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. : 722868957493
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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
511 of 565 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
379 of 437 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
158 of 175 people found this useful
Works perfectly for me
Researched docks quite a bit and was nervous based on reviews. Bought it yesterday and works perfectly. I have a MB Air 2011 with Researched docks quite a bit and was nervous based on reviews. Bought it yesterday and works perfectly. I have a MB Air 2011 with single Thunderbolt and USB2 ports. I wanted higher speeds on internet, drives and LAN. I now have Gigabit Ethernet, the extra Thunderbolt port drives my 27" hi-res monitor via Mini Display Port running over Thunderbolt, external 2TB USB powered WD USB3 drives works perfectly, audio working perfectly. Exceeded my expectations as it all worked first time. …
- Written by David W from East Lindfield
If you do go for this product, beware! It may be OK for connecting monitors and perhaps even speakers, but it is no use at all for If you do go for this product, beware! It may be OK for connecting monitors and perhaps even speakers, but it is no use at all for disc drives. The USB super drive must be directly connected to the Mac, so if you are hoping that this device is the "one cable solution" for all your peripherals, be prepared to be very disappointed. …
- Written by Geof B from Balsall common
4 of 4 people found this useful
Too many issues.
I've been using this device now for 2 weeks with a brand new rMBP (Late 2013). I'm not going to deduct stars based on price nor a I've been using this device now for 2 weeks with a brand new rMBP (Late 2013). I'm not going to deduct stars based on price nor am I going to go on a rant because it doesn't come with a thunderbolt cable. Nevertheless, I bought it knowing this and I expected it to work flawlessly. It does not.
I use it with 2 x USB3 drives, 1x USB2 port, ethernet cable, Cinema Display (MDP) and Bose speakers. Some people have said it gets hot - I measured the temperature at 35C (using an infrared thermometer) - that's warm for sure but cooler than my Airport Extreme which runs constantly at 38C by way of comparison.
Generally, it works. However, it occasionally drops the USB3 drives, which I reconnect by rebooting. It often fails to mount the USB3 drives when rMBP is first connected to dock - solved by a reboot. This problem could be the MBP/Mavericks rather than the dock - I don't know.
It also produces an audio spike when connected (I have Bose Companion 20 speakers connected to the dock) - this is worrying and annoying.
As I said, for the price and lack of cable I, at least, expected it to work perfectly. It doesn't, but it does work. …
- Written by Christopher B from CHIPPENHAM
6 of 6 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
- Mar 23, 2014
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
- Feb 5, 2014
Can this be used to get full speed from USB 3.0 drives on pre-3.0 Macs?
- Asked by James R from Buffalo
- Feb 18, 2014
which firewire cable will plug into the Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock
- Asked by Gerard G from Norwich
- Jan 26, 2014
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
- Jan 27, 2014
Wich Mac's are compatible with the BELKIN Thunderbolt Express Dock ? (iMac,Mac Mini, MacBooks etc.)
- Asked by Maximilian E
- Nov 1, 2013
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
- Nov 17, 2013