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  • 15. Re: Thunderbolt Hubs and docking stations
    cpage Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Looks like they are expecting a Q4 release for the Sunix Thunderbolt Hub.

     

    they have a Facebook page.

  • 16. Re: Thunderbolt Hubs and docking stations
    cpage Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So far, here is what is or could be available for Thunderbolt Docking Stations

     

    Hopefully these are MSRP prices and the street prices will be much less.

    Otherwise it will be living up to its nickname 'Blunderbolt'

     

     

    Matrox - DS-1— $249

     

    PORTS:

              1x Thunderbolt

              1x USB 3.0

              1x Ethernet

              1x HDMI

              2x USB 2.0

              Audio In/Out

     

           PRO:

              HDMI

     

           CON:

              Very Pricy

              USB 2.0

              1x Thunderbolt

     

    CalDigital - Thunderbolt Station — $199

     

    PORTS:

              2x Thunderbolt

              3x USB 3.0 (1 front)

              1x Ethernet

              1x HDMI

              Audio In/Out

     

           PRO:

              Daisy chain thunderbolt

              3x USB 3.0

              HDMI

     

           CON:

              Price

     

    Belkin - Thunderbolt Express — $299

     

    PORTS:

              2x Thunderbolt

              3x USB 3.0

              1x Ethernet

              1x Firewire 800

              Audio In/Out

     

           PRO:

              3x USB

              Daisy Chain Thunderbolt

     

           CON:

              Price

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    Henge - Horizontal Dock — $349

     

    PORTS

              1x Firewire 800

              1x Ethernet

              1x SD card

              6x USB3.0

              3x Video(Thunderbolt or DisplayPort)?

              2x audio out

     

           PRO:

              6 USB 3

              3 video... though i can't make out if thats thunderbolt or display port

              2x audio outs... could be useful for headphones or speakers

              SD Card slot (while not easily accessible this is an excellent ad on)

     

           CON:

              Price

     

    Sunix - Thunderbolt Dock — No Price

     

    PORTS:

              2x Thunderbolt

              4x USB 3.0

              1x Ethernet

              1x BluRay drive

              1x SATA slot (3.5")

              1x Mini Card Reader (SD, MMC, MS,xD)

              1x Mic

              2x Stereo

              1x SPDIF

     

           PRO:

              BluRay

              SATA

              2x Thunderbolt

              4 USB 3.0

     

           CON:

              Q4?

              price?

     

    Sonnet - Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock — $399 DVD, $450 BluRay

     

    PORTS:

              2x Thunderbolt

              4x USB 3.0 (2 front)

              1x Ethernet

              1x Optical Drive (BluRay option)

              1x Drive Bay (2.5 or 3.5 SSD or HDD)

              2x eSATA ports

              2x Audio In/Out (Front and back)

     

           PRO:

              Optical Drive options

              Drive Slot

              2x Thunderbolt

              4 USB 3.0

     

           CON:

              Price

              available by summer

     

              Models without an HDD will be available from Sonnet and its resellers

              Models with an HDD will be sold exclusively through Sonnet's online store

  • 17. Re: Thunderbolt Hubs and docking stations
    Michael Paine Level 2 Level 2 (315 points)

    I think the Sunix dock was intended to be launched in Q4 2012. It was announced, somewhat prematurely in June 2012:

    http://asia.cnet.com/computex-2012-sunixs-ultimate-thunderbolt-docking-station-6 2216255.htm

     

    For a while the Sunix website indicated it was waiting for Intel approval (because Thunderbolt is an Intel system). That advice no longer appears - maybe Intel asked them to remove it.

     

    Thank you for the consolidated list.

  • 18. Re: Thunderbolt Hubs and docking stations
    xgrep Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, excellent summary.

     

    Would you consider including the Lacie hub? It only has eSATA (x2), but has 2 thunderbolts, so can be daisy-chained. It's on my short list (price $179 being the problem), because I could use eSATA and absolutely won't get anything that can't daisy-chain (I mean, really, how aburd is that, especially considering the price of these things?).

  • 19. Re: Thunderbolt Hubs and docking stations
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,455 points)

    cpage wrote:

     

    Complete Agree Cyberwlf

     

    If someone just build a HUB, they'd have sold 1000's by now. there's no compition.

     

    Maybe Apple is holding everyone back?

    Apple don't own the technology, Intel do.

