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Gary Huff
Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt Docking Station Now Available...
on Dec 13, 2012 at 2:50:29 pm

...but I wonder just who is excited by this? The Belkin dock seems far more usable than this thing.


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Franz Bieberkopf
Re: Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt Docking Station Now Available...
on Dec 13, 2012 at 3:14:43 pm

Gary,

I'm not sure what you mean by more or less "usability".

The Matrox is around 250.00 or 275.00.

I believe the Belkin is around 400.00.

Also the Matrox seems to be shipping now, and I think the Belkin is not yet.

Franz.


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Craig Seeman
Re: Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt Docking Station Now Available...
on Dec 13, 2012 at 3:41:42 pm

The price difference might be due to Belkin aiming for Thunderbolt passthrough.
Matrox will apparently have a version that allows for MXO2 hookup but that isn't released either. Not quite the same as TB Passthrough but useful for MXO2 users and maybe less expensive.



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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt Docking Station Now Available...
on Dec 13, 2012 at 3:59:13 pm

Still waiting on that Belkin...dernit.


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Jason Jenkins
Re: Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt Docking Station Now Available...
on Dec 13, 2012 at 5:15:21 pm

Need a couple of ESATA ports on these things. Then they'd be useful.

Jason Jenkins
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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt Docking Station Now Available...
on Dec 13, 2012 at 5:16:59 pm

That's why I am waiting for the Belkin.

eSata, Fw800, ethernet, 3 USB3, TBolt passthrough.


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Jason Jenkins
Re: Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt Docking Station Now Available...
on Dec 13, 2012 at 5:19:02 pm

I was just looking at the Belkin; I don't see ESATA.

http://www.belkin.com/us/thunderbolt

Jason Jenkins
Flowmotion Media
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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt Docking Station Now Available...
on Dec 13, 2012 at 5:21:09 pm

[Jason Jenkins] "I was just looking at the Belkin; I don't see ESATA."

They must have changed it. It used to have eSata, that's why I was waiting on it.

Look here:

http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/05/belkin-thunderbolt-express-dock/


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Jason Jenkins
Re: Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt Docking Station Now Available...
on Dec 13, 2012 at 5:25:40 pm

Yeah, I remember looking at that too. Bummer!

Jason Jenkins
Flowmotion Media
Video production... with style!

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David Cherniack
Re: Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt Docking Station Now Available...
on Dec 13, 2012 at 9:42:03 pm

At a thunderbolt Limit of 4x (for copper) I wouldn't be surprised if esata on top of everything else was just too much bandwidth.

David
AllinOneFilms.com


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt Docking Station Now Available...
on Dec 13, 2012 at 9:59:49 pm

[David Cherniack] "At a thunderbolt Limit of 4x (for copper) I wouldn't be surprised if esata on top of everything else was just too much bandwidth."

Most esata barely reaches the 3 or 6 Gb limit.

USB3 is 5Gb and there's three of them.

I can't imagine it's a bandwidth problem considering thunderbolt is 2 10Gb pipes and already has 2,4,8, and 10Gb storage adapters for it.

eSata is chump change.

My best guess is a driver issue as everything connected to Thunderbolt needs to be "thunderbolt aware".

Jeremy


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Craig Seeman
Re: Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt Docking Station Now Available...
on Dec 13, 2012 at 6:20:23 pm

I think the Matrox design philosophy is a little different than Belkin's.

I don't think its intent is to connect everything conceivable to it, although that may be what some want.
I think it's geared towards adding the basic missing connection one might have on newer Mac laptops rather than "legacy" connections. Ethernet, having USB2 ports for such devices that don't tie up your USB3 ports, separate audio in and out jacks, a way to still connect a second monitor since you're tying up a/the Thunderbolt port... and doing all this affordably.

Again that's, not to say there's a need for a dock that connects with all the various devices we may have but that would be a bit more expensive... and consider what they might be bumping into causing that box delivery data being pushed back.



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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt Docking Station Now Available...
on Dec 13, 2012 at 7:53:49 pm

[Craig Seeman] "causing that box delivery data being pushed back."

If there's one thing that none of us want, it's the box delivery data being pushed back.

Aye carumba.


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