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LaCie announced their first rackmount storage solution at NAB2014.  Called the 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2, it combines a 1U rackmount storage solution with Thunderbolt 2 speeds to deliver a premium storage device for your network.  Read on for details.

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LaCie announced their first rackmount storage solution at NAB2014.  Called the 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2, it combines a 48 TB 1U rackmount storage solution with Thunderbolt 2 speeds to deliver a premium storage device for your network.  Daisy chain 36 of these to deliver a storage array of 1,728TB at speeds of 3000MB/s and pack that into 36U of space.  The 8big features redundant power supplies and fans, and the ability to swap them out with no tools required.  Get up and running with massive storage and Thunderbolt 2 transfer speeds for all of your 4K post production requirements!

Check out this video that shows off the new product:

Here is the press release:

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LaCie Introduces its First Thunderbolt 2 Rackmount Storage Solution

Las Vegas – LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology (NASDAQ: STX), announced at the 2014 NAB Show the release of its first Thunderbolt™ 2 rackmount storage solution: the LaCie™ 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2. Compact and stylish, the LaCie 8big Rack features up to eight 6TB 7200RPM HDDs from Seagate, for an impressive 48TB in a mere 1U size. Delivering speeds of up to 1330MB/s*, it is the most powerful plug and play rackmount solution for 4K video editing.

Thunderbolt 2 Speeds

Thanks to Thunderbolt 2, the 8big Rack delivers ample bandwidth to support 10-bit, 4K footage. With this kind of performance, videographers can work directly from RAW files in Apple® Final Cut Pro® or Adobe® Premiere®, get maximum quality from footage and see edits in real time.

Hardware and Data Reliability

The LaCie 8big Rack features data and component redundancy so that users will experience zero downtime in the unlikely case of hardware failure. Fans, disks and PSU** are fully redundant, hot swappable*** and user-serviceable. The LaCie 8big Rack also includes hardware RAID 5/6 for failure-proof data security that doesn’t compromise transfer speeds. Additionally, the hardware RAID controller means that users can connect the product to any workstation without losing the RAID configuration.

Stylish 1U Design

With professional rackmount storage, usability can be a huge differentiator among users. As a result, LaCie designed the 8big Rack to deliver extraordinary usability for professionals. It features a clean, slim, aluminum exterior that includes four or eight hard disks (up to 48TB) in a true 1U size. It provides easy access with gliding drawer functionality and a cable management arm. What’s more, the LaCie 8big Rack features no-fuss access to components and tool-free maintenance of fans, PSU, and disks. And with status indicator LEDs on the front and back, professionals can instantly identify hard drives that need to be replaced.

The LaCie 8big Rack has an innovative cooling system that prolongs component lifespan. It features three efficient, thermoregulated cooling fans to drive airflow. Air flows above and between the two rows of disks, from front to back, to conduct heat away from sensitive components.

Dual Thunderbolt ports

The LaCie 8big Rack features two Thunderbolt 2 ports for daisy chaining. This means that professionals can daisy chain up to six Thunderbolt rack units together, and then connect them with a single cable to a computer. The new Mac Pro® features six Thunderbolt 2 ports, which means that power users could connect up to 36 LaCie 8big Racks to a single workstation, enabling up to a surprising 1.7PB (1728TB) of capacity and speeds of greater than 3000MB/s. Now professionals can create a truly plug and play 4K video editing storage system that delivers increased capacity, incredible speed and unmatched convenience to their workflow.

The LaCie 8big Rack delivers unimaginable scale in half the space, a dramatically simpler setup, and unprecedented performance.

Availability

The LaCie 8big Rack, featuring Thunderbolt 2, will be available this quarter in 4-disk (12TB) or 8-disk (24TB and 48TB) configurations through the LaCie online store and LaCie resellers. Pricing will be announced when the product is available for purchase. Thunderbolt 2 is compatible with the same cables and connectors as first-generation Thunderbolt. For more product information, visit www.lacie.com.

WARRANTY

The 8big Rack is protected by a three-year limited warranty. The warranty includes complimentary web-based resources, expert in-house technical support and worldwide repair and/or replacement coverage. Warranty extension and Advance Care Option can also be purchased. For details, visit http://www.lacie.com/warranties.

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Check out these product pictures:

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LaCie announced a refresh of their popular 5big NAS unit at NAB2014, adding Thunderbolt 2, support for 6TB hard drives and a hardware RAID controller to enhance performance.  Read on for details.

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LaCie announced a refresh of their popular 5big NAS unit at NAB2014, adding Thunderbolt 2, support for 6TB hard drives and a hardware RAID controller to enhance performance.  I have the prior 5big model, and these changes enhance an already nice product.  With faster RAID5 performance and with the ability to deploy a 30TB unit, this is a worthwhile upgrade.  Pricing is still TBD.

