Sonnet Technologies is shipping the Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock, a 16-port docking station for Mac and Windows computers with Thunderbolt ports. It sports an optical drive and an internal drive bay.
The Echo 15+ is designed to let you connect every device you need, including current and legacy devices — even the latest Ultra HD 4K displays — and expand your storage for backup or increased capacity in a single desktop device that connects to their computer with a Thunderbolt cable. It provides the option to add internal storage supporting data transfer rates of up to 750 MB/s, as well as the ability to read from and write to optical media including Blu-ray Disc.
Using the peripherals' supplied cables, a user can plug up to 16 devices into the Echo 15+, including printers, keyboards, mice, cable modems, external hard drives and SSDs, displays, headphones, speakers, microphones, and iOS devices. The user can instantly connect a computer to all of those devices y by plugging it into the Echo 15+ using a single Thunderbolt cable (sold separately).
The Echo 15+ offers a range of interfaces, including four for USB 3.0, two for 6Gb/s eSATA, one for FireWire 800, and one for Gigabit Ethernet, as well as two 3.5 millimeter audio inputs, two 3.5 millimeter audio outputs, and dual Thunderbolt 2 ports to support daisy-chaining of Thunderbolt peripherals. USB 3.0, audio input, and audio output ports are placed on both the front and back of the enclosure.
Each of the dock's USB 3.0 ports can charge an iPad, iPhone, or iPod, even while the computer is disconnected, off, or sleeping. All four ports provide 7.5 watts of power.
In addition to its docking capabilities, the Echo 15+ offers customers their choice of a built-in 8x DVD±RW drive, a Blu-ray BD-ROM/8x DVD±RW drive with Blu-ray player software for OS X, or a Blu-ray burner 4x BD-R/8x DVD±RW drive.
The Echo 15+ also provides space, mounting support, and 6Gb/s interfaces for one 3.5-inch or two 2.5-inch internal SATA drives. The 6Gb/s SATA interfaces deliver maximum performance to support a pair of SSDs at up to 750 MB/s or an HDD at its maximum speed — providing storage for use by a Mac computer as a Time Machine drive, to back up the computer's data, or to store a media library.
The Echo 15+'s aluminum case is reportedly sturdy enough to support the latest 27-inch iMac or a large format display up to 34 inches. The dock supports Sonnet's ThunderLok Thunderbolt connector retainer clip (sold separately), which slides over a standard copper Thunderbolt cable and screws into the back of the Echo dock to prevent accidental disconnects.
The Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock with DVD±RW Drive is available for $469. The Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock with Blu-ray Player is available for $499. The Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock with Blu-ray Burner is available for $599.