Here are some of the new Thunderbolt-compatible accessories that have been unveiled at CES:
Belkin has introduced the new $299 Thunderbolt Express Dock. The dock includes three USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, one HDMI port, one 3.5mm audio port, one gigabit Ethernet port, and two Thunderbolt ports for daisy-chaining to other Thunderbolt devices. The dock will be available to buyers in September.
Elgato’s new Thunderbolt SSD is compact enough to fit in your back pocket. The solid state drive draws power from your Mac directly through the Thunderbolt port, minimizing the cable mess that can often accompany peripherals. The $430 device comes to market in February.
LaCie: This peripheral maker unveiled two new Thunderbolt products: The 2Big Thunderbolt Series, a professional two-bay RAID server aimed at photo and video editors; and the eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series, designed to let Thunderbolt-equipped Macs connect to external hard drives and get top data-transfer speeds. LaCie says the new products will hit the market “in the first quarter of 2012.” The company offered no pricing information.
Blackmagic Design: The company’s new Intensity Shuttle is a video capture box with HDMI, analog component, composite and S-Video inputs and outputs. It also has support for SD and HD compressed and uncompressed 10-bit video capture and playback. The $239 device will be available during the first quarter of 2012.
It has been nearly a near since Apple started equipping MacBook Pros with Thunderbolt ports. The technology allows for super-fast transfer of data—three times faster than the best FireWire technology—including, notably, video—between a computer and external devices. As the technology becomes cheaper, though—and that appears to be happening with the latest round of announcements—experts say Thunderbolt will find mass-consumer uses, enabling super-quick data backups, the editing of high-definition photos, and more.