• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I'm fully satisfied with the product, but not with the price

    • Written by from Schorndorf

    I've tested now all functions (except RJ-45 LAN connectivity). All connections works with very good performance. So I have now USB 3.0 in combination with Firewire 800 on my MacBook Pro 8,2 Early 2011 with OSX 10.8.5
    I've tested IPad 2, iPhone 5, USB 3.0 hard disk, Firewire 800 with three 2TB WesternDigitals hard drives. Thunderbolt to DVI for Eizo Monitor, connect USB Hub 2.0 with certain devices like card reader, EyeTV, etc. It all works proper and as it should.
    Additionally the connections to my MacBook shrinks to only two ports – Power supply and the Thunderbolt, that's really crazy.
    The PRICE is very high, but im moment the only way to get this different features in one place and it looks great too. (sorry about my english I'm still learning it)

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertized

    • Written by from Gilroy

    Contrary to what some people say that it will not power USB3 devices via the USB3 ports, it does indeed. I have two portable 2 Tb drives plugged in they work fine being powered only via the USB cable. Some report an issue with the Apple Superdrive but I don't own such as device so I can't test, but works fine with all my other USB2 and USB3 devices.

    I have a Mid 2011 MacBook Pro and finally I have USB3 ports. I tested the speed and the drives are much faster than when connected directly to my MacBook Pro. It is true that the bandwidth for USB3 is not up to the theoretical limit, but I doubt for most people that will mean anything since most USB3 hard drives work far below the theoretical limit.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    DONT READ BAD REVIEWS! THIS WORKS AS SAID!

    • Written by from Pascoe Vale

    I bought this dock to give me more ports to plugin USB 3.0 Drives, Firewire and Bluray Burner.

    I am a video editor, and have multiple HDD's in use at the same time on my new iMac / Laptop.

    It was concerning after purchasing to hear that the USB 3.0 causes kernel panics / crashes and is not up to the full bandwidth of 5GBp/s, and in addition I read here that it does not power iPads/iPhones etc, and even the CD/DVD writers! And gets super hot! I was planing on taking it back the day after I bought this, but I gave it a serious test to see what the issues were for my self.

    I can confirm the following:

    This unit will have NO issues with my Seagate / WD / Toshiba / Lacie USB3.0 Drives and Firewire - NO Crashes / NO Kernal Panics / Speeds are approx 150mb/s for 7200rpm drives, and a little less for 5400 (exactly the same performance as native USB3.0.)

    The unit will charge my iPad and iPhone!!

    The unit will Power up and burn discs on a Imation Bluray / DVD Writer! (one USB 2.0)

    The firewire works.

    I have yet to get this unit warm enough to say it gets hot in any way.

    Negative:

    Can not get audio in / out to be recognized
    2.5GBp/s USB3.0 - If your using super fast SSD's then that might hurt you!

    Sonnet Tech are releasing an alternative with burner / SSD / HDD option with loads more connections, for roughly $50-100 more than this unit, but it wont be out until next year im told. So this is the only alternative for the moment.

    I have no idea how people are having these issues listed in these reviews, perhaps its been updated without notice, or it has issues with older generation thunderbolt machines???

    I would buy a second one if they were cheaper!

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty darn good

    • Written by from Mc Farland

    I use a mac book pro for work and spend an average of 50 hrs a week using it. I love having the dock and only having to plug in two cables; thunderbolt and power! The system is very fast for moving data to external drives and I've had zero issues with plugging any device into it including using two monitors in addition to the laptop screen.

    The only issue I find is about 50% of the time when you plug the dock in and wake the mac book from sleep mode the dock won't be recognized and you have to reboot. It's annoying but not a deal breaker. At $300 the price is steep for what you get but if you're desperate like I was for a docking station it's worth the price. It's just too bad Apple won't make a proper docking station.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Product

    • Written by from Scottsdale

    Overall a good solution for older mac, give a usb 3.0 port for older IMac's support the apple DVI-D adapter. Overall a good product could be a bit faster, but meet's my needs with acceptable performance.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Product is Satisfactory

    • Written by from OTTAWA

    As with any first generation product the dock is not without its drawbacks. However it does do everything it advertises.

