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Old 10-07-2015, 08:02 AM   #1
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Thunderbolt Docks: Yay or Nay?

Hey guys, I have grown moderately annoyed about plugging and unplugging 2 usb hubs + HDMI + Magsafe to my MBP everytime I want to get into workstation mode. I have been looking at a thunderbolt dock that would allow me to essentially use just one cable (and the charger) to hook all my shit up, i.e. external harddrive, midi controllers, audio interface etc. I've done plenty of research on the subject and have convinced myself that this will be a good move. Though, I have not found too much info on a similar set up in regards to musicians/producer set ups; more so video editors. Long story short... I was wondering if any of you guys use a thunderbolt dock to connect your screens, audio interfaces, hard drives etc. and if so, how do you like it?

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Old 10-08-2015, 03:12 AM   #2
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Re: Thunderbolt Docks: Yay or Nay?

Sounds like you're whinging about something trivial. Spend your money on something useful that will improve your life...this won't

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Old 10-08-2015, 05:17 AM   #3
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Re: Thunderbolt Docks: Yay or Nay?

I don't think I'm whining. I'm worried I'm putting a lot of wear and tear on my ports unnecessarily. I feel you on where you are coming from, though. I've noticed that lately some of my devices disconnect and reconnect every half hour or so and this didn't use to happen. I feel that in the long run, having a device that has software to safely disconnect all my devices at once while only using one cable will help protect my external gear and my laptop. I feel you on using the money elsewhere. As far as it being more convenient i.e. improving my life by removing the stress of harming my equipment, the cost isn't worrisome to me. I'm more interested if other people using similar set ups have run into any problems.
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Re: Thunderbolt Docks: Yay or Nay?

When in doubt, buy from a faceless mega corp w a good return policy...try it out for a week or so, rebox, get money back if you dont like it.

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When in doubt, buy from a faceless mega corp w a good return policy...try it out for a week or so, rebox, get money back if you dont like it.
Not a bad plan at all. Thanks for the idea man!
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Re: Thunderbolt Docks: Yay or Nay?

Thought I would come back and put in my feedback after having the Thunderbolt dock for a few days. I have really been enjoying it. I have run into no device drops or weird glitches. All my audio devices, controllers, and external hard drives have been working perfectly. It made my desk a lot cleaner looking too. Now I only have one loose cord coming up to my laptop.
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Re: Thunderbolt Docks: Yay or Nay?

That's the biggest USB hub I've ever seen
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Re: Thunderbolt Docks: Yay or Nay?

This is the one I ended up getting. http://www.caldigit.com/thunderboltstation2/

It has been pretty nice.

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