other corresponding factors) in order to accurately transmit the digital bits that make up digital audio and video signals. These bits must arrive at their destination in a perfectly synchronized fashion in order for the components on the receiving end to properly interpret the data. Therefore, all commercially available HDMI cables are designed, manufactured and tested to extremely tight tolerances before they can be emblazoned with the official HDMI logo.Reply