Wednesday, April 3, 2013
interesting upcoming products: Sonnet Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock and HengeDock
Now this looks like an interesting product coming out this summer. Sonnet will be releasing a Thunderbolt Docking station named the Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock. It has up to 15 ports of expansion with the ability to add an internal 3.5" HDD along with an optical DVD or Blu-Ray drive.
I'm intrigued because it has all the ports I want in a docking station - eSATA, multiple USB 3.0, daisy chain Thunderbolt/MDP, Firewire and Gigabit. This will start at $400 and definitely be price competitive with Belkin and Matrox.
HengeDock also has an interesting traditional laptop docking system. It is a horizontal docking station for Macbooks with availability sometime in Q3 of this year. It has Ethernet, Firewire, audio, USB 3.0 and what looks like 3 mini display ports for 3 external video display.
I'd personally get the Sonnet Echo 15. It is not tied to one particular device.