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.
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.
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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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
I know that. The point is that no complete Thunderbolt Dock is available yet, and that's why I've bought nothing.
eSATA you can TRIM, but I've seen no UASP UNMAP support yet.
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.
The Akitio thunder dock has eSATA with port multiplier.... I know since I currently own it.
The Sonnet vaporware will have eSATA.