Belkin, Toshiba show off some pricey notebook docks

Remember the Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock that we got a sneak peak at during IDF 2011? The small device was sitting by itself at the bottom of a display case without much fanfare.
Well, Belkin officially announced the Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock here today at CES 2012 and it's pricing is not for the faint of heart. The dock will be priced at a whopping $299, and it won't even give you USB 3.0 support. Instead, you get three USB 2.0 ports, one Firewire 800 port, one HDMI, one GbE, a 3.5mm audio jack, and two Thunderbolt ports (one for upstream, one for downstream).

Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock
"People purchase MacBook Airs and Ultrabooks for ultimate portability, but constantly plugging-in and unplugging numerous cable-connected peripherals is an annoying and time consuming ordeal," said Martin Avilla, GM of Belkin's Core Business Unit. "The Thunderbolt Express Dock provides a much-needed solution that creates a cleaner, faster, more productive workspace and reliable connectivity to desktop devices and the Internet."
If $299 is too much to ask for you, Belkin has a USB 3.0 dock that is slightly easier on your wallet.
Toshiba's dynadock U3.0 is a USB 3.0 docking station that provides two USB 2.0 ports and four USB 3.0 port to hook up all of your peripherals. It also supports HDMI and DVI/VGA and features a 3.5mm audio jack.

Toshiba dynadock U3.0
The dynadock U3.0 will be available in late January for $179.99.
In addition, Toshiba is also showing off a mobile monitor to expand the "desktop space" on your laptop. The 3.6-pound, 15.6" Mobile Monitor features a resolution of 1366x768 and is powered by USB 3.0 making it a perfect companion for the dynadock.
Toshiba is quite ready to talk pricing on the Mobile Monitor, but it will be available in April.

Toshiba Mobile Monitor

Sources: Belkin, Toshiba

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