OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock – Review

On May 26, 2015, in Audio, Camcorder, Camera, Headphones, Network, OWC, Review, by Steve Hammond

OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock
Price: $249.99
Company: OWC

Thunderbolt is probably the most interesting technology that came to our Macintoshes in recent years. Since I bought a 15” MacBook Pro with retina display, I have been following the market for Thunderbolt docks. In the first years, they were slow to come to market. Then, with Thunderbolt 2 released, they removed some ports. OWC has a new accessory that has Thunderbolt 2 connectivity with a FireWire port: the OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock.


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USB 3 to HDMI/DVI Video Display Adapter
Company: NewerTechnology
Price: $62

NewerTech adapter

This innovative and versatile new video adapter falls into the category of Where have you been all my life, and where were you when I really needed you? In five minutes you can unpack its three component pieces, download the necessary free software, and be viewing your Mac’s content on an external display that has either an HDMI or DVI interface.

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My Passport Pro – Review

On April 24, 2014, in Hard Drive, RAID, Review, by Curt Blanchard

My Passport Pro 2TB Thunderbolt Hard Drive
Manufacturer: Western Digital
MSRP: $299.99
My Passport Pro

My Passport Pro 2TB portable hard drive is built specifically for the Mac as it utilizes Apple’s Thunderbolt technology. It is also powered by Thunderbolt so no external power source is required. The hot, new feature is that it contains two identical drives that are user configurable. For example, you can use one of the drives for Time Machine and the other for your back-ups.


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StarTech Thunderbolt Docking Station versus Akitio Thunder Dock: And The Winner Is? – Nemo Memo
StarTech Thunderbolt Laptop Docking Station with HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, and Gigabit Ethernet
Price: $250 U.S.


Akitio Thunder Dock Thunderbolt Docking Station

$249 U.S.


Your life just changed for the better. You purchased and put into service one of these newest-generation of hardware docks that are compatible with the Thunderbolt ports on your recent MacBook Pro. It’s time to party as if SCSI, FireWire, and USB docks are ancient history, which they are, thanks to StarTech and Akitio.

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Backup Plus Desktop Drive for Macintosh
Price: $110 to $190, based on 2TB, 3TB, or 4TB online purchase

Seagate Backup Plus Black Mac

Seagate’s semi-modular external drives are versatile gems of design and engineering. With only a few companies now manufacturing good-quality consumer backup drives, the latest lineup of Backup Plus Desktop Drive for Macintosh models offers reliability, excellent value for money, and a secret hidden feature in the removable bottom power and interface port base unit.

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DS1 Thunderbolt Docking Station
Company: Matrox
Price: £195/$249

After what seems like an interminable delay since the introduction of the high-speed Thunderbolt interface to the Macintosh two years ago, consumer-level Thunderbolt devices are finally appearing on the market. Unlike more conventional devices such as hard drives, the Matrox DS1 docking station aims to capitalise on the massive bandwidth available in the interface to provide a single cable docking connection for your portable Mac.


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Drobo 5D

On December 12, 2012, in Hard Drive, Review, by Steve Hammond

Drobo 5D
Price: $849 US
Company: Drobo

With Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 technology making their way into the market, many new products were recently announced supporting those technologies. Drobo made the announcement of two new products this summer that incorporate both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt: the Drobo mini and the Drobo 5D. In this review, I will cover the latter.

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Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapters – First Look – Nemo Memo

Internet prices: $100 and $190 (approximately)

It’s not easy to test these innovative new Thunderbolt adapters from Seagate. I needed a compatible GoFlex portable hard drive with its removable USM cable module, and a GoFlex Desk hard drive with removable base, both of  which I have. I needed an Apple Thunderbolt cable, which I didn’t have. I needed a Thunderbolt-equipped Macintosh, which I also don’t have.

Seagate provided our evaluation GoFlex Thunderbolt adapters. Then they sent a $50 Apple Thunderbolt cable. So far so good. A local retail establishment generously provided the latest 15 inch MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt port. One of my Mac tutorial clients agreed to let me use his new 13 inch MacBook Air. I was ready to proceed.

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To USB 3, or Not to USB 3. That is the question.
Part 3

On January 24, 2012, in Features, by Rich Lefko


Part 3 (Read Part 1 here, or Part 2 here)

Back in September, I decided to see if USB 3 was worth my time and money. I installed a USB 3 PCI card (CalDigit SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Card – $79.00 USD) in my Mac Pro and set out to take a look at drives that offered USB 3 as an interface option.

As you can see in this chart, USB 3 is advertised as being much faster than USB 2 or Firewire 800, but much slower than Thunderbolt.

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Jason Hiner
TechFan #23

On March 11, 2011, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Jason Hiner of CBS Interactive and the Editor in Chief of the TechRepublic joins Tim and David! Topics include Intel’s move from USB 3 to LightPeak (Thunderbolt), Wireless USB, Tablets, the MyMac Podcast Network, and the future of how we will get our content.

Forget Intel’s Thunderbolt, Wireless USB is the revolution
Tech Sanity Check
Jason on Twitter

Thunder Cohen
TechFan #21

On February 25, 2011, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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David drinks way too much caffeine and runs away with the show. Happy to be lazy, Tim sits back and simply directs traffic. Topics include: XOOM, GameLoft and Tim inserting foot in mouth, Lion Server, and Thunderbolt!

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