You may often get annoyed if you are a MacBook or UltraBook user and have to connect your laptop to different devices. How about connecting a number of devices by just plugging one single cable into your laptop? And that too through a cable that gives you gigabit Ethernet speeds. This is precisely what Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock does. Hold on to your patience for a while though because it will be shipped coming September.
So how does it work? You take the dock and place it near your MacBook or Ultrabook. Now, you plug in a number of USBs and other devices into the Express Dock. It has three USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, a 3.5 mm Audio port, an HDMI port, a gigabit Ethernet port and two Thunderbolt ports. With so many ports, you can virtually connect a whole plethora of devices to this dock.
Now to connect to your Macbook, you simply take the cable coming out of the dock and plug it into your laptop. That’s right, just one single cable and all those dozens of devices are connected to your laptop right away. And the best part is, you don’t have to worry that the data transfer rate will be slowed down. Instead, your data transfer takes place at gigabit Ethernet speeds. So you can transfer files, watch movies directly from a USB and perform other tasks through the dock, all at the same time.
Another very interesting feature is the Thunderbolt ports. The presence of these ports means that you can daisy-chain your dock to other Thunderbolt compatible devices and this may further increase the number of devices you can plug in at a given time.
The current price-tag that Belkin has declared for this product is $299. And given the immense usefulness of this device, it doesn’t seem too pricey. The device will be available in September, 2012 at Belkin.com and different retailers worldwide.
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