    True, an Apple Superdrive will not work, but that's because the Superdrive requires more power then the USB Sepc See apple support doc HT4049
    The device powers my iPhone connected directly to the dock. I does not power my iPhone if it's plugged into my keyboard.

    Ethernet works well- at Gigabit speeds. I can't fully test USB 3 speeds, however my USB 3 drives are transferring much faster.

    It runs VERY hot. And consumes more power than I would have expected. And the lack of Thunderbolt cable is pretty ridiculous.

    So far the Dock has functioned well in my setup. The ability to have Gigabit Ethernet, and an external monitor at the same time makes up for its high price (at least for me).

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth Trying Out

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I recently purchased a 2.8 GHz i7 15" Retina MBP w/ the upgraded HD. I edit audio/video and needed to hook up 2 G-Drives and 2 LaCie Ruggeds along with a display and a FW800 audio interface. I saw the terrible reviews and thought considering there's little else that seems as versatile (really only LaCie's eSATA hub at this point), I'd at least give this a shot. This recognizes all of my hard drives though can only connect 3 due to limited ports (two through USB 3.0, one through a FW800/Thunderbolt adapter and my fourth goes through another FW800/Thunderbolt adapter into the computer). I opted to open up that extra Thunderbolt/Mini-Display Port by using the HDMI out of the laptop so that I could try my FW800 audio interface (a Presonus FireStudio Tube which is actually FW400 out of the box and the cable is 800 at the other end) directly into the Belkin's FW800 port.

    Shockingly this thing works perfectly. The only reasons I'm giving it 4 stars are that it's insanely expensive for what it is, though totally necessary for me, and the decision to weigh heavier on the USB 3.0 side rather than FW800. There's already USB 3.0 in the laptop itself, would have been wiser to load this up with FW ports to reach a wider audience. This solution ended up costing me extra for the not included Thunderbolt cable and the two FW800/Thunderbolt adapters which was unexpected.

    In my case, the setup I have worked perfectly. This may not be the case for everyone. Apple is pretty good about taking things back if you're seriously dissatisfied with it within a reasonable amount of time. Recommend giving it a shot.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great dock but has limitations

    • Written by from New York

    I bought this so I didn't have to connect and disconnect my peripherals every time I left my desk. Now there is only one cable to connect which works great for cable management.

    As other users have pointed out, this dock doesn't charge some iDevices namely iPhones and iPads. Not sure if this is a design limited on the dock or can be fixed with a firmware release. It does however power up my USB based hard drives with no issues.

    As for the SuperDrive not working, that's an Apple firmware limitation. If you plug the SuperDrive into any Mac that has built-in optical drive (or a non-Mac), it won't work either. As the dock isn't actually part of the computer, it doesn't work.

    Overall it's an excellent product and looks great complementing my Mac; however as it does not charge my iDevices and it doesn't come with a Thunderbolt cable, I can only rate it 4-stars.

    36 of 43 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great with external drives, scanner and printer

    • Written by from Reno

    I'm using this for a G-Tech Raid 0 (thunderbolt) 4TB drive, OWC firewire 800, iX500 Scanner USB 3 connected via a Belkin hub attached to the dock and Dymo Label printer USB.

    Everything is working as expected, the two drives stop spinning during sleep mode and awaken with no error messages.

    OSX 10.8.3, Thunderbolt firmware 1.2 mid 2011 iMac i7 3.4

    26 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great to offload lots of clutter

    • Written by from Cincinnati

    I read the other reviews here, which essentially complained at the fact that the USB from this deice is not producing enough power. Fair enough. The power supply is big, as mentioned, but I have it hidden under the desk.

    My application for this includes an external powered USB hub with attached LaCie USB hadr drive and other "stuff", use of the GigE connection as well as mini displayport.

    In this config I have had zero issues. The dock has cleaned up my desk beautifully and I am very happy with it.

    47 of 54 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Won't mount Vantec NexStar dual bay hard drive

    • Written by from Edmonton

    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.

    135 of 168 people found this useful