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Cheapest ThunderBolt External SSD Drive Bargain

Shopping for a deal on a fast and low-cost external Thunderbolt SSD backup drive? With the costs of flash memory collapsing in the past year, we're seeing solid-state drives with ever higher capacities at ever lower costs. Monster Digital offers a portable and relatively cheap Thunderbolt SSD drive in it's Overdrive series.

Cheap Portable Thunderbolt SSD

240GB and 480 Capacities - Integrated TBolt Cable

The cost overhead of licensing Intel's Thunderbolt chipsets have always added a premium price to any external Thunderbolt backup drive, but declining SSD costs are helping make them more affordable than ever. Monster Digital is being very aggressive with pricing lately, and that makes it possible to actually call their 240Gb and 480GB ThunderBolt SSD drive cheap. They're significantly undercutting the competition like LaCie or Akitio for comparable sized drives.

My particular Apple MacBook Air has only 2 USB 3.0 ports which usually are already in use by my iPhone charging cable and my USB powered speaker system. Although a USB 3.0 SSD drive might be cheaper, I opted for a SSD Thunderbolt external backup drive to take advantage of an otherwise under-used port and not have to disconnect my other USB devices when I need to do a TimeMachine backup. As such, the slight price premium for Monster Digital's silent and fast 240GB Thunderbolt backup drive was worth it.

ThunderBolt 3 Multiport Dock For New MacBook Pro and iMac

Shopping for a docking station for your ThunderBolt 3 enabled MacBook Pro or 2017 iMac? Belkin is now shipping it's Mac compatible multi-port ThunderBolt3 dock for your various legacy peripherals, while providing Type-C connectivity for the future.

ThunderBolt 3 Dock For Mac

Audio - Video - Data Ports Galore

  • Compatible with Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) enabled Macs running MacOS Sierra or later
  • Currently it's incompatible with ThunderBolt 3 Windows PC's for unknown reasons
  • The Type-C ports provide Thunderbolt 3 data transfer rates
  • MacBook charging up to 85 watts with a single cable
  • Total 40Gbps bandwidth to handle all your Mac peripherals at full data transfer speeds
  • Enables Dual 4K displays (DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 3 for multi-monitor support
  • You can daisy-chain up to 5 additional Thunderbolt3 compatible devices from the dock
  • 2 Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C Ports, 3 USB-A 3.0 Ports with 1.5 amps charging current, a full-size DisplayPort, 1 Audio in/out port, an Audio-out headphone port and a Gigabit Ethernet networking port