Matrox_DS1

Another great product that uses Thunderbolt technology. This $249 docking station from Matrox will allow you to connect your display & peripherals to any Mac with a Thunderbolt connector. MacBook Air edit kit on the road anybody?

Announced today at the Computex exhibition in Taipei, Matrox have announced the DS1. This Thunderbolt connected dock sports a DVI out for a large display, GigE for connection to a network, USB 3.0 (which might excite some readers), USB 2 and an audio in and out.

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“Today’s MacBooks and Ultrabooks are powerful enough for most corporate users but their limited connectivity makes them inconvenient, and their small screens and keyboards make them uncomfortable to use in the office all day,” said Alberto Cieri, senior director of sales and marketing at Matrox. “The new Matrox DS1 docking station easily enables the creation of an ergonomic workspace and brings much-needed expandability for printers, scanners, storage, smartphones, optical drives, cameras, flash drives, and other peripherals.”

“Thunderbolt delivers unparalleled performance, flexibility, and simplicity to personal computing,” said Jason Ziller, Intel’s director of Thunderbolt Marketing. “Products like the Matrox DS1 docking station help highlight what Thunderbolt makes possible.”

Apart from the obvious use of having a DS1 sitting there ready for you to connect up your MacBook Pro or Air in the office, it also suggests some interesting editing solutions. Could this make the MacBook Air a viable edit machine? One thing to note here is the fact that the DS1 is an end of chain Thunderbolt device, so you'll have to make sure that every other device you want to use with it has a second pass through port.

Price will be $259 (€219, £169) when it's available in September.