Sonnet Technologies Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock with Blu-RaySonnet's Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock enables you to connect any computer with a Thunderbolt port to your peripherals through a single Thunderbolt cable (not included), an especially handy ability for notebook users. Simply plug in your printer, keyboard, mouse, cable modem, headphones, speakers, microphone, and iPhone or iPod dock, and other devices to the Echo dock with their supplied cables, and connect your computer to the dock with a Thunderbolt cable. When it's time to disconnect your computer, just unplug the Thunderbolt cable! The Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock gives you plenty of interfaces to choose from, including USB 3.0, eSATA, FireWire 800, Gigabit Ethernet, 3.5 mm audio input, 3.5 mm audio output, and Thunderbolt. If you've purchased an iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro with Retina Display, or one of many Ultrabook computers, you may have noticed something's missing - an optical drive. Not to worry, the Echo 15 Thunderbolt dock has you covered-it includes a Blu-ray drive.
Sonnet Technologies Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock at a Glance:
- Rugged aluminum design with multiple ports
- Space for more storage
- Connecting a display to the dock
Rugged aluminum design with multiple ports
Sonnet designed the Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock for maximum flexibility in use. The rugged aluminum case may be set horizontally, or vertically to save space on the desktop. For your convenience, USB 3.0, audio input, and audio output ports are placed on both the front and back of the enclosure, so you can leave frequently used devices connected to the back, and connect devices you disconnect more often to the front. Dual Thunderbolt ports enable the Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock to support daisy chaining of Thunderbolt peripherals, and to be placed anywhere in a Thunderbolt device chain. You can even connect a Thunderbolt display, or other monitor type with an appropriate adapter, so you're not limited to a single type of display interface. Depending on the display, you could even place it on top of the Echo dock! For your convenience, the Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock is Mac and Windows compatible.
Space for more storage
Sonnet designed the Echo 15 Thunderbolt dock with extra space, mounting hardware, and connectors for you to install a 2.5" or 3.5" SATA HDD (hard disk drive) or SSD (solid state drive). The fast 6 Gb/s SATA interface supports an HDD at its maximum speeds, and an SSD at up to 380 MB/s. Add a high-capacity drive to use as your Mac computer's Time Machine drive, to back up your Mac or PC's drive, or to store your ever growing media library. Or, you can add a high-performance SSD for blazing-fast access to applications and files. Best of all, the drive sits inside the Echo dock, so you don't have to clutter your desk space with an external hard drive and its power brick and cable clutter to add more storage. Don't feel like adding a drive yourself? Sonnet also offers the Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock equipped with a 2TB HDD, available exclusively through the Sonnet online store. For Mac users, the Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock also supports booting from an installed drive, enabling you to make repairs to or recover data from a problematic drive in your computer.
Connecting a display to the dock
The Thunderbolt port on your computer is essentially a Mini DisplayPort video connection that adds high speed PCIe for data. This means that there is a broad range of inexpensive adapters (sold separately) that can bridge between Mini DisplayPort and common display interface types. Display interface types that can be connected to your Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock via Thunderbolt include:
Sonnet Technologies Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock Features:
- Connects your peripherals with one cable
- Provides Multiple Interfaces - Thunderbolt, USB 3.0, SATA and eSATA, FireWire 800, and Gigabit Ethernet
- Supports Internal Hard Drive or SSD Installation - Install a 2.5" or 3.5" 6 Gb/s SATA drive inside the dock
- Flexible Design - Front and rear USB 3.0 and audio ports, horizontal or vertical placement
- Mac and Windows Compatible - Supports any computer with a Thunderbolt port running OS X 10.8.2+, Windows 8, or Windows 7 c
Wide Range of Display Connection Options-
- Thunderbolt Display - Direct Connect
- Mini DisplayPort - Direct Connect
- HDMI - Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter
- DVI - Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter
- VGA - Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter
- Dual Link DVI - Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter