Sonnet Technologies has begun volume shipments of its new Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock, a 16-port docking station for computers with Thunderbolt ports. Featuring an optical drive and an internal drive bay, it offers users a central hub to connect any Mac or Windows computer with a Thunderbolt port to multiple peripheral devices.
“The Echo 15+ is the ultimate docking station for users to connect every device they need, including current and legacy devices — even the latest Ultra HD 4K displays — and expand their storage for backup or increased capacity in a single desktop device that connects to their computer with a Thunderbolt cable,” says Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing, Sonnet Technologies. “With the option to add internal storage supporting data transfer rates of up to 750 MB/s, as well as the ability to read from and write to optical media including Blu-ray Disc, Sonnet’s Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock is the go-to station for flexible connectivity.”
Using the peripherals’ supplied cables, a user can plug up to 16 devices into the Echo 15+, including printers, keyboards, mice, cable modems, external hard drives and SSDs, displays, headphones, speakers, microphones, and iOS devices. The user can instantly connect a computer to all of those devices simply by plugging it into the Echo 15+ using a single Thunderbolt cable (sold separately).
The Echo 15+ offers a range of interfaces, including four for USB 3.0, two for 6Gb/s eSATA, one for FireWire 800, and one for Gigabit Ethernet, as well as two 3.5 millimeter audio inputs, two 3.5 millimeter audio outputs, and dual Thunderbolt 2 ports to support daisy-chaining of Thunderbolt peripherals. USB 3.0, audio input, and audio output ports are placed on both the front and back of the enclosure, enabling users to leave frequently used devices connected to the back ports and disconnect less-needed devices from the front ports.
Each of the dock’s USB 3.0 ports can charge an iPad, iPhone, or iPod, even while the computer is disconnected, off, or sleeping. All four ports provide 7.5 watts of power.
In addition to its docking capabilities, the Echo 15+ offers customers their choice of a built-in 8x DVD±RW drive, a Blu-ray BD-ROM/8x DVD±RW drive with Blu-ray player software for OS X, or a Blu-ray burner 4x BD-R/8x DVD±RW drive.
The Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock with DVD±RW Drive is available for $469. The Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock with Blu-ray Player is available for $499. The Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock with Blu-ray Burner is available for $599. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/coc3bxp .