Seeking to seize market share from rival makers of Mac Thunderbolt docks, CalDigit at this time introduced Thunderbolt Station 2, an aggressively-priced Thunderbolt 2 docking hub that guarantees to surpass earlier Belkin and Elgato models in options and construct high quality. Redesigned from a previous mannequin, Thunderbolt Station 2 contains the anticipated twin Thunderbolt 2 ports, three USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet, HDMI and analog audio in/out ports. What’s new are twin eSATA 6G ports and an enclosure that may be mounted vertically or horizontally, saving house on a desk.
With an everyday value of $200, it’s already $30 cheaper than Elgato’s Thunderbolt 2 Dock and $100 beneath Belkin’s Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD, however a particular $170 pre-order value makes it probably the most reasonably priced Thunderbolt 2 dock but.
Like its rivals, Thunderbolt Station 2 helps 4K HDMI output, standalone iPad charging by means of the USB ports, and as much as 20GB/second switch charges by means of its Thunderbolt 2 ports. CalDigit has upped the ante by selecting a 100% aluminum, professional-grade housing that’s titanium-colored to extra intently match the look of Mac Execs, versus the silver aluminum and black plastics utilized in Belkin’s and Elgato’s models.
However there may be one distinction: CalDigit doesn’t embrace a Thunderbolt cable, which you’ll want to produce your self or purchase in a bundle, bringing the full value nearer to Elgato’s. Thunderbolt Station 2 could be pre-ordered today, with promised delivery on January 26, 2015.
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