Thunderbolt Station, by CalDigit
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4.5 stars
  • Outstanding

Review Summary:

PROS: Quality made, very sturdy and firm. Brings nine additional ports. Great performance. Competitive and affordable pricing. CONS: None really.

I believe that most users aren’t even aware of how powerful their Thunderbolt-equipped Macs can really be. This technology offers incredible data speeds and unlimited potential, even though it will take at least several more years for 3rd party accessories to catch up. Sure, there are numerous compatible accessories even today, but in many cases this proved to be a risky area where the end result doesn’t always fulfill its promises.

One of those accessories which are fully usable even today are Thunderbolt-equipped stations. These can be used to solve one of the most common problems of newly released Macs. In case you own the Retina MacBook Pro or Air, I am pretty sure that you’re struggling with the number of available ports. This is a direct consequence of aspirations of making notebooks lighter and thinner than ever before, which is something that Apple knows very well. In this article we’ll tell you more about one of the newly released Thunderbolt stations, which comes from CalDigit.

CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 1

CalDigit’s Thunderbolt Station is designed to offer a number of additional ports to any Apple’s Thunderbolt-equipped laptop or desktop. It uses incredibly fast Thunderbolt bandwidth to connect several peripherals to your computer, where the only cable between your computer and this station is the Thunderbolt cable.

On a first look it’s clear that CalDigit wanted to bring a product which resembles some of Apple’s products, at least in some elements like contours and used materials. I am sure this station will match the exterior of your Mac, which means that you can keep it on your desk at all times. This is especially helpful if you’re using a notebook, where you can attach numerous peripherals simply by plugging the Thunderbolt cable which takes just a few seconds to start things up.

The front side of this station features a 3.5mm headphone jack and a 3.5mm microphone jack, but you’ll also find one USB 3.0 port. There’s also a small blue LED light, which signalizes that the unit has been plugged in. The back side features several additional ports. This is where you’ll get to use two additional USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt ports, an HDMI port, and a Gigabit Ethernet port. This is total of nine additional ports that you can use simultaneously.

You can use one of those two Thunderbolt ports to create a daisy chain, meaning that you can connect some other Thunderbolt-equipped devices and peripherals. I also need to pinpoint that you’ll receive an Ethernet port, which has been discounted at newer Mac models, so this is something that many users around the world are going to love.

CalDigit’s Thunderbolt Station is priced at $200, but you’ll need to supply your own Thunderbolt cable. In case you don’t own one, you can order a bundle which includes this cable, and which is priced at $224. In comparison to similar products, it’s clear that this Thunderbolt Station brings very competitive pricing. After all, you’ll get every port that you might possibly need in your everyday life.


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