EXPECTED SHIPPING SUMMER 2015
Connect to Your Peripherals with One Cable
Sonnet's Echo 15 Thunderbolt 2 Dock enables you to connect any Mac® with a Thunderbolt port to your peripherals through a single Thunderbolt cable (sold separately), an especially handy ability for notebook users. Simply plug in your printer, keyboard, mouse, cable modem, external hard drive, headphones, speakers, microphone, and iPad®, iPhone®, or iPod®, and other devices to the Echo dock with their supplied cables, and connect your computer to the dock with a Thunderbolt cable. When it's time to disconnect your computer, just unplug the Thunderbolt cable! The Echo 15 Thunderbolt 2 Dock gives you plenty of interfaces to choose from, including USB 3.0, eSATA, FireWire® 800, Gigabit Ethernet, 3.5 mm audio input, 3.5 mm audio output, and Thunderbolt.
Rugged Aluminum Design, Multiple Ports
Sonnet designed the Echo 15 Thunderbolt 2 Dock for maximum flexibility in use. The rugged aluminum case may be set horizontally, or vertically to save space on the desktop. For your convenience, USB 3.0, audio input, and audio output ports are placed on both the front and back of the enclosure, so you can leave frequently used devices connected to the back, and connect devices you disconnect more often to the front. The headphone jack on the front supports a mini TOSLINK optical digital audio cable, enabling you to pass stereo audio out to your A/V system. Dual Thunderbolt ports enable the Echo 15 Thunderbolt 2 Dock to support daisy chaining of Thunderbolt peripherals, and to be placed anywhere in a Thunderbolt device chain. You can even connect a Thunderbolt display, or other monitor type with an appropriate adapter, so you're not limited to a single type of display interface. Depending on the display, you could even place it on top of the Echo dock.
Your Choice of DVD±RW or Blu-Ray Drive
If you've purchased a new iMac®, MacBook Air®, MacBook Pro® with Retina® Display, you may have noticed something's missing—an optical drive. Not to worry, the Echo 15 Thunderbolt 2 Dock has you covered—it includes your choice of DVD±RW drive, or Blu-ray Disc™ player (BD-ROM/8x DVD±RW). For those who purchase the Blu-ray drive model, you'll find the included Blu-ray player software for OS X® is very handy, enabling you to watch Blu-ray movies on your computer or attached monitor.
iDevice Charging Hub
With its four USB 3.0 ports, the Echo 15 Thunderbolt 2 Dock will be the hub for your handheld iDevices, too. Each port can charge your iPad, iPhone, or iPod, even when your computer is disconnected, off, or sleeping.
Advanced USB 3.0 Feature Support
The Echo dock's USB 3.0 ports support UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) and Wake On Demand (Wake On USB 3.0). UASP support ensures that UASP-enabled external drives connected to the dock achieve their maximum data transfer rate potential, with performance improved by up to 20% above the drive connected to a USB host without UASP support. Wake on demand support allows devices such as a keyboard connected to the Echo dock's USB 3.0 ports to wake your computer.
Storage Space for a Time Machine® (Drive) or High-Performance SSD
Sonnet designed the Echo 15 Thunderbolt 2 Dock with extra space, mounting hardware, and connectors for you to install a single 2.5" or 3.5" SATA HDD (hard disk drive) or SSD (solid state drive). The fast 6 Gb/s SATA interface supports an HDD at its maximum speeds, and an SSD at up to 380 MB/s. Add a high-capacity drive to use as your Mac's Time Machine drive, to back up your computer's data, or to store your ever growing media library. Optionally, you can install one high-performance SSD for blazing-fast access to applications and files. Whichever choice you make, the drive mounts inside the Echo dock, so you can expand your storage without the fuss of adding another external drive, power brick, and cable clutter. Don't feel like installing a drive yourself? Sonnet also offers the Echo 15 Thunderbolt 2 Dock equipped with a 2TB HDD on the DVD±RW drive model, and 2TB or 4TB HDD on the Blu-ray drive model. You can also boot your Mac from a drive installed in the Echo dock, enabling you to make repairs to or recover data from a problematic drive in your computer.
Connect a Display
The Thunderbolt port on your computer is essentially a Mini DisplayPort video connection that adds high speed PCIe for data. This means that there is a broad range of inexpensive adapters (sold separately) that can bridge between Mini DisplayPort and common display interface types.