Belkin introduces its upgraded Thunderbolt Express Dock for Mac and Windows notebook users. First announced at the CES 2012, the dock has been upgraded to includes USB 3.0 ports and eSATA port. Basically, the Thunderbolt dock is a device that sit between your notebook and peripherals, allowing you to connect to up to 9 desktop peripherals with just one cable. With the dock, your notebook can transition from a desktop workstation to a mobile device in seconds and you can get a cleaner working environment.
The Thunderbolt is a newest high-speed interface that moves data on two bidirectional 10Gbs channels, offering speeds up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and 12 times faster than Firewire 800. Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock (model F4U055) has two Thunderbolt ports, one upstream and one downstream for daisy-chaining up to 6 additional Thunderbolt devices. It provides three USB 3.0, a FireWire 800, Gigabit Ethernet LAN, an eSATA, a 3.5mm output, a 3.5mm input ports and comes with a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter. The dock has a simple and low profile design.
Also announced is Belkin’s Thunderbolt Cable (model F2CD031-1M). The 3-feet cable features video/data transfer rates of up to 10Gbps bi-directionally and provides up to 10 watts of power. It can daisy-chain up to six devices.
Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock and Thunderbolt Cable are priced at $399.99 and $44.99, respectively.