Belkin's Thunderbolt Express Dock lets eight different devices take advantage of a Thunderbolt connection to your MacBook for reliable, high-speed transfers. The dock offers FireWire, Ethernet and USB 3.0 ports, as well as a port for daisy chaining multiple Thunderbolt devices. Thunderbolt moves data on two bidirectional 10 Gbit/s channels – that's up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and 12 times faster than FireWire 800. In other words, an entire HD movie transfers in 30 seconds or a whole year of music in 10 minutes. Note that the Thunderbolt is not included.
Thunderbolt is a revolutionary I/O technology that supports high-resolution displays and high-performance data devices via one simple port and a cable that carries both DisplayPort and PCI Express data. And it’s standard on every Mac.
PCI Express is the technology that links all the high-performance components in a Mac. And it’s built into Thunderbolt, which means you can get PCI Express speed outside the box.
Thunderbolt gives you up to 10 Gbps in both directions, allowing for super-fast data transfer between peripherals. You also have enough bandwidth to daisy-chain multiple high-speed devices without using a hub or switch.
Thunderbolt also provides double the power of USB 3.0, delivering 10 watts to peripherals for improved performance on the go.
- One cable output provides instant access to eight ports
- Ability to daisy-chain up to five additional Thunderbolt devices
- Includes Cable-management channel
- One Gigabit Ethernet port
- One FireWire 800 port
- One Thunderbolt port
- One 3.5 mm headphone output Jack
- One 3.5 mm audio Input Jack
- Three USB 3.0 ports
Did you notice?Thunderbolt lets you transfer great quantities of music, movies or files in minutes.
Apple Recommends ForGive multiple devices high-speed access to your MacBook through a single cable.
What's in the Box?
- Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock
- Power adapter
- Connections: Ethernet, Firewire 800, Thunderbolt, USB 2.0, USB 3.0
- Thunderbolt Port
- Thunderbolt Cable (sold separately)
- Mfr. Part Number: F4U055ywAPL
- UPC or EAN No.: 722868957509
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- Cables are not supplied with this product
Ratings & Reviews
I waited for this hub to be released for so long, I am returning it. I am very disappointed for these reasons:
USB doesn't give p I waited for this hub to be released for so long, I am returning it. I am very disappointed for these reasons:
USB doesn't give power to devices, so Apple's USB Super Drive won't work with it. It won't charge iPods, iPads or iPhones...
My external Thunderbolt HD that I use for Time Machine has to be ejected before I put my Mac to stand by, or I get a warning when bringing my mac back from stand by saying that HD was not ejected properly and data may have being lost (This warning doesn't happen when HD is plugged direct to my Mac).
Also, every time I turn on and off or put my Mac to stand by and back, the speakers make a very loud noise, very annoying...
Sorry Belkin, I can't recommend it, you need to bring this dock back to your engineers.
- Written by LEONARDO N from MIAMI BEACH
683 of 744 people found this useful
Unfinshed non functional product - Avoid
I bought the Thunderbolt express dock whilst on a business trip in the USA so wouldn't be able to test every aspect of it until I I bought the Thunderbolt express dock whilst on a business trip in the USA so wouldn't be able to test every aspect of it until I got home to the UK. I thought I'd at least I'd try plugging in an item that many Macbook Pro users would own into the dock, a USB superdrive. This dock can't even power the superdrive despite having a large dead rat laptop style power supply. Why would Belkin release a product which is unable to support a peripheral that is commonly used and sold with Macbook Pro computers?
I am also disappointed that Apple would not test the products they choose to stock for simple use cases such as this and refuse to stock them until they met at least a baseline level of functionality.
I'm going to return the item before I leave the US and wait for another product to be released by another manufacturer, as I've been bitten by gambling on after market product fixes which never arrive and expect better from Apple and Belkin than this rubbish. …
- Written by Johnathan L from LONDON
509 of 571 people found this useful
Not well thought out at all.
It's going back. The USB ports don't provide enough power at all - DVD drive won't even spin up enough to even mount & USB hard di It's going back. The USB ports don't provide enough power at all - DVD drive won't even spin up enough to even mount & USB hard disk struggles to maintain enough power to spin. Resulting hard disk write speeds of 3.5MB/s.
And all this from a device that has a Power Brick the size of an actual house brick. Really disappointed. …
- Written by Douglas E from Stratford-upon-Avon
206 of 224 people found this useful
lack of power supply, lack of product support, lack of compatibility(when it connect to screen)
- Written by TA HSUAN Y from 台中市
3 of 5 people found this useful
I bought this for the firewire and USB sockets and those appear to work OK. Otherwise, it is a mess on your desk.
However, the I bought this for the firewire and USB sockets and those appear to work OK. Otherwise, it is a mess on your desk.
However, the ergonomics of the dock are appalling. Obviously someone has designed it but they were not thinking about a dock when they did it. For a start, the USB plugs are all vertical and very close together so you have to try the normal three times before you insert anything. And when you come to remove a plug, you can barely grip it to remove it, especially if it is the middle one.
The input Thunderbolt cable is on the front face and loops through a weird tunnel in the dock which is not big enough to get the cable through without strain. The sides of the dock are bare and could easily be used to take other connectors to space things out.
I'm a little fed up by this sort of thing. A flashy shape hiding a lack of function. And it's way too expensive for what it offers. …
- Written by John C from Terrey Hills
1 of 1 people found this useful
Almost but not quite there
A couple of problems I had that resulted in returning this unit.
TL;DR - problems with snowy-display on connection and headphon A couple of problems I had that resulted in returning this unit.
TL;DR - problems with snowy-display on connection and headphones with mic, basically turn this into a very expensive USB hub.
1) DVI-Minidisplay port works fine for the most part, however everyday when I connect to my late model 13" MBP Retina the monitor just displays a distorted snow pattern. turning on and off the monitor doesn't help, but disconnecting the mini-display port from the dock and reconnecting fixes the problem. This is a pain as I am trying to avoid unplugging and plugging back in, that's why I bought a dock. I could just unplug the thunderbolt cable from the MBP but before I do that I need to eject the disk drives that have mounted, so basically this adds enough of a hassle that it's easier to plug in the monitor directly to the MBP, and skip the dock.
2) Headphone jack doesn't have a microphone support, the microphone jack is separate. The jack on the MBP supports both headphones and headphones with builtin mic. Like my P7s or the stock headphones that come with the iPhone, etc. This is probably fine, but the dock is not doing what I would expect, having an independent mic port is fine, just don't take away the ability to use an all in one headset.
3) Good points, adds an a lot of extra USB ports, it's a reasonable size, has dedicated ethernet. …
- Written by Bill W from Brookside
2 of 2 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
- Asked by F E K from Miami
Thunderbolt to VGA display adapters are readily available from Apple.
I have a 13" MB Pro Retina Thunderbolt to VGA display adapters are readily available from Apple.
I have a 13" MB Pro Retina as well. I use this dock to connect a few backup drives, audio, and a 24" Dell monitor via DVI. It supports VGA just as easily. …
- Answered by Jeffrey F from Alameda
Can I have 4 display monitors if i use 2 TED in macbook? Is it 2 displays per TED? Thanks
- Asked by Eric R
which firewire cable will plug into the Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock
- Asked by Gerard G from Norwich
There is a firewire 800 port in the Belkin Thunderbolt Express dock. If you have a Firewire 400 you There is a firewire 800 port in the Belkin Thunderbolt Express dock. If you have a Firewire 400 you can get firewire 400 to 800 adapters. …
- Answered by David D from Edmonton
Are the USB 3 ports powerful enough to charge an iPad and are they powerful enough to run the External Apple SuperDrive's ?
- Asked by Noah N from Ogden
Read the reviews, I think the answer is a resounding NO.
- Answered by William M from West Columbia