Sunday, December 21, 2014

CalDigit’s Thunderbolt Station 2

Jeremy Horowitz:

Looking to grab market share from rival makers of Mac Thunderbolt docks, CalDigit today announced Thunderbolt Station 2, an aggressively-priced Thunderbolt 2 docking hub that promises to surpass earlier Belkin and Elgato units in features and build quality. Redesigned from a prior model, Thunderbolt Station 2 includes the expected twin Thunderbolt 2 ports, three USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet, HDMI and analog audio in/out ports. What’s new are twin eSATA 6G ports and an enclosure that can be mounted vertically or horizontally, saving space on a desk.

With a regular price of $200, it’s already $30 cheaper than Elgato’s Thunderbolt 2 Dock and $100 under Belkin’s Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD, but a special $170 pre-order price makes it the most affordable Thunderbolt 2 dock yet.

Unlike Belkin, CalDigit doesn’t obscure and mislead about how many Thunderbolt ports its dock has. I wonder whether eSATA via the Anker USB 3.0 Hard Drive Docking Station (Amazon) would get around the problems I had with various USB 3 drive docks.

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I don't how wide spread the original's issues with FileVault were, nor if the new model has the same issue, but it definitely gives me pause.

@Eric Wow, that definitely gives me pause—the way the problem and “solution” are described, at least as much as the problem itself.

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