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A variety of other Apple-connected websites have actually announced the release of Elgato"s Thunderbolt 2 dock today; here at TUAW, we"ll be doing a full hands-on evaluation of the Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD (US$299.99) as well as a giveaway of our review unit. If you use a Thunderbolt 2-equipped MacPublication Pro through Retina Display, Mac Pro, or Mac mini, or you"re planning for a future through Thunderbolt 2, check out Belkin"s latest development dock.

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Specifications

Ports: Gigalittle Ethernet, headphone, headphone/microphone, 3x USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports, 2x Thunderbolt 2 ports, HDMI port.Display support: Supports dual screens and 4K cinema resolution

Design

Like its predecessor the Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock, the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD is made out of a shiny piece of aluminum designed to enhance the complete of your Mac and also Thunderbolt Display. On the ago of the device you"ll find a lot of of the ports - Ethernet, headphone, two USB 3.0 ports, the two Thunderbolt 2 ports, the HDMI port and also a power connection. On the front are 2 ports - USB 3.0 and a microphone/headphone port.

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I discovered the placement of the USB 3.0 port on the front to be quite odd - why not make that a Thunderbolt 2 port, considering that many kind of individuals would certainly want to use the shortest feasible cable link in between the side of a MacBook Pro via Retina display and also the Express Dock.

While the dock does assistance dual displays and 4K screens, it can just handle a solitary 4K display screen at one time. If you"re running 2 displays, at leastern among them hregarding be Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 compatible, while the other can connect by means of HDMI. If you have actually a Mini DisplayPort-compatible monitor, it can be plugged into a Thunderbolt 2 port ... but you have the right to just have one Mini DisplayPort monitor or an HDMI display screen, not both at the exact same time.

And one nice little bit attribute to finish of the design portion of this testimonial - Belkin consists of a 1M (3 foot) Thunderbolt cable with the dock.

Functionality

I tested the Thunderbolt 2 Expush Dock HD via a MacPublication Pro through Retina Display, the CalDigit T4 RAID I reregarded yesterday, an external HDMI monitor, and also a USB 3.0 difficult disk drive.

The gadget is exceptionally much plug-and-play; you simply plug things right into the correct ports, and every little thing is taken care of. Some simple testing of file transport speeds both to the CalDigit T4 and also my outside USB 3.0 drive showed absolutely no drop in throughput as the outcome of having actually the Express Dock HD "in the middle".

Likewise, the exterior monitor came up instantly when linked to the HDMI port. Tright here were no concerns, also once unplugging the HDMI cable and plugging it back in soon afterwards. It was just favor plugging an HDMI cable right into the MacPublication Pro.

The Ethernet port additionally worked with no extra driver required. When plugged right into the Express Dock HD, the Ethernet port instantly proved up as an additional netoccupational adapter. If you"re going to usage the Express Dock HD Ethernet adapter as your main approach of connectivity, it"s useful to relocate it to the top of the "business order" by going to System Precommendations > Netjob-related and selecting "Set Service Order" from the pop-up menu found below the list of netjob-related services.

The experimentation was done via the MacPublication Pro running OS X 10.10 Yosemite; the device will additionally work-related via OS X 10.9 Mavericks, however 4K resolution monitors aren"t sustained via the older OS.

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Conclusion

The Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Expush Dock HD is a well-designed unit that"s perfect for anyone who requirements to connect a Mac through a range of peripherals via a single Thunderbolt cable. However before, the price of the Belkin unit is $70 greater than the almost-similar Elgato dock presented now, which renders the Elgato product instantly more attractive to potential buyers.

Rating: 3 stars out of 4 stars possible

Giveaway

Now, let"s provide a TUAW reader the opportunity for connectivity! Belkin and also TUAW are providing ameans a Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD. Here are the rules for the giveaway:

Open to legal US occupants of the 50 USA, the District of Columbia and also Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 and also older.To enter, fill out the develop below entirely and click or tap the Submit switch.The enattempt must be made prior to December 6, 2014 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time.You might enter just as soon as.One winner will certainly be selected in a random illustration and will get a Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD valued at $299.99