Review: Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt docking station
Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:44 AM
It really is about time that the shackles were lifted from Thunderbolt to give affordable peripherals to use with out Macs.
Posted 17 January 2013 - 01:34 PM
Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:37 PM
Posted 17 January 2013 - 04:05 PM
I find it curious we haven't seen more creative Thunderbolt peripherals. An external mini tower comes to mind. It should be a straight-forward exercise and should cost less than a cheap PC tower (which go for about as much as these hubs!). I'd like to see a paper examining the costs and challenges of implementing Thunderbolt.
Posted 18 January 2013 - 05:09 AM
You should take a closer look to the review monospaced, it clearly states that an HDMI port is provided!
Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:33 AM
My subscription is almost past time for renewal and this is the type of incisive review you deliver. Frankly I am underwhelmed. Macworld's standards have to be higher - both for the products they review and for the reviews too.
Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:54 AM
Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:56 AM
Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:32 AM
You're right, although it wasn't as clearly stated as I had hoped. In fact, to get an HDMI port, you have to buy the model that has it, otherwise you just get a DVI port.
Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:08 AM
You could try reading the article:
"The DS1 creates what Matrox calls “one-cable convenience,” eliminating the need to connect and disconnect individual devices as you come and go from your desk."
Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:17 AM
It SHOULD have Firewire 800 (at least one) and eSATA (at least one, better to have two) even if it makes it bigger. And most certainly, two Thunderbolt ports. Though I have to wonder what the issues might be with people trying to connect two monitors to such a device. It might not work because Thunderbolt seems to need to run monitors and everything else on two separate streams. Two monitors on two separate ports would take up both streams.
The Belkin unit seems better suited to what I'd want in such a device. As for the price, you always pay a premium for being first on the block with such a device. I'm betting this kind of thing is hard to implement for companies, and Intel is being quite stingy with who gets to even make Thunderbolt devices.
It seems Thunderbolt is finally getting some attention other than the ignorant debate over the mistaken notion that it competes with USB 3. More devices are coming faster. FirmTek has a killer little drive enclosure coming I'm looking at. And there are some other devices such as the PCIe expander from OWC. As these things get more common prices will come down. But for now, I'd say these prices are pretty reasonable, considering what they were supposed to cost when they were first announced.
This post has been edited by leicaman: 18 January 2013 - 11:20 AM
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