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 continuous 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.: 722868908891
- Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple's Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.
- Warranty: One-year limited lifetime warranty.
*Maximum data transfer of up to 2.5 Gbit/s.
A Thunderbolt cable is not included; it must be purchased separately.
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
512 of 566 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
380 of 439 people found this useful
Won't mount Vantec NexStar dual bay hard drive
I ordered the Belkin Thunderbolt Express Doc as soon as I saw it available in Canada and already have it. This is an awesome idea. I ordered the Belkin Thunderbolt Express Doc as soon as I saw it available in Canada and already have it. This is an awesome idea. Apple came out with a Thunderbolt Firmware update 1.2 today very soon after. This firmware update is causing various issues (see Apple Support for details - search for Thunderbolt Firmware update 1.2). The dock is very cool and seems to work with my FIrewire 800 Lacie Drive, my WD USB 2 drive, but not my VanTec NexStar Dual Bay USB 3 device. It doesn't even appear on the desktop when I plug it into the Thunderbolt Express Dock. I am not sure if this is a Thunderbolt issue or a NexStar issue. …
- Written by David D from Edmonton
135 of 168 people found this useful
Doesn't power USB peripherals unless plugged into laptop, despite the enormous power brick. Pointless if you want to leave somethi Doesn't power USB peripherals unless plugged into laptop, despite the enormous power brick. Pointless if you want to leave something charging while you're away from your desk.
Photos are misleading. One of the only two Thunderbolt ports MUST be used for connection to your laptop. That cable running in the middle on the front is just hidden in a crevice, isn't actually connected to the device unless you take up one of the two ports on the back.
Returning and looking for something else. …
- Written by Steven G from San Francisco
8 of 10 people found this useful
Adding a 3rd Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock
I'm really pleased with this product. I have 3 Thunderbolt displays at 2 different locations where I work to view large photo/prod I'm really pleased with this product. I have 3 Thunderbolt displays at 2 different locations where I work to view large photo/product image files from two different laptop at the same time - I drag the laptops to different locations. My only complaint would be to have a third thunderbolt plug. The speed is absolutely incredible - for fun, I moved over 5000 karaoke tunes in about 12 minutes to a 3TWD external hard drive. It's compact, sleek and does a really great job for a consumer with straight forward needs. I'm purchasing a third one for my in-town office today. I would recommends this for the Thunderbolt users out there who need more USB ports & thunderbolt ports, interest in speed for back up/over all performance. It's about time Apple came out with something like this - I love it! …
- Written by Christine M from Wichita
3 of 5 people found this useful
A Must HAVE for me!
I did my homework before ordering, so I knew what I was getting for my expectations. Having a single cable to connect my two 3TB d I did my homework before ordering, so I knew what I was getting for my expectations. Having a single cable to connect my two 3TB drives, and printer/copier in my office is great. The speed is as advertised, the connectivity is what I needed. The only addition I would be greedy for is a couple more USB ports. I wasn't sure if it was on because there aren't any external lights, not a big deal. I have chargers for my other Apple stuff so that's not important at all that it doesn't. Superdrive? Eh, maybe, but now I have freed up two USB ports on my Macbook for that so I'm very content. Planning on a second dock for the other Macbook addition that's on the way. Good job Belkin, where no one else has gone so far. Speed Really Is Beautiful! …
- Written by David H from Fairfield
1 of 3 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
I need a USB 3.0 Hub that can load at least three USB3 External HDD. I don't mind if it doesn't charge iOS devices. Any suggestions?
- Asked by Zedrik A from Subic Bay Freeport Zone
Does this dock support Target Display Mode?
- Asked by Simon W from Elkhart
No answers yet
Can dock connect Macbook Air to Ethernet and Cinema Display at the same time? Any performance issues with that configuration?
- Asked by William K from Baltimore
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
Wich Mac's are compatible with the BELKIN Thunderbolt Express Dock ? (iMac,Mac Mini, MacBooks etc.)
- Asked by Maximilian E
You should also note that this dock only runs with OSX 10.8.3 or later. That's not mentioned in the You should also note that this dock only runs with OSX 10.8.3 or later. That's not mentioned in the product information. I just bought it and realized that as I was trying to hook it up. I'm running a Snow Leopard so it doesn't even show up. …
- Answered by Shannon P from Toronto