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Published on October 26th, 2014 | by Greg


Elgato Thunderbolt Dock: One Cable To Rule Them All

As the world moves more and more towards a wireless future, there are still an annoying number of computer cables that crowd up your desk and clutter up your work surfaces. Our USB and power cords may not get tangled like our headphones, but that doesn’t stop them from being unattractive and getting in the way. If you have a MacBook or especially a MacBook Air, you’ve probably faced port issues, running out of places to plug everything in.

The Elgato Thunderbolt Dock might not make miracles happen, but it does help solve some of the cable nuisances in your life. Built especially for use with Apple’s laptop computers, the dock allows you to run a single Thunderbolt cable to the cute little accessory, and plug everything else into it. Granted, you’ll still need to keep your power cable handy as well. You not only get two Thunderbolt sockets (one for the primary connection), but also two USB 3.o ports, an HDMI port and a gigabyte Ethernet port, and even front ports for headphone output and microphone input along with another USB 3.0 connector. You’ll need to be running OS X 10.9.2, but you already should be.

The dock does require external power, but this means all of the USB ports provide enough power to plug in external hard drives or even charge your smartphone or tablet. The minimalist design looks slick next to your MacBook, and the aluminum body fit naturally. It wasn’t quite heavy enough to avoid some movement when we moved around our laptop though. If you already have a Thunderbolt display, the Elgato dock probably isn’t necessary (many of the functions are built-in to Apple displays). But for other folks who have been looking for a docking solution that only requires a single cable, this one is just about perfect.

We’ve seen other docks in the past- for PCs, and even one for MacBooks that included a cute built-in lock. But this one is unique, and really handy. It’s more expensive than some, but that’s partially due to the still-premium Thunderbolt connectivity. Don’t fret- the necessary (and often pricey) Thunderbolt cable is included. The Elgato Thunderbolt Dock makes life a little easier, allowing us to only fumble with power and Thunderbolt cables instead of trying to find and wrangle five or six others when we grab our laptops to leave. And it’s available now, online and in stores, for around $250.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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