Published on October 26th, 2014 | by Greg0
Elgato Thunderbolt Dock: One Cable To Rule Them All
As the world moves more and more towards a wireless future, there are still an annoying number of computer cables that crowd up your desk and clutter up your work surfaces. Our USB and power cords may not get tangled like our headphones, but that doesn’t stop them from being unattractive and getting in the way. If you have a MacBook or especially a MacBook Air, you’ve probably faced port issues, running out of places to plug everything in.
The Elgato Thunderbolt Dock might not make miracles happen, but it does help solve some of the cable nuisances in your life. Built especially for use with Apple’s laptop computers, the dock allows you to run a single Thunderbolt cable to the cute little accessory, and plug everything else into it. Granted, you’ll still need to keep your power cable handy as well. You not only get two Thunderbolt sockets (one for the primary connection), but also two USB 3.o ports, an HDMI port and a gigabyte Ethernet port, and even front ports for headphone output and microphone input along with another USB 3.0 connector. You’ll need to be running OS X 10.9.2, but you already should be.
The dock does require external power, but this means all of the USB ports provide enough power to plug in external hard drives or even charge your smartphone or tablet. The minimalist design looks slick next to your MacBook, and the aluminum body fit naturally. It wasn’t quite heavy enough to avoid some movement when we moved around our laptop though. If you already have a Thunderbolt display, the Elgato dock probably isn’t necessary (many of the functions are built-in to Apple displays). But for other folks who have been looking for a docking solution that only requires a single cable, this one is just about perfect.
We’ve seen other docks in the past- for PCs, and even one for MacBooks that included a cute built-in lock. But this one is unique, and really handy. It’s more expensive than some, but that’s partially due to the still-premium Thunderbolt connectivity. Don’t fret- the necessary (and often pricey) Thunderbolt cable is included. The Elgato Thunderbolt Dock makes life a little easier, allowing us to only fumble with power and Thunderbolt cables instead of trying to find and wrangle five or six others when we grab our laptops to leave. And it’s available now, online and in stores, for around $250.