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Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt docking station now shipping
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Dec 17, 2012, 01:35 AM
 
The Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt docking station is now shipping. The docking station is compatible with the Apple MacBook Pro and the Apple MacBook Air, giving users the ability to connect multiple peripherals and additional display options. The device connects to a MacBook over one Thunderbolt cable allowing users to connect the additional peripherals to the dock itself taking full advantage of the 10Gbps bandwidth of the new I/O standard.

The Matrox DS1is available in two versions which differe only in the display output otions. One includes a DVI output, Gigabit Ethernet port, USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, audio output, and an audio input. The other includes the same ports, but swaps out the DVI port for an HDMI port. The Matrox DS1/DVI and Matrox DS1/HDMI are available US now, through a network of authorized dealers for $249. They will be available worldwide in January.
     
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Dec 17, 2012, 03:26 AM
 
Despite their otherwise great products Matrox fails to get it. What Mac laptop users badly need is Thunderbolt pass through so the dock can be first in a chain instead of requiring other devices to be Thunderbolt pass through devices. Having just a single Thunderbolt port is a huge flaw.

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Dec 17, 2012, 03:40 AM
 
^ Agreed.

If I can't even hook up a thunderbolt-to-FireWire dongle and/or a second monitor, this thing is a dead end.

But hey, they added an 80-cent digital-to-analog audio converter, so average consumers should be happy. Those average consumers prepared to shell out $250 for a dock.
     
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Dec 17, 2012, 03:53 AM
 
In addition to the comments above, if I am going to spend this much money on a device the least you can do it future-proof it as best you can. Only ONE USB 3 port, really? I'll wait for something better.
     
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Dec 17, 2012, 03:56 AM
 
Please explain how to get two USB-3.0-spec ports over a 10Gbit thunderbolt pipe, along with audio and Gbit Ethernet.
     
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Dec 17, 2012, 07:05 AM
 
Having peripherals connected to ports does not imply 'using ' them at the same time. A hub is meant as a convenience and having to swap peripherals in and out is not as convenient. Tell me *why* limiting an expensive devise even makes sense? You can daisy chain over 100 USB devices, per spec, but you won't get full speed from all of them at the same time now will you? So why does it exist?

blah, blah, blah

Gotta love condescending no-it-alls. (my view is the ONLY one that matters)

     
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Dec 17, 2012, 09:11 AM
 
USB cannot be daisy-chained.


Including functionality that cannot work according to the spec on the box is questionable, at best.

If you have three USB 3.0 ports, you're gonna have to explain shared bandwidth and power limitations in the fine print, and you're STILL going to have unhappy customers yelling "deceptive marketing."

I'm also pretty sure you can't actually call them "USB 3.0” unless they actually meet full spec, WHICH THEY CAN'T.

My opinion may be opinion, but yours doesn't change reality.
     
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Dec 17, 2012, 09:12 AM
 
Well for me, I'm glad I have an option right now for my 27" 2011 imac where I had absolutely no other before. I have no need for a Thunderbolt passthrough port but for over a year I've been trying to put in a USB 3.0 port for my Drobo raid (instead of using slow Firewire). I've spent plenty of money and time trying to put 3rd party PCI boards for USB3 inside and couldn't get it working. Having the extra HDMI port will be much more handy than a Thunderbolt for video (other than Apple's pricey monitor is there a cheaper alternative???)

Slightly pricey but at least I have a viable alternative.
     
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Dec 18, 2012, 07:10 AM
 
Originally Posted by macmediausa View Post
Well for me, I'm glad I have an option right now for my 27" 2011 imac where I had absolutely no other before. I have no need for a Thunderbolt passthrough port but for over a year I've been trying to put in a USB 3.0 port for my Drobo raid (instead of using slow Firewire).
If you really want half-as-fast USB3 just buy a US$189 1 TB Thunderbolt/USB3 Buffalo Drive and plug it in via Thunderbolt and use the USB3 port to your Drobo (check with Buffalo Technology to be sure the drive works that way, because USB3 does not daisy-chain).


Having the extra HDMI port will be much more handy than a Thunderbolt for video
Not at all. Thunderbolt ports can easily be used for HDMI, whereas HDMI only does HDMI.

Thunderbolt is actually spectacular port technology, and device makers who fail to provide pass-through are seriously not getting it. Vendors who require that their devices can only be the last in the Thunderbolt chain are hugely limiting their devices' utility in the eyes of potential buyers (perhaps ok at an $80 price point but not at above $100).

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Dec 19, 2012, 05:43 AM
 
Originally Posted by SierraDragon View Post
If you really want half-as-fast USB3 just buy a US$189 1 TB Thunderbolt/USB3 Buffalo Drive and plug it in via Thunderbolt and use the USB3 port to your Drobo (check with Buffalo Technology to be sure the drive works that way, because USB3 does not daisy-chain).
-Allen
Hmmm - interesting. I'll have to check that out. I'd like to get the new Drobo Thunderbolt but at an additional $800+, it's a bit pricey for the extra speed.
Thx for the info on the Buffalo!
     
   
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