Matrox Intros Thunderbolt Docking Station for Mac Laptops

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Matrox introduced its Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt docking station for the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air on Monday. The station supports Thunderbolt's 10 Gbps throughput, and includes a several I/O ports such as video out and USB 3.0.

Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt docking station for MacBook Pro and AirMatrox DS1 Thunderbolt docking station for MacBook Pro and Air

The DS1 includes a Thunderbolt port, one USB 3.0 port. two USB2.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and 3.5mm stereo out and mono audio in ports. It also includes either a DVI-D video out port with 1920 x 1200 resolution, or HDMI out with embedded audio at 1920 x 1080 resolution.

Both models are available in the United States now for US$249 and will ship worldwide in January.

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The “kit contents” does not mention a Thunderbolt cable.  From Apple, a Thunderbolt cable is $49.99.  So the total cost of this setup is $298.99 plus all the peripherals you want to install.

I probably wouldn’t be interested in this kind of thing unless the cost came down to $100 or less, probably more like $50, because the alternative is just plugging more cables right into the laptop.  It does not enable something previously impossible, it just makes it easier.


Been waiting for a tb expansion (apart from the tb monitor) of some kind forever, but this is fairly disappointing.  I’d need way more than 3 USB ports and a lot lower price before I’d consider it.

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