Looking for a thunderbolt dock to restore USB functionality

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by jrm27, Jun 7, 2013.

  1. jrm27 macrumors 6502

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    Hello all,

    I've recently lost USB functionality on my macbook. The techs opened up the laptop and noted "liquid damage" (on a completely unrelated issue), thus voiding my warranty. The cost of getting a new logic board is too high for me. So, now it seems that the only way I can restore USB functionality is by using a Thunderbolt dock.

    Any recommendations? I see that Belkin has one out there. I've been reading conflicting reports about it though. My external drives are largely bus powered drives. Will they be powered through the Belkin? Will the ports charge an iphone?

    Are there other similar pieces out there that might be more cost effective? I probably need something with an extra thunderbolt port as I've been using the one on my macbook as a mini display port to power an old Apple display I have.

    Any thoughts or recommendations would be very much appreciated.

    -jon
     
  2. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    Since warranty coverage was denied you might look into a third-party repair. Apple's solution is a whole new logic board but that doesn't mean the repair can't be done cheaper, just that they won't do it.
     
  3. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    get an ATD and you get a very good 27" screen plus a docking station. Granted the USB connects are USB 2 and not USB 3. But there is FW 800 which is faster than USB 2. You can also hookup any eithernet cables as well.

    And....you can reuse the ATD on a new laptop when you get one in the future.
     
  4. jrm27 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    As much as I would love a new ATD, it just isn't practical for me at the moment. I've got an old apple cinema hd display that is serving me very well, and I've no need to replace it at the moment. I used to have a 27" imac though, and I LOVED that screen. Once day, I'll get one, but not in the foreseeable future unfortunately. Good thought though!
     
  5. thedeske macrumors 6502a

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  6. jrm27 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yeah, that looks great. If I could order it now, I would!
     

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