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Turn Your MacBooks into Desktops with Matrox Thunderbolt

Source: Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt Docking System/ Matrox

Last Sunday, Matrox unveiled its new DS1 Thunderbolt docking station, which enables users to add various peripherals such as HDMI display, full-size keyboard and mouse. For only $249, the Thunderbolt dock includes 1 GB Ethernet port that offers corporate network connectivity, which transfers data 18 times faster than Wi-Fi. According to Matrox’s Senior Director of Sales and Marketing Alberto Cieri:

“Today’s MacBooks and Ultrabooks are powerful enough for most corporate users but their limited connectivity makes them inconvenient, and their small screens and keyboards make them uncomfortable to use in the office all day.”

The Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt dock also has high-speed USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, microphone input, and speaker/headphone output. All of this can be connected to a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac or PC using just a single cable. Cieri Added:

“The new Matrox DS1 docking station easily enables the creation of an ergonomic workspace and brings much-needed expandability for printers, scanners, storage, smartphones, optical drives, cameras, flash drives, and other peripherals.”

The docking station will be displayed at the Computex Taipei 2012 at Intel’s official booth, and it is expected to hit the stores on September. The said event will kick off on June 5-9 at the Taipei World Center.

Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock and Apple’s Thunderbolt Display

Other than the Matrox DS1 Thunderbolth docking Station, Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock is also set to arrive this September. It was announced earlier at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. Just like Matrox’s device, the Thunderbolt Express will turn a Mac into a full-fledged desktop, with HDMI port, FireWire 800 port, three USB 2.0 ports, 3.5-millimeter audio port, 1 GB Ethernet port, and two Thunderbolt port for daisy chaining. All of this will cost $299.

Moreover, Apple also offers a Thunderbolt Display at their App Store, retail store and authorized resellers. The display will allow users to plug 10 Gbps Thunderbolt cable drive, three USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, 1 GB Ethernet port, and another Thunderbolt port for daisy chaining.

For $999, users can get a monitor with edge-to-edge glass design and built-in FaceTime HD camera. It also has a 2.1 speaker, integrated MagSafe charger, three USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, 1 GB Ethernet port, and additional Thunderbolt port for daisy chaining. The device is considered as the first display with Thunderbolt I/O technology and built-in docking cables.

 

These Thunderbolt docking stations don’t only make MacBook or Ultrabook a full-fledged desktop; it also expands a device’s connectivity.

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