• 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

    1 of 2 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.

    1 of 6 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.

    3 of 3 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.

    6 of 8 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.

    3 of 4 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing

    • 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.

    13 of 17 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works extremely well and frees up memory but...

    • Written by from Valparaiso

    I was initially put off by the expense of the device but decided to buy it anyway. For the expense though, it gives back an extremely valuable asset: performance. My machine runs like butter and doesn't threaten to burn the pads off my fingers anymore. Even Google Chrome, with its pi**-poor memory management and 32-bit blasphemy, was running remarkably smoothly (while still robbing me of an entire GB of memory). But then I saw the reviews....

    I was really surprised people are having so many issues with the device. I use a pre-retina hi-density 15" MBP with 4GB RAM and 2.3 GHz i7 to run a home studio. I have a Focusrite sound card and a Toshiba 1TB mobile HD hooked up to it both running solely on bus-power plus an additional USB2.0 hub hooked up to an Ableton Push controller, Logitech peripheral dongle, and an iPad 4 both running on bus power as well. By all other accounts, I'm running this little box past the breaking point and then some. But it's working smoothly without a single hitch! I thought I'd at least have some extra audio/MIDI latency, but there was hardly any!

    I already know what the SuperDrive issue is. Apple designed all their post-MBA computers to push more power through their USB ports than standard to run the SuperDrive, thus it can't run unless plugged directly into a Mac. This is the big drawback to eliminating on-board disc drives. It's a permissible fault of the device since the SuperDrive tech is patented and having to hook your SD into the actual bus on the machine isn't a big deal, but Belkin should've made note of it. They also should've made note of the fact that the USB3.0 ports are more like 2.5 since they only support 2.5 Gb/s instead of 5.0 Gb/s like standard 3.0.

    As far as the other issues with storage drives, I'm just lucky that my equipment works perfectly on it. And for that I'm giving it a two instead of totally panning it.

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  • 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Silver Brick

    • Written by from Bristow

    It has deficiencies at every turn.

    Can't power external drives that use line power. All USB, FireWire and Thunderbolt drives need not apply.

    Can't work with Apple 30" monitor. Just flashes in low rez. Connecting direct using DisplayPort jack to 15" retina works fine so it's not the monitor.

    Finicky with Firewire powered drives.

    Power supply weighs more than the device (and it can't power external drives with bus power?!?!)

    Only has one Thunderbolt and Firewire 800 port for use (has two TBolt ports, one is input)

    Over all, do not recommend. Get a powered USB hub instead at 1/10th the price.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 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)

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  • 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.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing equipment

    • Written by from anchorage

    The Thunderbolt Express Dock is disappointing, particularly because it does not power Apple USB Superdrive or Mac. Nearly anything that gets plugged into one of the Express Dock Ports must have its own power supply separate from the dock! Really? It certainly does not help with the clutter of cables or the organization... Very disappointed and had I known, I would have saved myself the extra expense and bought a simple USB hub.

    22 of 25 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.

    10 of 12 people found this useful