Thunderbolt 4 Docking Station Features Three Thunderbolt 4 Ports, Provides Up to 100 Watts of Charging Power to Portable Computers, Offers HDMI Display and 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet Connectivity
Sonnet Technologies today announced the Echo™ 11 Thunderbolt™ 4 HDMI® Dock, the latest offering in the company’s popular Echo family of docking stations. Sharing the same styling as the value-leading Sonnet Echo 11 Thunderbolt 4 Dock, the new dock improves on the original, featuring three Thunderbolt 4 ports, four USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps) Type A ports, one HDMI port, one 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45) port, one 3.5 mm combo audio port, and one SD™ 4.0 card slot. The Sonnet dock is compatible with Apple® M series Mac® computers; Thunderbolt™ 3 Intel® Mac computers; Thunderbolt 4 Windows® computers; late-model Thunderbolt 3 Windows® computers; and M series iPad Pro® tablets.
What It Does:
Docking stations provide users a convenient central point to connect their computer peripherals — such as storage devices, input devices, headphones, etc. — instead of directly to their computer. The Sonnet Echo 11 Thunderbolt 4 HDMI Dock enables users to connect to all of their peripheral devices — including an HDMI monitor — through a single Thunderbolt cable (which can also charge laptop computers with up to 100 watts of power). Depending on the computer to which it’s connected, the Echo dock supports connecting one 4K, 5K, 6K, or 8K, or two 4K, 5K, or 6K monitors (depending on the computer’s display support).
Why It’s Important:
Many current laptop computers include fewer peripheral ports than those of the past, providing as few as two ports — and sometimes using one of them for charging — thus limiting the number of devices that can be plugged in directly. The Echo 11 Thunderbolt 4 HDMI Dock sidesteps these limitations by connecting up to 14 devices, charging the computer, supporting fast wired network connectivity, and reading SD memory cards. With its mix of peripheral ports, the Echo dock connects a vast array of devices and supports high-performance peripherals with ease.
How It’s Distinctive:
Featuring a built-in HDMI port — the most popular connection type for monitors— the Echo 11 Thunderbolt 4 HDMI Dock enables users to directly connect an HDMI monitor, saving the added cost of an adapter. One of the three Thunderbolt 4 ports connects and charges the computer, while the others connect two Thunderbolt peripherals directly, with an additional three supported through daisy chain connection. The Thunderbolt peripheral ports also support USB 3 peripherals, USB4® devices, and monitors, even at the end of a Thunderbolt device chain.
The dock’s Ethernet port supports 2.5 Gigabit and Gigabit speeds and is perfect for connecting to higher speed networks for faster gaming. The port can also provide speedier downloads from a network attached storage (NAS) system.
The dock’s four 10Gbps USB Type A ports support most USB peripherals — including superfast USB NVMe SSDs at full speed. Unlike some other docks, each and every one of the Echo Dock’s USB ports provides up to 7.5 watts of power to ensure bus-powered devices operate without fail. The front panel USB 3 port also readily charges a phone or tablet.
When You Can Get It:
The Echo 11 Thunderbolt 4 HDMI Dock (part number ECHO-DK11H-T4) is available now from Sonnet and soon from its worldwide distribution and reseller partners at the suggested retail price of $239.99.
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