Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock

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  • Overview

    The Elgato Systems Thunderbolt 2 Dock allows you to connect all your devices at once, helping you keep your workspace organized and efficient at all times. The two Thunderbolt 2 ports let you connect your Mac with a single cable, while providing another port to extend the advantages of Thunderbolt's power. There's also a built-in HDMI port that can drive a display of your choice up to 4K resolution, as well as three SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports. The Elgato dock helps you tap into the full performance of wired network connections with the built-in Gigabit Ethernet port, and enjoy crystal-clear conference calls through the separate microphone input and amplified audio output.

    About Thunderbolt 2

    Thunderbolt is a revolutionary I/O technology that supports high-resolution displays and high-performance data devices via one simple port and a cable that carries both DisplayPort and PCI Express data. And it’s standard on every Mac.

    PCI Express is the technology that links all the high-performance components in a Mac. And it’s built into Thunderbolt, which means you can get PCI Express speed outside the box.

    With Thunderbolt 2 now built into the new Mac Pro and MacBook Pro with Retina display, you can connect up to three 4K displays at once. Thunderbolt 2 gives you up to 20 Gb/s in both directions, allowing for super-fast data transfer between peripherals. You also have enough bandwidth to daisy-chain multiple high-speed devices without using a hub or switch. Thunderbolt also provides double the power of USB 3.0, delivering 10 watts to peripherals for improved performance on the go.

    Highlights

    Allows you to connect all your devices to your MacBook at once

    Provides faster wired connections

    Two Thunderbolt 2 ports

    HDMI port for directly connecting a display with up to 4K resolution

    Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet for increased network performance

    Three USB 3.0 ports to support an iPad, SuperDrive, and other devices

    Stand-alone USB charging that keeps charging when your Mac isn't connected

    Separate microphone input and amplified audio output

    Included software lets you conveniently eject all storage devices simultaneously

    Did You Notice?

    Thunderbolt 2, USB, HDMI, and Ethernet ports give you maximum flexibility and convenience.

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    What’s in the Box

    Elgato Thunderbolt 2 dock

    Elgato Thunderbolt cable (1.6 ft./50 cm)

    Power supply

    Tech Specs

    Cable Length: 1.6 ft./50 cm

    Height: 1.1 in./2.9 cm

    Length: 7.9 in./20 cm

    Width: 3.2 in./8.1 cm

    Weight: 10.05 oz./285 g

    Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    Mfr. Part Number: 1TS104001002

    UPC or EAN No.: 813180020085

    Warranty

    Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple’s Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.

    Warranty: Two years

  • 4.0 Average
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    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Does not work with 2 external monitors unless they both are Apple displays

      After buying this dock, we found out that it doesn't allow connecting two monitors, unless those two monitors are both apple thunderbolt displays. I have two Le After buying this dock, we found out that it doesn't allow connecting two monitors, unless those two monitors are both apple thunderbolt displays. I have two Lenovo monitors, but I can only connect one at a time. I thought the dock would allow to connect one via HDMI and the other over thunderbolt, but it only allows one monitor at a time.

      • Written by Husam S from ottawa

      77 of 83 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Does not work with 2 external monitors unless they both are Apple displays

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      perfect for Air and iMac

      I love this thing -- the Thunderbolt display I used with my MacBook Air bit the dust, and I didn't want to spend the money on a (non-Retina) replacement. I did, I love this thing -- the Thunderbolt display I used with my MacBook Air bit the dust, and I didn't want to spend the money on a (non-Retina) replacement. I did, however, want something that would give me the port expansion that I had in the monitor, and the Thunderbolt 2 Dock does that in spades. I now have five full USB 3.0 ports (two on the Air, three on the dock), two Thunderbolt 2.0 ports (one on the Air, the other on the dock), Ethernet, and HDMI out. There is also audio in and out on the front of the unit, which is great for listening to tunes while I'm working, and all of the USB ports will charge my iPhone and iPad, even if the Air isn't connected. The Thunderbolt 2 Dock is perfect for my Air, and I like it so much that I'm probably going to get a second one for my 2011-era iMac 27". With the extra USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports, I'll get a bunch of fast and easy throughput for my collection of drives. I won't get the Thunderbolt 2 speeds with the iMac, but that's a fine compromise for getting USB 3.0 performance and an extra Thunderbolt port. The only thing I can't speak to is the 4K video support -- I don't currently have a display that supports 4K, but the dock is so straightforward that I imagine it just works. You'll need to have a Mac with Thunderbolt 2 (like the iMac 5K and recent Retina MacBook Pros) to get that resolution.

      • Written by rick L from Portland

      44 of 49 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?perfect for Air and iMac

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Dock works great!

      I got the Thunderbolt Dock for my desktop setup and it works great. Super easy and keeps all my cables neat and clean on my desk.

      • Written by Jon M from Portland

      32 of 34 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Dock works great!

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      Best Thunderbolt Dock for the Price

      I picked one of these up shortly after they were released a couple years ago. It was a bit rough at first because the drivers from Apple had sleep/wake issues b I picked one of these up shortly after they were released a couple years ago. It was a bit rough at first because the drivers from Apple had sleep/wake issues but after a few OS updates those went away. This, combined with my older 27" LED Cinema Display made for a very nice two cable dock (1 for data, another for power). I've used this dock, the Apple Thunderbolt Display, and OWC's Thunderbolt dock. For the price, this is the best. Pros: 1. All USB ports charge devices even when no computer is connected. (Only two ports on the OWC charge.) 2. Works in Windows as well as macOS. (The OWC does not.) 3. No special drivers required. 4. Comes with a (short) Thunderbolt cable. Cons: 1. One more USB port would have been ideal. 2. The audio port isn't a combo port and there is background interference when hooking up headphones or speakers. (The OWC doesn't have that issue.) 3. The Thunderbolt cable is short so if you need something longer, the value proposition isn't as great. Remember, video is either/or. You can't use HDMI and Thunderbolt/Mini DisplayPort. I've seen a few gripes about this and while it would be a neat feature, it isn't advertised as such. No point in complaining that a product doesn't do something it doesn't claim to do.

      • Written by Joshua H from Las Vegas

      4 of 4 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Best Thunderbolt Dock for the Price

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Better order a Thunderbolt cord too

      Probably my fault for not paying close enough attention, but for $200+ I wouldn't expect this dock to come with a 1 1/2 foot cord - This completely reduces the Probably my fault for not paying close enough attention, but for $200+ I wouldn't expect this dock to come with a 1 1/2 foot cord - This completely reduces the usefulness of the product out of box; the cord isn't even long enough to stretch across my 15in MBP while plugged in so now I must purchase a longer cord to fit the layout of my desk. 3 foot cord would have netted 4-5 stars upon further review.

      • Written by Jordon B from Muskegon

      13 of 19 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Better order a Thunderbolt cord too

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Does not work with 2 external monitors unless they both are Apple displays

      After buying this dock, we found out that it doesn't allow connecting two monitors, unless those two monitors are both apple thunderbolt displays. I have two Le After buying this dock, we found out that it doesn't allow connecting two monitors, unless those two monitors are both apple thunderbolt displays. I have two Lenovo monitors, but I can only connect one at a time. I thought the dock would allow to connect one via HDMI and the other over thunderbolt, but it only allows one monitor at a time.

      • Written by Husam S from ottawa

      77 of 83 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Does not work with 2 external monitors unless they both are Apple displays

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