Check out this video overview of the Thunderbolt 2 products from LaCie:

Here is the press release:

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LaCie Enhances Award-Winning 5big with Thunderbolt 2 Technology and RAID 5

Las Vegas – LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology (NASDAQ: STX), announced at the 2014 NAB Show a leap forward for its award-winning 5big. Now featuring Thunderbolt™ 2 technology, hardware RAID and industry-leading capacity, the new LaCie™ 5big is nearly two times faster – delivering speeds of up to 1050MB/s*. Thanks to Seagate’s new 6TB 7200RPM hard disks it boasts a 20% capacity increase, which makes it the most compact 30TB storage device on the market. With these advances, the new LaCie 5big gives video professionals huge capacity and ample bandwidth for improving 4K workflows right on the desktop.

Storage for the 4k era

As a result of Thunderbolt 2 technology, the LaCie 5big delivers incredible, sustained speeds of up to 1050MB/s. Connect three LaCie 5bigs in parallel to a new Mac Pro® for up to 90TB of capacity and speeds of up to 3000MB/s on a single workstation. This is enough bandwidth to edit several video streams in native 4K resolution. With this kind of speed, videographers working in Apple® Final Cut Pro® or Adobe® Premiere® get maximum quality from footage and see native 4K edits in real time.

“Having enough speed and capacity to back up and edit more than 100 terabytes of REDÒ 4K footage was one of our biggest challenges when self-producing the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 2013 World Tour documentary series,” said director Jason Koenig. “LaCie’s 5bigs have been critical in allowing us to handle and cut on the tour bus with no issues. I haven’t used a more reliable drive.”

“At the 2014 NAB Show, there is a clear focus on 4K video,” said Jason Ziller, Marketing Director for Thunderbolt at Intel. “We are pleased to see critical players like LaCie introduce robust storage solutions, such as the new 5big, which emphasize the power of concurrent 4K video transfer and data delivery via Thunderbolt 2 capability.”

Raid for speed with security

The LaCie 5big offers a range of RAID modes that allow users to tailor the product to their needs. Its hardware RAID delivers sustained performance, better flexibility and the ability to connect the product to another computer while keeping the RAID configuration.

RAID modes 5 and 6 provide complete data protection against disk failure, while providing excellent speed and capacity. These features make the LaCie 5big an ideal solution for users that want to use a single storage product for both video editing and backup. In protected RAID modes, even in the case of disk failure, the LaCie 5big’s hot-swappable disks mean zero data loss or downtime.

Dual Thunderbolt ports

The LaCie 5big features two Thunderbolt 2 ports for daisy chaining. Professionals can daisy chain up to six Thunderbolt devices to a computer via a single cable (included). Thunderbolt 2 is also backward compatible, using the same cables and connectors as first-generation Thunderbolt** devices and computers. Professionals can now create a plug and play 4K video editing environment with increased capacity, incredible speed and convenience to their workflow.

Advanced Cooling And Long-Term Reliability

The LaCie 5big’s cutting-edge cooling system ensures long-term reliability by preventing overheating. The system consists of three key components: an innovative heat-dissipating aluminum casing, a Noctua® cooling fan, and jumbo heat exhausts. The ultra-quiet Noctua NF-P12 fan pulls heat away from the internal components while producing very little noise. Altogether, this professional cooling system makes the LaCie 5big incredibly reliable and perfect for even the most noise-sensitive creative environments. Additionally, the 5big casing is made from a seamless aluminum cast, acting as armor to protect internal components.

Availability

The new LaCie 5big, featuring Thunderbolt 2, will be available this quarter in 10, 20 or 30TB capacities through the LaCie online store and LaCie resellers. Pricing will be announced when the product is available for purchase. For more product information, visit www.lacie.com.

WARRANTY

The LaCie 5big is protected by a three-year limited warranty. The warranty includes complimentary web-based resources, expert in-house technical support and worldwide repair and/or replacement coverage. Warranty extension and Advance Care Option can also be purchased. For details, visit http://www.lacie.com/warranties.

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Check out these product pictures:

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At NAB2014, LaCie announced a refresh of their 2big NAS line, adding support for Thunderbolt 2 peripherals and the newest Seagate 6TB hard drives.  Read on for details!

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At NAB2014, LaCie announced a refresh of their 2big NAS line, adding support for Thunderbolt 2 peripherals and the newest Seagate 6TB hard drives.  This NAS manages to pack plenty of fast storage into a package that could be taken with you, perfect for someone creating video content on the move.  No pricing was announced yet.  Check out this YouTube video that shows off the new 2big:

Here is the press release:

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LaCie Revolutionizes Dual-Bay RAID Storage

LAS VEGAS – Today LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology (NASDAQ: STX), debuted at the 2014 NAB Show its latest 2big with a host of features including Thunderbolt™ 2 technology, hardware RAID and a new industrial design. Speeds of up to 420MB/s* along with two 6TB 7200RPM hard disks from Seagate make the new LaCie™ 2big the fastest, highest capacity dual-bay external storage solution on the market. Plus, its all-new industrial design sets a new standard for versatility and reliability.

