Port expansions are always desired on a computer that’s hard to upgrade, and since laptops and all-in-one computers like the iMac don’t exactly feature available expansion space, a dock can be good to have. Belkin has come up with something useful for new Macs, though.
Encased in a design already like that of Apple’s computers (think shiny and silver), the Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock will include two Thunderbolt ports, three USB 3.0 ports that are backwards compatible with USB 2.0, a Gigabit Ethernet port, separate 3.5mm ports for audio in and audio out, and even one FireWere 800 port, useful if your machine doesn’t include the Firewire standard anymore.
While expanded options are of course a benefit, so too is a cleaner space one can get with a dock and port replicator, making it easier to plug things in at the front of your computer.
It’s worth noting that not every Mac user will be able to get use out of this, and from what we understand, Thunderbolt is a requirement, so if you have an older Mac, you may not even be able to plug this in.
Compatibility with Thunderbolt equipped PCs also hasn’t yet been determined. There aren’t many of them, but we suspect it should work, and are awaiting confirmation from Belkin if drivers are supported on Windows.
If you do have the right tech, though, Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock will be available in Australia and New Zealand from this week, retailing from $349.95.