Hands on: Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock

Anthony Caruana
10 April, 2015
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Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock

Elgato, elgato.com

Pros 

Easy to use, just works

Cons 

Price

$339.95

Reviews

Portable Macs, when compared to other notebook computers on the market, tend to have fewer ports. And, if you shift between working in an office with a screen, mouse and keyboard and travelling then having a way to quickly connect all those peripherals quickly can be a great convenience.

Elgato’s Thunderbolt 2 Dock aims to remedy that problem.

Like the Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD we looked at yesterday, Elgato has created a device that can expand your Mac’s capability significantly with three USB 3.0 ports, a HDMI connection, a pair of Thunderbolt 2 ports and a Gigabit Ethernet jack as well as audio connectivity. One of the USB ports and the separate audio connectors for speakers and a microphone are on the front of the unit.

Connectivity to your Mac is via a single Thunderbolt connection using a supplied cable. All that’s missing was a way to provide power to our MacBook Pro.

It’s pretty hard to fault the Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock. If we were to be really picky – we’d have liked a speaker jack at the back of the unit so that we didn’t have speaker cables trailing from the front of the device.

Running it on our desk with a MacBook Pro, 27-inch Cinema Display and a few other bits and pieces such as an external hard drive and a scanner, we couldn’t fault it.

The Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock passes our “just works” test. No set up hassles, easy to use and small enough to not add clutter to our already busy desk. Like the Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD – the question we have is around whether that convenience is worth the $339.95 price tag.

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