CalDigit has announced the follow-up to its Thunderbolt Station dock, the Thunderbolt Station 2. The dock features Thunderbolt 2 with higher connection speeds. The Thunderbolt Station 2 has an HDMI port with 4K-output, three USB 3.0 ports, a pair of eSATA ports, audio in/out, and Gigabit Ethernet. It has has a pair of Thunderbolt 2 ports for pass through to other Thunderbolt devices.
The Thunderbolt Station 2 is $199, and will ship in January. If you pre-order, you can get a discount and buy the Thunderbolt Station 2 for $169.99.
CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 2
Placentia, California, December 19th 2014 – Today CalDigit, the company of choice for the content creation industry, announces that the Thunderbolt™ Station 2 will be shipping from January 26th 2015, and is available to pre-order now for a discounted price of $169.99 until January 25th 2015. The Thunderbolt™ Station 2 is the follow up to the original Thunderbolt™ Station from CalDigit that allowed users to connect multiple devices through a single Thunderbolt™ cable. The new Thunderbolt™ Station 2 now features dual Thunderbolt™ 2 ports, dual eSATA 6G ports, HDMI, three USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and Audio in/out.
Thunderbolt™ Station 2 – One Cable Does it All
The Thunderbolt™ Station 2 allows users to connect all their devices through a single Thunderbolt™ cable. Featuring dual Thunderbolt™ 2 ports for integrating a 4K workflow, the Thunderbolt™ Station 2 allows users to connect a high-resolution 4K monitor to the HDMI port. This is ideal for professional users who need to connect modern 4K displays to their computers.
“The power of Thunderbolt™ 2 allows the Thunderbolt™ Station 2 to be the central hub of modern 4K workflows. Not only can users connect a 4K monitor, they can also daisy-chain 4K capable devices such as Thunderbolt™ storage for the ultimate 4K workflows”, said Kosta Panagos, Director of Marketing at CalDigit.
The Thunderbolt™ Station 2 features three SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports. The front facing USB 3.0 port features Stand-Alone Charging. This means that users can charge their devices without the Thunderbolt™ Station 2 being connected to a computer. This is incredibly convenient for charging iPhones or iPads if the computer is being used for something else.
The Thunderbolt™ Station 2 now features dual eSATA 6G interfaces for connecting eSATA devices, such as RAID storage. Having eSATA along with USB 3.0, and Thunderbolt™ 2 is incredibly useful for professional users who need to have the convenience of multiple interfaces.
Something that sets the Thunderbolt™ Station 2 apart from other Thunderbolt™ docks is the ability to be used in either a horizontal or vertical position. This means that if desk space is at a minimum, the Thunderbolt™ Station 2 can be used in a vertical position in order to free up space.
WiFi is incredibly convenient, but for the most stable internet connection Gigabit Ethernet cannot be beaten. The Thunderbolt™ Station 2’s Gigabit Ethernet port allows users to connect to a more stable internet connection. A lot of modern computers are missing Ethernet ports in order to become more portable. The Thunderbolt™ Station 2 brings back the Ethernet port for uninterrupted downloads.
Connecting headphones and microphones to a computer can be a tedious task. However, the Thunderbolt™ Station 2’s Audio In and Out ports make it incredibly convenient to disconnect these devices with just a single Thunderbolt™ cable. This is especially useful for people recording podcasts, or listening to music.
Price and Availability
The Thunderbolt™ Station 2 is available to pre-order now for a special discounted pre-order price until January 25th 2015. The pre-order pricing for the Thunderbolt™ Station 2 is $169.99 MSRP in the US, £132 (inc. VAT) RRP in the UK, and €162 (inc. VAT) RRP in Europe. After January 25th 2015 the standard pricing for the Thunderbolt™ Station 2 is $199.99 MSRP in the US, £156 (inc. VAT) RRP in the UK, and €192 (inc. VAT) RRP in Europe.
About CalDigit (www.caldigit.com)
CalDigit is vertically integrated in designing, building, and assembling all of our products. Our impeccable attention to detail resulted in the ability to provide users with unparalleled support. We use only the best quality components delivering solid and durable products which has made us the company of choice for the content creation industry.