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i-tec Thunderbolt 2 Docking Station


Question: Can I use Adaptor to transfer signal from HDMI/Display Port port to VGA/DVI Port?
Answer: We do not recomend transfering Digital signal (HDMI/DVI) to Analog (VGA/DVI) due the technological restrictions of Analog ports (their low data bandwidth), these adaptors might not work corectly.

Question: Is there any possibility how to connect two HDMI monitors or HDMI + DisplayPort monitor to the docking station i-tec THUNDERBOLT 2 at the same time?
Answer: Commonly no Thunderbolt 2 docking stations on the market offers this option (restrictions Thunderbolt bus / interface). Therefore, we offer i-tec USB 3.0 video adapters (with 4K or FullHD+ resolution) from our product line for possible connection of two HDMI monitors or HDMI + DisplayPort monitor to the docking station i-tec THUNDERBOLT 2 at the same time. The adapter simply plugs to one of the USB 3.0 ports of docking station. You can choose from several models, e.g. U3HDMI4K, USB3HDMI, U3DP4K or another video adapter from our offer. If you need advice or recommend the best option for you, please contact us [email protected]

Question: I would like to charge Apple device (iPad, iPhone, iPod) in OS Windows over the USB 3.0 / 2.0 port. Is there any software option to solve this problem?
Answer: Standard charging is solved via the supplied AC adapter for Apple device. Nevertheless, by ASUS company was developed the „ASUS Ai Charger“ software for working and simultaneously charging of Apple device over the USB port of notebook / PC, over the plugged HUB or docking station in Windows OS. More information can be found here:, where you can download and test the software. In spite of many positive experiences with the using of this software, we cannot guarantee 100% effectivity in all possible hardware combinations.

Question: Can the docking station charge the Apple tablets?
Answer: Yes, it can. Simply download and install our free i-tec THUNDERDOCK2 Utility to enable high-power USB charging of Apple tablets. Then you can charge your iPad through any USB port of docking station.

Question: What are the requirements for primary graphics cards to use with the chipsets in the i-tec THUNDERBOLT 2 docking station?
Answer: We recommend a Mac with Intel i5 and higher for mostly office work and Intel i7 for playback of one video at a time.

Question: Where can I check the connection of the docking station i-tec THUNDERBOLT 2 and other connected peripherals in the Mac?
Answer: After connecting the docking station to the Thunderbolt port in the Mac you can check the connection here: About this Mac-System Profile-Hardware-Thunderbolt. You can see the parameters of the Thunderbolt port in the Mac and in the docking station. Connection of other devices to the docking station can be checked here:
For GLAN: About this Mac-System Profile-Hardware -Ethernet Cards
For USB: About this Mac-System Profile-Hardware -USB
For HDMI monitor: About this Mac-System Profile-Hardware -Graphics/Monitors

Question: I am using Mac OS X and the audio output is not working.
Answer: Audio output devices for earphones connected to the docking station need to be set / verified here: System Preferences-Sound-Output – select USB Advanced Audio Device.

Most problems with the docking station and the connected peripherals can be solved by disconnecting the Thunderbolt 2 cable of the docking station from the Thunderbolt 2 port on the Mac and reconnecting it after approximately 10s.

If the package lacks any accessories specified on the packaging, contact us, please, with a request for supplying the missing accessories by e-mail [email protected], do not forget to indicate the delivery address.


Thunderbolt 2 4K Docking Station for Laptops - Includes TB Cable

The TB2DOCK4KDHC Thunderbolt™ 2 Docking Station lets you connect up to 11 devices to your MacBook or laptop, so you can create a convenient, 4K Ultra HD workstation. Laptops often lack the connection ports you’ll need to maximize productivity, while many docking stations only offer basic port interfaces. With more connection ports than most docking stations, now you can vastly expand your connectivity while taking advantage of Thunderbolt 2 possibilities.

Thunderbolt 2 Dock deployed in design studio and fast charging an ipad

Delivering unparalleled speed and unprecedented display technology, the TB2DOCK4KDHC offers the ultimate in workstation convenience and is one of the first Thunderbolt 2 docking stations available.

Unparalleled Thunderbolt 2 Performance

Thunderbolt 2 redefines efficiency with dependable, lightning-fast performance. With up to 20 Gbps data throughput, this convenient laptop docking station helps you avoid the nuisance of bandwidth bottlenecks when connecting multiple displays and peripherals to your MacBook. Thunderbolt 2 merges two 10 Gbps channels, delivering speeds that are twice as fast as Thunderbolt 1, and 4x faster than USB 3.0, for unparalleled device performance.

