A complete list of Thunderbolt docks

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  1. maratus, Dec 21, 2014
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    Sonnet Echo 15 (Pro+) Thunderbolt 2 Dock

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    Price:
    with DVD-RW, without HDD: $470
    with Blu-Ray, without HDD: $500
    Pro+ with Blu-Ray, without HDD: $600

    Interface: Thunderbolt 2
    Daisy chain support: Yes

    Ports:
    1 x Gigabit Ethernet
    4 x USB 3.0
    1 x FireWire 800
    2 x eSATA
    2 x 3.5mm audio in
    2 x 3.5mm audio out
    1 x DVD / Blu-Ray optical drive
    1 x 3.5” HDD or 1 x 2.5” SSD (Pro+ 1 x 3.5” HDD or 2 x 2.5” SSD)

    Thunderbolt cable included: No






    Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express HD

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    Price: $300
    Interface: Thunderbolt 2
    Daisy chain support: Yes

    Ports:
    1 x Gigabit Ethernet
    3 x USB 3.0
    1 x HDMI 1.4
    1 x 3.5mm audio in (mic)
    1 x 3.5mm audio out (headphones)

    Thunderbolt cable included: Yes, 1 m.






    Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock

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    Price: $230
    Interface: Thunderbolt 2
    Daisy chain support: Yes

    Ports:
    1 x Gigabit Ethernet
    3 x USB 3.0
    1 x HDMI 1.4
    1 x 3.5mm audio in (mic)
    1 x 3.5mm audio out (headphones)

    Thunderbolt cable included: Yes, 0.5 m.







    Akitio Thunder (Thunder2) Dock

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    Price: $270 ($280)
    Interface: Thunderbolt 1 (Thunderbolt 2)
    Daisy chain support: Yes

    Ports:
    1 x FireWire 800
    2 x USB 3.0
    2 x eSATA

    Thunderbolt cable included: Yes






    CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 2

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    Price: $200
    Interface: Thunderbolt 2
    Daisy chain support: Yes

    Ports:
    1 x Gigabit Ethernet
    3 x USB 3.0
    2 x eSATA
    1 x HDMI 1.4
    1 x 3.5mm audio in (mic)
    1 x 3.5mm audio out (headphones)

    Thunderbolt cable included: No






    OWC Thunderbolt 2 dock

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    Price: $250
    Interface: Thunderbolt 2
    Daisy chain support: Yes

    Ports:
    1 x Gigabit Ethernet
    5 x USB 3.0
    1 x FireWire 800
    1 x HDMI 1.4
    1 x 3.5mm audio in (mic)
    1 x 3.5mm audio out (headphones)

    Thunderbolt cable included: No






    CalDigit Thunderbolt Station

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    Price: discontinued, used $180
    Interface: Thunderbolt 1
    Daisy chain support: Yes

    Ports:
    1 x Gigabit Ethernet
    3 x USB 3.0
    1 x HDMI 1.3
    1 x 3.5mm audio in (mic)
    1 x 3.5mm audio out (headphones)

    Thunderbolt cable included: No






    Matrox DS1 DVI (DS1 HDMI)

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    Price: $250
    Interface: Thunderbolt 1
    Daisy chain support: No

    Ports:
    1 x Gigabit Ethernet
    1 x USB 3.0
    2 x USB 2.0
    1 x DVI (1 x HDMI 1.3)
    1 x 3.5mm audio in (mic)
    1 x 3.5mm audio out (headphones)

    Thunderbolt cable included: No






    Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock
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    Price: Discontinued
    Interface: Thunderbolt 1
    Daisy chain support: Yes

    Ports:
    1 x Gigabit Ethernet
    3 x USB 3.0
    1 x FireWire 800
    1 x 3.5mm audio in (mic)
    1 x 3.5mm audio out (headphones)

    Thunderbolt cable included: N/A





    StarTech Thunderbolt Docking Station

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    Price: $250
    Interface: Thunderbolt 1
    Daisy chain support: Yes

    Ports:
    1 x Gigabit Ethernet
    3 x USB 3.0
    1 x HDMI 1.3
    1 x 3.5mm audio in (mic)
    1 x 3.5mm audio out (headphones)

    Thunderbolt cable included: Yes, 1 m.






     
  2. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    Is the Sonnet thing shipping yet, it has been in pre-ordering status for years.

    I I've been using a StarTech docking station with good results (TBDOCKHDPBC)

    OWC has one too.
     
  3. theSeb macrumors 604

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    Since you're including the TB 1 versions, you should add the original Belkin TB 1 dock.

    Wasn't there a TB 1 version of the Sonnet Echo as well?
     
  4. chabig macrumors 68040

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    As a correction, the CalDigit Thunderbolt 2 station for $200 doesn't include a Thunderbolt cable. I just ordered one. It you want a cable in addition to the dock, they charge you $35 for it.
     
