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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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target market
By kattanna on 1/9/2012 11:28:12 AM , Rating: 3
If $299 is too much to ask for you

considering it will be bought by people buying new macbook airs, the $299 price is small.

RE: target market
By steven975 on 1/9/2012 12:30:42 PM , Rating: 3
Hey, I bought a Macbook Air!

At the price, they're pretty comparable to other PC options in that range. The case design is solid, the screen is very good, has LightPeak, and the hardware is solid. Paying the ~$100 apple tax was a no-brainer. Yes, I have Win7 on it.

The $299 price is ridiculous. The electronics in this are relatively simple, and this is something I'd pay $99 for. $299 is a massive profit...when TB comes out in more hardware, this is something that will fall fast.

RE: target market
By alcalde on 1/9/2012 11:33:04 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know...

"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,"

I don't know... if you earn $20 an hour, that's about fifteen hours of plugging and unplugging you'd have to be saved from to break even. If you spend 15 seconds plugging and unplugging at a time, that'd be 3,588 plugging/unplugging sessions you'd need to have to break even. If we said it was 15 to plug and 15 to unplug and that you did this twice a day, it'd still be almost 2.5 years to break even.

By NINaudio on 1/9/2012 11:44:26 AM , Rating: 2
15.6" Mobile Monitor features a resolution of 1366x768

Does anyone else think this is an absolutely atrocious resolution for a monitor of this size? Come on pc makers, NOBODY likes that resolution no matter what the screen size...

RE: Abysmal
By Brandon Hill on 1/9/2012 11:47:15 AM , Rating: 2
They could at least throw us a bone with 1440x900 ;)

RE: Abysmal
By Denigrate on 1/9/2012 12:01:26 PM , Rating: 2
1440 X 900 wouldn't be good enough for me to justify purchasing the mobil monitor. A minimum of 1680 X 1050, and hopefully a 1920 X 1200/1080.

The Belkin TB pic is wrong
By Scott66 on 1/9/2012 1:09:53 PM , Rating: 2
Was watching a TWIT broadcast last night and the TB device no longer looks like the one pictured. Now seems just to be a squarish box.

Also the price of 299 is a little much but possible due to the sheer number and type of ports.

But such a price makes getting an Apple TB Cinema Display more attractive as it contains all the ports the Belkin has but will give the user a true desktop experience.

RE: The Belkin TB pic is wrong
By Penti on 1/9/2012 11:34:25 PM , Rating: 2
You mean like the pictures in the press release? Off course. They linked to that in the article. TB is expensive, requires many circuits, I can see somebody running a ordinary DisplayPort/DVI/HDMI-screen with a dock like that instead of buying a Thunderbolt Display. A Thunderbolt Display alone is 999 dollars.

Here in Sweden you could probably get another 27" IPS/PLS/PVA screen plus this Belkin dock for what the TB Display costs here. Probably get money over too. If you already have the screen you want it is still 299 for the convenience and not 999. You also get Gigabit ethernet and the convenience of getting everything at the desk connected via the TB-cable (another $50). Expensive but that is expected where Thunderbolt, TB-chips, hdmi - dvi - displayport "repeaters" (multiplexer, converter, muxer) and etc are at.

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