IT Enquirer reviews Elgato Thunderbolt Dock: Far from ‘yet another’ Thunderbolt Dock

“The Elgato Thunderbolt Dock is a nicely designed aluminium dock with plastic front/back bezel. It has three USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI port, a Gigabit Ethernet port and two Thunderbolt ports. It also has a Burr-Brown DAC chip on board that powers the mini-jack input/output interfaces. The USB 3.0 ports can power a USB device, while the HDMI interface can drive a display of up to 2560×1600 pixels. The box includes a 50cm Thunderbolt cable, which is a rare and nice extra in this market segment,” IT Ebquirer reports.

“Out of the box, the Elgato Thunderbolt Dock is ‘just another’ dock. The USB 3.0 ports work fine. The HDMI display, tested with a lowly HP Pavilion 22xi monitor, performed nicely at the 1080p maximum resolution [of which] the monitor was capable,” IT Ebquirer reports. “But Elgato has added something extra to their offering, which you won’t find in other Thunderbolt docks. It’s not listed on the box, and it’s not bragged about on the website, but you can (and really should) download a small piece of software from the Elgato website that will turn your dock into a genuine powerhouse.”

More info: Elgato Thunderbolt Dock, Thunderbolt Cable Included (10024010) – $229.95

“The Elgato Thunderbolt Dock Software Installer installs a kernel extension and the Elgato Thunderbolt Dock Utility application. The kernel extension enables charging iPads, support for the Apple SuperDrive and the Apple Keyboard,” IT Ebquirer reports. “Ordinary USB ports can’t charge iPads, because they draw over 500mA. With Elgato’s kernel extension, their Thunderbolt Dock can.”

Read more in the full review here.

8 Comments

  1. Amazing! for the bargain price of only $230, you can charge your iPad via USB without needing to use that pesky charger that came in the same box as your iPad.

    How revolutionary! Everyone was saying how great Thunderbolt would be someday. How great it is to have expensive port replicator boxes on our desks!!!

  2. Why can’t anyone make a simple USB 3 to Thunderbolt adaptor for the millions of Mac’s Apple made with Thunderbolt connections and only USB 2?

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