THUNDERBOLT 2 SPEED

The LaCie 2big features speeds of up to 420MB/s thanks to Thunderbolt 2, a hardware RAID controller and 7200RPM disks. With these speeds, videographers can edit multiple 2K uncompressed 10-bit streams or play back compressed 4K video. Digital photographers can browse massive RAW photo libraries with zero lag. And audio pros using software like Avid® Pro Tools® will notice much smoother audio mixing.

Hardware RAID

The LaCie 2big’s range of RAID modes gives users the flexibility to tailor the product to their needs. RAID 0** maximizes speed and capacity, while RAID 1 provides data protection if one disk fails. With hot-swappable disks, users can simply replace a disk – from the front – with zero data loss and no work interruption. The LaCie 2big even features JBOD, so users can see and work with each disk independently.

INNOVATIVE DESIGN

When reengineering the 2big’s industrial design from the ground up, LaCie, along with industrial designer Neil Poulton, focused on usability for professionals. Accessing disks from the front makes it faster and easier to remove and replace them. And front-facing disk status LEDs let busy professional easily keep track of disk health and RAID build status. The redesigned cooling system effectively diverts heat from components, ensuring long-term reliability. The ultra-quiet Noctua NF-A6x25 FLX thermoregulated fan keeps the product cool, while producing nearly no noise. Additionally, integrated cable locks prevent accidental disconnection of the interface and power cables without compromising the look and design of the product.

“I designed the new LaCie 2big as pure desktop architecture – a deceptively simple aesthetic to house the highest tech on the market,” said award-winning industrial designer Neil Poulton. “Like a marble Carlo Scarpa staircase, the details are precise and honed. The new LaCie 2big is a Bauhaus building for your desk. On rubber treads.”

VERSATILITY FOR PRO ENVIRONMENTS

With USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt 2 interfaces, the LaCie 2big gets the best possible speeds on any late-model PC or Mac®. USB 3.0 backward compatibility means that users can connect the LaCie 2big to any standard computer***. With support for exFAT and hardware RAID, users can seamlessly connect the product to both PC and Mac computers while maintaining the RAID configuration.

Thunderbolt 2 continues to support daisy chaining up to six devices to a computer via a single cable (included in the box). This means that professionals can daisy chain up to five LaCie 2bigs plus a 4K display to a computer, bringing capacity, speed and convenience to the desktop. Thunderbolt 2 is also backward compatible and uses the same cables and connectors as first-generation Thunderbolt*** devices and computers.

AVAILABILITY

The LaCie 2big, featuring Thunderbolt 2, will be available this quarter in 6, 8 or 12TB capacities through the LaCie online store and LaCie resellers. Pricing will be announced when the product is available for purchase. For more product information, visit www.lacie.com.

WARRANTY

The LaCie 2big is protected by a three-year limited warranty. The warranty includes complimentary web-based resources, expert in-house technical support and worldwide repair and/or replacement coverage. Warranty extension and Advance Care Option can also be purchased. For details, visit www.lacie.com/warranties.

* These transfer rates were achieved using AJA System Test when connected to a 13″ MacBook Pro® with a 2.8GHz Intel® Core™ i7 processor and 8GB RAM. Actual data rates may vary depending on operating environment and other factors, such as RAID mode, RAID configuration, and disk capacity.

** Hot swapping will result in data loss in a RAID 0 array.

*** To achieve full interface bandwidth, connect the product to either a USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt 2 port on a computer or device.

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Here are some product images provided by LaCie:

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I particularly like the door that hides away the USB jacks, and the ability to daisy chain 6 units together could give you a 72TB system.  Wow!  Look for pricing soon.

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Back in January we told you about StarTech’s new Thunderbolt laptop docking station – well now it’s time for our review.

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The Thunderbolt Docking Station gives you a single connection point to your home / office workstation, for a flexible setup with formidable speed. Adding Thunderbolt and HDMI video outputs, Gigabit Ethernet, a USB 3.0 hub and 3.5mm audio ports to your Thunderbolt-equipped laptop has never been easier.

Who are StarTech?

From their website:

Founded in 1985 by Paul Seed and Ken Kalopsis, StarTech.com is an ISO 9001 Registered manufacturer of hard-to-find connectivity parts. Since its inception, our company has been dedicated to making IT professionals jobs easier by helping them identify, find and get the connectivity parts they need to enable their solutions.

Features

· Thunderbolt output, daisy-chainable up to six Thunderbolt-equipped devices

· High resolution support: 1920×1080 through HDMI, 2560×1440 through Thunderbolt

· Integrated 3-port USB 3.0 hub, with UASP support, full USB 3.0 throughput per port

· Host connection supports full Thunderbolt throughput, up to 10Gbps

· 10/100/1000 Mbps compatible Gigabit Ethernet port

· Weighted stand for vertical positioning

· Speaker and Microphone support via 3.5mm stereo mini-jacks

· Includes 1m Thunderbolt cable

· Plug/port compatible with Thunderbolt 2-equipped MacBook laptops and Thunderbolt 2 devices

What’s in the Box?

