Apple makes some fantastic hardware, but one complaint I hear leveled at Macs, especially by professionals, is that there are never enough ports to go around. I know a lot of professional photographers and videographers who continually have to unplug devices to make room for something else, a hassle that wastes time and disrupts workflows.
Enter the OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock.
You want ports? You got them! This single sleek dock is home to a vast array of ports:
- 2 x Thunderbolt 2
- 5 x USB 3.0 (including two high-power ports for fast-charging devices such as smartphones and tablets)
- 1 x FireWire 800
- 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
- 1 x HDMI 1.4b with 4K display support
- 1 x 3.5mm audio input / mic
- 1 x 3.5mm audio output / headphone
To the Thunderbolt 2 Dock you can theoretically connect up to 78 devices – you can daisy chain 63 devices to the FireWire 800 port, and five devices plus a display to the Thunderbolt 2 ports – over a single Thunderbolt connection.
And the good news is that it works with any Thunderbolt-equipped Mac running OS X 10.9.4 or later.
This can be yours for the special pre-order price of $249. This represents excellent value, especially when you consider how much Apple Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet and Thunderbolt-to-FireWire dongles cost.
This is an excellent accessory for any professional using the Mac platform, but it's especially suited to those working with a Mac Pro or perhaps the new 5K iMac because it offers a cheap and easy way to simplify and streamline all the devices that connect to the computer.