Elgato’s Thunderbolt 2 Dock (www.elgato.com) features 20 Gb/s bandwidth and support for HDMI displays with up to 4K resolution. In addition to providing a leap in performance over the first generation of Thunderbolt docks, it offers an improved, amplified audio output as well as stand-alone USB charging.

The Thunderbolt 2 Dock comes in an aluminum enclosure designed to complement the silver design of Apple’s Mac notebooks. It offers two Thunderbolt 2 ports, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, amplified Audio out and microphone in.

The Thunderbolt 2 Dock is a convenient solution to connect all of your devices to, for instance, your MacBook. With just one Thunderbolt cable, you can hook up your computer to your display, wired network connection, a headset, and your high-speed peripherals.

With two Thunderbolt 2 ports, you can connect your computer with only one cable and simultaneously enjoy the extended versatility of Thunderbolt technology. A built-in HDMI port can drive any display of your choice up to 4K resolution, and three additional SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports assure that all of your devices are connected when you need them, at full speed and with up to 1.5A of power. What’s more, you can tap into the full performance of wired network connections with the built-in Gigabit Ethernet port, and enjoy crystal-clear conference calls through the separate microphone input and amplified audio output.

The Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock has a suggested retail price of US$229.95 and includes an Elgato Thunderbolt Cable. There’s a free Elgato Thunderbolt Dock Utility that installs a Status Menu that lets you eject all storage devices at once.The software also enables high-power USB support so your Dock’s USB ports will charge any iPad and iPhone, enable you to use your Apple SuperDrive, or connect additional bus-powered devices to your Apple Keyboard.