  • 20. Re: Thunderbolt Hubs and docking stations
    cpage Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    True, this is an intel Tech, but so far Apple seems to be the only one with a daisy chain and multi formate offereing.  (from their cinema display)

     

    If all other companies are waiting for intel to release the approval from intel, and apple has already gone ahead with it, It could be that Apple has a licencing for 1-2 years giving them the first to market rights for this subset of tech.

  • 21. Re: Thunderbolt Hubs and docking stations
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,455 points)

    Of these the Belkin looks to be the best compromise between ports and dollars.

  • 22. Re: Thunderbolt Hubs and docking stations
    cpage Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The Belkin is Available in Canada now

     

    http://www.marketnews.ca//LatestNewsHeadlines/BelkinsThunderboltExpressDockNowAv ailable.html?utm_campaign=website&utm_source=sendgrid.com&utm_medium=email

     

    not that $299 is a good price, but for $50 more the Henge offers a fair amount more.

     

    It adds:

    • 3 more USB,
    • SD card reader
    • a 3rd video port (thunderbolt?)
    • and POWER.

     

    Power makes this a DOCK and not just a HUB

     

    If you have two (or three) monitors, this is the one to get.

     

    also, it looks like it keeps your laptop cooler by raising it.

    also, for businesses, it has a slot for locking too.

  • 23. Re: Thunderbolt Hubs and docking stations
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,455 points)

    cpage wrote:

     

    The Belkin is Available in Canada now

     

    http://www.marketnews.ca//LatestNewsHeadlines/BelkinsThunderboltExpressDockNowAv ailable.html?utm_campaign=website&utm_source=sendgrid.com&utm_medium=email

     

    not that $299 is a good price, but for $50 more the Henge offers a fair amount more.

    My Belkin was delivered to me yesterday thanks.

     

    I have owned Henge products before, I will never buy another, thanks.

  • 24. Re: Thunderbolt Hubs and docking stations
    cpage Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That's great!

     

    Let us know how it goes. our first impressions, or keep us posted.

     

     

    Good to know about Henge, I really don't like that they don't have any photos of the real thing, not even a prototype.  worries me. but it does look to have lots of metal so it should be more ridged then the last plastic Vertical Henge... me hopes.

  • 25. Re: Thunderbolt Hubs and docking stations
    doesntcare Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    It seems like thunderbolt is a failure, so far the only products seem to be high priced docks that don't have the features people want or some external disc storage. I have a bunch of firewire devices like photo/video cameras and a ton of stuff that connects via USB. I purchased a new iMac to replace my aging mac pro (was also taking up a lot of space)

    and as far as I'm concerned the TB ports on the back are useless. I would have prefered firewire and USB in their place.  So a lot of folks will be upset that I call an Apple product a failure but from my standpoint it does not fit in with all the other devices I have.

  • 26. Re: Thunderbolt Hubs and docking stations
    xgrep Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    If you're not already using an only Thunderbolt port for an external display (as I do on my MacBook Air), and all you want is to be able to use your numerous Firewire devices, then you can buy for $29 Apple's Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter. Since virtually all Firewire devices allow daisy-chaining, you should be in good shape.

     

    The problem for owners of Mac computers that have only one Thunderbolt port is that if you tie it up with anything that can't daisy-chain (like most monitors), then you desperately need something with (at least) two Thunderbolt ports to get back to a usable configuration. I can't believe how long I've been waiting, and how frustrating it is to see all of these expensive docks that have things that I don't need and/or are missing things that I need. It's really pathetic.

     

    It might be premature to declare that Thunerbolt is a failure, but you might ultimately be right. It sure hasn't been anything close to what could be called a success of any kind.

  • 27. Re: Thunderbolt Hubs and docking stations
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,455 points)

    I just bought the Belkin (few days ago), not cheap but it is extremely good.

  • 28. Re: Thunderbolt Hubs and docking stations
    LowLuster Level 6 Level 6 (11,905 points)

    Most all thunderbolt devices have 2 tb ports on them so you can daisy chain them. The only device that doesn't are monitors as they have to be at the end of the chain, the last device connected.

  • 29. Re: Thunderbolt Hubs and docking stations
    xgrep Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Apple's Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter lacks a second Thunderbolt port.

     

    Like I said, if you have one TB port, use a monitor, and you'd like to use any other pre-TB device that you might have (eSATA, Firewire), you are currently out of luck. Or out of a lot of $$ for stuff you don't need.

     

    I don't plan to purchase any TB devices to replace things that I have that work fine. I would just like to be able to use the things that I have: a monitor, a FW drive, other FW devices, and an eSATA drive. I can't do that.

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