Thunderbolt

OWC's upcoming Thunderbolt 2 Dock puts all other docks to shame

Easily the most useful aspect of the Thunderbolt connection has been the creation of single-cable docks, and OWC's just-announced Thunderbolt 2 Dock is really upping the ante on the docking game. Utilizing the blazing-fast 20Gbps interface, the OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock sports a plethora of additional connection options, certainly far more than other offerings, all through a single cable to your Mac.

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OWC introduces Thunderbolt-enabled 'ThunderBay 4 mini' external drive enclosure

Other World Computing, the makers of Thunderbolt-enabled external drive enclosures, have announced a new product today called the ThunderBay 4 mini. The enclosure comes in two flavors, a standard edition and a RAID 5 edition, and sports a small footprint for increased portability.

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Retina 5K: iMac Target display mode and Thunderbolt display

Two of the questions we're still getting asked a lot is whether the Retina 5K iMac can be used in "target display mode" as an external monitor for a new Mac Pro or MacBook Pro, or whether Apple will be releasing a 5K version of their Thunderbolt display any time soon. Sadly, as I tweeted right after the Apple's October Event, and later explained, the answer to the first question is, sadly, "no", and the answer to the second question is the same. Why is that?

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2014 iPad and Mac event: What we didn't get

Apple's fall 2014 event brought with it an all new iPad Air 2, a somewhat updated iPad mini 3, gorgeous new retina iMacs, and finally, an update to the very long in the tooth Mac mini. Make no mistake, this was no small event for Apple and they delivered on a lot. However, there are still a few things that were either rumored or expected that didn't seem make the cut this fall.

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Belkin's new Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD promises to be an all-in-one docking station for your MacBook

If you're a MacBook user with a desktop set-up, Belkin's new Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD might be just the salvation you've been looking for. Instead of sitting down and hooking up your MagSafe power adapter, an HDMI or Mini DisplayPort to your monitor, 3.5mm cable to your speakers, and filling up your two USB ports with more gadgets, you can scale back to just power and a single Thunderbolt cable. This isn't Belkin's first Thunderbolt dock, but it's their first with blazing-fast Thunderbolt 2 built-in.

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Mac Thunderbolt portable drive roundup: The best fast drives for your Mac laptop

For this roundup, I'm looking specifically at portable external hard drives equipped with Thunderbolt interfaces. They have to be bus-powered, small enough to comfortably fit in a bag or backpack and made by a company that has more than a passing familiarity with the Mac in order to make the cut.

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Intel sketches out the next generation of Thunderbolt: twice as fast, 33% thinner

The ThunderBolt connector has used the same plug-and-port design for years, but the next generation is reported to mix things up with a new design and even faster speeds. Intel has given the as-of-yet-unnamed standard (we'd place iCash on Thunderbolt 3) update the codename Alpine Ridge, and it's said to double the transmission rates of Thunderbolt 2 to up to 40Gbps. The new connector is also shorter in height, measuring in at around 3mm, compared to the 4.5 mm of the current Thunderbolt design.

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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.

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CalDigit Thunderbolt Station review

CalDigit's Thunderbolt Station is one of a new class of peripherals designed for Thunderbolt-equipped Macs. It uses the prodigious bandwidth of the Thunderbolt connection on new Macs to connect a variety of peripherals over USB, Thunderbolt, Ethernet and more. Does it work well, and is it worth the money? Let's have a look!

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USB 3.1 vs Thunderbolt - the battle is on!

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group on Wednesday announced that it has completed the USB 3.1 specification. Most notably, USB 3.1 supports data transfer speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second (Gbps), the same raw transfer speed as the Thunderbolt interface found on all currently shipping Macs. The group is sponsoring developer conferences in the U.S., Asia and Europe to spread information about USB 3.1, according to a press release.

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