Belkin unveils Thunderbolt Express Dock

14 September, 2011 - Killian Bell
Belkin Thunderbolt dock

If you’ve been eyeing one of Apple’s new Thunderbolt Displays simply for all that connectivity, don’t go and spend £899 ($999) in the Apple store just yet. This new ThunderBold Express Dock from Belkin will give you all the same connectivity, for a fraction of the cost.

Belkin has been showing the device off at this week’s Intel Developer Forum. It’s expected to begin shipping in the “very near future,” according to MacRumors, and like Apple’s new display, it’ll turn your Mac’s Thunderbolt port into a hub for all your peripherals.

Thunderbolt Dock

The Thunderbolt Express Dock has literally all the ports you’ll get in Apple’s new 27-inch Thunderbolt Display, including three USB 2.0 ports, a Thunderbolt port for daisy-chaining other Thunderbolt-capable gadgets, a FireWire 800 port, and a Gigabyte Ethernet port.

There’s no word on pricing from Belkin just yet, however, it’s sure to come in at a fraction of the cost Apple is currently asking for that display. If you’ve already got a perfectly good display, but you want Thunderbolt daisy-chaining and additional connectivity options, it might be a good idea to wait for Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock before you spend a whopping £900.

Will you be buying Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock?

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Killian Bell is a freelance journalist based in Worcestershire UK. In addition to writing about all things Apple, he's one of the co-founders of the football site TitleTalk. You can follow him on and Twitter.
  • tomborowski

    Good to see that mainstream manufacturers are introducing Thunderbolt peripherals. Makes it all the more likely that my next Mac will NOT be a Mac Pro if I can basically hook up anything I want via TB.

    But seriously: Do you really think there are people who would by a Thunderbolt Display JUST for the Thunderbolt connectivity? Glossyness aside, the Thunderbolt Display is a pretty decent display in its own right and not even that expensive compared to similar LED S-IPS displays. The Thunderbolt is an added bonus.

    • KillianBell

      Hi Thomas. Thanks for your comment. I have two friends who are upgrading their perfectly good 27-inch Cinema Displays purely for Thunderbolt Connectivity. The problem is, once you’ve used up that one Thunderbolt port on your Mac with something that doesn’t have an additional Thunderbolt port, you cannot daisy-chain your other Thunderbolt gadgets.