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18/11/2015

Sonnet Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock Now Shipping

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Sonnet Technologies has started shipping its new Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock, a full-featured, 16-port docking station for computers with Thunderbolt ports. It also features an optical drive and an internal drive bay, offering users a central hub to connect a Mac or Windows computer with a Thunderbolt port to multiple peripheral devices.

By 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 Apple iOS devices. The user can instantly connect a computer to all of those devices by plugging it into the Echo 15+ using a single Thunderbolt cable, which is sold separately.

The Echo 15+ provides a number 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, enabling users to leave frequently used devices connected to the back ports, and disconnect less-needed devices from the front ports. Each of the dock's USB 3.0 ports can charge an iPad, iPhone, or iPod, even if the computer is disconnected, off, or sleeping. All four ports provide 7.5 watts of power.

Furthermore, 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 can support a pair of SSDs at up to 750 MB/s or an HDD at its maximum speed – providing high-capacity storage for use by a Mac computer as a Time Machine drive, to back up the computer's data, or to store an expanding media library.

For deployments in which the computer is located away from the workspace, the Echo 15+ at the user's desktop can be connected via an optical Thunderbolt cable and Sonnet's Thunderbolt 2 expansion systems. For example, the user could connect the Echo 15+, equipped with all needed peripheral gear, to a Mac mini computer mounted up to 60 meters away inside a Sonnet xMac mini Server Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion system, or RackMac mini rackmount enclosure installed in an equipment rack in the machine room. Sonnet offers optical Thunderbolt cables in 5.5- and 10-meter lengths.

The Echo 15+'s aluminium case is designed to dissipate heat and supports the latest 27-inch iMac all-in-one computer 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 now 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.

"The Echo 15+ is the ultimate docking station for users to connect every device they need, including current and legacy devices – even the latest Ultra HD 4K displays – and expand their storage for backup or increased capacity in a single desktop device that connects to their computer with a Thunderbolt cable," said Greg LaPorte, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Sonnet Technologies. "With 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, Sonnet's Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock is the go-to station for flexible connectivity."

Image: Sonnet Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock.

www.sonnettech.com

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