Slowly, but surely, Thunderbolt docks are starting to appear from peripheral manufacturers. The Matrox DS1 has shipped to much acclaim, although Belkin's promised Thunderbolt Express Dock has slipped past the promised Q1 ship date. Now Sonnet has announced that the Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock (starting at US$399.95) is available for pre-order.
The Echo 15 is good-sized, and for a very good reason: it's full of ports, adds a DVD or Blu-ray drive, supports an internal HD or SSD, and uses Mini DisplayPort to connect to a number of display interfaces.
Sonnet is starting with four configurations:
- Dock with DVD drive -- $399.95
- Dock with Blu-ray drive -- $449.95
- Dock with DVD drive and 2 TB HDD -- $499.95
- Dock with Blu-ray drive and 2 TB HDD -- $549.95
All of the configurations show a Summer 2013 ship date. The configurations with a built-in Blu-ray drive also include Mac Blu-ray player software.