• 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.

    3 of 3 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.

    2 of 2 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

  • 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!

    4 of 6 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

  • 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!

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great

    • Written by from Blairgowrie

    Not sure why everyone seems to be having issues, it works fine, MBp 15 late 2013 driving 2 ATD's without issue, a 6TB LaCie 2BIG Thunderbolt and powers everything plugged into it.

    I use a bus powered USB 3.0 dock connected to it and everything that I plug in works fine, including USB 3.0 drives etc

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Used it since week - works perfect!

    • Written by from Wien

    Not much to say - it does exactly what I want.
    I've a Macbook Pro 15" End 2011 and connected it to the dock.

    The dock itselfs is connected with:
    - iiyama 26" Display (1920 x 1200)
    - Gigabit Ethernet
    - 3USB Devices (one of them is a USB 3.0 Hub with 3 USB 3.0 Devices)
    - Firewire disk
    - Speakers

    As you can see, I use... pretty everything at the same time ... without problems!
    Speed of USB Disks is great. No Problems with Display or Sound.

    I can recommend it, because it enables USB 3.0 access to my devices, which I could not before! :-)

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fit our application perfectly

    • Written by from San Jose

    We purchased this hub to move the Mac into the racks containing various audio recording gear, since extending the Thunderbolt connection effectively also extends the display connection, and moves all the peripherals into the rack as well, including a Promise Pegasus R4 RAID (great drive, and not really noisy, but too noisy for a studio control room). We wanted only a keyboard (typing and MIDI/USB), mouse, displays, the Belkin, and a couple USB hardware controllers for our DAWs at the control desk.

    We used (for now) a 3 meter Thunderbolt cable (Kanex TBOLT3M) but plan to move to optical once these are available so that we can move these things out of the room entirely. Hopefully, optical cable will be available by the time the new Mac Pro ships (Corning just got Intel approval for this a few days ago).

    The topology is as follows:

    Apple Thunderbolt Display--Belkin--Apogee Thunderbridge--Promise R4--Mac Mini

    At least with this topology everything just worked, and we couldn't be more pleased.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Cleans up my desk perfectly

    • Written by from Calgary

    Great device that cleans up my desk and gives my retina Macbook Pro many more connections that don't each take up the Thunderbolt and onboard USB ports. I constantly have a firewire drive, ethernet, and a few USB devices plugged into the machine and now I can have all of those plus my two external monitors since not all the ports are used up. Did i mention my desk now looks a whole lot cleaner too with everything plugged into this thing and hidden behind?

    Speakers plugged into it do pop a bit when you wake or sleep the machine so i've gone back to running the speakers directly off the computer but not a huge deal. Unit is pricey and should include a thunderbolt cable but I can get over that.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fast!

    • Written by from Manuka

    I needed a dock for my MB Pro (retina). Choices came down to USB3 docks vs the Belkin dock. I went for a USB3 dock. Big mistake. Slow and unstable. I have switched to the Belkin dock with great results.

    Here are my observations compared to the USB3 options:
    - There are no drivers or setup required with the Belkin dock. Plug in and away you go instantly.
    - It is much faster than the USB3 dock. I don't care about Mbps etc that people seem to get excited about. My external harddrive ticks away in the background just fine through this dock. I care about things I can see like external keyboard and mouse lag. There is no lag with the Belkin product compared to noticeable lag with the USB3 dock.
    - It is stable. The USB3 dock would occasionally restart my Mac for some reason. This doesn't happen with the Belkin product.
    - I had problems with displaying things like powerpoint presentations and using iPhoto on the external monitor through the USB3 dock. There are no such problems with the Belkin dock.

    BTW, the superdrive issue mentioned in other reviews has nothing to do with the Belkin dock, nor is it a power issue as some suggest. The superdrive only works when connected to computers of certain configurations running certain operating systems. It is not fair/valid to criticise the Belkin dock for this. It is a superdrive limitation not a dock limitation.

    I am wrapped with this dock and recommend it to people wanting to connect peripherals to their Mac via a single connection.

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A few facts

    • Written by from Gymea

    As long as you understand what you're buying its a great product.
    1. the USB is not powered, it cant even suport a keyboard.
    2. it does have and need a 'dead rat' power supply so its not ideal for travel.

    otherwise its a great product, i use it to add USB 3 to my early 2012 iMac.
    i also use one to add ethernet to my mackbook w/ retina.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The Solution!

    • Written by from Nova Lima

    One year ago I bought a 15" retina MBP. I also have one Apple 27" cinema display in the office and another 24" at home.

    The MBP has 2 USB 3.0 and 2 thunderbolt ports.

    Unfortunately I have to use ethernet to access all of my company servers. So one of my thunderbolt ports is used by the ethernet-thunderbolt connetor, the other to the cinema display, one USB also goes to the cinema display...

    When at home time machine runs on my airport time capsule but at office I use an external USB 3.0 portable HD to keep everything safe. So the remaining MBP USB port is always busy...