With virtually no throughput restrictions, this versatile docking station gives you essential connection ports as well as interfaces other Thunderbolt 2 docks don’t offer, such as USB 3.0 fast-charge, eSATA and SPDIF 5.1 digital optical audio ports. The TB2DOCK4KDHC lets you use your peripherals at higher speeds, saving you time so you can get your work done faster.

Performance advantage of Thunderbolt 2 vs other other interfaces

Unprecedented Display Technology

Discover 4K Ultra HD for an unprecedented visual experience! The dock delivers brilliant text and image quality at 4K resolution (3840 x 2160p) to your HDMI®, DisplayPort™, or Thunderbolt monitor (4K resolution at 60Hz is supported when connected to a single Thunderbolt display). Plus, you’re set for the future popularity of 4K sources and displays.

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 display.

You can even connect multiple displays via Thunderbolt daisy chain, giving you two convenient possibilities for expanding your overall screen real estate!

Possible display possibilities with 4K HDMI monitor plus Thunderbolt monitor

Video output configurations for single and dual display

Ultimate Workstation Convenience

For a convenient workstation experience, you can eliminate hassle and save time by leaving your vital peripherals connected to the dock. You can easily create a dynamic, full-sized workstation in seconds using the included Thunderbolt cable. Plus, you can fast-charge your tablet or smartphone with or without your laptop connected to the dock, through a handy, always-on USB fast-charge port.

This Thunderbolt dock lets you hurdle connection limitations by adding several essential ports to your MacBook Pro® or MacBook Air®, such as multiple storage peripherals through eSATA (with port multiplier support) and USB 3.0 hub ports. Unlike other Thunderbolt docking stations, the TB2DOCK4KDHC offers an SPDIF port so you can take advantage of your laptop or MacBook 5.1 digital optical audio capabilities. Plus, for maximum connectivity you can daisy chain up to 6 Thunderbolt devices.

Thunderbolt 2 Dock connects with up to 11 devices and fast charges a tablet without being connected to a laptop

Universally Supported

Unlike some proprietary docking stations designed only to work with specific laptop models, this universal Thunderbolt 2 laptop dock works with multiple brands. All you need is your laptop or MacBook Thunderbolt 2 port and you can be up and running quickly. With universal support, you can use this dock with different laptops.

Backed by a 3-year warranty and free lifetime technical support, this durable Thunderbolt 2 dock also features an aluminum outer frame and stylish silver sandblast finish that matches your MacBook nicely!


  • Expand your MacBook display capabilities by connecting a single 4K monitor, projector, or HDTV, with higher resolutions and superior image quality
  • Ideal for professionals who work with highly detailed graphics, including graphic and web designers, animators, or engineers (CAD)
  • High-end audio applications ranging from sound studios to music enthusiasts, with 5.1 SPDIF digital optical audio output and line input
  • Connect a 4K-capable touch screen for smooth, and precise touch-recognition
  • Perfect for resource-intensive software applications such as video and photo editing
  • Connect high-bandwidth external storage devices, including Thunderbolt 2, eSATA, and USB 3.0 HDD enclosures
  • Expand your laptop connectivity at home or in the office by connecting multiple monitors and a wide variety of peripherals through a single Thunderbolt connection

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The major change since I last did a roundup of Thunderbolt docks is that the latest docks use Thunderbolt 2, which makes them aligned with Apple’s Thunderbolt 2 implementation in its MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.

The market has also grown a little, with a few more offerings to consider. But essentially, the basic functionality of the docks is the same as before: You plug in your display, hard drives, printer, ethernet, headphones, USB devices, and whatever else into the dock, then you connect the dock to your laptop via a single Thunderbolt 2 connection. When you want to take your laptop, you only need to unplug a single cable. When you return to your desk, all you have to do is connect one cable.

In this roundup, I tested eight docks that all use Thunderbolt 2. Some of the docks are quite similar in design while others are vastly different. All of the docks require a power adapter. All of the manufacturers tout their dock’s ability to support 4K monitors though this is a function of Thunderbolt 2 and not necessarily a dock-specific feature.

I wasn’t able to boot from a Yosemite install USB flash drive plugged into the USB port of any of these docks, even though the drive appeared as a bootable drive in System Preferences. You’ll need to plug the boot drive directly into a port on your Mac laptop.

