I can’t have been the only one who saw the potential for the Thunderbolt connection as the one cable to rule them all into your laptop, but it’s taken so damn long to realise that. Now, finally, Matrox has made it happen with it’s new DS1 dock. One Thunderbolt cable in; DVI/HDMI, Ethernet, USB 2 and 3.0, and headphone out, plus a mic port too. Brilliant.
It’s just a shame the Matrox DS1 clocks in at £200-odd, but when you compare it to the only other way to do the same thing currently available, the £900 Apple Thunderbolt display, it seems like a veritable bargain. Belkin was meant to be coming out with something similar, including an extra Thunderbolt port for daisy chaining, but that’s been pushed well back into 2013.
£200 might seem a bit steep, but if you primarily use your MacBook hooked up to a monitor, Ethernet and a butt-load of accessories, this is the thing for you. Santa, you’ve got your orders. [Matrox via MacRumors]