It is no secret that many Mac users don’t have enough built-in ports and connectors for connecting peripherals. Manufacturers of accessories that perfectly caught and regularly encouraging consumers various docking stations designed to correct this deficiency. The availability of Thunderbolt 2 only facilitates this process. In the following selection MacDigger offers five of the best docking stations that can be used in conjunction with portable Apple computers and laptops running Windows.
OWC Thunderbolt 2
Other World Computing has come to develop a docking station very seriously. Manufacturer clothed the gadget in an aluminum case with a black glossy plastic cover. Clean lines and solid minimalism – Thunderbolt 2 Dock will appeal to all fans of the design of the Apple devices.
To the Mac dock connects via the Thunderbolt port 2, through which become available 12 additional connectors and Daisy-chain up to 78 devices, using the capabilities of Thunderbolt 2 and FireWire.
The buyer OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock will have at its disposal five USB 3.0 ports, FireWire 800 port, two Thunderbolt 2, HDMI connector with support for resolutions up to 4K, a connector to connect an Ethernet network cable, inputs for microphone and headphones or speakers. Also the docking station must be connected to the outlet.
Retail value of the OWC Thunderbolt 2 is $ 237.
Elgato Thunderbolt 2
The solution from Elgato, specializing in data storage systems, is a stylish docking station for Mac. The second generation gadget with support for high-speed interface Thunderbolt costs the same as the previous generation model.
If you have a Mac in the face of Thunderbolt 2 Dock get access to three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI with 4K resolution support, Gigabit Ethernet and jacks for headphones and microphone. The presence of two Thunderbolt ports 20 GB/s allows to include in the chain other devices with this interface. This capability is particularly useful, for example, when using a mobile computer in a hospital.
The cost of the device in a metal armor is 210 dollars.
Caldigit Thunderbolt Station 2
Model Caldigit Thunderbolt Station 2 features low price: to leave the order on the dock for as little as $196. The device provides access to three USB 3.0 ports, two eSATA, HDMI, Ethernet, analog audio input and output.
In the configuration of the docking station related to budget price segment, includes two port eSATA 6GB/s, USB 3.0 high-power, capable of powering the iPad, two “normal” USB 3.0 and HDMI 4K. The dock has the following dimensions – 132 x 98.5 x 43.5 mm.
Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express
The range of the Belkin presents the upgraded version of the docking station Thunderbolt 2 Express, which provides connectivity to the computer up to five devices with Thunderbolt technology.
Modernization has brought into the configuration of the dock, two Thunderbolt 2, three USB 3.0 ports instead of three USB 2.0 ports, eSATA port and HDMI. In addition, saved present in the original model the interface is Gigabit Ethernet, as well as the input and output of analog audio (connectors 3.5 mm diameter).
To the computer iPod is connected by a Thunderbolt cable. The presence in the dock two Thunderbolt ports provides the ability to chain connectivity.
StarTech Thunderbolt 2 Docking Station
The company StarTech also offers a docking station with support for high-speed interface Thunderbolt. Like most other models, the station is equipped with a Thunderbolt cable for connecting to Mac and PC.
The device provides a connector interface for connecting various peripherals: additional monitors, external drives, audio devices, printers, etc. the User has access to four USB 3.0 ports, analog and digital audio (Toslink/SPDIF), Gigabit Ethernet port, eSATA, HDMI 1.4 and two Thunderbolt connector with a throughput up to 20 Gbps. possible Via HDMI output with 4K resolution.
Allowed horizontal or vertical docking station. Purchase the StarTech Thunderbolt 2 is available at a suggested retail price of $ 250.