What is the best thunderbolt dock out right now?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by TexasChemE, Apr 22, 2014.

  1. TexasChemE macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2011
    There are quite a lot of options to choose from now, especially with the Elgato dock now released. Which one is the best one to choose right now? The main thing that i'm looking for is having additional USB 3.0 slots.
  2. thedeske macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2013
    Hard to say. None of them are bullet proof with every device and they're all about the same price.
  3. Marty62 macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2010
    Berlin formerly London
    My Belkin TB dock works really well.

    Depends on your needs, HDMI I don't need but FW/USB3.0 I do.

    USB3.0 is "limited" to 2.5GB/s - preserves the TB throughput I guess.

    However, that has not limited any of my drives thus far, including a UASP
    Inateck box with Samsung EVO SSD.

    For spinning drives - no issue.

  4. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    ATD. It includes a 27" IPS screen. None of the others charge your rMBP. IF you need more USB3 ports, use a hub connected to a rMBP.
  5. cgdrummer macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2008
    Caldigit TB station.

    It works really well thus far, and is fairly affordable at its $200 price for the features that you get with it.
  6. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    So do you JUST need USB ports? If so, CalDigit, but is that really all you need?

    What about a display? Do you need to hook one up directly? What about firewire? What about eSATA?

    Do you already have USB 3.0 (i.e. a Mac from 2012 or 2013?), if so why not just a simple USB 3.0 hub?
  7. TexasChemE thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2011
    Sorry, I should have clarified. I do use an external monitor. Are there any docks with eSATA? That would be wonderful; I've got a Thermaltake dock with an eSATA port I haven't considered using
  8. matreya macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
  9. TexasChemE thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2011

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