• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    lack of

    • Written by from 台中市

    lack of power supply, lack of product support, lack of compatibility(when it connect to screen)

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Very average

    • Written by from Terrey Hills

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost but not quite there

    • Written by from Brookside

    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.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    good product

    • Written by from DALLAS

    - plenty of ports: 2x thunderbolt (1 for computer/ 1 for peripheral), 3x USB 3.0, 1x firewire 800, 1x ethernet, 1x headphone jack, 1x microphone
    - very fast in real world testing (even with multiple SSDs plugged into one of the 3.0 ports via separate USB 3.0 hub).
    - non-slip feet (very useful when multiple peripheral cables add enough weight to pull otherwise)
    - blue light to indicate it's functioning

    - only 1 thunderbolt usable by peripherals (not all peripherals with thunderbolt ports contain more than 1 for daisy chaining).
    - USB ports could use a bit more spacing
    - no audio out with speakers/headsets plugged into headphone jack
    - wrapping thunderbolt cable beneath dock (for stability) removes useful length from expensive thunderbolt cable
    - large power brick noticeably intrusive in tight areas

    - this thing has great performance
    - really should have more than 1 usable thunderbolt jack (though 1 will be fine for basic users)
    - doesn't require thunderbolt-native monitors for compatibility contrary to review titled 'Does not support monitors without native thunderbolt interface cable" posted 6/3/14 (apparently, customer service misinformed this customer). I use it with a thunderbolt/HDMI adapter to an HDMI monitor.
    - it can be found for as low as $150 if you shop around

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    May work, but not for me

    • Written by from Apex

    I guess I didn't do my homework. I wanted to both plug a Thunderbolt drive and a monitor into my MAC book Air. While there are two thunderbolt ports, one needs to go to the computer - so I am still left with a single thunderbolt output. UGH. Wasted my money. One more thunderbolt port, and it would have worked fine.

    6 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Died after less than 48 hours. Damages speakers/headphones!

    • Written by from Auckland

    Avoid this dock! On power on it emits a very loud pop from the audio port that can damage speakers or connected headphones. This is a trivially avoidable and unforgivable misfeature on any modern audio device.

    I had this dock for less than 48 hours when it died completely. Aside from the audio issue (which is serious) it worked fine but less than 48 hours after I got it it died completely. The power adapter is fine (tested with DMM) but the dock is dead. No connected devices work and the system can't see the sound card built into the dock. Extremely disappointing for such an expensive peripheral.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    An Excellent Product

    • Written by from SAN DIEGO

    The Good:
    * I have my ethernet cable, external monitor dual link cable, plus several external drives connected (by firewire 800 and USB3) and my external speakers ...all connected via the Express Dock

    The Bad:
    * well, it's only a slight nit-pick...the Express dock runs hot...I'm guessing in excess of 120 deg F
    * Price. At $199, it is pricy...but if you do a web search for the product, it can be had for about $40 less...

    The Ugly
    * My desk BEFORE I started using this device with cables running everywhere BUT now...all is nice and tidy!

    If you have a newer MBP with an external monitor and several external drives, this is the way to go.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not support monitors without native thunderbolt interface cable

    • Written by from Plymouth

    In other words, if you're using a DVI monitor with thunderbolt adapters, it won't work.

    I've got two DVI monitors connected to my mac Book Pro using Apple thunderbolt adapters, and it works fine. Yet they won't work with the Belkin Thunderbolt Dock. Belkin support says it (the thunderbolt dock) ONLY works with monitors with native thunderbolt connectors. Apparently, there is a list of non-supported monitors. Would be nice to know that BEFORE I buy something. Now must return it. Sad.

    1 star for not working when other (apple) products do -- if you're not going to be plug and play compatible with existing apple systems when apple is, then don't sell it here on apple.com -OR- be honest about what you do and do not work with.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Will Damage Connected Speakers!!

