I didn't know that the Caldigit one was shipping - their website says "coming soon".The simple question: which would you choose and why?
Well first look at the differences:So we can finally get our hands (and browsers) on the offerings of caldigit and belkin for thunderbolt docks.
The simple question: which would you choose and why?
Except it's so damn uglyyyyyyy.....What about Sonnet's Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock? I see that it is not shipping until later in the summer but it does potentially offer some good features.
There's also this from Sunix: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/thunderbolt-hdd-blu-ray-dock,15926.htmlWhat about Sonnet's Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock? I see that it is not shipping until later in the summer but it does potentially offer some good features.
I'd say the Sunix is uglierer by a mile.
It's not ugly. And when you consider that for some people it will be a Thunderbolt dock, external hard drive and optical drive, it's down right pretty compared to having 3 devices and cables on your desk.
Also if there is no FireWire that will be a deal breaker for some people.There's also this from Sunix: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/thunderbolt-hdd-blu-ray-dock,15926.html
...big plusses over the Sonnet seem to be SPDIF sound, a blu-ray writer and a hot-swap hard drive. However, those pictures look like CG renders to me, and they're talking about Q4... I also suspect that the eSATA on the Sonnet could open up new possibilities if you want more external storage.
this will never get released , the company scraps projects all the time.What about Sonnet's Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock? I see that it is not shipping until later in the summer but it does potentially offer some good features.
That's a shame. This looked like a really good solution for what it claims to offer.this will never get released , the company scraps projects all the time.
i emailed them and they had no idea when it will be released , just that i can add my name to the list when its released they will email me.
to answer the video question.I have the Belkin and it s working fine, The USB ports are definitely powered. The problem with the Belkin is that the USB3 ports are only half-speed; 2.5Gbps instead of 5Gbps. This is a show stopper if you plan to connect USB3 RAID solutions or SATA III SSD's. If you are just using single or 2-drive HDD peripherals, it doesn't really matter.
The Caldigit is $100 cheaper, has 5Gbps USB ports according to Caldigit and trades the FW800 ports for an HDMI port. It seems a little unclear at this point what the HDMI ports can do simultaneously with a MDP display on the TB port (if it works at all in that case). I believe it may be an alternative port to connect a display, but you are still limited to a single display per TB channel.
Assuming you don't need FW, the Caldigit seems a better and cheaper solution, assuming it works as advertised.
I thought I had seen some back and forth on that somewhere, but that seems to answer it pretty definitively.to answer the video question.
this dock can run TWO DISPLAYS(one hdmi + 1 thunderbolt) at a time, a very key feature.
its right in the FAQ
It can take one thunderbolt display (like apple's display) AND a HDMI or a DVI with a mini display port adaptor, but NOT both. So, unless one of your monitors is the Apple Thunderbolt one, you can't have two monitors.I thought I had seen some back and forth on that somewhere, but that seems to answer it pretty definitively.
1.What specification of HDMI does the Thunderbolt Station use?
2.Can I use an HDMI to DVI cable/adapter?
Yes, you can use an HDMI to DVI cable/adapter to connect to a DVI monitor.
3.Can I use multiple monitors with my Thunderbolt Station?
Yes, the Thunderbolt Station can support two monitors if one of them is an Apple Thunderbolt Display. You cannot use a monitor with a mini display port to DVI/VGA/HDMI adapter while using the HDMI port on the device for a multiple display configuration because only the first display that is detected will function.
1. Thunderbolt Monitor and HDMI Monitor - Yes
2. Mini-Display Port Monitor and HDMI Monitor - No
3. Mini-display port adapter to DVI Monitor and HDMI monitor - No
4. Thunderbolt Display and HDMI adapter to DVI Monitor - Yes