Akitio Thunder Dock Review

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Pros & Cons:
Two Thunderbolt ports for lightning fast speeds up to 10Gb/s. Fast and reliable.

The Thunderbolt dock links past, present and future technology to your computer with just one Thunderbolt cable. The Thunder Dock allows you to access your data on both legacy and future storage drives by providing multiple host ports for USB 3.0, eSATA and FireWire 800. It also has two Thunderbolt ports for daisy chaining additional Thunderbolt devices and storage.

Features
Two Thunderboltâ„¢ ports for lightning fast speeds up to 10Gb/s
Daisy chain up to 6 Thunderboltâ„¢ devices
Two eSATA host ports (up to 6Gb/s)
One 7 watt bus-powered FireWire 800 host port
Two bus-powered USB 3.0 host ports (supports UASP)
Durable and rugged aluminum casing

Specifications

Case material
  • High quality aluminum
Interface/Ports
  • 2x Thunderbolt ports
  • 2x eSATA host ports (supports port multiplier)
  • 2x USB 3.0 SuperSpeed host ports (supports UASP)
  • 1x FireWire 800 host port (supports bus-power)
Data transfer
  • Thunderbolt up to 10Gbps
  • eSATA up to 6Gbps
  • USB 3.0 up to 5Gbps
  • FireWire 800 (1394b) up to 800Mbps
System requirements (Mac)
  • Mac OS X v10.9 or later
  • Computer with Thunderboltâ„¢ connector
Power supply
  • External power supply (UL, cUL, CE, TUV approved)
  • Input: AC 100-240V
  • Output: DC +12V/5A
Dimensions (LxWxH)
  • 6.25 inches x 3.83 inches x 0.71 inches
  • 15.88cm x 9.75cm x 1.8cm
Remarks
  • This docking station does not have any internal storage. All data is stored on external drives that are connected to the dock.
  • In order to recharge a USB device (e.g. iPhone or iPad), the Thunderbolt cable has to be connected to the computer and the system has to be running.
  • The maximum transfer rate for each eSATA and USB port is about 370MB/s.
  • This Thunderbolt product is not compatible with Apple's Boot Camp.

The AKiTiO Thunder Dock is one of those devices you don't know you need, until you go to plug in an old storage device, and quickly realize your new MacBook Pro is out of ports. The build quality of the device is rather fitting of a Mac accessory, and blends quite well into the work environment.

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