Thunderbolt

Elgato Thunderbolt 2 dock boosts MacBook Pro ports

Elgato Thunderbolt 2 dock boosts MacBook Pro ports

Elgato has pushed out a new Thunderbolt 2 dock, using the high-speed connection to hook up a 4K display, gigabit ethernet, multiple USB devices, and more, from a single cable to a MacBook or ultrabook. The dock is actually Elgato's second attempt at desktop organization, but this time takes advantage of Thunderbolt 2's greater bandwidth to have more connected at any one time, including USB 3.0 at its full speed.

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ThunderBay 4 Mini delivers big performance in a small size

ThunderBay 4 Mini delivers big performance in a small size

Today's data storage needs are getting bigger and bigger, but that doesn't mean that our hard drives, especially external ones, need to grow as big. The ThunderBay 4 Mini, the latest storage solution from Other World Computing, can cram as much as 8 TB in a single box, but at a size that snuggly fits 2.5-inch drives. But do not underestimate this little box, as the lethal combination of Thunderbolt 2's super fast data transfers plus RAID-ready capabilities makes this ThunderBay 4 Mini an enticing option for multimedia workers short on space and budget.

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An Apple Thunderbolt 5K Display? Don’t hold your breath

An Apple Thunderbolt 5K Display? Don’t hold your breath

First reaction among those setting eyes on Apple's new iMac with Retina 5K Display after it was announced yesterday was typically along the lines of "Wow": even Tim Cook couldn't resist the charms of the 14.7m pixel all-in-one, and he knew it was coming. The second, though, from a few laterally-thinkers in the crowd, was to ask whether the iMac would support Target Display mode, and thus turn into a standalone 5K monitor for a plugged-in MacBook Pro. Unfortunately, that's just not the case, and in fact some big changes need to take place before we can even get a standalone 5K update for the aging Thunderbolt Display.

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Mac mini 2014 released at $599

Mac mini 2014 released at $599

This week details have sprung up on the next generation Mac mini, a device which brings the Apple OS X desktop world to monitors of all sizes. This device works with 4th-gen Intel Core processors, 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. It looks rather similar to the Mac mini we know from the most recent generation - slim, small, simple, and gray. This device will sit alongside the newest iMac model with Retina display as the two desktop titans in Apple's range.

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4K iMac or Thunderbolt Display tipped for Yosemite debut

4K iMac or Thunderbolt Display tipped for Yosemite debut

Apple's desktop Mac line may finally be getting the Retina update OS X users have been hoping for, with chatter of a 4K model headed to stores around October. Although Retina display technology is already offered on the MacBook Pro and across Apple's iPhone and iPad line, so far the Mac Pro and iMac have stuck with their lower pixel-density panels, despite both computers being easily capable of driving significantly higher resolutions.

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Resident Audio T4 is Thunderbolt-powered multichannel interface

Resident Audio T4 is Thunderbolt-powered multichannel interface

Thunderbolt isn't just for speedy external storage or daisy-chaining displays, and Resident Audio is aiming to take advantage of all that bandwidth on Macs and select PCs with its new T4. Billed as the world's first multichannel Thunderbolt audio interface that's also bus-powered, the much-anticipated T4 kicks off a new Resident Audio brand, and is targeted at musicians as well as podcasters.

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