The Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock Adds Additional Ports To Your MacBook [Macworld 2013]

macworldbugSAN FRANCISCO, MACWORLD/iWORLD 2013 -

While Apple’s newer notebooks like the MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro are certainly aesthetically pleasing, some trade offs had to be made in order to achieve such thin machines. Apple has been slowly paring down the number of ports it includes on its notebooks, most notable with the MacBook Air.

Even though these machines are becoming more and more capable all the time, the lack of connections on them puts a serious strain on their functionality. That’s where the Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock comes in. This little attachment for your laptop gives you eight additional ports to work with right on your desk.

By simply plugging in the dock with a Thunderbolt cable, you’ll instantly have access to an ethernet port, three USB ports, two Thunderbolt ports, a FireWire 800 port, as well as audio in and out jacks. Since the device works over Thunderbolt, it’s consistently fast, even with multiple devices plugged in.

Best of all, the Thunderbolt Express Dock’s design makes it easy to hide your cable mess and keep a clean desk. While the device isn’t on sale yet, Belkin promises that it’s coming in the first quarter of 2013 and will cost $299. You can find more information on it here.

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  • davester13

    Did they change their ports again? Now it appears to have a pass-through Thunderbolt port and I’m pretty sure it didn’t have one before.

  • Andrew Newsome

    Hey i really like these videos. I reckon videos really do a lot more than articles. And i really like Erfon doing the commentary. Reminds me of the cultcast haha :)

    Just a quick tip: I noticed, Erfon, that you stand really close to the people you’re interviewing and always touching their shoulder or similar. Not a huge deal, but i keep noticing it hahah.

    But yeh really great stuff overall! love the vids!

  • cdpage416

    Unless Belkin heard the grumblings and changed the “conduit” to have a Thunderbolt IN, to say that there is TWO thunderbolt Ports is misleading.

    Better to say “ONE thunderbolt OUT”.

    Sadly this makes this a docking station (with Thunderbolt) and not a Thunderbolt HUB.

    Granted, it’s better than paying $1000 an apple Display as your Docking station. (the only other product on the market with a [single] Thunderbolt port OUT).

    But for a product that Apple keeps saying “And it allows you to connect as many as six devices through a single, compact port.” I have yet to find a Hub that will let this happen.

    Only daisy chaining can make this happen, and only these 2 product can do that.

    It’s a wonder that Apple doesn’t make docking station of any type. For a company looking to gain market share in the business sector… not having a docking station is akin not having a mouse at your work station… Who does that???

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