  • The box contains:
  • The Thunderbolt Docking Station
  • 1m Thunderbolt Cable
  • Stand with screws
  • 4 x Rubber Feet
  • Power Adaptor (with multiple plugs for different regions)
  • Installation CD
  • Instruction Manual

A Closer Look

The majority of the ports are on the rear of the dock (these include 2 USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt ports, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet and of course the power connector.

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The front of the device has a single USB 3.0 port, and a 3.5mm microphone and headphone socket. There is also a power light on the front which illuminates when the dock is connected to your Mac.

Final Thoughts

The first thing I noticed when I opened the box is that the actually contained a Thunderbolt cable. So often these days you get a Thunderbolt device only to find that you also need to go and buy a cable. Thankfully StarTech put a 1m cable in the box for you.

The Docking Station is quite small and needs to be placed on the stand and secured with two screws – this only takes a moment and you are ready to go.

Plug in the power adaptor and connect the Thunderbolt cable to the dock and then to either your Mac or PC with a Thunderbolt port and the device comes to life – you can see it’s all working by the light on the front of the device. You don’t need to install any drivers as this is taken care of for you automatically.

One thing I really liked was the ability to use both a Thunderbolt display, and an HDMI display at the same time. In fact, if you count the Mac’s display as well you can have three displays running! If your monitor has a mini-display port then you can use that too, however the HDMI port then gets disabled, so bear that in mind depending on your multiple display needs.

Overall I really liked the Thunderbolt Dock – it had everything I needed to expand my Mac’s connectors.

The only thing that might put people off is the price – it’s not cheap, but then you are getting a lot of ports for your money, plus you do get a Thunderbolt cable in the box. And if you have a Mac you know that Apple doesn’t make docking stations so this could be a very wise purchase if you want to expand your Mac!

The price for StarTech.com’s TBDOCKHDPBC Thunderbolt Docking Station is $279.99 in the United States, $288.99 in Canada, £214.99 (exc. VAT) in the UK, but as usual look around for the best deal.

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You can learn more from the StarTech website.

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StarTech.com, has announced the availability of their new Thunderbolt Docking Station (SKU: TBDOCKHDPBC), which enables users to transform a Thunderbolt-equipped MacBook or Ultrabook laptop into a powerful full-featured workstation, through a single Thunderbolt cable. The new docking station can be positioned vertically or horizontally to best suit the desk space, and includes a 1-meter Thunderbolt cable to provide a ready-to-connect docking solution right out of the box.

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The docking station is the first from StarTech.com to feature a Thunderbolt host connection, and includes numerous high-performance peripheral connections including an integrated USB 3.0 hub with UASP support, 3.5mm stereo mini-jacks for speaker and microphone support as well as both HDMI and Thunderbolt outputs. The Thunderbolt output port allows for up to six Thunderbolt devices, including an additional display, to be daisy-chained, all connected to a docked laptop through the single host cable connection.

“Our Thunderbolt docking station offers users a simple, fast and flexible solution for quickly expanding their MacBook or Ultrabook connectivity options” said Carey Cline, Senior Product Manager for StarTech.com’s Laptop Docking Station product line. “Based on the outstanding performance capability of the Thunderbolt host connection, this dock makes it easy to turn a laptop, such as a MacBook or Ultrabook, into a highly scalable workspace over just a single cable, making it well-suited to a wide range of applications, especially hot-desking. Our Thunderbolt Docking Station offers many unique features that users have been asking for such as multiple USB 3.0 device connectivity, full USB 3.0 speed throughput and the inclusion of a 1m cable to make it a complete, out of the box solution.”

Features of the TBDOCKHDPBC Thunderbolt Docking Station include:

  • Thunderbolt output, daisy-chainable up to six Thunderbolt-equipped devices
  • High resolution support: 1920×1080 through HDMI, 2560×1440 through Thunderbolt
  • Integrated 3-port USB 3.0 hub, with UASP support, full USB 3.0 throughput per port
  • Host connection supports full Thunderbolt throughput, up to 10Gbps
  • 10/100/1000 Mbps compatible Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Weighted stand for vertical positioning
  • Speaker and Microphone support via 3.5mm stereo mini-jacks
  • Includes 1m Thunderbolt cable
  • Plug/port compatible with Thunderbolt 2-equipped MacBook laptops and Thunderbolt 2 devices

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MSRP for StarTech.com’s TBDOCKHDPBC Thunderbolt Docking Station is $279.99 (USD) in the United States, $288.99 (CAN) in Canada, £214.99 (GBP exc. VAT) in the UK. The docking station will be available CDW, Amazon.com, Newegg.com, PC Connection, and Insight and will also be distributed by Ingram Micro, SYNNEX, Tech Data, D&H and ASI.

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LaCie today announced a new Thunderbolt 2 storage solution, the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2, which they claim as the fastest Thunderbolt 2 equipped storage product on the market.  Read on for details!

