Matrox unveil world’s first Thunderbolt docking station – the DS1

If there’s one gadget our notebooks have been distinctly lacking, it’s a Thunderbolt docking station to connect all our cables on the go. Simple idea, isn’t it? Well, now Matrox have redressed the balance of the universe with the DS1 Thunderbolt docking station, which is ideal for Apple MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.

The DS1 lets you make the most of your notebook’s Thunderbolt connectivity, and hook up storage, displays, network connections and other peripherals, all using a single cable. This makes it perfect for needing access to connected storage, networks and additional displays while on the road – just plug your drive and a monitor into the DS1 along with your keyboard, mouse and more.

Matrox’s DS1 Thunderbolt docking station – available for £155 – also features a USB 3.0 port which allows you to transfer data ten times faster than standard USB 2.0 (it comes with two USB 2.0 ports anyway, just to complete the set). There’s also a Gigabit Ethernet port, and audio input and output connections to support microphones, speakers, and headsets, so you can literally connect all your peripherals into one dock. What we like most, though, is that it comes in a fetching shade of silver brushed aluminium, with a rounded, very portable design that will fit just nicely with a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. Yes, we really are that shallow.

The techie bit

For those who need a bit more tech substance, check the specs below:

Display Output
DS1/DVI DVI-D single-link 25-pin female connector (1920 x 1200 @ 60 fps maximum resolution)
DS1/HDMI HDMI with embedded audio (1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps maximum resolution)
Data ports
  • 1x Thunderbolt
  • 1x USB 3.0
  • 2x USB 2.0
  • 1x Gigabit Ethernet
Audio ports
  • 1x Audio output (3.5 mm stereo minijack)
  • 1x Audio input (3.5 mm mono minijack)
  • Wake-on-LAN
  • Wake-on-USB
  • HDCP compliance for protected content playback
Electrical and Operating Requirements
  • Unit voltage and amperage: 12V/2A
  • Total power consumption: 24 W
  • Operating temperature: 10º C to 35º C
  • Storage temperature: -20º C to 47º C
  • Maximum altitude for operation: 3,000 m
  • Maximum altitude for transport: 10,000 m
  • Operating humidity: 20% to 80% relative humidity (non-condensing)
  • Height: 32 mm
  • Width: 201 mm
  • Depth: 91 mm
Weight 484 g (1.07 lbs)
Regulatory compliance
  • FCC Class B, CE Class B
  • RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC
Limited warranty 1-year limited manufacturing warranty
Kit Contents
In the box
  • Matrox DS1
  • Universal power supply with international socket adapters
System Requirements
System requirements
  • Thunderbolt enabled MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, or Mac Mini
  • Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Thunderbolt cable


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