Monday, June 4th 2012

Matrox Announces Thunderbolt Docking Station at $249

Matrox today introduced Matrox DS1, a Thunderbolt docking station that brings all the productivity benefits of a desktop computer to MacBook and Ultrabook users. From a single Thunderbolt connection, users can add multiple peripherals including a large DVI or HDMI display, a full-size keyboard, and a mouse. A gigabit Ethernet port provides connectivity to a wired corporate network, enabling data transfers 18 times faster than Wi-Fi. One SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, a microphone input, and a speaker/headphone output are also provided. With its solid aluminum construction, yet sleek design, Matrox DS1 is ideal for office, dorm, or home use.


"Today's MacBooks and Ultrabooks are powerful enough for most corporate users but their limited connectivity makes them inconvenient, and their small screens and keyboards make them uncomfortable to use in the office all day," said Alberto Cieri, senior director of sales and marketing at Matrox. "The new Matrox DS1 docking station easily enables the creation of an ergonomic workspace and brings much-needed expandability for printers, scanners, storage, smartphones, optical drives, cameras, flash drives, and other peripherals."

"Thunderbolt delivers unparalleled performance, flexibility, and simplicity to personal computing," said Jason Ziller, Intel's director of Thunderbolt Marketing. "Products like the Matrox DS1 docking station help highlight what Thunderbolt makes possible."

Matrox DS1 will be showcased at Computex Taipei 2012 in the Intel booth, M0410 – located in the NanGang Exhibition Hall.

Price and availability
Priced at $249 US (€219, £169) not including local taxes and delivery, Matrox DS1 will be available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers beginning in September.
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10 Comments on Matrox Announces Thunderbolt Docking Station at $249

#1
Prima.Vera
by: Cristian_25H

Priced at $249 US (€219, £169) not including local taxes and delivery...
Read minimum €250-260...if discounted...But price is to high anyways..
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#3
Mussels
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not a bad start, although HDMI would have made more sense?
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#4
Chaitanya
a multi in one card reader + DP and HDMI. the 250$ price would be Ok for many pro's :rockout:..
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#5
DanTheBanjoman
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What GPU does it contain? What Ethernet chip?

I'd love to see these products evolve either way. Thunderbolt offers enough bandwidth to do some interesting things.
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#6
Huddo93
I've been wondering what TB would add that USB 3.0 cannot, this seems like a good start. Not a bad price range for people who want to expand there laptop to a more desktop setting, makes sense for office environment and homes where you wouldn't want a desktop.
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#7
blibba
by: DanTheBanjoman
What GPU does it contain? What Ethernet chip?

I'd love to see these products evolve either way. Thunderbolt offers enough bandwidth to do some interesting things.
It won't contain a GPU. It'll take the DP link from the host laptop and use the laptop's GPU. Basically, as far as screens are concerned, this is just a DP to DVI adaptor.
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#8
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: blibba
It won't contain a GPU. It'll take the DP link from the host laptop and use the laptop's GPU. Basically, as far as screens are concerned, this is just a DP to DVI adaptor.
DP goes over the thuderbolt link?
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#9
blibba
by: Frick
DP goes over the thuderbolt link?
Thunderbolt is just DP+PCI-E.
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#10
OneCool
It says it will be HDMI also.... interesting
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