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Matrox Announces HDMI Version of the DS1 Thunderbolt Docking Station

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Matrox today introduced the Matrox DS1 series of Thunderbolt docking stations that brings all the productivity benefits of a desktop computer to MacBook Pro and MacBook Air users. From a single Thunderbolt connection, users can add multiple peripherals including either a large DVI or an 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, conveniently located on the front of the unit, plus two USB 2.0 ports, a microphone input, and a speaker/headphone output are also provided. With its solid aluminum construction and space-saving design, Matrox DS1 is ideal for office, dorm, or home use.





"In response to the feedback we received after our original announcement of Matrox DS1 in June, we will now be offering two versions, one for use with DVI monitors and another for HDMI displays," said Charles Amyot, product manager at Matrox. "MacBook Pro and MacBook Air users can now come and go without disconnecting and re-connecting all their peripherals, tame the cables cluttering their desks, and save wear-and-tear on their laptops. One Thunderbolt connection to Matrox DS1 does it all!"

Price and availability
Priced at $249 US (€219, £169) not including local taxes and delivery, Matrox DS1/DVI and Matrox DS1/HDMI will be available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers in December 2012.
 
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Why a powerconnector? Doesnt thunderbolt carry enough power to drive RJ45 and 2xusb?