thunderbolt - EssentialMac
In what could be the ultimate in Thunderbolt docks, Sonnets Echo 15 includes Four USB 3.0 Ports, Four SATA Ports, Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire® 800, Pass-Through Thunderbolt Port, Optical Disc Drive, and 2.5/3.5-Inch Internal Drive Bay. Just a shame it’s as ugly as sin.
Sonnet today announced the Echo Express II, the newest member of the company’s popular Echo family of Thunderbolt expansion chassis for PCIe cards. Featuring two PCIe slots, the new Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion chassis enables the use of a wide variety of high-performance PCI Express cards — with any computer equipped with a Thunderbolt port.
A while ago on the podcast we discussed the future of mac gaming and realised that thunderbolt could be the key to enabling those fancy dan, high end graphics card gaming experiences. Imagine a macbook air hooked to a thunderbolt graphic card. Well seems that Matrox might be heading down that route.
Thunderbolt may be one of the fastest cable connections out there but it certainly comes at a lofty price and there isn’t much in the way of Thunderbolt devices until now. Sonnet have released new product lines which are Thunderbolt ready. A little scarce on the ground right now but traction could finally be growing.
It’s been a busy week in the Apple camp. First there was Lion, the Macbook being dropped and today we have what Apple calls the “World’s First Thunderbolt Display”. The 27-inch Thunderbolt Display has an LED-backlit, 2560-by-1440 pixel, 16:9, in-plane swtiching (IPS) screen, which Apple says has a brightness of 375 cd/m2 and a 1000:1 contrast ratio.