In an email to customers, hardware upgrade company Sonnet has announced yet another shipment delay for its Echo 15 and Echo 15 Pro+ Thunderbolt docking stations. Unveiled in April 2013, the hardware is still in the pre-order stage. The latest delay is the result of a company decision to upgrade the device to support Thunderbolt 2.0. sonnet-dock-2

Following our last Echo 15 and Echo 15 Pro+ Thunderbolt Dock status update, we received very positive feedback and valuable input that confirms these products were designed with the right feature sets. However, there has been an increasingly louder chorus of requests for them to be based on Thunderbolt 2 technology. We carefully considered this input, and, combined with recent clarification of requirements for Windows Thunderbolt compatibility, we have decided to upgrade these products to use Thunderbolt 2 chipsets.

The Thunderbolt dock features a DVD or Blu-ray reader/burner, a 2.5" or 3.5" SATA drive bay (6 Gb/s) as well as a variety of ports for USB 3.0, SATA, eSATA, FireWire 800, audio input and output, and Gigabit Ethernet connections.

The Sonnet Echo 15 dock can be pre-ordered for $400 with a DVD drive and $450 with a Blu-ray drive. Different capacity hard drives are available as an optional add-on. The Echo 15 Pro+ starts at $550 while upgrading to a Blu-ray burner and adding space for a second solid-state drive.

(Thanks, Dan!)

Top Rated Comments

Trik Avatar
133 months ago
If they announce Thunderbolt 3 soon, we can delay it again and keep the cycle going. Sometimes you just have to ship a product, there will always be something better coming along...
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
G4er? Avatar
133 months ago
Why not leave out the DVD drive and let users add an external (if they ever need one) via USB or whatever?

Hell, that's the main reason I was looking at this. Nice to have it internal instead of having another external case.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nutmac Avatar
133 months ago
I wish the darn thing looked nicer. It looks too "PC" like for my taste.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mdelvecchio Avatar
133 months ago
Waaay too much for what basically is a hub.
it's all a matter of what value you get out of it. my first CD-burner was $1200, by NEC.

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didnt even know theres a tb 2. dead technology for the mass imo
completely wrong. it's just not designed for you, as your ignorance to its existence details.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ColdCase Avatar
133 months ago
I ordered one the beginning of April 2013.. and have suffered through number of delays, getting by with a USB3 hub. The last one almost guaranteed a Nov-December delivery. Now delivery over a year after the announcement... kinda typical for Sonnet? Next they will cancel. I suspect they could not get it to work right and they are hoping that TB 2 will either solve their issue or perhaps is just a good excuse. So instead of delivering a poorly performing product, they will just stop development. Too bad, as it has (or had) the right feature set for me.

By the way, I did not get an email with this announcement.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Skika Avatar
133 months ago
Waaay too much for what basically is a hub.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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