All the docks tallied similar results when I tested USB 3 drive performance using the Aja System Test and a VisionTek USB Pocket SSD. All the docks were tested with gigabit ethernet, headphones, and an Apple Thunderbolt Display connected to each dock.

Quick reference chart: Thunderbolt 2 docks

One final thing before diving into the products. I tested the docks with a MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. A dock would be ideal for the new MacBook since it has the lone USB-C port, but there’s currently no way to connect a MacBook to one of these docks—USB-C to Thunderbolt adapters don’t exist. (Are they even feasible?) There’s at least one MacBook dock in the works called the HydraDock, and there are probably more coming soon.

Top choices

CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 2

caldigit thunderbolt station 2 left

At $235 with a 1-meter Thunderbolt cable ($200 without), the CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 2 (4.5-mouse rating) is a pretty good deal. CalDigit didn’t go with a long, brushed aluminum box design the other docks sport. Instead, the Thunderbolt Station 2 uses a handsome vertical standing “Titanium Grey” aluminum box (CalDigit provides rubber feet to let you rest the dock on its side).

caldigit thunderbolt station 2 back

The CalDigit dock is one of four docks that I looked at that has eSATA; there is a pair of eSATA ports on the rear, along with two Thunderbolt 2 ports, two USB 3 ports, gigabit ethernet, and HDMI. The front has a USB 3 port, a microphone jack, and a headphone jack.

caldigit thunderbolt station 2 utility

On the CalDigit website, you can download the CalDigit Thunderbolt Station Utility. This adds a menu bar item that allows you to eject any items that are connected to the dock and are on your Mac’s desktop.

OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock

owc thunderbolt2 dock angle

Compared to the other docks in this roundup, OWC offers a whole lot of dock for $229. With the Thunderbolt 2 Dock (4.5-mouse rating), you get five USB 3 ports, two on the side and three on the rear. It’s one of three docks in this roundup with a FireWire 800 port, which is great if you have an older hard drive that’s still a vital part of your setup. The dock also has the standard issue of ports: two Thunderbolt 2 ports, a gigabit Ethernet port, and an HDMI port.

owc thunderbolt2 dock ports

Like the Elgato dock, OWC’s dock has separate microphone and audio out ports. But unlike the Elgato dock, these two ports are on the rear, not the front.

The one knock against the OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock is that it doesn’t include a Thunderbolt cable. OWC does sell Thunderbolt cables in different colors (black, red, green, blue, white) and in different lengths (0.5 meter to 30 meters).

Top contenders

elgato thunderbolt 2 dock front

Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock

The $230 Thunderbolt 2 Dock (4.0-mouse rating) has a brushed aluminum case that matches your Apple laptop. The front has a USB 3 port, a mic jack, and an amplified headphone jack. The back has a gigabit Ethernet port, two USB 3 ports, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and an HDMI connector. Elgato includes a 0.5-meter Thunderbolt cable. All of the USB ports provide enough power to charge any iOS devices.

elgato thunderbolt 2 dock rear

Elgato’s dock includes a software utility. Like the CalDigit utility, the Elgato Thunderbolt Dock Utility resides in your Mac’s menu bar for one-click ejecting of any connected dock devices from the Desktop.

Sonnet Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock

The Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock (4.0-mouse rating) is very different from the docks in this roundup. The Echo 15+ houses a hard drive and your choice of a DVD burner, Blu-ray burner, or Blu-ray drive, in addition to ports for Thunderbolt 2, USB 3, eSATA, FireWire 800, gigabit Ethernet, and audio in/out.

echo 15 plus dock front

Prices range from $469 with an empty storage bay (you provide your own drive) to $999 for an Echo 15+ with a pair of SSDs (1TB storage) and a Blu-ray burner. The Echo 15+ is also the only dock with a method of securing a Thunderbolt cable to the device—it’s surprising that no other device does this.

echo 15 plus dock back

For production environments, the Echo 15+ is a heavy-duty handy dock. Having an all-in-one box helps cut down on the desk clutter though the Echo 15+ itself is a big box. The device is sturdy enough for a display up to 34 inches, or even a Mac Pro or 27-inch iMac. Read the in-depth review.

StarTech Thunderbolt 2 4K docking station

startech thunderbolt2 4k docking station front

At $318, the Thunderbolt 2 4K docking station (4.0-mouse rating) is pricey. It’s also the longest dock, measuring 9.2 inches, and its design hearkens back to the old aluminum Mac Pro tower.

