Sonnet has announced the Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock, a full featured docking station for Mac and Windows computers equipped with Thunderbolt ports.
The docking station is primed with 15 ports: four USB 3.0, one Gigabit Ethernet, one FireWire 800, one headphone, one microphone, one speaker, one audio in, one pass-through Thunderbolt (for either another Thunderbolt device or an external display), two eSATA, and two internal SATA (one port for included optical disc drive and one 6Gbps port for a user-installable 2.5-inch SSD or 3.5-inch hard drive). On top of this, the Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock is stocked with an an 8x DVD±RW drive, or optionally, a Blu-ray BD-ROM/8x DVD±RW drive with Blu-ray player software for OS X.
Offering a simple way to restore FireWire 800, Gigabit Ethernet, eSATA, audio, and add additional USB 3.0 connectivity plus an optical drive to load software, import CDs, burn CDs and DVD-ROMs, and play DVDs and even Blu-ray movies, peripherals are left connected to the dock using standard cables, while the dock connects to the computer with a single Thunderbolt cable.
With the purchase of the Sonnet dock with Blu-ray drive option, software to enable Blu-ray disc playback on Mac computers is included. All models support the installation of a standard SSD or hard drive for backing up data or hosting a media library. For Mac users, this means their Time Machine backup drive can be installed inside the dock.
|Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock||Price in US$|
|DVD Drive (part number ECHO-TBD-CD-0TB)||399.95|
|Blu-ray Drive (part number ECHO-TBD-BL-0TB)||449.95|
|DVD Drive Plus 2TB HDD (part number ECHO-TBD-CD-2TB)||499.95|
|Blu-ray Drive Plus 2TB HDD (part number ECHO-TBD-BL-2TB)||549.95|
Compatible with OS X 10.8.2+, Windows 8, and Windows 7, all models are expected to be available by summer. Models without an HDD will be available from Sonnet and its resellers, while models with an HDD will be sold exclusively through Sonnet's online store.