I'm buying a Thunderbolt 2 dock. I do lots of film editing. Any advice?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by oxband, May 16, 2015.

  1. oxband macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2009
    I'm buying a Thunderbolt 2 dock. The most intensive thing i do with my computer is film editing. I dont know if that makes a difference.

    Any advice on choosing a dock?
  2. kingtj macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2003
    Brunswick, MD
    The only thing I know is ....

    We just purchased the CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 2 for one of our systems where I work. It was pretty much a "plug and play" experience, as far as no special drivers required for any of it.

    In our case, we have a videoconferencing system set up on a 2012 Mac Mini, and needed a second display on it. Unlike the 2014 models, it only provides one Mini Displayport/Thunderbolt port on the back of it, which was occupied by a BlackMagic video capture device. (That lets people plug a cable in to their laptop to instantly present video or slide-shows on the conference calls.) It has only one HDMI video output, which drives the main display in our conference room. So the Thunderbolt dock provides a second video output while letting the BlackMagic plug into the back of it.

    As far as I've been able to tell, it drives the second display just like you'd expect OS X to handle additional displays on any other Mac with multiple video output ports. Pretty sure all of the Thunderbolt 2 dock offerings are going to work the same way, so you're probably safe to purchase one based on price or design preference.....

  3. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    I'm a little bit concerned that Apple might be phasing out Thunderbolt in favor of USB-C soon. The new Macbook is evidence of that; it's Apple's first machine in years that doesn't have a Thunderbolt port.

    Not saying not to buy anything, but on the other hand just be wary that you may be investing in a soon-to-be-dead platform. :(
  4. oxband thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2009
    Good call. That said, I've got a MBP pro with Thunderbolt ports and that's not changing anytime soon...Will USB-C work with existing USB ports?
  5. awair macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2011
    I support the recommendation for the CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 2.

    I've reviewed every offering over the past few years: this one stands out because of the eSATA ports. It provides USB3 to my older MBP17, but doesn't have FireWire.

    I haven't used a second display (HDMI/Thunderbolt options), but for Network and Storage I'm happy with this device.

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