• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    If you have a Macbook, you'll benefit from this!

    • Written by from St. Leonards on Sea

    I got the Thunderbolt Dock because I use my Macbook as a desktop machine, and when I'm on the go. It keeps my wires tidy, and it takes seconds to plug my laptop into my monitor, speakers, backup drive, keyboard and printer, just with one Thunderbolt wire.

    Shame it's not a little cheaper, but still worth the money.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This gadget makes me a very happy geek! :-)

    • Written by from Peacehaven

    This little gadget has eased my work-life considerably over the past few weeks and I’d like to sing it’s praises, perhaps it can help ease yours too.
    It’s a simple, elegant little box that allows you to connect multiple devices to your laptop or desktop computer via one Thunderbolt cable. Simply connect your chosen machine to the back of the box using the supplied Thunderbolt cable.

    It adds an extremely useful Gigabit ethernet port to my MBP so I don’t have to rely on wireless for networking – this is invaluable for me as I live in an area where we still have ADSL broadband – frustratingly slow and unreliable.
    The back has HDMI for connecting your external monitor. I use this to connect my NEC MultiSync PA271WB 27 inch LCD and get the full 2560 x 1440 resolution display fed from my humble 15″ Macbook Pro.

    There are also other thunderbolt ports and a couple of USB ports on the back for connecting other devices. The box has power too so can be used to charge up your iPod or iPhone as well as powering bus-powered devices such as hard drives.
    At the front end is another USB port and Stereo audio in and out ports. These are useful for conference calls etc.
    Sometimes the simple things are the best and this little unassuming box is really the best. Previously I had a spaghetti-pile of cables running from the desk to my Macbook Pro. Each time I went there I had to plug and unplug various peripherals. Now my life is simpler and uncluttered, just one simple elegant cable is all I need. I’m a happy geek!

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    HDMI and high resolution

    • Written by from LONDON

    Nicely built, doesn't quite have the heft of a real apple product.
    With regards the HDMI output, wouldn't send anything more than 1080i to a Dell u2711 screen (spec is 2560*1440).
    Eventually figured out the MBP 15 retina also wouldn't send any more directly. Took an hour or so, but used SwitchResX to configure a custom profile of 2560x1440 at 55Hz and all worked fine. Appears to be a software/config limitation where OSX "decides" you couldn't possibly want to send any more out of the HDMI.
    I guess you could hack the right config files to do the same, but at €14 SwitchResX is well worth the convenience factor.

    1 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Too pricey and Thunderbolt cable too short

    • Written by from Treharris

    I was reluctant to purchase initially due to the high price. If it had more than 3 USB interfaces it would be better value for money. Also, when it arrived, I realized the included Thunderbolt cable was only 0.5m long which does not give you any flexibility when setting up your work-station with multiple displays. A new 2.0m Thunderbolt cable is also highly priced, so overall this was a very expensive exercise.

    2 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    HDMI broken

    • Written by from CHELMSFORD

    The HDMI port does not work. So my external monitor will not turn on. I can get it to work perfect with a display port to mini display port cable plugged from monitor to dock, dock plugged to laptop. Even outputs at 2560x1440 but then I lose the spare thunderbolt port. Reason I bought this device over other company's was the HDMI 1.4 port. I would say if your buying for HDMI please try in the store before you buy. I might be unlucky and have a broken port but I have been in contact with elgato customer services for over 2 weeks now and they can't help...
    Very disappointed in this product. save your money......

    4 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    One of the thunderbolts is needed for connecting to main computer??

    • Written by from London

    I bought this dock because MacBook air only has one thunderbolt. A £180 investment for getting only one extra thunderbolt port (actually, I think this is a complete failure in design of Apple). But the surprise is that one of the thunderbolt ports is needed to connect to the computer. At the end I am again with only one thunderbolt port. Very good joke Apple+elgato.

    14 of 59 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Malahide

    I looked at several docks prior to purchase. This one caught my eye because of its small size. It was very easy to set up, with no real instructions required (plug & play). Day to day use is hassle free. Just plug the Thunderbolt cable into your Mac and all of your screens/USB docks work immediately. The only thing that caught me out was the ethernet cable showing in 'system preferences - network' as not being connected. It was in fact connected but it's included in the 'Thunderbolt Dock' section. I would have no hesitation recommending this dock.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great dock - and you can run two external displays!

    • Written by from Kineton

    Brilliant thunderbolt dock!

    I currently have it connected to a 2014 MacBook Air with the following components connected to the dock,

    - Ethernet
    - HDMI to external display
    - USB 3.0 to HDMI adaptor to external display
    - USB 3.0 to iPhone
    - USB 3.0 to Lacie portable hard drive

    I was sceptical that I'd be able to run two external monitors in addition to the laptop display after a fair bit of internet research but thought I'd give it go in the knowledge of Apple's 14 day no quibble return policy.

    The only slight side effect is the displays flashing on and off for around 20 seconds on startup whilst the screen order settles down. Haven't experienced this previously with displays plugged directly into my MacBook via DisplayPort and USB 3.0, but it seems a small inconvenience.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Convenience in a single cable

    • Written by from BASINGSTOKE

    Basically this is a very expensive docking station - only you can decide if it's worth it.

    I bought this for my MacBook Pro. Every time I sat down at my desk I was plugging in a network cable via a dongle, an HDMI cable, a USB scanner and a set of speakers. Two cables on one side, two on the other. OK, not the end of the world but a bit tedious. Now I plug just one in cable and it's done - it's wonderful :-) The monitor, network, speakers and USB scanner are permanently plugged into the dock. You don't need to load any drivers, just plug it in and it works. But if you do load the optional Dock Utility it'll charge an iPad as well.
    The build quality is excellent and blends well with other Apple products. It includes the Thunderbolt cable which is a plus.

    Personally I think it was worth every penny for the convenience!

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great extensibility

    • Written by from EASTBOURNE

    Bought this to get benefit of USB3 speeds with external hard drives for my mid-2011 Mac mini. Very competitive price to alternatives. Thunderbolt cable included! Easy to set up. Elgato downlodable utility enables high-power charging for iPads.

    Performance very encouraging, transfer speeds for my 8TB external storage much improved over USB2. When comparing cost of the dock plus USB3 drives versus Thunderbolt hard drives, easy to justify. Plus you get other interfaces - HDMI, Ethernet, and audio in/out.


    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The Thunderbolt Dock shows how cool Thunderbolt can be

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    I love my new Thunderbolt Dock, I'm finally using Thunderbolt's advantages. I used to have to fiddle about with my Macbook Air, plugging and unplugging monitor, headphones, backup drive and DVD drive. It meant I probably took my Air with me less often. But now I leave all that stuff plugged into my Thunderbolt Dock, and connect it all to my Air with one little cable.

    One thing to remember though, is you must be running 10.9.2 for it to work properly. It comes with a utility that enables it to do things like charge an iPad, and recognise the Superdrive, and that requires 10.9.2. Other than that though, it works like a dream.

    I think it looks pretty cool too. It certainly cleans up my desktop, with wires now all neat and tidy.

    51 of 55 people found this useful