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LaCie today announced a new Thunderbolt 2 storage solution, the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2, which they claim as the fastest Thunderbolt 2 equipped storage product on the market.  Pricing is TBD and this device is expected to be available in Q1 2014.  Here is the press release:

LaCie Debuts World’s Fastest Portable Storage at CES 2014

Paris, France – Today, LaCie announced the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 at the 2014 International CES Show. The new LaCie Little Big Disk, one of the first storage solutions enabled by Thunderbolt 2, is the fastest portable storage solution on the market. It delivers speeds up to 1375Mb/s, which is several times faster than any mobile USB 3.0 hard drive. In addition to its industry-leading performance, LaCie worked with designer Neil Poulton to bring a cutting edge look to the product. For the first time, the Little Big Disk features a sleek, black finish to its fully aluminium enclosure.

Perfect for no-compromise video professionals, the new LaCie Little Big Disk permits streaming and editing of 4K or 3D video while in the field – a giant leap forward for mobile post-production workflows. The LaCie Little Big Disk is powered by a set of 500GB PCIe Gen 2 SSDs in RAID 0 that deliver a perfect blend of performance and capacity that accelerates in the most demanding workflow.

With the fastest SSDs on the market, LaCie had to optimize the Little Big Disk’s interior design to improve the cooling efficiency, while keeping it as silent as possible. By incorporating a thermo-regulated fan, it only turns on when necessary and produces nearly zero noise. As a result, the LaCie Little Big Disk delivers the best possible performance without disrupting the creative professional workflow.

“Thunderbolt 2 creates an entirely new way of thinking about 4K workflows, specifically the ability to support raw 4K video transfer and data delivery concurrently,” said Jason Ziller, Marketing Director for Thunderbolt at Intel. “LaCie’s Little Big Disk brings this advanced capability to a small, sleek and very portable storage solution that works with 4K streams in the field in ways previously not possible.”

“It’s no small feat, incorporating the most advanced storage technologies into a portable product,” said Erwan Girard, Business Unit Manager, LaCie. “With the Little Big Disk, LaCie engineered a remarkably powerful product to fit in the palm of your hand. Something no one else in the industry can claim.”

At CES, LaCie demonstrates how the Little Big Disk lets videographers work directly from RAW files, getting full quality from footage and seeing the edits in real time. LaCie will show how professionals can capture 250 gigabytes of 4k footage on a Little Big Disk in the field, and then transfer the content to the post-production team in under 10 minutes.

This announcement follows the unprecedented success of LaCie’s Thunderbolt Series and further asserts the company’s commitment to deliver high-quality products featuring the latest Thunderbolt technology.

Availability

The LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 will be available for purchase in the first quarter of 2014 through LaCie’s resellers and LaCie.com. Thunderbolt cable included. The LaCie Little Big Disk is protected by a 3-year limited warranty.

Here are some product pictures:

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Belkin today announced the availability of the Thunderbolt Express Dock, a sleek, compact, cable-clutter-free dock for Mac computers with Thunderbolt ports.

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Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock is the only solution that is equipped with two Thunderbolt ports, allowing users to daisy-chain up to five additional Thunderbolt high-speed devices while maintaining maximum throughput and granting instant access to multiple desktop devices with one cable. It maintains the portability of your laptop by eliminating the constant need to plug and unplug numerous desktop peripherals.

Designed to be an easy and powerful way to increase productivity and take advantage of Thunderbolt technology, Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock allows creative professionals the ability to edit films in full HD 1080p, and transfer volumes of data in seconds at bidirectional 10Gbps channels. That is up to 20 times faster than with USB 2.0 and up to 12 times faster than with FireWire 800. The Thunderbolt Express Dock uses a single high-speed connection to create ultrafast data transfers between your laptop and up to eight other devices, including FireWire, Ethernet, USB, and enables users to daisy-chain up to five additional Thunderbolt devices. The Dock provides a much-needed solution that creates a cleaner, faster, more productive workspace and reliable connectivity to desktop devices and the Internet.

Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock (F4U055) – £299.00/349.00

  • Instant access to up to 8 desktop devices with one cable
  • Cable-clutter-free design for a cleaner workstation
  • 2 Thunderbolt ports (1 upstream, 1 downstream for daisy-chaining up to 5 additional Thunderbolt devices)
  • 3 USB 3.0 ports
  • 1 FireWire 800 port
  • 1 Gigabit Ethernet port
  • 1 3.5mm audio-out port
  • 1 3.5mm audio-in port

Click here for a video overview of Thunderbolt Express Dock features.

AVAILABILITY
Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock is available now from belkin.com/uk and will be available at select retailers from the end of May.

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If you need a Thunderbolt cable for your Mac and you need a 3m one, then you might want to check out the Thunderbolt cable from StarTech.com – and here is our two minute review.

This is how StarTech describe the Thunderbolt cable:

Our 3m (9.8ft) Thunderbolt cables offer a dependable, high-quality solution for harnessing the speed and power of Thunderbolt™ technology, delivering full 10Gbps performance while combining both data and video into a single high-performance cable.

