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2nd-Gen ThunderBolt 2 Docking Stations For Mac

Shopping for a 2nd generation ThunderBolt 2 docking station? All the major dock peripheral manufacturers have updated their newest ThunderBolt docks to 20Gbps ThunderBolt 2 chipsets and added other refinements.

Best ThunderBolt 2 Dock - From OWC

Multi-Port Support + USB Charging

Some of the Apple ThunderBolt 2 docks have seen port changes and enclosure redesigns as they've been revised. Depending on whether the new docks are from Belkin, Matrox, ElGato, OWC or others - you may or may no longer have FireWire 800 or eSATA connectors. Higher power USB 3.0 ports may be offered to better support charging high-demand USB devices like Apple iPad tablets. Others have shifted from DVI to HDMI as the supported video out as vendors strive to match their docking hardware with the kinds of I/O interfaces most currently in demand.

Cheap ThunderBolt SSD Backup Drives For Mac

Cheap ThunderBolt SSDPortable ThunderBolt SSD Drive : All ThunderBolt storage products are still rather pricey no matter how you slice it. Intel's ThunderBolt chipset and port connector licensing adds about $75 to the retail price of any Mac accessory or storage device. But that's easing as more manufacturers and competition inches prices down. Here, the portable Akitio Neutrino 256GB SSD ThunderBolt external drive brings the price down near $300 USD. Certainly cheaper than ElGato but not quite as competitive as LaCie's USB 3.0 + ThunderBolt SSD combo interface offering.

At least SSD prices have gotten dirt cheap per Gigabyte in the past year helping to make these ultra-fast Mac backup solutions more affordable than before. For some; simply plugging a bare, off-the-shelf 2.5" SSD of your choosing into Seagate's Backup+ ThunderBolt drive dock is a workable and cheap TBolt backup option.

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