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Way back in April of last year, one of our overnight recaps talked up a new Thunderbolt docking station from the folks at Sonnet -- a product that's still not shipping, but now has an even more powerful sibling.
Sonnet is inching closer toward the release of its Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock, a black box that provides nearly every kind of port imaginable for your Mac, starting at $399.95 with a DVD±RW drive.
First announced early last year, the company has watched carefully as competing solutions have been released and taken to heart the early feedback from buyers in an effort to redesign their own product and make it the best it can possibly be.
In addition to upgrading both internal and external SATA connections to the latest 6Gb per second standard and keeping each on a separate controller for maximum performance, an optical digital audio output has been added along with charging support for iOS devices on all USB 3.0 ports.
Perhaps the biggest addition is a completely new model called the Echo 15 Pro+ Thunderbolt Dock, which adds a Blu-ray burner with DVD and CD support to the mix, starting at $549.
Both models feature a pair of Thunderbolt ports along with four USB 3.0, a single Gigabit Ethernet jack, two eSATA and one FireWire 800 port along with separate rear audio in and out jacks and front headphone, microphone and optical digital audio out jacks. Sonnet offers a variety of configuration options including internal optical drives, hard drives and SSD storage.
Although Sonnet is still playing coy on exactly when the Echo 15 will ship, the company is now accepting preorders for all models, and promises your credit card won't be charged until the device actually ships -- which sounds to us like the wait might soon be over.
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