A Quick Look at the StarTech Dual-Display Thunderbolt 2 Docking Station for Your Macbook or PC Laptop

Running out of connectivity ports can turn into a real nightmare for those creative professionals who predominantly utilize their favourite Macbook Pro or PC laptop for multiple projects in the home studio or on the go. Just consider a situation when you need to connect an external monitor, your portable DaVinci Resolve 12 hardware console along with an external hard drive that accommodates all the files of the recent project you’ve been working on.

You should be very lucky if you find more than two Thunderbolt 2 ports on your notebook these days, and even if you have those the chances are you’d still need more of these to tether additional peripherals down the line. This is where the StarTech Thunderbolt 2 Dual-Monitor Docking Station may come in handy.

In essence, the unit will allow you to connect up to 11 devices to a MacBook or PC laptop, so you can create an highly-efficient 4K Ultra HD workstation right off the bat while working on the go. The StarTech Thunderbolt 2 Dual-Monitor Docking Station provides more connection ports than most conventional docking stations, which helps users to expand quickly the connectivity options while taking advantage of Thunderbolt 2 possibilities.

Due to the capabilities of Thunderbolt 2 interface, the station provides up to 20 Gbps data throughput, which is twice as faster than the Thunderbol1 port and 4x faster in comparison to USB 3.0. In other words, the dock will help you to avoid the frustrating bandwidth bottlenecks when connecting multiple displays and peripherals to your MacBook.

For instance, the device can connect two displays with up to 3840×2160 and 3440×1440 resolutions using DisplayPort and Thunderbolt connectors, essentially adding a dual-monitor capability to any PC laptop or Macbook with a Thunderbolt 2 port onboard.

For the improved productivity of a dual monitor setup, the dock can connect to an HDMI and a Thunderbolt display, with 4K resolution on a single screen. You can even connect multiple displays via Thunderbolt daisy chain, giving you two convenient possibilities for expanding your overall screen real estate.


Further, the Thunderbolt 2 Dual-Monitor Docking Station features two Thunderbolt 2 ports, two DisplayPort outputs, four USB 3.0 type-A ports, one eSATA connector, one Gigabit LAN port, two 3.5 mm mini-jacks as well as one SPDIF optical audio output. You can also utilise one USB 3.0 port for charging smartphones or other devices compatible with the USB Battery Charging 1.2 specification even when the dock itself is not connected to your notebook.

Ultimately, the Thunderbolt 2 dock features an aluminum outer frame that will match your MacBook nicely, it’s super silent while operating and will give you a plenty of connectivity options wherever you go. The Startech 12-port Thunderbolt 2 docking station can be purchased directly from StarTech or some of the authorised resellers around the globe.

[source: StarTech]

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