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CalDigit makes some amazingly fast disk drives and arrays, usually featuring fast Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 connections to speed your data back and forth. Today the company announced the CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 2 (US$199.99, pre-order for $169.99), a new docking station that goes a bit further than the Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD we reviewed earlier this month.

Most of the Thunderbolt 2 docks we've seen are similar, with three USB 3.0 ports, audio in/out ports, a pair of Thunderbolt 2 ports, an HDMI adapter, and a LAN adapter. CalDigit's dock adds a pair of 6 Gb/second eSATA ports, perfect for those Mac users who have accumulated a few eSATA peripherals over the years.

The CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 2 also flips between vertical and horizontal orientations easily, has double the warranty of the Belkin and Elgato Thunderbolt 2 docks, and is the least expensive of the bunch at a full $100 less than the suggested retail price of the Belkin dock. The only thing missing is an actual Thunderbolt cable, which you'll need to connect the dock to your Mac.

Mac users with tons of speedy peripherals will want to take a look at the CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 2 when it arrives. Pre-orders until January 15, 2015 take an extra $30 off of the price, so it's a heck of a deal.

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