Unit was originally announced in spring 2013, delayed due to upgrades
Sonnet has finally started shipping the Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock, which if first announced more than two years ago. In part, the delay was due to the announcement of Thunderbolt 2 shortly after Sonnet began accepting pre-orders, pushing the breakout box into 2014. From there, production issues have keep the unit off shelves until now, and the now-shipping dock offers four USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, a FireWire 800 port, two 6Gb/s eSATA ports, and more.
USB 3.0 upgrade for older Macs
Several companies currently offer Thunderbolt docks to expand the interface options for recent MacBooks. CalDigit's Thunderbolt Station is one of the latest, providing a wide range of connections including USB 3.0, HDMI and Ethernet ports, among others. Check out our full review for a closer look at the new docking station.
Dock being sold in limited numbers before wider availability in 2014
Microsoft has started selling a docking station for the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, with sales said to be in limited quantities before wider availability next year. The dock's appearance is accompanied by Microsoft demonstrating one of its recently-announced Surface covers, one which is dedicated to music creation and playback.
Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt docking station shipping to US, globally Jan.
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.
Dock allows for automatic wake of receiver by iPhone
Onkyo is soon to release an iOS docking station with wireless capability for its receivers. As well as having a 30-pin connector which also charges an iPad, iPod, or iPhone, the DS-A5 will also allow receivers from other manufacturers to take advantage of the AirPlay wireless streaming, and the streaming of audio files from computers with iTunes installed.
Deals on speaker systems, laptop stands, and more
Today's deals from DealNN include price breaks on speaker systems, laptop stands, and more. Woot.com has now lowered the cost of the JBL OnBeat Air Wireless Speaker/Dock, complete with built-in touch-pad controls, composite video output, and support for connecting to computers or laptops via USB. Currently featured at DealNN, the speaker system has now dropped to $99.99 in price, and offers savings of up to $200.
BeoPlay V1 has self-contained speakers and can hold Apple TV
Bang and Olufsen has unveiled the BeoPlay V1, the first television from the high-end audio manufacturer's brand B&O Play. The television uses self-contained speakers set in a Scandinavian-industrial style powder-coated steel cabinet, contrasting with the previous TV releases. The manufacturer also noted an iOS docking station, called the BeoPlay A8, which adds Apple AirPlay support as an update to the original BeoSound 8.
Dual drive docking station supports PATA, SATA
As a response to user requests, Startech unveiled the new Unidock 3U. The open dual hard drive docking station allows for one Serial ATA (SATA) and one older Parallel ATA (PATA or IDE) drive to be connected simultaneously with a USB 3 high-speed connection to the host computer.
Deals on docking systems, earphones, and more
Today's deals from DealNN include discounted docking systems, earphones, and more. Buy.com recently lowered the cost of the Haier IPD-100 “The View” Docking System for iPad/iPhone/iPod, which includes four front speakers and two passive woofers with 3D system, video output support, and a remote control. Currently featured at DealNN, this device has dropped 53% off its original list price and can be purchased for only $59.99.