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StarTech’s Laptop Docking Station Lets Users Transform a MacBook or Ultrabook into a workstation, through a single Thunderbolt™ cable

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New Thunderbolt laptop docking station adds HDMI Display Adapter, UASP-enabled USB 3.0 hub, Gigabit Ethernet port, speaker and microphone support through a single cable connection 

Northampton, UK - December 19, 2013 - StarTech.com, a leading manufacturer of hard-to-find connectivity parts, has announced the availability of their new Thunderbolt Docking Station (SKU: TBDOCKHDPBC), which enables users to transform a Thunderbolt-equipped MacBook® or UltrabookTM laptop into a powerful full-featured workstation, through a single Thunderbolt cable. The new docking station can be positioned vertically or horizontally to best suit the desk space, and includes a 1-metre Thunderbolt cable to provide a ready-to-connect docking solution right out of the box.

The docking station is the first from StarTech.com to feature a Thunderbolt host connection, and includes numerous high-performance peripheral connections including an integrated USB 3.0 hub with UASP support, 3.5mm stereo mini-jacks for speaker and microphone support as well as both HDMI and Thunderbolt outputs. The Thunderbolt output port allows for up to six Thunderbolt devices, including an additional display, to be daisy-chained, all connected to a docked laptop through the single host cable connection.

"Our Thunderbolt docking station offers users a simple, fast and flexible solution for quickly expanding their MacBook or Ultrabook connectivity options" said Carey Cline, Senior Product Manager for StarTech.com's Laptop Docking Station product line. "Based on the outstanding performance capability of the Thunderbolt host connection, this dock makes it easy to turn a laptop, such as a MacBook or Ultrabook, into a highly scalable workspace over just a single cable, making it well-suited to a wide range of applications, especially hot-desking. Our Thunderbolt Docking Station offers many unique features that users have been asking for such as multiple USB 3.0 device connectivity, full USB 3.0 speed throughput and the inclusion of a 1m cable to make it a complete, out of the box solution."

Features of the TBDOCKHDPBC Thunderbolt Docking Station include:

  • Thunderbolt output, daisy-chainable up to six Thunderbolt-equipped devices
  • High resolution support: 1920x1080 through HDMI, 2560x1440 through Thunderbolt
  • Integrated 3-port USB 3.0 hub, with UASP support, full USB 3.0 throughput per port
  • Host connection supports full Thunderbolt throughput, up to 10Gbps
  • 10/100/1000 Mbps compatible Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Weighted stand for vertical positioning
  • Speaker and Microphone support via 3.5mm stereo mini-jacks
  • Includes 1m Thunderbolt cable
  • Plug/port compatible with Thunderbolt 2-equipped MacBook laptops and Thunderbolt 2 devices

MSRP for StarTech.com's TBDOCKHDPBC Thunderbolt Docking Station is £214.99 (GBP exc. VAT) in the UK. The docking station will be available from Insight, Amazon.co.uk and Dabs and is also distributed by Enta, Ingram Micro and Micro-P.

To learn more about Thunderbolt and see StarTech.com's complete lineup of Thunderbolt products and accessories, please visit: www.startech.com/thunderbolt.

About StarTech.com

StarTech.com is an ISO 9001:2000 registered manufacturer of hard-to find connectivity parts including A/V products, computer parts, cables and server management solutions. Founded in 1985, StarTech.com has locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, The United Kingdom, Europe and Taiwan, servicing a worldwide market.