The cables support daisy chaining of up to 6 compatible Thunderbolt devices, which ensures streamlined performance and easier setup. Plus, with dual channel, bi-directional data transfer capability and support for power delivery (for bus-powered devices), these Thunderbolt cables offer the robust performance needed for optimal connections.

This high quality Thunderbolt cable is specifically designed to provide a reliable solution for device connections of up to 3m/9.8ft, providing enough cable length to connect compatible devices positioned as needed.

Who are StarTech.com?

From their website:

Founded in 1985 by Paul Seed and Ken Kalopsis, StarTech.com is an ISO 9001 Registered manufacturer of hard-to-find connectivity parts.

Since its inception, our company has been dedicated to making IT professionals jobs easier by helping them identify, find and get the connectivity parts they need to enable their solutions.

Some of the ways StarTech.com makes it easy include:

  • A broad selection of products from legacy to latest ensure you have access to the parts you need
  • Friendly, professional Technical Advisors available to help you through live chat, phone and email with extended support hours
  • Exclusive online tools and resources like the ConXit Connection Wizard simplify the process of identifying and finding the right part
  • Value-added business services such as order suggestions, listing management and bid process coordination make your business more efficient

StarTech.com serves a global market with operations in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Netherlands, Italy, Sweden and Mexico.

What’s in the Box (bag):

The only thing in the bag is the Thunderbolt cable.

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Specifications

Specs

Features

  • Dual-channel, simultaneous bi-directional data and video transfers up to 10 Gbps
  • Supports Power-over-cable, for bus-powered Thunderbolt devices

Applications

  • Connecting a Thunderbolt-equipped computer to a Thunderbolt-enabled device located up to 9ft/3m away, such as an external drive enclosure, RAID array, monitor, etc.
  • Connecting two Thunderbolt-equipped Mac computers, for Target Disk Mode file transfers
  • Connect a Thunderbolt-equipped MacBook Pro to an iMac, to use the iMac as the display for the MacBook Pro

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Final Thoughts

If you have a Mac and want to connect to one of Apple’s Thunderbolt devices, or to an external drive that uses Thunderbolt then you will need to buy a Thunderbolt cable. And like most Apple cables they are not cheap. The Apple store sells a 0.5m cable for £25 and a 2.0m one for £35. But what if you want a longer one, say 3.0m? Well Apple don’t seem sell a cable in that size so you will need to look around for one online, and that’s where StarTech.com come in. We have reviewed a number of their products in the past, so when we were given the chance to review one of their 3.0m Thunderbolt cables we said yes.

The cable comes in a simple plastic bag and takes only a few seconds to connect up and get running. Unlike the Apple cables, this one is black, which I personally prefer to the usual Apple white, but that’s just me!

The cable worked perfectly and the extra length proved invaluable so that I could position the external drive I was using on the other side of my desk away from the MacBook Pro on the other end.

StarTech sell Thunderbolt cables in a variety of lengths from 0.5m up to 3.0m and they do sell white versions if that’s what you want.

Cost wise, the 3.0m cable is listed on their website at £68.39 which isn’t cheap, so make sure you really need 3.0m before spending that sort of money on a single cable. Oh and as usual do a search online for the best price as Amazon had it for £54.26!

One thing I did notice on their website was that the shorted length cables are more expensive than the official Apple ones. I haven’t yet tested an Apple Thunderbolt cable to see if their is any performance difference, but bear that in mind when choosing your cable.

So all in all it’s a good quality cable, it’s just a little expensive.

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You can learn more from the StarTech.com website.

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LaCie also announced a Thunderbolt version of the 5big Pro NAS, bringing up to 20TB of storage to bear on a Thunderbolt-connected system, perfect for photographers and videographers.  Read on for details.

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LaCie also announced a Thunderbolt version of the 5big Pro NAS, bringing up to 20TB of storage to bear on a Thunderbolt-connected system, perfect for photographers and videographers.  LaCie claims speeds of up to 785MB/s!  In addition, since this is a Thunderbolt product, you can easily daisy chain additional Thunderbolt products like portable hard drives to extend the functionality of your system.  Here is the press release:

LaCie Debuts Massive 20TB Thunderbolt RAID

January 6, 2013

Today LaCie announced the 5big Thunderbolt™ Series, a massive and lightning-fast five-bay RAID solution. The LaCie 5big features capacity up to 20TB and speeds up to 785MB/s* thanks to five 7200rpm/64MB cache hard disks preconfigured in RAID 0. With this excellent combination of capacity and performance, video professionals have all they need for post-production work including the ability to edit multiple 2K uncompressed 10-bit streams.

RAID FLEXIBILITY FOR CONTENT CREATION

With five disks, the LaCie 5big lets the user custom-make RAID configurations. Create a lightning-fast volume with three disks in RAID 0 and a safe volume with two disks in RAID 1. Plus the disks are hot-swappable**, so the user can simply slide a new disk into the safe volume without switching off the device. Use the fast volume for use with Final Cut Pro X™, Adobe® Premiere® or Aperture™, and the safe volume to back up projects.
The LaCie 5big allows video professionals to move from a heavy desktop workstation to a versatile laptop setup with fast and massive external storage. Their desktop setup stays in the office while the laptop goes on business trips. Plus, with dual Thunderbolt ports, the user can daisy chain up to six Thunderbolt peripherals together.

