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Matrox introduces Thunderbolt docking station

updated 11:22 am EDT, Mon June 4, 2012

Matrox DS1 docking station will be out in September for $250

Matrox, which makes graphics cards and adapters, has now introduced its DS1 Thunderbolt docking station. It can be utilized to connect a number of peripherals to any Thunderbolt connection-equipped MacBook and Ultrabook. The dock has DVI and HDMI ports, along with a gigabit Ethernet port that allows for transfer speeds up to 18 times faster than Wi-Fi.

There is also a USB 3.0 port onboard, two USB 2.0 ports, a microphone input, and a speaker/headphone output.

The dock has aluminum construction and will begin shipping in September, priced at $250.

Belkin will have a similar solution on the market at around the same time with its Thunderbolt Express Dock introduced at CES. It will cost slightly more, however, at $300.

The Thunderbolt interface is appearing in more and more products lately, including Sonnet's adapter that lets users connect a ExpressCard slot to their ThunderBolt port-equipped notebook.

An Intel exec promised that an optical Thunderbolt cable will be released in 2012, and the company introduced a second-generation controller in mid-April.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. TomSawyer

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    Belkin hits the mark

    I'd give the edge to Belkin when compared to this Matrox dock. Not a huge fan of Belkin in general as many of the items I've bought from them seem to be somewhat overpriced for the level of quality. That said, for $50 more you get a FW port (vs USB3), HDMI (vs DVI) port, and a pass-thru Thunderbolt port. Given the "market basket" of connectivity requirements amongst folks I know, I'd have to give the nod to Belkin for this round. Guess the real proof will be in the pudding in September when the rubber meets the road for both of these products.

  1. dmwalsh568

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    Joined: Sep 2008


    Where is the HDMI?

    The article claims this has HDMI, but the pictures only show DVI, Ethernet, USB, headphone and microphone ports...

  1. prl99

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Mar 2009


    still too expensive

    Why do these boxes cost so much? This is half the cost of a mini, which already has all these ports (except USB3 and DVI but it has HDMI instead) and I don't even see a Thunderbolt out port.

  1. djmcbride

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    Joined: Jun 2012


    Who Designs These Things?

    Clearly the person or persons designing these things has never actually used a thumb drive. Why in h*** is the TB port on the front? Presumably, you wouldn't be swapping that out too often. Nor the monitor. Nor the ethernet. Nor the speakers or mic. On the other hand, wouldn't it be nice to have the USB ports, which you might be inclined to use frequently on the front of the device?

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