    I need extra USB ports for the iPhone (I use a lightning Belkin dock), for the iPad and for my jawbone era bluetooth.

    Considering that scenario the belkin thunderbolt express dock is The Solution. Bought mine in NY. Since then no one of the above mentioned problems happened to me.

    Very happy so far. I have to agree that it is expensive but the alternative would be, when available, a new cinema display... much more expensive... I have no intentions to replace my 27" or 24" when the new generation comes since they work perfectly...

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It's been a long time coming

    • Written by from Fort Lee

    The Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock is something a lot of us have been waiting for since Apple settled on Thunderbolt technology as their primary high speed connection. A little over a year ago, I switched from my trusty old iMac, which had USB, Firewire and Ethernet ports, to a MacBook Air, which only has USB and Thunderbolt. Since then, I've been using Wi-Fi for my internet service (I tried the Apple USB to Ethernet converter, but the connection was slower than my Wi-Fi). I also plug in a monitor whenever I'm at my desk with an Apple Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter that plugs into the Air's Thunderbolt port and I pick up audio for my speakers from the headphone jack. Forget about FireWire. I've been using USB to connect to my back-up drives.

    Installing Belkin's new dock turned out to be an amazing leap forward in more ways than one. First, instead of having to connect and disconnect three wires every time I move my MacBook, I now only have one (plus the Mac's power adapter when needed). Second, I now have Ethernet back and have found that my internet download speed has almost doubled! And third, I am now able to connect my back-up drive via Firewire 800, which blows the socks off USB. So kudos to Belkin for coming out with this clever problem solver!

    One hook-up point to note: if you are using the dock with a monitor, it seems to matter which Thunderbolt port you plug it into. I achieved best results with the monitor plugged into the one on the left (when looking at the back of the dock).

    Of course, there are a few things that could be improved on the next rev of this product: 1) Since there are only two Thunderbolt ports on the dock, and one of them is used to connect to the MacBook, that only leaves one free, which my monitor is utilizing. It would be nice to have one more Thunderbolt port; 2) I still have too many USB devices to depend only on the 3 ports on the dock, so I'm forced to use a USB hub. Another couple of ports, especially one on top or the front, would be handy; 3) it would be great if the dock had some sort of optical audio or multi-channel output (it only has stereo analog audio, from what I can tell); 4) The dock should come with the required Thunderbolt cable; it's a hassle to order it separately and it's not the kind of cable you're likely to have lying around if you forgot to order one.

    In summary, even though it could have a few more connectivity options and should really come with the necessary cable to make it work, I still give the Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock 5 stars. It's a real problem solver that's well-built and does what it claims to do -- and then some!

    40 of 44 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

    • Written by from BUSSELTON

    Works right out of the box.

    Conected to:
    Mac Mini Server 5,3
    16GB RAM
    Internal Drive 1 Mac OS 10.8.x
    Internal Drive 2 Win 8 Bootcamp

    Connected to Hub:
    G Drive 2TB USB3 (power supply)
    Icecube G2 Super II Quad Interface 500GB (Time Machine) USB3 (power supply)
    Astone ISO Gear 2300 2.5" 320GB (bus powered)
    Stardom SOHOTANK ST2 2 x 1TB Firewire 800 (power supply)

    All worked well after Thunderbolt Software Update, all drives are usable in both Mac OS and Win8 (Bootcamp)

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Pleased

    • Written by from Bellbowrie

    I am very pleased with the Belkin Thunderbolt. Worked with everything I have straight out of the box with everything I connected, and now my desk is neat and tidy!

    Dual Drive NetStar drive box - USB 3
    Eye TV - USB 3
    ViewSonic 22" LED - Thunderbolt
    Speaker System - Speaker input
    Ethernet - Ethernet
    Ipad Charge cord - USB 3

    Leaves me the two USB 3 and one Thunderbolt free on my Retina MacBook Pro for mouse or other thing if I need.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    love it!

    • Written by from Reigoldswil

    I love this dock! all ports working fine and fast. The USB and Firewire ports ARE powered! I tried a Firewire 2.5" drive and a USB 3 2.5" drive, they're working fine!
    Unfortunally the superdrive doesn't work. But I'll try to fix this with a USB Y cable.
    And you CAN charge an iPhone with the dock! I tried it with an iPhone 5 and it worked like a USB port on your Mac. There's just the fact that the dock have to be connected to a Mac computer, else it doesn't turn on and doesn't give power to USB devices.
    I can really recommend this product! It looks also very nice!

    71 of 77 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This thing ROCKS!

    • Written by from Eagleville

    Don't get me wrong, I love Apple -- their design is out of this world. But at the end of the day, there just aren't enough ports/connectivity options to get my projects done. This dock is awesome because I no longer have to use my thunderbolt port to feed an external monitor - rather, I can use the port to support all of my video editing equipment and external drives. It doesn't hurt that the unit looks great as well. LIKE.

    53 of 61 people found this useful