IDEAL BACKUP SOLUTION FOR IT MANAGERS

The LaCie 5big can also be used as a JBOD array. With five working days a week, an IT manager can assign each disk to a daily backup. It is an ideal backup companion to a Mac® Mini Server for businesses that need a professional IT setup.

DUAL COOLING SYSTEM FOR LONG-TERM RELIABILITY

Additionally, the LaCie 5big’s advanced dual cooling system ensures long-term reliability by preventing overheating. The system consists of three key components: an innovative heat-dissipating aluminum casing, a Noctua® cooling fan and jumbo heat exhausts. Plus, it’s ultra quiet, which makes it perfect for even the most noise-sensitive creative environments.

THUNDERBOLT LEADER

As a leader in Thunderbolt technology, LaCie has brought to market the largest portfolio of Thunderbolt storage solutions. Additional offerings include the LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series, LaCie d2 USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series, LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series, LaCie 2big Thunderbolt Series and LaCie eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series. Find out more at www.lacie.com/thunderbolt.

AVAILABILITY

The LaCie 5big, design by Neil Poulton, is available in 10TB and 20TB capacities through the LaCie Online Store and LaCie Resellers starting at $1,199.00. Thunderbolt cable included. For more product information, visit www.lacie.com.

WARRANTY

The LaCie 5big is protected by a three-year limited warranty. It includes comprehensive, complimentary web-based resources, expert in-house technical support, and worldwide repair/replacement coverage. Warranty extensions and Advance Care Option can also be purchased. For details, visit www.lacie.com/warranties.

Styling, hardware specs (other than the Thunderbolt support), and NASOS3 are the same as is found on the 5big Pro NAS, which we told you about here.  Check out product pictures below.

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This is available in 10TB and 20TB versions, starting at $1,199, and is available now.

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GIGABYTE has launched the first fully certified dual port Thunderbolt motherboards.  Read on for details.

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GIGABYTE has launched the first fully certified dual port Thunderbolt motherboards.  Here is the press release:

Taipei, Taiwan, July 5th, 2012 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced the latest GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards, the very first to offer fully certified dual onboard Thunderbolt™ ports. Capable of connecting up to 12 devices plus 3 digital displays simultaneously, with breathtaking data transfer speeds that can transfer 1TB of data in only five minutes, GIGABYTE Thunderbolt™ motherboards offer the fastest connection interface ever on the desktop PC.

GIGABYTE Thunderbolt™ motherboards allow users to daisy chain up to 12 devices simultaneously via an incredible bi-directional 10Gbps data pipeline that includes both PCIe and DisplayPort traffic. GIGABYTE Thunderbolt™ motherboards redefine desktop PC connectivity to make it far easier to connect multiple high speed storage devices and HD displays to your PC than ever before.

“It’s easy to see how our unique dual port Thunderbolt implementation simply offers more,” commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “We’re the only motherboard vendor currently offering DIY PC builders the absolute maximum in terms of device connectivity.”

“Thunderbolt technology represents a leap in performance and simplicity for media creators and entertainment enthusiasts,” says Jason Ziller, Intel’s director of Thunderbolt marketing. “We are pleased to be working with GIGABYTE as they bring the first dual Thunderbolt port motherboard to market. It’s a great example of what Thunderbolt makes possible.”

GIGABYTE Dual Thunderbolt™ motherboards open up a wealth of new possibilities regarding high-performance storage devices. GIGABYTE has worked closely with several leading device partners, including Promise® Technology, LaCie, BlackMagic, Western Digital, Seagate, Elgato, CalDigit and cable manufacturer Sumitomo.

“Working with GIGABYTE has been very exciting,” said Kosta Panagos, Director of Creative Marketing, at CalDigit. “GIGABYTE’s new line of Intel 7 series motherboards featuring dual Thunderbolt ports, will usher in a new era of flexibility to the PC platform. It is also a perfect match with CalDigit’s new T1 and T2 Thunderbolt drives which provide professional level performance on all platforms at consumer prices, a feat that was previously unattainable, thanks to GIGABYTE and Thunderbolt technology.”

“GIGABYTE’s new dual port Thunderbolt motherboards are an exciting innovation, giving incredible performance and are perfect for video and film professionals using Thunderbolt and the PC,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “Customers using our wide range of Thunderbolt devices will now be able to choose to work in whatever format they need, giving them the flexibility to build whatever production and post production workflow they need.”

“In line with GIGABYTE and its dual on board Thunderbolt ports, WD’s My Book® Thunderbolt™ Duo offers dual Thunderbolt ports for amazing creative flexibility while allowing daisy-chaining of up to six My Book Thunderbolt Duo drives or other high performance peripherals for fast and efficient workflow,” said Craig Davis, Director Sales & Marketing, Retail Division, Western Digital Asia Pacific & Japan Region.

