Belkin finally ships Thunderbolt Express Dock

Belkin today announced the availability of the Thunderbolt Express Dock, a dock for Mac computers with Thunderbolt ports.

Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock is the only solution that is equipped with two Thunderbolt ports, allowing users to daisy-chain up to five additional Thunderbolt high-speed devices while maintaining maximum throughput and granting instant access to multiple desktop devices with one cable. It maintains the portability of your laptop by eliminating the constant need to plug and unplug numerous desktop peripherals.

Designed to be an easy and powerful way to increase productivity and take advantage of Thunderbolt technology, Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock allows creative professionals the ability to edit films in full HD 1080p, and transfer volumes of data in seconds at bidirectional 10Gbps channels. That is up to 20 times faster than with USB 2.0 and up to 12 times faster than with FireWire 800.

Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock
Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock

The Thunderbolt Express Dock uses a single high-speed connection to create ultrafast data transfers between your laptop and up to eight other devices, including FireWire, Ethernet, USB, and enables users to daisy-chain up to five additional Thunderbolt™ devices. The Dock provides a much-needed solution that creates a cleaner, faster, more productive workspace and reliable connectivity to desktop devices and the Internet.

Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock is available now at belkin.com and will be available at select retailers nationwide at the end of the month.

Belkin Thunderbolt™ Express Dock (F4U055ww) – US$299.99

• Instant access to up to 8 desktop devices with one cable
• Cable-clutter-free design for a cleaner workstation
• 2 Thunderbolt™ ports (1 upstream, 1 downstream for daisy-chaining up to 5 additional Thunderbolt™ devices)
• 3 USB 3.0 ports
• 1 FireWire 800 port
• 1 Gigabit Ethernet port
• 1 3.5mm audio-out port
• 1 3.5mm audio-in port

Source: Belkin International, Inc.

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Belkin updates new Thunderbolt Express Dock, drops eSATA, cuts price by $100 – January 8, 2013
Belkin upgrades unreleased Thunderbolt Express Dock with USB 3.0, eSATA; ups price to $399.99 – June 5, 2012
Belkin previews new Thunderbolt Express Dock at CES 2012 – January 9, 2012

15 Comments

  1. Could someone please come up with a simple and portable single Thunderbolt to USB3 adaptor/cable for under $50 like Apple did with Thunderbolt-to-FireWire. There would be a big market for one of those.

    1. Why would you need a Thunderbolt to USB3 adapter? There is already a USB3 port in the new iMac, Retina MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. Wouldn’t it be easier for you to connect your USB3 enabled device directly to the USB3 port? If you’re running out of ports in your Apple device, it would be cheaper to buy a USB3 capable hub.

      In the case of the Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter, Apple has removed the Firewire port from the new iMac, Retina MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, so I can see a use for an adapter of this sort.

      1. The 2011 MacBook Pro – Thunderbolt/USB2.!
        A great machine, and will do me for years.
        Unlike you I can’t afford to be at the cutting edge. But USB3 would be a nice bonus.
        You see the comment through your own filters! Please consider the situation of me and others when you expound your view of the world.

    2. Could someone please come up with a Thunderbolt Express Dock for a lot less than $299.99? I can buy a Mac mini – a full fledged computer with a processor and storage – for twice that amount. And the Mac mini comes with a TB port, FW800, HDMI, SDXC card slot, GigE port, audio in/out, and an IR receiver. With the exception of the second TB port, it has more expansion ports than the Belkin unit.

      This is the type of crap that kills a new interface standard before it gains a strong foothold. Look at what happened to FireWire – it is dying off even though it was widely adopted for digital camcorders and available on a fair number of Windows PCs.

      Apple, if third party vendors are not adequately servicing the ThunderBolt market, then you need to step in and apply some economies of scale and a bit of financial support to the situation. Otherwise TB is your next ADB or FW in the making.

      1. I expect that the most popular uses of thunderbolt right now are adaptors for HDMI and Firewire. Given that the Mac Mini has both of those ports already, one could argue that the Mini has the most expandability of any Mac.

  2. This is most useful for someone with a MacBook Air, which only has two USB ports and one Thunderbolt port. No extra USB ports, Ethernet port, FireWire port, audio in…

    But $299? How many does Belkin expect to sell at that price? Is making Thunderbolt peripherals really that expensive?

  3. Typical Belkin highly overpriced item that looks like something you need but only in very limited situations like mentioned here. Belkin is always the highest priced stuff on the counter and surrounded by stuff with the same function at a far less cost and same or better quality.

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