The Thunderbolt 2 4K docking station is the only dock I looked at that has an S/PDIF connector on the rear. The rear also has three USB 3 ports, a microphone jack, one eSATA port, gigabit ethernet, HDMI, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and a security lock slot. The front has a USB 3 port and headphone jack.

startech thunderbolt2 4k docking station back

StarTech includes not one, not two, but three different power cords, one each for the U.S., U.K., and E.U. The company also includes a Thunderbolt cable.

Rest of the pack

Akitio Thunder2 Dock

akitio thunder2 dock macpro

Most of the docks in this roundup resemble nicer-looking KVM switches, but the $280 Thunder2 Dock (3.5-mouse rating) takes a different approach: from a distance, the device looks like a portable hard drive. And instead of lining up the ports on the rear (with a few ports on the front for quick access), the Akitio dock has ports on three of its four sides. That means that instead of your cables being hidden from view (for the most part) in the rear, the cables are in plain sight. The Akitio’s design could be more functional for you, especially if you are connecting and disconnecting devices frequently—but if you aren’t, the Akitio design leads to a potentially messy cable layout.

akitio thunder2 dock ports

With two eSATA ports, a FireWire 800 port and two USB 3 ports (that can charge your iOS device), the Akitio Thunder2 Dock is geared for someone who needs flexibility with attaching storage devices to your Mac. The dock does have two Thunderbolt 2 connectors and you can connect a Thunderbolt or mini-DisplayPort display. There’s no gigabit Ethernet, audio connectors, or HDMI. When you consider the $280 price (Thunderbolt cable included) and the ports, the Akitio dock fills a niche that’s different than the other docks.

Apple Thunderbolt Display

Apple Thunderbolt Display

The $999 Thunderbolt Display can be used as a dock. The problem is that the product hasn’t been updated since it was released in 2011, before USB 3 and Thunderbolt 2 were available on the Mac. It has USB 2.0 ports and it has the first-generation Thunderbolt implementation instead of Thunderbolt 2.

apple thunderbolt display back

If you don’t care about performance, the Thunderbolt Display will work well and you won’t have another device taking up space on your desk. The display has three USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire 800 port, gigabit ethernet, and a security slot. There’s also a built-in Thunderbolt cable that you plug into your laptop, as well as a Thunderbolt port.

If you do care about performance, then you should know that in the Aja System Test, the Thunderbolt Display posted USB drive read speeds of 25.2 MBps and write speeds of 9.9 MBps. Slow when compared to USB 3.

Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD

belkin thunderbolt2 express dock hd angle

The $300 Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD (3.0-mouse rating) is almost identical in design to its predecessor, the Thunderbolt Express Dock. Besides upgrading to Thunderbolt 2, Belkin changed the port configuration. This dock has a front USB 3 port and a headset jack, a design change from before. The back of the dock has two USB 3 ports (all of the USB 3 ports can charge a device), gigabit Ethernet, a headphone jack, HDMI, and two Thunderbolt 2 ports.

belkin thunderbolt2 express dock hd rear

If you have an odd-shaped USB flash drive, you might have problems plugging it into the front USB port. The port itself is recessed a bit from the outer aluminum casing, which can get in the way if your USB drive has a built-in connector and a wide case.

While the Belkin dock is a nice, solid product, it’s near the top of the price range in this roundup, and it doesn’t provide anything unique, like a software utility or different ports.

Kanex Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock

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The $150 Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock (3.0-mouse rating) also has a brushed aluminum case. It’s almost the same size as the Elgato dock.

On the front it has a USB 3 port that can charge your devices while the back has two unpowered USB 3 ports, a headset port, gigabit ethernet, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and an HDMI connector. Kanex includes a 1-meter Thunderbolt cable.

kanex thunderbolt2 express dock 01

While this is a solid, quality dock, it’s similar in design to the Elgato dock. To me, the Elgato’s separate mic and line out jacks on the front are preferable to the single rear headset jack on the Kanex. The Kanex dock does get the nod for the most affordable dock in this roundup.

Coming soon

Henge Docks’ Horizontal Docking Station for MacBook Pro and MacBook Air has been on our radar for a while and it looks like it’s available to order.

Previous roundup: Thunderbolt docks

Bottom line

The CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 2 and OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock stand out in this roundup, but all of the docks are solid choices. The $235 CalDigit dock is a nice combination of price and features and I personally like its design. The OWC dock has a lot of ports, but you have to buy a Thunderbolt cable, which pushes it past its $229 price tag.

Editor’s note: This article was updated on 11/11/15 with updated prices and a review of the Sonnet Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock.

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