I have several Thunderbolt peripherals at home (Promise Pegasus R6 12TB RAID array, Buffalo HD-PATU3 Thunderbolt 1TB HDD, Seagate GoFlex adaptor for connecting SATA3 drives to my Mac via TB, LaCie Rugged SSD with a 250GB 840 Evo in it, Caldigit TB dock for expansion).I have a 13" retina. I use the USB ports, HDMI port, and headphone jack regularly.
I never use the thunderbolt ports. I'll probably end up using the SD card slot before the thunderbolt ports.
What do you use them for?
One does not need an Apple Thunderbolt Display to use the TB ports, one can also just use a DisplayPort or Mini DisplayPort or DVI or HDMI or VGA display with that.
I have two HDMI monitors, one I connect straight to the HDMI port on my rMBP and the other I connect to one of my Thunderbolt ports with a Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter.
1) Are you sure about TRIM working on external TB enclosures? Does this work with any external TB enclosure?I have several Thunderbolt peripherals at home ..... LaCie Rugged SSD with a 250GB 840 Evo in it.
I could have just put the 250GB 840 Evo in a USB 3 enclosure, but TRIM wouldn't work over USB (it works over TB). Besides, I carry it with me all the time.
1. Yes, TRIM works via TB - be it a GoFlex, HD-PATU3, LaCie Rugged....etc.1) Are you sure about TRIM working on external TB enclosures? Does this work with any external TB enclosure?
2) The LaCie Rugged comes with a drive in it. Did you buy it and swap the drives? Isn't that a very expensive? LaCie should offer case only so you can use your own drive.
I have a 15 rMBP + Thunderbolt display at work.