Sonnet Introduces Thunderbolt 4 Dock With Up to 90W Charging for Macs

Accessory maker Sonnet today introduced the Echo 11 Thunderbolt 4 Dock, which greatly expands a Mac's connectivity options for storage drives, external displays, and more. The dock is equipped with four Thunderbolt 4 ports, four USB-A ports (three 3.2 and one 2.0), one Gigabit Ethernet port, one 3.5mm combo audio jack, and one SD card slot.

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The dock is compatible with all Intel-based and M1-based Macs with Thunderbolt 4/Thunderbolt 3 ports, and provides up to 90W of pass-through charging with a single-cable connection. Depending on the Mac, the dock also supports connecting one external display with up to 8K resolution or up to two external displays with up to 5K resolution.

Given that Thunderbolt 4 shares the same connector design as USB-C, the dock can also be used with 2018 and newer iPad Pro models, as well as the fourth-generation iPad Air. It can also connect to USB-C external displays.

Sonnet says the dock will be available in early April in the United States, priced at $249.99, with international availability to follow in May. For a limited time, customers in the United States and Canada may sign up on Sonnet's website to receive a promotion code that will allow them to purchase the dock for $199.99 when it is available.

OWC and CalDigit also introduced Thunderbolt 4 docks recently, priced at $249 and $179.99, respectively, so it's worth checking out all three options. Those two brands also announced availability of Thunderbolt 4 cables today.

Top Rated Comments

giggles Avatar
40 months ago
I like this new wave of Thunderbolt 4 docks being all the rage but since it’s 2021 why none of them sports a 2.5Gbps ethernet port? (I understand a 10Gbe would be a bit taxing thermal-wise, but at least give us 2.5G...gigabit is so last decade..)
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litmag01 Avatar
40 months ago

Only 1 monitor with M1 Macs.
Good point! It is a serious issue which is surprising considering they pushed the M1 up into the pro line.
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LeeTom Avatar
40 months ago
So the computer attaches from the FRONT? Seems kind of odd... the upstream TB4 port should be in the back...
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guzhogi Avatar
40 months ago

I like this new wave of Thunderbolt 4 docks being all the rage but since it’s 2021 why none of them sports a 2.5Gbps ethernet port? (I understand a 10Gbe would be a bit taxing thermal-wise, but at least give us 2.5G...gigabit is so last decade..)
I wonder how big a market there is for >1 Gb ethernet? In my experience, MacRumors is an echo chamber of super-techie people, while the general Mac community isn't as techie.
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Chancha Avatar
40 months ago

This Sonnet dock bears an uncanny resemblance to the OWC dock as far as the layout anyway.

https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/owc-thunderbolt-dock








Which one will be better? ?
Probably performs exactly the same. They gotta be using the same board from an OEM. This happen sometimes, even among bigger peripheral makers like them. The CalDigit TB3 bus powered hub that even Apple Stores have it, is literally the same one that OWC makes, just with the logo printed differently.



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KPOM Avatar
40 months ago

I thought the M1 Macs have TB3/USB4?
Yes, but they conform to most of the TB4 specs except the ability to drive a second external display.
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