• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    good product

    • Written by from DALLAS

    PROs
    - 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



    CONs
    - 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

    OVERALL
    - 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

    2 of 3 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

  • 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.

    Disappointing.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Dock But....

    • Written by from TOLEDO

    I would have easily given this dock 5 stars. But, there seems to be a problem with capturing video from a DV camera via firewire. There are colored static rectangles. Not sure what the problem is. Technical support at Belkin were pretty clueless and just wanted to issue an RMA and ship out a new unit. Instead I exchanged it locally and the new one has the same issue. If I use Apples thunderbolt to firewire adapter connected directly to rMBP late 2013 I do not have this problem so it looks like it definitely is something with the Firewire port on Belkin dock.

    Compared to the other docks out there I really liked this one especially because it had a Firewire port. I also have two audio interfaces, RME Fireface 800 and Edirol FA-66, both connect via firewire. I did not notice any problems using these two devices. However, considering the problem I'm experiencing with capturing video via the Firewire port I don't have much confidence that the audio interfaces are indeed functioning optimally.

    So, besides the firewire issue I'm having with capturing video, the device appears to work perfectly. Here are things I've had connected at the same time all working without issue...
    External monitor via apples thunderbolt to DVI connector and VGA connector (not both at the same time).
    RME Fireface 800 and Edirol FA-66 (not at the same time) via Firewire 800 to 400 adaptor.
    USB Keyboard and Mouse
    External speaker via the headphone Jack.

    So basically, this dock is great besides the fact the I can not capture video via it's firewire port which makes me question the firewire port all together which is one of the main reasons I bought this dock over others. I'm going to concider returning it. I don't really trust the firewire port for audio interfaces which appear to be working good, but still....If it wasn't for that one issue this would easily be 5 stars from my experience.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Problems with Audio Input--one channel only and it clips while recording

    • Written by from SAINT LOUIS

    I bought a Thunderbolt Dock directly from Belkin. The firewire, USB3, and ethernet ports seem to work OK. However the audio input port is not functioning properly. I am trying to digitize some old tapes and only one channel comes across – and it is not adjustable with the volume controls. It clips even at very low input levels. The audio output does seem to behave correctly.

    I have sent for ( and received ) a replacement dock – it does the same thing!! I am not sure if this is software issue or a hardware issue. But beware if you plan to use the audio input port. It is a reproducible problem. I am zero for 2 tries.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    A tip and mixed review

    • Written by from Wattana

    I bought the dock directly from the Belkin US site.
    Running 10.83 I had almost full functionality. The USB 3.0 connection was not consistent. It would not mount more than 2 devices (USB 3.0 Drives) and would intermittently cause a drive to be disconnect rapidly. This was a mounted disk and required disk repair.

    Their support page stated:

    "Which Operating Systems Does the Thunderbolt™ Express Dock Require?

    The Thunderbolt™ Express Dock requires Thunderbolt™ enabled Mac computers with an operating system of 10.8.4 or higher."

    So I updated to 10.84 and lost audio and usb functionality. Back to 10.83 and 85% usability.

    32 of 36 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not that bad actually

    • Written by from Lane Cove

    I groaned when I read heard others reviews of the dock having already purchased it and awaiting its delivery.
    I use it on set to add USB3 to my 2011 MBP 17" so have no need for the audio features.
    I have 2 complaints:- 1) I had to upgrade to Mountain Lion to use the dock and that caused kernel panics and trips to the Genius Bar.
    2) The USB3 ports are limited to 2.5Gbps.

    Other people have said the ports aren't powered but I can use a bus powered LaCie rugged drive without issue, it powers up fine.

    I'm not gonna return it, it's not perfect but its the best on the market I believe.

    4 of 4 people found this useful