Hands On: Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD

Anthony Caruana
9 April, 2015
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Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD

Belkin, belkin.com/au

Pros 

Easy to use, Lots of connectivity options

Cons 

Price

$349.95

Reviews

Belkin’s Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD solves the problem of connecting multiple devices to your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air when you’re working in the office.

There was a time when a docking station was an essential accessory for any business notebook computer. But times have changed and as the computers we use have evolved it became harder to create docking solutions. The evolution of Thunderbolt, and its likely successor USB C means docking stations can be connected through a single cable rather than a custom port.

We connected the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD to a MacBook Pro linked to an older 27-inch Apple Cinema display. We connected the display’s USB and Thunderbolt cables to the back of the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD and then connected the dock to our MacBook Pro with a single Thunderbolt cable that was included in the box.

The Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD has a pair of Thunderbolt 2 connections, three USB 3.0 sockets – two at the back and one at the front for easy access as well as Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI and 3.5mm audio out.

As a frequent traveller and remote worker, I like the ability to easily connect to my larger display and speaker system when in the office. I loaded the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD up with a video connection to my Cinema Display, a USB hard drive that’s used for backups and several other peripherals such as a voice recorder, scanner and printer. All worked flawlessly.

The Gigabit Ethernet port requires installation of some software from Belkin’s website but we wouldn’t expect many Mac users to bother with this now that WiFi is commonplace.

Belkin’s Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD is a $349.95 solution to that problem. And, unlike old-style docking stations, its single cable connection allows you to use it with any computer that has a Thunderbolt connector.

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