Matrox Releases First Thunderbolt Docking Station for MacBooks

Posted December 15, 2012 at 6:56pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 11328 views

Matrox has announced the release of the first Thunderbolt docking station for the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.

From a single Thunderbolt connection, users can add multiple peripherals including either a large DVI or an HDMI display, a full-size keyboard, and a mouse. A gigabit Ethernet port provides connectivity to a wired corporate network, enabling data transfers 18 times faster than Wi-Fi. One SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port, conveniently located on the front of the unit, plus two USB 2.0 ports, a microphone input, and a speaker/headphone output are also provided.

Two versions are offered, one for use with DVI monitors and another for use with HDMI displays.

"MacBook Pro and MacBook Air users can now come and go without disconnecting and re-connecting all their peripherals, tame the cables cluttering their desks, and save wear-and-tear on their computers," said Charles Amyot, product manager at Matrox. "One Thunderbolt connection to Matrox DS1 does it all!"

Price and Availability
Priced at $249 US not including local taxes and delivery, Matrox DS1/DVI and Matrox DS1/HDMI are now available in the Americas through a network of authorized dealers. Worldwide availability is scheduled for early January 2013.

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iphonejohnny - December 17, 2012 at 1:23am
Holy shit people, whats up with all the negative remarks. if you can't afford it, don't by it. I think you are all missing the point of why Matrix developed this. Corporate enterprises will buy it for what its worth. There are many advantages to this unit. And if you find it ugly, install it somewhere that it does not stare at you. I think its cool, and it's also Canadian Made , Eh!
Tksbnk - December 16, 2012 at 11:22pm
Lacks a 2nd thunderbolt port for daisy chaining a display or hdd. Too overly price imo.
Gary - December 16, 2012 at 11:53am
Ridiculous price, I guess they think we have money to burn as we can afford an MBP
sa - December 16, 2012 at 7:19am
also your cinema display has USBs and other monitors also have USBs. Only reason to buy this is if u want ethernet
march tom's on bar n Ass - December 15, 2012 at 10:06pm
it's pretty ugly ! .... and in fact why would we be using cables cluttering our desk these days ? in fact i don't even use a printer for myself and have not been using one for years to send documents. eventually a macbook air 11" flat panel might have sense to connect to a larger screen however, developers for sure do not go for a mac with such a small screen and digital imaging ops also do not go for a screen other than 15" at least. so what are we gonna have on the desk cluttering with cables? a 11" macbook air? is that 250$ device for someone who reads email and does web with search engines? do not bother make that avail next year, for as much as i loved matrox hard-disks in 1994 -5 i am not ever placing a ugly tool like that on my desk. marc
m arch tom's on bar n ass - December 15, 2012 at 10:15pm
oops! that was maxtor for hard disks! sorry for misleading. marc
Charlie Plumb - December 16, 2012 at 4:39pm
You need to chill out, and find something to do so you do not have so much free time to flame at random users offering their input.
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