OWC Opens Pre-Orders for New 12-Port Thunderbolt 2 Dock

Other World Computing (OWC) today announced the upcoming availability of its new Thunderbolt 2 dock. The OWC Thunderbolt 2 dock includes twelve ports, allowing for the connectivity of up to 78 direct and daisy-chained devices through a single Thunderbolt connection.

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Designed with Apple hardware aesthetics, the dock is compatible with Thunderbolt-equipped Macs in both form and function. Available expansion connections include two Thunderbolt 2 ports, five USB 3.0 ports, 3.5mm audio in/out and one port each for Firewire 800 devices, Gigabit Ethernet, and HDMI 1.4b with support for 4K displays.

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The OWC Thunderbolt 2 dock compares favorably with Belkin's Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD, which debuted earlier this year. Similar to OWC's latest offering, Belkin's $299 expansion dock includes two Thunderbolt 2 ports, one HDMI port and one Gigabit Ethernet connection. It also offers two audio out ports and three USB 3.0 ports as compared to five for OWC.

The OWC Thunderbolt 2 dock is available now for pre-order with a price tag of $249 and an expected ship date of early December.

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68 months ago
Looks nice, just wish it didn't have the ugly logo on the front...
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68 months ago

FYI...
I've pre-ordered this product and found out that almost immediately OWC invoiced my AX $10 within the hour. It doesn't bother me too much, but OWC should have at least warned me about this and it should also be stated in their pre-ordering process.


I've also pre-ordered, and have the same $10 pre-charge

They did warn you before you hit 'confirm order' that there would be a 'small' charge to verify the payment method.

You could quibble with their characterization as 'small', of course. :p
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68 months ago

This has eSATA, USB 3.0, FW 800, but no video

http://www.akitio.com/accessories/thunder-dock


I know that. The point is that no complete Thunderbolt Dock is available yet, and that's why I've bought nothing.

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eSATA and USB 3.0 + UASP (OS X 10.8.5+) provide similar speeds.


eSATA you can TRIM, but I've seen no UASP UNMAP support yet.
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68 months ago


Available expansion connections include two Thunderbolt 2 ports, five USB 3.0 ports, 3.5mm audio in/out and one port each for Firewire 800 devices, Gigabit Ethernet, and HDMI 1.4b with support for 4K displays.


Isnt it a bit misleading to claim two Thunderbolt 2 "expansion ports"? One of them is an input from your computer isn't it? So there is no expansion of thunderbolt at all, just one port out for one port in (daisy chaining).

With a number of single port small thunderbolt drives out there, what I want is a thunderbolt hub, so I can connect two of such drives to my Mac. Technically this may not be possible to split a thunderbolt signal the way you can with USB. I don't know.
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68 months ago

I doubt you will see such a product with eSATA. Not enough demand and usb 3 is sufficient for the majority of users.


The Akitio thunder dock has eSATA with port multiplier.... I know since I currently own it.
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68 months ago

I doubt you will see such a product with eSATA. Not enough demand and usb 3 is sufficient for the majority of users.


The Sonnet vaporware will have eSATA.
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68 months ago
Better than Belkin's Dock hopefully

I do hope OWC's TB-2 Dock does not occasionally lose power in the middle of the night like my Belkin Thunderbolt-1 Express Dock does at times. It's very annoying and leaves all of my Dock's connected disk volumes being reported as not properly ejected. Belkin now has a newer Dock with HDMI and I do not know if the power loss issue is still present with it as well... hopefully not.

One of the other annoying issues with my Belkin Dock is that sometimes its ethernet connection will die without me knowing leaving me with just Wi-Fi connectivity, if indeed I have AirPort enabled. Again, I hope OWC's Dock does not have the same issue.

I do like the 5 USB3s and assume they can be used to power iPad/iPhone for charging etc.

Belkin's Dock allows the connecting TB cable to route through a channel to the rear. I don't see this feature on the OWC's Dock.
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68 months ago

Still without eSATA. Not interested.


This has eSATA, USB 3.0, FW 800, but no video

http://www.akitio.com/accessories/thunder-dock
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68 months ago
Still without eSATA. Not interested.
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65 months ago
Any reviews on this so far? Doesn't sound like it, if it's just now shipping, but I'm curious to know.
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