A Thunderbolt universal dock allows you to connect a number of peripherals to your PC or Mac using a single Thunderbolt cable. The great benefit that comes with owning a Thunderbolt dock is that it allows you to have all your connections, whether meant for display or charging, passing through one handy connector. The type of connector (1, 2 or 3) will largely depend on your preference with some of the best Thunderbolt docks preferred due to their incredibly fast data transfer speed rates. If you decide to invest in one of these handy gadgets, the following Thunderbolt docks may be worth your time and money in 2016.
10. HighPoint RocketStor 6351A Thunderbolt 2 I/O Dock
The best feature of the RocketStor 6351A by far is its sleek aluminum body that is designed to look stylishly compact. The Thunderbolt 2 dock features dedicated performance architecture that enables you to enjoy all the maximum benefits of the high-speed data exchange features that come with the Thunderbolt 2.
The RocketStor 6351A has a 20GB per second data transfer bandwidth and up to 5GB per second on each of its USB 3.0 ports and the eSATA port, which is powered by a dedicated controller. This makes it ideal for external storage devices such as SSD and HDD drives. The Thunderbolt dock also supports high speed charging for a number of smartphones, tablets and other devices from all platforms. With a 4K video display capability, it can be used as a high-quality video output on LCD TVs and computer monitors.
9. CableDeconn the Cobra Appearance Multi-Function Thunderbolt Dock
The cobra-like CableDeconn comes fitted with three output ports to use as per your preference. It has a DVI, HDMI and VGA port to allow you to connect to a number of external display peripherals easily. The Thunderbolt dock also boasts of a mini display port (MDP) that allows you to connect to your Mac computer (whether the Mac Book, Mac Book Pro or Mac Book Air) hassle-free.
It supports a maximum resolution of 1920x1080p at 2.25GBps for each one of its 6 channels. The Thunderbolt dock is ideal for connecting to enhanced display peripherals from your computer as it also supports the audio output from late models Mac computers such as the 2009 iMac and the 2010 Mac Book Pro.
8. OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock
The OWC Thunderbolt 2 dock supports up to 12 connections simultaneously, thanks to 12 massively versatile ports. This means that with a single cable, you are able to connect 5 USB 3.0 devices, a FireWire device, an audio device, an HDMI device, and a Gigabit Ethernet connection. It is capable of up to 20GB per seconds of seamless data transfers, thanks to its fantastic bandwidth.
The Thunderbolt 2 dock supports stunning quality ultra HD 4K displays and quite impressive VGA and DVI support to make your viewing experiences significantly improved. It’s USB 3.0 ports are capable of delivering up to 1.5 amps of charging power for easy and fast charging of all your smartphones and tablets. It also supports simultaneous dual monitor usage.
7. Transcend StoreJet 300 2TB Thunderbolt
The Transcend StoreJet 300 Thunderbolt dock offers you a massive 2TB of storage exclusively for use by your Mac computer. The portable hard drive is also capable of blazing fast data transfer speed with a Super Speed USB 3.0 port and the inclusion of a Thunderbolt interface for enhanced transfer speeds.
The portable hard drive that doubles up as a Thunderbolt dock offers you a double two-way channel connection that allows you to connect to a high-quality video display output and a peripheral simultaneously. It is made in a durable but lightweight design that is easy to carry around. It supports easy Plug & Play functionality for your Mac computer anywhere, anytime.
6. Moread MDP Dock
The Moread MDP supports a 3-in-1 video output capability with an HDMI, VGA and DVI female connectors that allows you to connect to a number of video output devices. The dock supports audio output for all Mac computers manufactured after 2010. It is compatible with a myriad of PCs thanks to its Mini Display Port.
The Moread MDP dock offers a convenient way to use other video display devices although it does not support simultaneous connections. The uni-directional display port only allows signal transmission from the MDP or Thunderbolt port to either HDMI, VGA or DVI at a time.
5. Anker Dual-Display Universal Docking Station
This universal docking station allows you to manage all your peripheral devices using a single high-speed USB 3.0 cable connection. The docking station is compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and Ubuntu devices. Its dual display support allows you to simultaneously connect to an HDMI and DVI display device for maximum viewing. Its Ethernet ports are capable of up to 1000Mbps data speeds for lightning-fast internet connections and file downloading.
The docking station is equipped with dual USB 3.0 ports, one of which allows you to charge your devices with a 1.5A power output. The ports allow you Super Speed data transfer with up to 5GB per second. It is also fitted with USB 2.0 ports.
4. iClever USB 3.0 Universal Laptop Docking Station
For highly enhanced usability of your laptop device, the iClever USB 3.0 docking station allows you to connect to multiple devices from your laptop computer. It utilizes a single USB 3.0 connection to allow you to connect to various peripherals and also supports dual-display, which enables you to use two screens simultaneously. The docking station effectively allows you to turn your laptop into a triple monitor station.
The USB 3.0 data port is capable of transferring data at a blazing 5GB per second, thanks to SuperSpeed data transfer rates. It also allows you to hook up your laptop computer to a myriad of other peripherals such as cameras, keyboards, high-speed storage devices, and mice. It is compatible with both Windows and Mac computers.
3. Etekcity ® USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Universal Laptop Docking Station
This universal docking station for laptops offers 6 USB ports, two of which are USB 3.0 ports. It allows the quick charge function for a number of your devices including smartphones and tablets. The docking station supports the simultaneous dual display, thereby allowing you to connect your laptop to two additional screens for enhanced productivity.
It is fitted with an HDMI and DVI port that can also be used using a VGA adapter to allow you to connect to the display device of your choice. The USB 3.0 ports are capable of blistering transfer speeds of up to 5GB per second whereas the USB 2.0 manages 480MB per second. The video output ports offer maximum resolutions of 2048x1152p.
2. Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express HD Dock
The Belkin dock is capable of data transfer rates of up to 20GB per second using the Thunderbolt 2 port. It also features USB 3.0 ports that support blistering data transfer rates of up to 5GB per second. The docking station supports the connection of up to 8 devices using a solitary Thunderbolt cable, thereby enhancing the usability of your computer. Its video output supports displays in stunning 4K Ultra-HD quality for an enhanced viewing experience.
It is designed in a compact and very lightweight frame that will help to reduce the clutter in your workspace. The docking station comes with three USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt 2.0 ports, and single HDMI, Ethernet, audio out and audio out with mic support ports.
1. LaCie Rugged 2TB Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive and Docking Station
The LaCie Thunderbolt docking station also doubles as an external hard drive with a massive 2TB of storage. It comes with a single USB 3.0 port and one Thunderbolt port that allow it to deliver rapid data transfer speeds of 5GBps and up to 10GBps respectively.
Its design is sleek, compact, and easy to use as it supports Plug & Play functionality. It supports both Windows and Mac computers.