Elgato Thunderbolt Dock plugs everything into your Mac with one wire

There's a growing selection of Thunderbolt docks on the market, and now you can add Elgato to the mix. The aptly-named Elgato Thunderbolt Dock serves to connect more of your things quickly and easily. The dock has two Thunderbolt ports (one for connecting to your computer and another for whatever other Thunderbolt device you'd like to connect and then daisy chain), three USB 3.0 ports, and one each HDMI, ethernet RJ45, 3.5mm microphone input, and 3.5mm audio output — all so you can connect displays, hard drives, input devices, and more all with one plug.

At $229.95 the Elgato Thunderbolt Dock isn't cheap, but then again we've yet to see a Thunderbolt dock that would fall easily into the range of "affordable". This offering from Elgato is comparable feature-wise to the Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock and the CalDigital Thunderbolt Station (though Elgato's has one more USB port), but it also costs more than both.

And it's worth noting that the Elgato Thunderbolt Dock is using the first-generation 10Gbps Thunderbolt, not the second-generation 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2. That's disappointing, considering that Thunderbolt 2 was announced back in June 2013 and devices have been shipping on Macs since October.

That said, the the Elgato Thunderbolt Dock is the Thunderbolt dock that tickles your fancy, you can order it now from Amazon at $199.95, or direct from Elgato for $229.95

Derek Kessler

Managing Editor of Mobile Nations, Army musician, armchair pundit, and professional ranter.

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Elgato Thunderbolt Dock plugs everything into your Mac with one wire

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No dice until it's Thunderbolt 2. I didn't buy this Mac Pro to buy dated peripherals to hook onto it!

Hey Derek, I have the CalDigit.. this is exactly the same as that. The Elgato does not have more ports than CalDigit Thunderbolt Station..

In fact, if you set them side-by-side, you'd think Elgato took a page from Samsung in the Xerox copy plant.. lol!!!!! Seriously, check it out.. http://www.caldigit.com/thunderboltstation/

Difference is, you can spend $30 less and get CalDigit TBS directly. LOVE my CalDigit TBS btw.. well worth it.. Granted, it doesn't have TB2 either, but it's more for utility for me.. don't have need of TB2 as yet with my 2013 rMBP..

I will say this.. the Elgato comes with a TB cable.. CalDigit's does not.. so it's a wash, I think price wise with the $30. Though I've seen CalDigit's TBS sell for a little as $149 at times .. and sometimes they have specials that include the cable at your choice in length.. It's so like the CalDigit version I have to wonder if Elgato is licensing / reselling it with their own brand from CalDigit.. ????

Well, just like most of these docks (except for hengedocks). This one falls short. There is ONLY ONE thunderbolt port on this dock. The other one has to be used to connect to the macbook. So that only leaves one usable. They can mislead all they want by stating that there are 2.