Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock
Easy to use, just works
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.