Device brings three USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, more to Thunderbolt
Like USB before it, Thunderbolt is taking a path to ubiquity. Originally included on Apple's MacBook Pro series, the new interface technology is starting to show up on Windows computers, and even enthusiast motherboards. The only problem with a new common interface is the displacement of older ones. To fill this gap, many manufacturers are developing interface breakout boxes, including a variety of ports that a Thunderbolt-equipped computer may or may not have. StarTech has a one such entry, a docking station that includes three USB 3.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI, and audio in and out ports to Thunderbolt-equipped computers. Is StarTech's offering ideal? Check out our review to find out.
New dock gives three USB 3.0 UASP ports, audio in/out
Connectivity specialist StarTech has announced the availability of its new Thunderbolt Docking Station which enables users to add a variety of connectivity options to a Thunderbolt-equipped computer. The new docking station can be positioned vertically or horizontally to best suit the desk space, and includes a one-meter Thunderbolt cable to provide a ready-to-connect docking solution right out of the box.
StarTech's travel router connects mobile devices to wired networks
StarTech has announced the availability of its latest product, the Wireless-N Travel Router, which lets users create a WiFi hotspot from a wired network connection. Able to connect wireless-only mobile devices (such as tablets or smartphones) to a wired network, the Wireless-N Travel Router can be powered from an iPad wall charger or any computer USB port.
Dual-display video, Gigabit Ethernet supported by new device
Connectivity specialist StarTech has announced the release of a new USB 3.0 Laptop Docking Station (USB3SDOCKHDV), which enables users to add HDMI and DVI-D, or HDMI and VGA dual video, as well as audio and Gigabit Ethernet connections to a Windows-based laptop through a single USB 3.0 port.
Device duplicates to two USB 2.0 target volumes simultaneously
Computer connectivity specialist StarTech has announced the release of a portable USB Flash Duplicator, which enables users to simultaneously clone a single flash drive onto two individual flash drives, or erase two flash drives to US Department of Defense specification without having to connect the duplicator or the drives to a computer. In addition to just USB flash drives, the unit supports hard drives, SD, SDHC, Micro SD, MMC, Mini SD, and CF media through USB 2.0 enclosures or multimedia card readers.
Gear4 adds new case designs to iPhone 5 cover range
Gear4 has revealed its range of cases for the iPhone 5. The new range includes a number of cases that are fairly nontraditional in their appearance, such as the edge-protecting Band ($20) that leaves the front and rear accessible while protecting the handset from shock damage. Thin Ice ($20) provides protection with its tough plastic design with a liquid rubber back, while also being the thinnest case for the iPhone 5 that Gear4 has to offer.
All MacBooks may get HDMI connector soon
(Updated with Apple stance) Apple in its launch of the new MacBook Pro today put out hints that it will more officially support HDMI soon. The video options in its specs list show the option of HDMI output using an official "Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter" despite Apple having made no mention of such an adapter itself. A search of the online Apple store doesn't show any adapters of the kind, whether made by Apple or anyone else.
New VGA and HDMI DisplayPort adapters
StarTech has launched a new line of Mini DisplayPort adapters, used for connecting displays to either PC or Mac computers. The first of the three new additions is the Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter, which is designed to connect a VGA monitor or HDTV and offers support for resolutions up to 1920x1200 and a maximum HDTV resolution of 1080p. The Mini DisplayPort to HDMI supports the same resolutions as the previous adapter.
StarTech's notebook-as-KVM add-on reviewed
StarTech's Crash Cart is an appropriately named tool: much like the emergency medical kit, it allows any USB-equipped notebook to function as the monitor, keyboard, and mouse for any 'headless' server or for a desktop computer that may need urgent maintenance. It's not a trivial expense at $470, but does it work well enough that those who need it can expect to work well? Our review finds out.
2-port DisplayPort KVM Switch
StarTech has released the 2-port DisplayPort KVM Switch, a new device for controlling up to two computers using monitors with full-size DisplayPort connectors from a single keyboard. The switch is designed for multimedia apps first and supports 7.1-channel surround as well as a maximum display resolution of 3840x2400 when used at a reduced refresh rate. It can be controlled using either hotkeys or on-switch buttons.