Mac power users will rejoice — or be relieved — that Belkin has announced it is officially shipping the Thunderbolt Express Dock. The dock allows users to expand to a wide range of ports via a single Thunderbolt connection on their Mac. The dock offers 2 Thunderbolt ports (one for input, the second for passthrough to as many as five downstream devices), 1 gigabit Ethernet port, 1 Firewire 800 port, stereo headphone and microphone jacks, and 3 USB 3.0 ports.

Belkin officially announced the Thunderbolt Express Dock back in January of 2012; since then it has seen numerous delays and design changes.

In the meantime, another Mac accessory vendor, Matrox, released the DS1, a docking port that offers fewer ports, but may provide enough connectivity for the average user (and at $50 less than the Belkin offering). Still, those that like Belkin’s products and have a wide array of peripherals they need plugged into their Mac will no doubt welcome the availability of the Thunderbolt Express Dock.

The Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock lists at US$299, and is available now from Belkin’s site.

Belkin finally begins shipping Thunderbolt Express Dock originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 30 Apr 2013 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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