    • Written by from Beverly Hills

    I bought this docking station and connected my M-audio BX8 speakers. When I turned on my system I got a loud static pop. I tried the dock a few more times and continued to get a static pop when I turned on the computer or woke it from the sleep function. I disconnected the dock and found that my speakers were severely damaged and ruined. They did not work properly again until I got them repaired by the manufacturer. Do not buy this item, it will ruin your speakers.

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I got rid of 7 cables by plugging just one

    • Written by from Las Vegas

    The reason I bought theBelkin Thunderbolt Express Dock was that I had to plug-in too many cables to my Mac Air at the office:
    I phone, I pad, speaker, mic, ethernet cable, external monitor and printer... Maybe if I had an environment where all of them were wireless it would have been different, but in my real world with cables, the dock saved my life and I only plug in one to my Mac Air...

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It does the job.

    • Written by from Coppell

    I read some negative reviews about this dock. I purchased it hoping I would not experience the difficulties others have had. Fortunately, I have not. I have a MacBook Air and it only has one thunderbolt and two USB 3.0 ports. I use this computer at work and need more ports - Ethernet, USB 3.0 charger for iPhone, Thunderbolt to dual display box, USB 3.0 port to external hard drive, etc.. The dock even has microphone, headphone and Firewire ports - I only use the speaker port. When I come into the office, I pull out my MBA, connect two cables (Thunderbolt from Belkin dock and A/C power adapter) to the computer and I am ready to go. The video performance with the dual monitors is great. The data transfer speeds with the USB 3.0 to iPhone and the USB 3.0 to external hard drive are extremely fast. No hassles, no issues, no worries. Just the way it should be. If a port replicator solution is needed for MBP or MBA consider the Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock. It does the job.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly for me

    • Written by from East Lindfield

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Balsall common

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Too many issues.

    • Written by from CHIPPENHAM

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from San Francisco

    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.

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant device for those with a MacBook Air & Thunderbolt port

    • Written by from NEATH

    I have no complaints about this product. OK it won't spin up the SuperDrive, but it does not promise that. However I walk up to my desk plug-in one thunderbolt cable and link to 4 drives an external screen, usb 3 hub etc. It is a no fuss no bother solution to providing a full desktop experience in seconds. It just works and every port is used, simply brilliant. It could be cheaper, but it is built to a very high standard. My only criticism is that I had to Velcro it to my desk to stop it from moving around.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Adding a 3rd Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock

    • Written by from Wichita

    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!

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A Must HAVE for me!

    • Written by from Fairfield

    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!

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    For $299 it does NOT include Thunderbolt cable

    • Written by from Berkeley

    For 299 they didn't include a thunderbolt cable. Which is annoying and cheap.

    Has effectively 1 thunderbolt port (one to connect the computer, 1 to connect to something else) so if you have a cinema display that has a thunderbolt connector, but no thunderbolt hub, you will still be unable to connect a hard drive as well, and if you have a more recent cinema display, you will still be running cables to your display. So much for an uncluttered desk.

    In a way this hub isn't much more than a thunderbolt to ethernet&usb breakout.

    3 stars for lack of thunderbolt port and poor transfer speeds.


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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Not sure why everyone has the hate on for this

    • Written by from Edmonton

    Bough at Apple Store (plus a thunderbolt cable) & was assured if it wasn't what I wanted to bring it back for a full refund. It plugged into my late 2011 MBP 15 with 16GB of RAM & dual SSD & now also have 3 USB3.0 ports connected to WD passport 2TB, to HDMI adapter & 2nd NIC that I can use in any VM (VMWare Fusion & ESXi 5.5.) Yep, the bandwidth on the USB 3.0 is 2.4Gb but it's still faster than USB2.0 and I can plug in and bus power all three 2TB drives plus 2 USB2.0. The Dock won't allow you to pull more than 600mhs (?) - plenty for USB powered HDDs, and iPhones, but iPads pull more.

    Yes, if your laptop sleeps it will disconnect the drives, but if you're plugged into it simply set your mac to never sleep - just sleep HDDs and screen.

    Best way to add USB 3.0 and another GB eth port, free up some USB, and have a tight, wonderful aluminum dock that even acts as a bit of a stand if you want. Five stars - thanks Belkin!

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