The Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock is an easy, powerful manner to use the Thunderbolt technology as it allows all users to utilize only one connection in order to create high-speed, reliable transfers between your laptop and up to eight other devices, such as FireWire, Ethernet, USB, and daisy chaining multiple Thunderbolt devices. In other words, a single cable connects purchasers to a very brave new world indeed.
The Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock was first announced in January of 2012, being on display at the company’s booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. At that moment, the company predicted the accessory would become available in September 2012, but that launch date was missed, being available for purchase for $299 now, more than a year after the Mac accessory was unveiled.
Since it was first unveiled, the hardware has been upgraded. Therefore, now it includes three USB 3.0 ports, instead of USB 2.0 ports running at slower speeds, as the originally announced hardware featured.
Furthermore, the Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock includes one 3.5 millimeter headphone output jack, one 3.5 millimeter audio input jack, three USB 3.0 ports with max data transfer of 2.5Gbps, as well as a cable management channel. In addition, it features one Firewire 800 port, one Thunderbolt port for daisy-chaining up to five additional Thunderbolt devices, and one Gigabit Ethernet port.
It appears that Thunderbolt moves data on two bidirectional 10Gbps channels, that being 20 times faster than USB 2.0, and 12 times faster than FireWire 800. The high speed of Thunderbolt permits users to download a high-definition feature film in 30 seconds or sync a year’s worth of continuous music in 10 minutes.
Regarding the design, The Thunderbolt Express Dock has an elegant and low profile appearance, being a great example of simplicity.
With reference to the compatibility, it can be affirmed that the Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock is in harmony with all recent Macs equipped with Thunderbolt ports, including the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
It seems that the Thunderbolt Express Dock provides an extremely needed solution as it generates a cleaner, faster, more productive workspace and reliable connectivity to desktop devices and the Internet.
As stated above, although with an enormous delay, the Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock is finally available, $299.99, being sold through Belkin.com. It seems that retailers are predicted to have stock by the end of April.