Sonnet Intros Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock, Taking Pre-orders
If all you need to do is plug in a mouse, external drive or camera, USB 3 is quite enough. However, for music, video and graphic pros, Thunderbolt is where the action’s at. With its one-cable access to 15 ports, Sonnet’s new Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock is perhaps the ultimate connectivity solution.
“Moving between work or school and home can frequently mean attaching and disconnecting multiple devices, such as hard drives, printers, keyboards, iPhone/iPod docks, mice, networks, speakers, headsets, optical disc drives, and/or external displays,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO, Sonnet Technologies. “The Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock gives users a simple way to attach to and disconnect from all these peripherals and more, using a single cable.”
— Multiple Interfaces: Thunderbolt, USB 3.0, SATA and eSATA, FireWire 800 and Gigabit Ethernet
— Optional Mac Blu-ray Drive: Blu-ray BD-ROM/8x DVD±RW drive
—— Includes Mac compatible Blu-ray software
— Supports Hard Disks, SSD: Install a 2.5″ or 3.5″ 6 Gb/s SATA drive inside the dock
— Flexible Design: Front and rear USB 3.0 and audio ports, plus the ability to be placed horizontally or vertically, provide the dock great flexibility in use
— Select from a variety of inexpensive Mini DisplayPort to popular display interfaces such as HDMI, DVI, VGA and Dual-Link DVI
— Supports any computer with a Thunderbolt port running OS X 10.8.2+, Windows 8, or Windows 7
As noted above, you can purchase an Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock with a Blu-ray drive pre-installed and bundled with a Mac compatible player. And, yes, this device can also act as a bridge between your Mac and a range of otherwise incompatible displays.