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Thunderbolt docks review: The best way to connect your MacBook to your other devices

Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock
Price when rated: $999

Pros

  • Single cable from Mac cuts down clutter
  • Can charge Apple laptops
  • FireWire 800, USB, and ethernet connectivity

Cons

  • Reflective screen limits display placement
  • Stand lacks flexibility
  • Few customization options
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Price when rated: $199

Pros

  • Compact size
  • Two Thunderbolt ports

Cons

  • No FireWire
CalDigit Thunderbolt Station
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Price when rated: $249

Pros

  • Compact size
  • Two Thunderbolt ports

Cons

  • No FireWire
StarTech Thunderbolt Laptop Docking Station
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Price when rated: $249

Pros

  • Plug and play
  • USB 3.0 and gigabit ethernet connectivity
  • One-cable convenience

Cons

  • Single Thunderbolt port limits daisy-chaining options
  • Requires Mountain Lion
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At a Glance

It's a bit pricey, but the Thunderbolt Express Dock's many and varied connections can really help you realize the potential of Intel's fast and flexible Thunderbolt technology.

Price when rated: $300
Lowest price: $169.00 via ABT

Pros

  • Lots of connection options
  • Two Thunderbolt ports for daisy chaining Thunderbolt peripherals

Cons

  • Thunderbolt cable not included
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