  5. maratus thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I will look into Sonnet shipping issues. Added the StarTech dock! There's one OWC Thunderbolt 2 in the list, was there something else?

    I wonder if they actually shipped TB1?

    Belkin TB1 added!

    Fixed!


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    * added StarTech and Belkin TB1 docks
    * re-uploaded images with better thumbnails
    * CalDigit Thunderbolt 2 ships without cable – fixed (ha cheapskates)
     
  6. thebro20 macrumors regular

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    OWC thunderbolt 2 dock, the thunderbolt cable is not included. its extra
     
  7. theSeb macrumors 604

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    That's actually a good point and you might be right. It may have been one of those "coming soon" items and was then changed into a TB2 dock and is still coming soon. I'll try to do some research and jog my memory.
     
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    http://www.startech.com/Cards-Adapt...yport-hdmi-4kx2k-docking-station~TB2DOCK4KDHC MSRP $329, discounted to $250.

    Thunderbolt 2 with daisy chain. TB cable included along with 3 power cables.

    2 - Thunderbolt™ 2 (20-pin) Female
    1 - HDMI (19 pin) Female 4K capable
    1 - USB 3.0 A (Fast-Charge; 9 pin; SuperSpeed) Female USAP support
    3 - USB 3.0 A (9 pin; SuperSpeed) Female USAP support
    1 - eSATA (7 pin; Data) Female
    1 - Toslink (SPDIF; Optical) Female digital output
    1 - 3.5 mm Mini-Jack (4 Position) Female Headset (audio/mic)
    1 - 3.5 mm Mini-Jack (3 Position) Female (line in/mic)
    1 - RJ-45 Female Gigabit eNet
    1 - Security Lock Slot Female

    Chipset:
    Intel - Falcon Ridge DSL5520 (Thunderbolt)
    ASMedia - ASM1042A (USB 3.0 w/ Charge)
    ASMedia - ASM1061 (eSATA)
    CMedia - CM6500 (Digital Audio)
    Texas Instruments - PCM2912A (Audio)
    Intel – WGI210AT (LAN)
     
  9. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

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    2015-03: Which one is currently the best?

    Which one is currently the best?
    Or, which one doesn't have any negative issues?

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    I could probably order the TB cable separately.
    Please let us know how it works for you. I'm interesting in ordering one if it will be compatible with my mid-2011 iMac with the first version of Thunderbolt.

    :D
     
  10. signal macrumors newbie

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    My understanding is that many of these are essentially the same chipset. And that many of them don't support USAP, which means that the USB 3.0 ports are not full speed, but throttled.

    I am not sure if the OWC dock supports USAP. I know the Belkin does not but the CalDigit does. The OWC is currently the one I am eyeing.

    But ALL of these are flawed by the same issue.......

    You can only run two displays if at least one of them is a Thunderbolt display. You can't run say two display port displays, or a DVI and a display port, or a display port and HDMI, etc.

    I am not sure why these docks have that limitation. I would assume you could run a USB graphics adapter using the USB ports to get a second display......

    It's just that for those with say a Macbook Air, which has thunderbolt, but only one port, it would be great if these docks could drive two displays. Otherwise those with Macbook Airs are forced to continue to use a USB graphics adapter for their second external display.
     
  11. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Yes, that's a really annoying limitation. You can run two displays, though, if you also use two Thunderbolt docks, with one display connected on each.
     
  12. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    Doesn't have to be a TB dock, just about any 2 port daisy chain TB device will do this. Connected one display to the dock, the second TB device to the dock, the other display to the second TB device, such as disk, JBOD, or RAID box.
     
  13. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Yes, that's true. Do you know what the technical reason behind the limitation is?
     
  14. theluggage macrumors 68030

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    DisplayPort data can be sent via Thunderbolt, but it is encoded within the TB signal so you need a Thunderbolt controller chip at the other end to extract it before it can be passed on to a display.

    Each thunderbolt peripheral chip only extracts one DisplayPort data stream from the Thunderbolt bus.

    This can either be fed to an internal display, a HDMI/DVI port or a 'legacy' DisplayPort device connected to the Thunderbolt 'out' port - but not more than one of those at a time.

    Attaching another Thunderbolt device (such as a second dock or a disc drive) with its own Thunderbolt peripheral chip extracts the second DisplayPort stream, so it can drive a second display.

    A better question is why you can't use DisplayPort's own daisy-chaining feature (several displays have DisplayPort-through connectors, but from what I've heard they only give you a 'mirror' display when used on a Mac).
     
  15. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - That part is some sort of software limitation in OS X, as I've seen reports of it working in Bootcamp on these forums.
    Still curious, though.

    Thanks for the explanation.
     
  16. maratus thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    oh BTW can you drive another displayport or DVI screen from the Thunderbolt display?
     
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