4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Expensive but does the job!!!,
This review is from: Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock (Accessory)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
As noted by others on Amazon and elsewhere this is an expensive expansion port.
My set-up consists of MacMini 2.5 2012 connected to Apple Thunderbolt Display, 2x 2TB Seagate Go-Flex drives connected via USB3, 1x 2TB Seagate Go-Flex drive connected via FW800 and 1x 3TB Seagate Go-Flex drive connected via Seagate Thunderbolt Adaptor plus a further 1TB LaCie drive connected via USB2 In addition to ethernet, speakers etc.
I also occasionally require to connect my MacBook Air 2011; with all the above peripherals connected to the Belkin - all I need to do is swap the Thunderbolt cable from the Mini to the Air - in an ideal world I would prefer a third Thunderbolt port to enable both Mini and Air to be connected at the same time but I realise that is not possible.
So for me this unit is ideal - instead of having to swap multiple connections I swap one only!
I am not in a position to test transfer speeds, but everything operates perfectly from my perspective.
This is a good looking unit emulating both the Mini and Air in visual appearance but not in build quality although it is adequate for the job.
If you're considering purchasing this from Amazon, be aware that there are some inconsistencies in the product images shown on the Amazon product page. I understand that from first announcing the unit and it's subsequent availability, Belkin have changed the original specification and it's appearance.
The unit I have for review is the one depicted in the video available on the product page and also image 5 - the one with just the Thunderbolt cable channel on the front of the unit - not the unit shown in the main image or indeed the back view image (6). These show a forward mounted Thunderbolt Port and to the rear an eSATA port - which in understand was dropped for the final release. Information correct at 24th November 2013.
As stated earlier, this is an expensive unit; had I not been offered it through the Vine program, I would not even consider the expense.