“Thunderbolt technology is a fantastic way to deliver both data and display via one interface. It provides unparalleled performance and plenty of flexibility,” said Leo Paskin, Product Marketing Manager at Seagate. “With the ability to daisy chain up to 12 devices on GIGABYTE’s new dual port Thunderbolt motherboards, you can turn a desktop PC into a central device hub by plugging in a single cable!”
“As the first Intel certified cable vendor, Sumitomo is delighted to see GIGABYTE bring the first dual port Thunderbolt motherboard to market, creating the ultimate connectivity for desktop PCs, commented Motoi Matsuo. “These new Thunderbolt motherboards are also the perfect fit for Sumitomo’s exclusive high speed 20m optical cables.”

“Thanks to their dual Thunderbolt™ ports, Gigabyte’s new 7 series motherboards deliver unbeatable flexibility”, says Adam Steinberg, Vice President Marketing at Elgato. “The unique dual port feature enables users to combine multiple portable Thunderbolt™ devices like the powerful Elgato Thunderbolt™ SSD.”

“LaCie is pleased to see GIGABYTE announce Thunderbolt technology on their lasted motherboards,” said Erwan Girard, Professional Business Unit Manager, LaCie. “The time is now for demanding PC users, especially digital content creators, to experience the unprecedented speeds and advantages enabled by Thunderbolt Technology. The desire for computers and peripherals to keep up with their work flow is a concern of the past.”

Dual Thunderbolt™ – Fast, Flexible and Simple Connectivity for your Motherboard
GIGABYTE Thunderbolt™ motherboards are the first to be certified by Intel featuring dual Thunderbolt™ ports directly on the motherboard back panel I/O, with each Thunderbolt™ port supporting a maximum data transfer speeds with simultaneous bi-directional data transfer at speeds of up to 10Gbps – this means you can transfer a full HD 1080p movie in under 30 seconds.

GIGABYTE’s dual port Thunderbolt™ implementation ensures the absolute maximum potential connectivity, with support to connect up to 12 individual devices simultaneously, with each port offering full 10Gbps bandwidth.

Thunderbolt™ combines both DisplayPort and PCI Express protocols over a single cable so that users can connect a multitude of device types in tandem with HD streaming video and 8-channel audio, simultaneously in one specially developed cable. Users can also enjoy improved flexibility by ‘daisy-chaining’ several devices while still enjoying low latency and industry-leading data transfer speeds.

GIGABYTE Thunderbolt™ Motherboards Models
Dual Thunderbolt™ Ports are featured on the following GIGABYTE motherboard models:

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If you are in the market for a Thunderbolt-equipped motherboard, check out these GIGABYTE products.

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As of this week, stock of the recently launched G-Technology G‐RAID Thunderbolt drive is available in UK stores. The G-RAID Thunderbolt is available in capacities of 8, 6 and 4TB.

G_Raid_Thunderbolt_Hero1_medium Aimed at the professional AV creative market, the G‐RAID with Thunderbolt drive delivers blazing speeds, as well as massive capacity, transforming Thunderbolt‐enabled laptops and desktops into full‐fledged video editing workstations. With this speed, it can transfer a full‐length, high‐definition, internet‐ready H.264 movie in less than a minute.

By incorporating 10 gigabit per second (Gbps) Thunderbolt technology by Intel® and two 4TB, 7200 RPM Deskstar™ hard drives, the G-RAID with Thunderbolt sets a new capacity and performance standard for RAID storage. It features two Thunderbolt ports, enabling the connection of up to six Thunderbolt peripherals such as additional G‐RAID drives, high‐resolution displays and professional video capture devices. It also delivers up to 280MB/sec sustained throughput to handle multi‐stream compressed HD workflows, including REDCODE, DVCPro HD, XDCAM HD and ProRes 422.

Building on G‐Technology’s AV storage experience, and the capabilities of Intel’s Thunderbolt technology, highlights of the new G‐RAID with Thunderbolt family include:
·         Ultra high performance with up to 280MB/sec sustained throughput

·         Two‐drive, RAID 0 designed specifically for professional content creation applications

·         Supports multi‐stream HDV, DVCPro HD, XDCAM HD, ProRes 422 and uncompressed SD workflows

·         Dual Thunderbolt ports for daisy chaining up to six Thunderbolt‐compatible peripherals

·         Time Machine® ready, plug‐and‐play setup on Mac OS

·         8TB, 6TB and 4TB capacities

·         Two, high‐speed 7,200 RPM Deskstar hard drives

·         Solid all‐aluminum case for ultimate durability

·         Kensington® Lock slot for security

·         Smart‐cooling fan technology for cool, quiet operation

·         Three‐year limited factory warranty

G‐Technology’s new G‐RAID with Thunderbolt drive family is now available nationwide in Apple and Jigsaw stores. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the 8TB drive is £769.99, 6TB is £654.99 and 4TB is £539.99.

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